Now they tell us

Tools of the establishment - Hillary's adoring press corp Clinton insiders admit Hillary was a lousy candidate.

With Hillary defeated, Bill plagued by recurrent “bimbo eruptions,” and Chelsea reportedly devastated by the toll that failure in public life has taken on her parents, it’s game over for the Clinton Dynasty, sources said.

“The Clinton world is done,” another Clintonista told The Post, snarking that if Hillary could be stopped by Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries, and then Trump in 2016, she has no business ever running for elective office again.

“She was beaten by a community organizer who was senator for 25 minutes, and a reality-TV show host,” that source explained. “They don’t create adjectives to describe this. It’s an incredible moment in history.”

Another loser going down in flames isn't really particularly "historic", but hyperbole aside, why did the establishment Democrats hitch their wagon to this tired old mule? A remorseful Democrat writer at Slate provides the most obvious answer: it was seen as the gateway to  personal power and riches.

The Democrats will now control next to nothing above the municipal level. Donald Trump will be president. We are going to be unpacking this night for the rest of our lives, and lives beyond that. We can’t comprehend even 1 percent of what’s just happened. But one aspect of it, minor in the overall sweep, that I’m pretty sure we can comprehend well enough right now: The Democratic Party establishment has beclowned itself and is finished. . . .

The party establishment made a grievous mistake rallying around Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t just a lack of recent political seasoning. She was a bad candidate, with no message beyond heckling the opposite sideline. She was a total misfit for both the politics of 2016 and the energy of the Democratic Party as currently constituted. She could not escape her baggage, and she must own that failure herself.

Theoretically smart people in the Democratic Party should have known that. And yet they worked giddily to clear the field for her. Every power-hungry young Democrat fresh out of law school, every rising lawmaker, every old friend of the Clintons wanted a piece of the action. This was their ride up the power chain. The whole edifice was hollow, built atop the same unearned sense of inevitability that surrounded Clinton in 2008, and it collapsed, just as it collapsed in 2008, only a little later in the calendar. The voters of the party got taken for a ride by the people who controlled it, the ones who promised they had everything figured out and sneeringly dismissed anyone who suggested otherwise. They promised that Hillary Clinton had a lock on the Electoral College. These people didn’t know what they were talking about, and too many of us in the media thought they did.