Hillary Clinton’s inner circle is concerned that the “resistance” that cropped up in the wake of President Donald Trump’s electoral win isn’t embracing the failed Democratic Presidential candidate as their de facto leader.
As of late, Hillary has taken to marketing herself as the leader of the anti-Trump resistance, Tweeting about her defeat, haranguing Trump in public appearances and “persisting” despite her loss. It’s clear from Clinton’s Twitter feed, paid speeches, and comments that she wants to lead the mostly female opposition to Trump’s policy agenda.
But according to sources close to Clinton’s inner circle, she’s yet again failing in her quest to win over motivated Democrats. POLITICO reports that her top aides are getting frustrated that they simply can’t force progressives to adopt Clinton as their leader.
Reportedly, Clinton had planned to lay low through the winter, studying her campaign postmortems in order to re-emerge on the political scene with a strong message in the spring. They apparently expected her to be warmly received, and cast into the role of a “central resistance figure.”
But in the time Clinton spent licking her wounds and imbibing Chardonnay, the Democratic Party moved on. The “resistance” coalesced, and determined both its priorities and its strategy without her leadership. Even Chelsea Clinton’s breakneck tour of awards dinners and daytime talk shows wasn’t enough to keep Clinton goodwill alive.
The fact is, for all the claims about Russian interference, voter suppression in Wisconsin, mean ol' Comey, even Democrats know that they lost because Hillary ran a lousy campaign (she never set foot in Wisconsin, for instance, just assumed her voters would turn out). The fact that she's a dishonest, old harridan doesn't help her cause.
But the good news, for the country, if not Hillary, is that her successors are going way, way left of even her most extreme positions. We're assured of at at least a few more years of promise.