the north face tent blame abound in Hillary Clinton’s new book
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledges the audience as she arrives onstage to sign copies of her new book “What Happened” during an event at Barnes Noble bookstore, Sept. 12, 2017 in New York City.(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Hillary Clinton did what most of us would do after being dealt a devastating personal blow after her loss in the 2016 presidential election.
She prayed for wisdom, for hope, for a new purpose, for the future of the country.
She hiked with her husband and her dogs.
She drank chardonnay.
She drew inspiration from the poetry ofMaya Angelou and got lost in books. She binge watched “The Good Wife,” “Madame Secretary,” “Blue Bloods,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “Downton Abbey.”
She took in lots of live theater, including her granddaughter’sballet performance.
In her 494 page election post mortem, “What Happened,” Clinton offers an intimate look at what her life was like during her bidto becomeAmerica’s first woman president, a glimpse of her grief after her stunning election loss, and an analysis of what factors played intoher defeat.
Her grief was our grief or at least half of America’s grief.
Clintonwon the popular vote, snagging 65.85 million compared to President Donald Trump’s 62.98 million, but failed to get enough electoral votes to clinch the presidency. She lost in states like Michigan, Pennsylvaniaand Wisconsin once Rust Belt Democratic strongholds and failed to win the white working class vote that Trump so strongly courted. history in that more Americans were with her than with any other failed presidential candidate.
When Americawatched “Saturday Night Live”the weekend after the election,Clinton watched,
Pictured: (l r) Kate McKinnon as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the “Debate Cold Open sketch on “Saturday Night Live,” Oct. 15, 2016. (Photo: NBC, NBC, Will Heath/NBC)”. And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah”
When Clintonpublishedthe book literally about “What Happened” that historic Election Day,releasedTuesday, America bought it. The retrospectivenabbed the No. Barnes Noble lists it first among its top 100 books of the year.
It grabbed headlines this week as critics blastedAmazon for takingdown some of the negative online reviews posted to its site because the company couldn’t verify that the people who posted the reviews had actually purchased the book, the Guardian reported, a violation ofcompany guidelines.
“When we find unusually high numbers of reviews for a product posted in a short period of time, we may restrict the number of non Amazon Verified Purchase reviews on that product,” the company told the Guardian.
“What Happened” by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon Schuster) (Photo: Simon Schuster, TNS)
Whether you love heror hate her,”What Happened”is at times raw and humanizing for a woman who often was criticized for being too stiff on the campaign trail. Her dry humor offers relief from the sometimes overly wonkish and drawn outhistorical take on the first race for the presidency that included a woman as a major party candidate.
Clinton’s version of history is frankand she makes some cutting statements as shelays blame far and wide for her loss.
FBI Director James Comey got a heap of it for his announcement 11 days before the election that there would be yet another probe into her use of a personal e mail account during her time as secretary of state.
FILE In this June 8, 2017 file photo, former FBI director James Comey speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Internal employee surveys show that fired Comey was highly respected and trusted within the bureau during his nearly four year tenure. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)
The media was blamedfor unfair coverage of her every move and obsessing over the e mail ordeal rather than substantive policy differences between the candidates.
“Many in the press and political chattering class marveled at how Teflon coated Trump seemed to be,” she wrote, “ignoring their own role in making him so. I got none of this leeway. Even the smallest slipup was turned into a major event. Yet at the same time, I was routinely criticized for being too cautious and careful with my words. It was an unwinnable dynamic.”