Hillary Clinton’s book has a clear message: don’t blame me


The Guardian has the article Hillary Clinton’s book has a clear message: don’t blame me.

No real blame ever settles anywhere near Clinton’s person. And while she wrestles gamely with the larger historical question of why the party of the people has withered as inequality grows, she never offers a satisfying answer. Instead, most of the blame is directed outward, at familiar suspects like James Comey, the Russians and the media.
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he seems to have been almost totally unprepared for the outburst of populist anger that characterized 2016, an outburst that came under half a dozen different guises: trade, outsourcing, immigration, opiates, deindustrialization, and the recent spectacle of Wall Street criminals getting bailed out. It wasn’t the issues that mattered so much as the outrage, and Donald Trump put himself in front of it. Clinton couldn’t.
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But by and large, Clinton’s efforts to understand populism always get short-circuited, probably because taking it seriously might lead one to conclude that working people have a legitimate beef with her and the Democratic party.

The trouble with Hillary is that she can only trust to experts to tell her what is wrong and how to fix it. She has no personal sense of either of these topics. If you pick the wrong experts, you get the wrong answers. Only a correct, innate sense of the situation can inform you of which experts to listen to and which experts to shun.

“I feel your pain, but there is not much we can do in the current political environment.” is not an inspiring message. If you haven’t got an inspiring message, you shouldn’t run for President.

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