Something Surprised Me Today, But It Shouldn't Have - Dems See HRC as Poison
Hillary Clinton is back with a vengeance, and no that is not the big surprise. What did come as a surprise was this nugget from a New Yorker article by a writer Clinton handpicked to tell her story, David Remnick.
It's a piece of Clinton hagiography entitled "Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger,", but still there was this bit buried deep within what is otherwise an account of the standard narrative we've been hearing for months telling us why we failed Hillary, as opposed to why she has only herself to blame for losing to Trump:
A few nights before meeting with her, I was at dinner with a political professional who worked on her 2008 campaign. I mentioned that I was going to interview Clinton, and sought his advice about what I should ask. He put down his fork and scowled. “Ask her why she blew the biggest slam dunk in the history of fucking American politics!” he said. A few diners at adjacent tables looked up. “Oh, and ask her if she is going to donate the millions of dollars she’s gonna make on this book to charity. Ask her: Why should you profit from this disaster?” There was more of this.
This tells me that while the Democratic Party may not have changed much, its elites no longer want or need Hillary. In other words, except for a few diehards like Peter Daou, who is still trying to profit off the grief of fanatical Clinton supporters, the Dems are finally done with kowtowing to Her. They've moved on. They're even pretending to back Sanders Medicare-for-All bill now, or at least those Dem Senators with pretensions of running for the 2020 nomination are. They don't want her and her angry grievance tour right now. They're still trying to con us, but at least they've learned one thing, if nothing else. Hillary is the biggest loser in American politics and no one wants her stinking political corpse cluttering up their "party," even if it means they have to play nice with that damn socialist, Bernie Sanders.
It's not much, but it's something. And it tells me also that the clearest way to defeat Third Way Centrists is to tar them with their association to Her and her family. If I were running progressive candidates in primaries against Neolib Dems I'd spend all my time connecting my "Republican Lite" opponents with Her any way I could. Because, except to her truly delusional fans, no one wants to hear from Hillary and no Dem politician wants her associated with their campaign.