If you are still trying to figure out why Hillary Clinton lost her in bid for the presidency against a political neophyte, you need look no further than yesterday's sit down with Christiane Amampour at a Women for Women International event in New York. Most memorable line:
If the election had been held on October 27, I would be your president.
But, unfairness of unfairness, it wasn't held on October 27th. It was held on–you know–election day.
She didn't take responsibility for Benghazi. She didn't take responsibility for the homemade server. She doesn't take responsibility for her loss in November, except in a very unconvincing manner:
"Of course. I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot, and I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had."
Why did she lose?
"It wasn't a perfect campaign – there is no such thing – but I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on Oct. 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off."
She also blamed misogyny.
The Comey letter probably did have an impact. But Mrs. Clinton conveniently overlooks the truth that, if she and her aides had cooperated and turned over materials willingly when the server story first broke, the Comey letter would never have been written. As for Wikileaks, tough break. But remember the contents of the emails were not disputed and they painted quite a picture of Mrs. Clinton's inner circle.
The misogyny allegation blames the whole nation, all of us, for supposedly being too small-minded to elect a sterling character such as Mrs. Clinton.
A great leader takes responsibility and what we saw on display yesterday was not a great woman taking responsibility. I daresay it was not an interview that made people wish they could turn back the hands of the clock and elect Mrs. Clinton.
Certainly the interview didn't make New York Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman, who voted for Clinton, nostalgic for what could have been:
In her talk before a friendly audience, Clinton said she’s writing a memoir — and said it’s “painful” to revisit how Donald Trump beat her like a ragdoll in an election that was a lock.
Painful? We’re the ones in pain, Hillary. You’re making millions to process it. We’re the ones living it.
But doesn't the columnist feel a little sad for Clinton?
Sorry, Simon & Schuster may want Hillary Clinton to write the history, but I’m not about to let her re-write it. No one deserves more blame for the election debacle than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
And–oh, dear–rather than absolving Mrs. Clinton in Kuntzman's eyes, yesterday's interview seems to have stirred the columnist to remember other imperfections of the candidate:
She was, indeed, untrustworthy: Remember her fainting spell at the 9/11 ceremony? Remember how long it took for her to tell the truth? Remember how that reminded every voter in America that Hillary Clinton’s first instinct is to lie? Just like she did when she claimed she had taken sniper fire during a First Lady trip to Bosnia. Just as she did when she said she never sent classified documents over her private email server.
Beyond that, she was too close to the Clinton Foundation, and didn’t have a good answer when the Associated Press reported that donors to the Foundation got an open channel to then-Secretary of State Clinton.
Even if other factors helped defeat, or even decisively ruined Mrs. Clinton, she would know, if she were a natural leader, that taking responsibility matters. It is a matter of character. But don't worry:
“I’m back to being an activist citizen ? and part of the resistance,” Clinton said during an interview at a Women for Women event in New York Tuesday.
Never mind Mrs. Clinton's vow during a presidential debate to accept the results of the election.
But don't blame Hillary.
She's not responsible. She never is.