You can't help feeling the country dodged a bullet if you watched Hillary Clinton's commencement address at Wellesley College, followed by her bizarre festival of blaming at a tech conference in California.
Whatever you think of Donald Trump and his presidential temperament, this is a woman who should not have been president: she can't take responsibility, blames others, and is incredibly angry. Incredibly angry. Somebody who cares about Mrs. Clinton should urge her to stay home until she has worked through her anger.
She still haughtily dismisses her email scandal, in which she, as secretary of state, put highly classified information at risk, as a "nothing burger." Former FBI director James Comey, while declining to recommend prosecution, stated that she had displayed "gross negligence" in the matter. But James Comey was against her. James Comey is probably a misogynist. Or a Russian agent.
As disturbing as the tenor of Mrs. Clinton's remarks is, they revealed no new facts about her: Mrs. Clinton didn't take any responsibility after Benghazi and she doesn't now. She does not appear to be a woman who learns from her mistakes. Turnabout is fair play, so I ask: Is this a woman whose finger you want on the nuclear button? This is not to kick Hillary while she's down–even many conservatives clearly feel bad for her in light of these outbursts.But it is to say that character was a bipartisan issue in 2016.
Tell me the person who says things like this should be in the White House any more than the man who is, regardless of what you think about him:
"The overriding issue that affected the election that I had any control over — because I had no control over the Russians — was the way the use of my email account was turned into the greatest scandal since Lord knows when," Clinton said. "This was the biggest 'nothing burger' ever."
On Wednesday, Clinton said it was important to recognize the "real lesson" from the election, surrounding the "war" on information.
"I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that's not why I lost," Clinton said.
Clinton's campaign was a target for email leaks, particularly Wikileaks, which leaked her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs. Clinton pointed out on Wednesday that many men have also been paid for their speeches.
"At some point it bleeds into misogyny," Clinton said.
At some point, this is bleeding into craziness:
Clinton also said that the majority of content surrounding the election was "fake news," originated in Russia. She also alluded to data firm Cambridge Analytica, which has said it helped Donald Trump's campaign.
"We did not engage in false content," Clinton said. "We weren't in the same category as the other side." (There have been false stories from both political stances, according to analysis from BuzzFeed News.)
And, when all else fails, eat your own:
Clinton said that she did not inherit a strong data foundation from the Democratic party, which was "bankrupt" and near "insolvent."
She still doesn't know that he did anything wrong with regard to the email.
And don't you love Cambridge Analytica, whoever the heck they are? Ditto the thousand Russian agents who worked against Mrs. Clinton.
Recent actions have made it clear: Hillary Clinton is the Bourbon of American politics. She learns nothing but forgets nothing. Especially perceived slights.
Feminists should be wary of having this entitled, arrogant and now clearly unhinged woman as a standard bearer. She could turn on you next, ladies.
Before concluding, I just want to mention something she said at Wellesley. She talked about how "furious" people like her were when Richard Nixon was elected president.
How dare you! What right have you to be "furious" at the American who voted for Richard Nixon?
It turned out that Nixon was a fatally flawed man and his presidency ended in disgrace (though it did not end in impeachment, as Mrs. Clinton erroneously stated in the Wellesley address.) But that doesn't mean that Nixon voters should have voted for the Democratic candidate of Mrs. Clinton's choice.
Mrs. Clinton, who simply can't accept the results of the election, is obviously hoping Donald Trump meets the same fate.
But in the good old days of Watergate, Nixon's actions were investigated before he left the White House in distrace.
The Resisitance, to which Clinton says she belongs (hey, did you geta load of that beret she wore at Wellesley–it made the academic cap look more like revolutionary headgear), isn't quite so fastidious. It doesn't seem to feel that they should await results of investigations or actually catch Trump in an offense that merits impeachment before booting him. It is enough that they are furious. They were furious about Nixon, furious about Trump, furious about anything or anybody who impedes the maintenance of their power and their infantile drive for status and the trappings of status. Clinton's statement about the "deplorables" who voted for Richard Nixon shows that the anger we see all around us today has deeper roots than we might have imagined.
Unfortunately, President Trump tweeted on Mrs. Clinton's latest antics, resurrecting his campaign moniker for her, "Crooked Hillary." Cringe.
But you know what?
It wasn't nearly as weird as Mrs. Clinton's conspiracy mongering.