The Creation of "Hillary Clinton" and the Deconstruction of Hillary Clinton



The election of the 45th US president had hardly been decided before politicians and pundits began blaming Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump's victory. "What was missing in Hillary?" MSNBC’s Chris Mathews asks. "Where did she go wrong?"  "Overconfidence," says one panelist. "The people wanted change," says another. "They weren’t inspired." More than a few believe that "she didn’t speak to the working class and their concerns."  Michael Moore, the filmmaker and activist who supported Bernie Sanders in the primary and came out late in the day for Hillary in the general, declares that she would have won the election if only she had told the press "I feel like crap" when she had pneumonia. Bernie would have done that, he says, and the boys all nod and smile. "If only they would have shown her more human side," Moore says. 
The day before, I watched Sanders himself smile with unabashed, almost infantile delight when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked if he ever wondered if things would have turned out differently if he had been the nominee. "What good does that do now?" Sanders bellowed, a bit too emphatically; the implication that it would have done some good then is unmistakable. Earlier, I read an opinion piece that summed it up this way: "She couldn’t escape being the wrong candidate for the political moment." Michael Moore, the filmmaker and activist who supported Bernie Sanders in the primary and came out late in the day for Hillary in the general, declares that she would have won the election if only she had told the press "I feel like crap" when she had pneumonia. Bernie would have done that, he says, and the boys all nod and smile. "If only they would have shown her more human side," Moore says. 
The day before, I watched Sanders himself smile with unabashed, almost infantile delight when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked if he ever wondered if things would have turned out differently if he had been the nominee. "What good does that do now?" Sanders bellowed, a bit too emphatically; the implication that it would have done some good then is unmistakable. Earlier, I read an opinion piece that summed it up this way: "She couldn’t escape being the wrong candidate for the political moment." 
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