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Shattered: Top 10 Insights Into Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

- April 21, 2017

1. Hillary Had No Rationale For Her Presidential Run. "All the jockeying might have been all right, but for a root problem that confounded everyone on the campaign and outside it. Hillary had been running for President for almost a decade and still didn't really have a rationale." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes,Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 18)

2. Clinton Ordered An Aide To Snoop Through The Emails Of Former Staffers From Her Failed 2008 Presidential Run. "In the summer of 2008, years before her private e-mail server became a campaign issue, Hillary learned about the power of digital snooping. At the time, she was conducting an autopsy of her failed bid against Barack Obama, and she wanted an honest accounting of what had gone wrong. So she instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign's server and download the messages sent and received by top servers. She believed her campaign had failed her - not the only way around - and she wanted 'to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who,' said a source familiar with the operation. Her political director, Guy Cecil, had talked with members of the media from his campaign account. Her chief strategist, Mark Penn, was a tyrant. And far too many of her minions had fought for turf and status rather than votes. Prizing loyalty most among human traits, Hillary was unsettled by these acts of betrayal. So as she dragged staffers into meetings in Washington to assess what had gone wrong, disloyalty and dysfunction were seldom far from her mind." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 52)

  • After Performing A Thorough Search, Clinton "Well Understood The Danger Of Exposing Her Own Private Thoughts To Scrutiny." "After years of watching adversaries comb through her public records for any hint of a scandal, and after accessing her own aides' e-mails, Hillary well understood the danger of exposing her own private thoughts to scrutiny. And that was reason enough to want them shielded from political enemies, journalists, and the public." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 53)

3. Tim Kaine Was A Suboptimal Choice For Vice President, Selected Through A Process Of Elimination, Even Clinton Didn't Think Kaine Was Exciting. "Still Kaine, the man political handicappers had identified early as the likeliest pick, had emerged as the leading contender by Thursday, July 21. He filled the most boxes on her checklist of considerations. 'The fix wasn't in for Time Kaine,' said one of the advisers who participated in the vetting process, but he was always the frontrunner. Kaine didn't give her a state she couldn't win on her own, add populist progressive flavor to the ticket, or excite anyone - including the candidate herself. Instead, she'd worked through a process of elimination, even as she'd complained that her options were suboptimal. The bench was thin, in part because Hillary herself, one half of the Clinton political empire, had been a candidate or potential candidate since the 2004 election cycle." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 260)

4. Despite All The Hype, Clinton Ran A "Phantom Campaign" During The Primary That Was Described As "Smoke And Mirrors." "With the most important day on the primary calendar fast approaching - more than nine hundred of the roughly four thousand pledged delegate to the Democratic convention would be allocated based on Super Tuesday's results - Hillary had a phantom campaign operation in most of the states. 'It was smoke and mirrors,' one of her best organizers griped. Hillary's phone rang and buzzed a lot in the lead-up to Super Tuesday. Friends and outside advisers that she and her husband accrued over the years were alarmed at the sparseness of her operations. In every state after Iowa, her campaign were actually smaller than it had been in 2008. The Bernie armies were all over the ground, and there was no visible Clinton presence. 'Where's the staffing? Where's the infrastructure?' she heard over and over." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes,Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 171)

5. During The Primary, Clinton Felt "Entitled To The Kind Of Fealty Typically Accorded To The Party's Nominee For President." "Hillary was outraged. She wanted to win Maryland and win it big. She needed to show Sanders just how futile his efforts were at a time when he still hadn't given up the ghost of defeating her and was now responding to her with the indignation of a candidate who had been humiliated in his native state of New York. She was also feeling entitled to the kind of fealty typically accorded the party's nominee for president. As an aide walked her out of the event, Hillary smiled and waved at a crowd of supporters. But her broad grin belied the anger behind it. Through bared and gritted teeth, vengeance slipped out, 'Who gives a fuck about Chris Van Hollen,' she said to her aide. 'What the fuck are we going to do to fix this.'" (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes,Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 227)

6. Clinton Really Was Out Of Touch With The American People And Couldn't Understand Why Americans Were Angry. "On one of the flights, Hillary unburdened herself to Moore. 'I don't understand what's happening with the country. I can't get my arms around it,' Hillary confided. Moore just listened. 'How do I get answers to this?' Hillary asked. It was a quandary that would plague her throughout the campaign. After nearly a year on the campaign trail, and hundreds of stops at diners, coffee shops, and high school gymnasiums and just as many roundtables with young professional and millworkers, Hillary still couldn't figure out why Americans were so angry or how she could bring the country together. She had tried to learn the lessons of 2008 and had built a campaign that was different, if changes in the electorate eluded her grasp. She couldn't find ways to connect with portions of the primary electorate that were driven to Sanders because he represented an all-out assault on the establishment thinking at the core of her being." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 145-146)

7. Bernie Sanders Refused To Say "I'm With Her," Describing Clinton's Campaign Slogan As "So Phony." "But the final words on the page - 'I'm with her' - were too much. Bernie couldn't bring himself to say them. 'It's so phony!' he griped. 'I don't want to say that.' So he didn't." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 320)

8. Hillary Didn't Want To Expose Herself To Unscripted Interactions With Voters, And Instead, Met With Preselected Groups Of People. "And, because she didn't want to expose herself to unscripted interactions with voters, she wasn't getting much retail political information. From the very beginning of the campaign, Hillary had met with preselected groups but tried to avoid chance encounters with voters who might heckle her. She took the same approach to members of the media, who sometimes relayed the concerns of voters to candidates. She was running a variation on a 'Rose Garden' strategy - the term for an incumbent president who stays at home and uses the trappings of the office to campaign rather than getting out on the hustings. For years, she'd been in the bubble of elite circles in Washington, New York and foreign capitals. Whether or not she understood their concerns, she was literally out of touch with voters. Bill hungered for, and sought, more casual discussions with them. 'He felt like they weren't taling to and hearing from actual people at events,' one of Bill's confidants said." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 237-238)

9. The Clinton Campaign Struggled To Keep Track Of All The Things They Had Said That Were Disproven By FBI Director James Comey's Statement On Clinton's Emails. "It was hard to keep track of how many times Hillary and her press team had said things on the records that were contradicted, either directly or by implication, in Comey's statement about why a case was not moving forward." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 249)

10. President Obama Didn't Understand Why Clinton Had Set Up The Private Email Server And Thought The Way She Had Handled The Scandal Was "Political Malpractice." "Publicly, he toed the company line and said he knew Hillary wouldn't intentionally mishandle information - and he believed that. But inside the secluded confines of the West Wing, he confided his true feelings. He couldn't understand what possessed Hillary to set up the private email server, and her handling of the scandal - obfuscate, deny, and evade - amounted to political malpractice. He wanted his friend to win, and yet she was exhibiting, again, some of the very qualities that had helped him defeat her in 2008. It was a classic unforced Clinton error, and he couldn't believe that she and the people around her had let it happen. When would they learn." (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, 2017, p. 253)


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