In an interview with Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning — her first sit-down interview since losing the presidential election last year — Hillary Clinton gets real about why she thinks she lost, and also answers the $64,000 question regarding her political future.
She sure sounds firm in the video below that she will not run again. If only Bernie would offer the same reassurances so the Democratic Party could put forth a candidate with exponentially less baggage.
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In this clip, Hillary leaves no wiggle room when asked if she'll run again:
Jane Pauley: "Is your political career over?" pic.twitter.com/ppIE4gSwd7— CBS Sunday Morning (@CBSSunday) September 10, 2017
For her detractors who feel she is a money-grubber, I would say this shows she is more Jimmy Carter than that — she wants to stay involved rather than going home and making money by the truckload. (She'll still make bank, of course, but my point is that there are myriad other ways to make more than deciding to be a prominent voice in her party.)
On the subject of her infamous “basket of deplorables” remark, Clinton reflects on it and decides it was a political gift to Trump, but not something she'd take back:
Well, I thought Trump was behaving in a deplorable manner. I thought a lot of his appeals to voters were deplorable. I thought his behavior as we saw on the Access Hollywood tape was deplorable. And there were a large number of people who didn’t care. It did not matter to them. And he turned out to be a very effective reality TV star.
She came to the conclusion that this was not “determinative” in the election.
Probably her most clear-eyed assessment of what went wrong (in an election she won — thanks, Electoral College) is this:
They wanted me to share their anger. And I should’ve done a better job of demonstrating, “I get it.”
Ultimately, she lost because a right-wing smear campaign of 20+ years was effective. We can argue about her weaknesses and strengths, and we can dicker over how unfair the countless accusations against her were, but the bottom line is that the smear campaign worked. It made her unacceptable to conservatives and unappealing even to her own base. She should have won and would have been a wonderful president, but instead we have a horrible human being who is incompetent and likely to be booted or disgraced out of office. All we can do is not nominate people with excessive baggage — fair or unfair — moving forward.