“On a phone call with a longtime friend a couple days after the election, Hillary was much less accepting of her defeat. She put a fine point on the factors she believed cost her the presidency: the FBI (Comey), the KGB (the old name for Russia’s intelligence service), and the KKK (the support Trump got from white nationalists).”
This is just one little nugget that you’ll find within the pages of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. Reading this book is like watching a slow motion trainwreck. And at certain points you kinda feel bad for Parnes and Allen who were embedded with her campaign for over a year and a half, conducting hundreds of interviews with staffers, all on background so that sources could remain anonymous, but you get the sense that they thought that they were bearing witness to history. They were going to be history’s recorders when Hillary Clinton broke that highest, hardest glass ceiling. But it became evident pretty early on to them that the campaign was in utter disarray, and it was going to be impossible to come up with messaging for Hillary as she herself couldn’t articulate why she wanted to be president.
Very early on in the book they describe the campaign as “spirit-crushing” and note that her aides “eventually short-handed the feeling of their impending doom with a simple mantra: “we’re not allowed to have nice things.” One of the most interesting revelations is the fact that Hillary and her staffers didn’t think that the email server was going to be a problem for her. They thought it was a non-story that the press just wouldn’t give up on because they had it out for poor Hillary. So when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on the tarmac in Arizona, they thought little of it. And Parnes and Allen seem to believe that it was possible that he [Clinton] didn’t even remember that there was an on-going investigation into Hillary’s email server.
Parnes and Allen seem to be a little bit naive and maybe a little bit too favorable of Hillary but the picture they paint is not a pretty one. But, it’s an interesting one. And if you’re a fan of schadenfreude like I am, you must pick up a copy of this book as soon as possible because you’re going to thoroughly enjoy it.