No, really, it’s not just that I’m a shit candidate

Hillary Clinton on Saturday cast blame for her surprise election loss on the announcement by the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, days before the election that he had revived the inquiry into her use of a private email server.

In her most extensive remarks since she conceded the race to Donald J. Trump early Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton told donors on a 30-minute conference call that Mr. Comey’s decision to send a letter to Congress about the inquiry 11 days before Election Day had thrust the controversy back into the news and had prevented her from ending the campaign with an optimistic closing argument.

“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” Mrs. Clinton said, according to a donor who relayed the remarks. But, she added, “our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.

32 thoughts on “No, really, it’s not just that I’m a shit candidate”

  1. I am looking forward to the fly on the wall documentary of that moment, just to see the mask slip. A former guy on the staff said she got very vituperative when she lost New hampshire to Sanders.

  2. Cognitive dissonance, much? She would fizzle and pop like the wicked witch in Wizard of Oz, if she acknowledged a tenth of the evil she is responsible for, leaving just a pantsuit behind and the smell of sulphur.

  3. I’m looking forward to the recriminations, the leaks, the backbiting and backstabbings followed by the Democrat party as a whole imploding and the wholescale purges and power grabs that follow.
    First one of the team to publicly express loyalty will be the first to leak as self preservation takes over.

  4. “Proven to be”?

    Yes, I wrote about this here:

    You see it from time to time in the newspapers. Some odious public figure will find themselves in court on a criminal charge, or will bring a libel charge against a publication that has come out and said what everyone else has known for years. Due to some technicality, which has nothing to do with whether the charges or allegations are true or not, they win the case. And this, of course, is how the justice system should work: technicalities are important. Only said odious public figure then stands on the steps of the courthouse bragging that they are now fully vindicated and his or her supporters state that they “always believed they were innocent” and the charges were fabricated by their political opponents.

  5. She can’t have Comey killed at once because that would be a too obvious bridge too far for the crime family. At the present time.

    It is now in Comey’s interest to get the bitch –and Billyboy —before they get him. He is not likely to last at the FBI but it is in his interest to get on with the job. Now that she has made clear who is in the frame inside her poisoned dome.

  6. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    I reckon that Comey stating that there was no case to answer was the real cause.

    “Establishment stitch up!” goes the cry across the land.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    The point about the email server is always completely missed.

    It doesn’t matter whether or not classified information was leaked or not – that a Secretary of State. and aspiring President, even considered that it might be a good idea to circumvent all the security that has been put in place to protect classified information shows such a huge disregard for the State’s security that they shouldn’t be trusted any further.

    And unless they have a written order those who did it should also be sacked.

  8. @ BobRocket

    “I’m looking forward to the recriminations, the leaks, the backbiting and backstabbings followed by the Democrat party as a whole imploding and the wholescale purges and power grabs that follow.”

    They’re already doubling down on their demonisation of White people, men in particular, so I see them emerging as an even more explicitly anti-white, anti-western party.
    I wish them good luck with that. The the halting or even reversal of the demographic replacement of White Americans by President Trump and with the Border Agents, Law Enforcement and the Military solidly behind him, the Dems are going to have to try to sue their way to importing more third-world peasants to vote for them in order to sustain their vote. That won’t look good for them.

  9. Tim N- Doesn’t ‘act like you’ve been there before’ apply only to winning?
    Of all the coverage of the losing side one thing slightly bothers me: Grieving seems now to mean ‘Alack, my prefered candidates political ambitions have been thwarted’ rather than i am adjusting to no longer seeing or speaking to a person i loved ever again.

  10. As Bloke in N Dorset says – the simple fact of having a server in her house was dodgy. Unless she is a complete moron, she would know she shouldn’t have done it.

  11. Tim Newman,

    I don’t know if I agree. I’m marginally on the line that they couldn’t see anything nefarious, but not by much. That it was bad process, but not exactly criminal. I repeat, not by much though.

    But what does this say about Hillary’s skills? I’ve set up external SMTP servers – the infrastructure teams were donkeys and we’d have been waiting weeks and well, it takes 10 minutes with SendGrid and you get thousands of free emails, which did the job. The business people on our project even nodded it through as a temporary measure (the content wasn’t particularly secure).

    But I wasn’t in charge of the company. If I was, and I needed secure email, and it was important, I’d have the infrastructure team doing it. I’d expect them to have it done by the end of the next day.

  12. The thing is James Comey has swept the email issue under the carpet, even as everyone on this thread knows that should be enough to doom her.

    However Killary is going to jail for the Foundation pay-to-play and a lot of people will be joining her.

  13. ‘However Killary is going to jail for the Foundation pay-to-play and a lot of people will be joining her.’

    Obama, being from Chicago, the home of pay-to-play, is no doubt involved. He was not going to let the disliked Clintons rake in a half-billion bucks and him not get a piece of it.

    Remember, Blagojevitch tried to sell Obama’s Senate seat.

    We don’t yet have Obama’s signature on any of this, but it buggers belief that he’d let this go on without getting his share.

  14. “Killary is going to jail for the Foundation pay-to-play”

    Yes, I assumed the server was a proxy investigation; the real target was finding evidence in the e-mails of favours in return for the huge Foundation donations.

  15. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Yeah, sadly I’m sure you’re right. I stand by my prediction that she’ll be dead by 2018 from health issues that were covered up during her campaign.

  16. So Much For Subtlety

    dearieme – “I predict that she isn’t going to go to prison.”

    I agree. The political class looks after itself. However I would support someone else’s suggestion – that the first act of the new Trump administration should be to pardon her.

  17. “I’m marginally on the line that they couldn’t see anything nefarious, but not by much.”

    Clinton reportedly had her foreign maid, with no security clearance, printing out Top Secret documents for her.

    That alone would be enough to send any mere mortal to jail for years.

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