Hillary Clinton gave the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley University, and it’s getting lots of coverage, thanks to the many people in the media who still can’t get over her loss (sorry, but 30 states out of 50 is a loss). Apparently, she’s still one of them.
I feel uniquely qualified to stage an intervention at this point because Hillary and I have something in common that’s extremely rare: we both know the disappointment of having twice run for President and come up short. So I completely understand: it’s a tough blow to absorb. But you have to shake it off, regroup and, to quote a phrase I believe she’s familiar with, “move on.”
It becomes obvious with each new public appearance that, despite her joking attempts to assure us she’s fine, Hillary just can’t stop talking about her defeat and replaying it in her mind, and accept reality. She continues making references to winning the irrelevant popular vote and floating new excuses for why she lost (James Comey, Russian conspiracies, sexism, “fake news,” etc.), rather than her own baggage, shortcomings and bad campaign decisions. She continually reminds audiences of how close she came (if she or anyone around her had spent more time in states where people play horseshoes, maybe she would not only have realized that’s the only game where “close” counts, but actually won for real.)
She has devolved from mouthing acceptance for the process and respect for the winner (as he did for her) into publicly criticizing him, and then at Wellesley, turning her commencement address into a self-serving political screed. She obviously still sees anyone who rejects failed leftist nostrums as racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic deplorables. She depicted herself and those who agree with her as the guardians of reason, critical thinking and “free and open debate” (ask any conservative who’s tried to speak at a college campus recently about that) and accused those who oppose her of “assaults on truth and reason” (Hillary Clinton declaring herself the champion of truth is like Bob Dylan giving himself a trophy for good diction.) She resorted to overheated partisan rhetoric, assailing Trump’s proposed budget as a “con” and “an attack of unimaginable cruelty on the most vulnerable among us” as it "puts our world at risk" from climate change and “grossly underfunds” government programs (Reality: it raises spending by $1.65 trillion over the next 10 years.)
She even abused her podium by subtly comparing Trump to Nixon. This was doubly embarrassing because she incorrectly identified Nixon as having been impeached, forcing even friendly editors to correct her that Nixon wasn’t impeached, but her husband was. It made her later direct appeal to History majors especially wince-inducing. She even dredged up the “nasty woman” insult from the campaign, as if she didn’t call Trump by names just as derogatory. I know this sort of red meat (or vegan tofu) fires up her supporters, but it was wildly inappropriate for the venue. This was a graduation speech, not a Democratic fundraiser. The students wanted to hear some advice about their futures. Instead, they were a captive audience for a painful march through the psychic scars of the speaker’s past, who seemingly can’t talk about anything else.
I said I thought I needed to stage an intervention, so here goes.
Hillary: It’s over. You lost, Trump won. I know it hurts, but it’s true. It wasn’t a popular vote election. It wasn’t the fault of the investigators that you deliberately violated security rules and forced them to investigate you. Attacking the duly elected President and questioning his legitimacy diminishes you as much as it harms him. It contributes to division and lack of respect for the system, and it undermines national solidarity and security. If you would just stand up to the childish “resistance” movement and the irrational, censorious radical left wing of the Democratic Party that’s devastated its power base nationwide -- if you would give us an example of grace in loss and act as a firm but respectful “loyal opposition” leader -- that would go a long way toward redeeming your image in the eyes of the public.
Remember: losing doesn’t make someone a “loser.” The way someone reacts to losing does. And there are only two kinds of people who complain constantly about life not being fair: children and losers.