Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed CampaignBook - 2017
It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.
Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors' deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC , Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.
Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.
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VaughanPLDavidB Sep 27, 2017
For those who didn't follow intently during the campaign, this is an excellent detailed account of the day-to-day trials, triumphs and tribulations of HRC's failed presidential bid. With her experience, dedication, determination, and a buffoon for an opponent, how could Hillary lose? And yet sh... Read More »
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"Shattered - inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign", is written by the same two journalists who wrote H.R.C, a sympathetic look at Clinton's time as Secretary of State. "Shattered" is over 400 pages long, with 60 (useful) pages of references and index. The book suffers not from its length, but from its undue partiality for Hillary Clinton's point of view. Yes, it exposes the drama, the selfishness, the bickering, the savage and unproductive in-fighting of all Hillary Clinton campaigns, but it presents those as Hillary's _burden_, not as the natural _result_ of Clinton's inartful leadership.
The most obvious oversight in the book is the lack of analysis of the emails leaked from campaign chairman John Podesta. This treasure trove presented the inside story of the campaign, in the words of the players themselves. That data dump should really be the entire core of this book; instead the authors have virtually ignored it. Similarly, the authors wax about the "unfair" criticism of Clinton, over her taking money from foreign governments for her foundation, over her lucrative secret speeches to Goldman Sachs, over her private email server, and over collusion between her campaign and the DNC.
What the authors fail to point out is that each of those "unfair" criticisms originated from an explicit decision by Clinton - the decision to use her office to boost her private wealth, the decision to side with banks and refuse transparency about her commitments to them, the decision to try to evade the Freedom of Information Act with her private email server (the book offers the old and implausible excuse about "didn't want to carry two handsets" - in spite of the fact that Clinton has a "body woman" - an assistant who follows Clinton everywhere, and carries all phones and hand luggage for her. The private email server was really all about keeping her official emails away from the public eye for ever).
Then there's the horrible collusion between the DNC and the Clinton campaign to conspire against Bernie Sanders. Clinton complains endlessly about the email leaks but is apparently unable to understand the real problem is with her underlying anti-democratic actions. She still to this day has not apologized for her campaign's collusion with the DNC to rig the primary elections against Sanders. That one dishonest act alone should permanently disqualify Clinton from all politics in future, as a matter of both law and equity. Clinton ignores it, as though it never happened, as though it never led people to judge Clinton's dishonesty. Meanwhile, information continues to emerge about how Sanders would have easily defeated Trump in the general election (e.g. http://resistancereport.com/politics/harvard-poll-bernie-supporters/).
Shattered is a long book, but not a particularly insightful one. In the end it makes the same mistake that candidate Clinton did - it assumes that voters would prefer a dishonest establishment candidate, over a dishonest disruption candidate. Clinton was so unpopular that her support actually went down when she appeared in public. For the last 6 months of the campaign, Clinton was virtually sequestered away from all press conferences, and all campaign rallies. She was terrified of unscripted interactions with voters, and avoided events where she might inadvertently find herself talking to a voter who had not been pre-selected and vetted.
In the end, Clinton comes across as just not very good at politics. She cannot foresee the consequences of her own actions, but will never accept that she is not good enough to engage in politics at the national level. "Shattered" does a poor job of presenting this, and there is a much better book waiting to be written.
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