One issue that unites the left and the right is their annoyance with Hillary Clinton.
People on the right reveled in her defeat, while the Bernie faction of the left resented her for pushing him aside through backroom dealing only to still lose the general election.
After Clinton emerged from her post-election stupor, her supporters politely suggested she go back into reclusion.
But as Clinton persists, her base has harshly thrown tact out the window.
Gersh Kuntzman wrote in the New York Daily News:
Hey, Hillary Clinton, shut the f— up and go away already.
I voted for Clinton on Nov. 8 and thought she’d be a good president.
But she lost. And she still wants us to feel bad about that. And, worse, she’s still blaming everyone else.
On Tuesday at the Women for Women conference, she reminded us again what a flawed candidate she was last year — and what a flawed person she has always been.
In her talk before a friendly audience, Clinton said she’s writing a memoir — and said it’s “painful” to revisit how Donald Trump beat her like a ragdoll in an election that was a lock.
Painful? We’re the ones in pain, Hillary. You’re making millions to process it. We’re the ones living it.
She also said she would discuss the mistakes she made during the campaign — then declined to mention even one. Instead, she fell back on the usual suspects: The Russians and FBI Director James Comey, who indeed meddled in the election at the last minute.
“If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your President,” she said.
Sorry, Simon & Schuster may want Hillary Clinton to write the history, but I’m not about to let her re-write it. No one deserves more blame for the election debacle than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Let us count the ways:
1. She was, indeed, untrustworthy: Remember her fainting spell at the 9/11 ceremony? Remember how long it took for her to tell the truth? Remember how that reminded every voter in America that Hillary Clinton’s first instinct is to lie? Just like she did when she claimed she had taken sniper fire during a First Lady trip to Bosnia. Just as she did when she said she never sent classified documents over her private email server.
Beyond that, she was too close to the Clinton Foundation, and didn’t have a good answer when the Associated Press reported that donors to the Foundation got an open channel to then-Secretary of State Clinton.
2. She ran a very poor campaign: Clinton will likely point out on page 1 that she stayed “on message” when Donald Trump shambled and grabbed p—— all over the place. But Clinton did not have a message beyond, “I’m not with stupid.”
She had genuine experience serving the public and understanding how the government works. She had an entire party establishment clearing the decks for her (and giving her the debate questions!).
But when she called half the country the “basket of deplorables,” it was pretty much over.
3.She set up a private email server: It’s basic. The only reason to set up a private email server — and delete some of the emails on it — is because you want to hide something from the public. Clinton never provided a good answer to the simple question, “Why would you do that?”
4. Those Goldman-Sachs speeches. You can’t be a prostitute on Wall Street and then go to church on Main Street.
So, no, I don’t understand why a publishing firm would give Hillary Clinton millions of dollars to not even admit her mistakes.
The American public does not want a book from Hillary Clinton. It wants an abject apology. And it wants it for free. She got what she deserved: She lost.
Now she needs to shut up and go home.
Despite the universal backlash to her pity-party tour, Clinton seems determined to wriggle back into the public debate by brute force.
It’s a self-serving mission that does nothing to help her party’s agenda in moving forward, as her allies are manifestly distancing themselves posthaste.
It may take more tough talk from Democratic leadership to get Clinton to stand down, but at the moment, she seems unwilling.