Details are leaking about Hillary Clinton’s new political group, which may launch next week. The details suggest Clinton has learned absolutely nothing from her stunning loss in 2016.
Hillary Clinton has learned no lessons from her stunning loss in the 2016 election, if details leaking about her new political group are to be believed.
Politico and BuzzFeed learned more about the formation of Clinton’s new political group, first announced in Axios on Wednesday. The day before, Clinton had blamed FBI Director James Comey (again) for her loss to Donald Trump in November.
Below, see three details that prove Clinton has learned nothing from that loss.
#1: THE RETREAT TO CHAPPAQUA
Many blame Clinton’s loss, in part, on her failure to campaign in the midwestern states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, all states Trump won. Former Obama adviser David Axelrod echoed these claims on Wednesday.
So Clinton’s political efforts in 2017 must have started in those neglected states, yes? Wrong, according to Politico (emphasis ours):
The former secretary of state is building a new political group to fund organizations working on the resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda, spending recent weeks in Washington, New York City, and Chappaqua, N.Y. meeting with donors and potential groups to invest in, and recruiting individuals for the group’s board of directors, multiple people close to the two-time White House hopeful and people familiar with the group’s planning told POLITICO.
Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chappaqua are all far from the battleground states Democrats lost to Trump in 2016 and the “grassroots” Clinton’s group claims it wants to connect with.
#2: I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM (FOR DEAN??)
Clinton was part of the Democratic old guard, and many in 2017 think the party needs fresh, young faces to lead it forward.
Clinton must be consulting with those young, fresh leaders in 2017, right? Wrong, according to BuzzFeed (emphases ours):
For two months, Clinton has worked on plans for the project alongside three partners — including Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont and Democratic Party chair, and another failed presidential candidate.
But fear not! Dean says he and Clinton are working with “high-powered former executives,” and “movers and shakers” with “major roles on the American scene.” Whatever that means.
For what it’s worth, in February, Dean said, “[Democratic] leadership is old and creaky, including me.”
#3: MEET THE NEW SLOGAN, SAME AS THE OLD SLOGAN
Clinton’s campaign infamously workshopped 84 different campaign slogans, some of which CNN said were “[a]lmost physically painful to lay eyes on.” They settled on a flat “Stronger Together.”
Clinton must have picked a slogan or tagline that represents a new direction for her political ambitions, yes? Wrong again, according to Politico (emphasis ours):
She is looking to launch the group, expected to be called Onward Together — a nod to her campaign slogan, Stronger Together — as soon as next week, they say. Clinton’s spokesman declined to comment for this story.
Keep an eye out for an announcement from Clinton next week, but if you paid attention to the 2016 campaign, it looks like you won’t see anything new from the failed candidate.
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