How did Hillary Clinton lose to a Reality TV Personality for President of the United States?
It’s a question I see on every TV station I turn on. How did she lose? What went wrong? And I’m sure all the political pundits and polls can show us exactly where and when and every media outlet will pick apart her campaign. But the truth is, Hillary lost because no one ever wanted her to be nominated to begin with! So how do you win with a candidate that people told you, over and over again, that they didn’t want?
First of all, she tried to run already as the nominee, and lost to President Obama. One might think that would be enough. One might think that the people had stated their mind. She had her chance, she was a great contender, but the people wanted one over the other and that was that. She took her position as Secretary of State and would presumably go on into political history, much like what happens historically with other candidates that run and fail in the primaries.
Except that didn’t happen.
And here is where I, and most other Democrats, see the problem in the campaign. Not the e-mail scandals (though, let’s face it, we have impeached presidents for much less), not because of her reputation in the White House or even the suspicious activity in her charity.
She was promised to run in 2016. And most of us Democrats agree that she was most likely guaranteed the nomination. Now, of course, one could view this as simply a conspiracy theory, and frankly, it is. But, it has merit. Hear me out.
I’m sure everyone knows of Bill Clinton’s reputation in the White House, and some of us older voters even remember watching Bill Clinton publicly announce on television that he cheated on his wife, and lied about it. And don’t tell me the thought did not cross your mind, as you watched Hillary stand by her husband and be supportive, that the support did not come with a price, or a promise, from the party. Let’s face it, he was impeached, the first president to be so. If she did not stay with him, he would have been thrown out of the White House before his term was over. And even though the Republicans won the next election anyway, to have him step out of the White House would have been a gift to the Republican party.
It takes time to build a campaign of course, and, the fated first run came and went. I don’t think she expected to lose to Obama, but as Obama gained in the primary polls, I remember the news stories. I remember her conceding and giving her support to him. I remember whoever the political names on CNN at that time were stating that she will accept the Secretary of State position, and run again in 2016. I remember that. Promised and slated. She will run again.
Now, we can’t have her run against nobody in the primaries. That would look strange, of course. And would be perfect fodder for Republicans to use, a woman who is running only because she is promised, not because of the people. So, who do they put against her that they figure is a guaranteed loss? As we go further and further broke as a country, the ever popular Libertarian ideals growing, and the already tense situation with Russia? A socialist seemed like a great idea to ensure Hillary’s nomination to the Democratic party.
And here is my conspiracy theory. The people spoke, and the people wanted Sanders. The democrats WANTED the Socialist, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. But here you have a woman who was promised the nomination twice. And twice the nomination rejected? Yeah, I believe some underhanded dealing went down, and the primary was rigged in her favor, and Sanders was forced to step down.
Quite frankly, most Democratic voters I knew didn’t like Hillary all through the campaign. I am a Democrat, and I did not want to vote for Hillary. I did not wear the “I voted” sticker. I was ashamed. I was ashamed because I really believe that Hillary did not belong there to begin with. That many underhanded dealings went behind that nomination. And when people ask me who I voted for, I say I didn’t vote for a person, I voted for the party I agree with more. Because quite frankly I think a reality TV personality and real estate mogul is the most laughable resume to have when applying to run a country. But he won. And he won because the Democrats refused to listen to what the public wanted.
The problem with Hillary’s campaign was Hillary. We didn’t want her. Not the first time, and not the second. And because of some promise and underhanded dealings, Hollywood has taken over our presidency. You know, Kim Kardashian once said she was the American equivalent of royalty. And most of us laughed at how self delusional she was. Who’s laughing now?