After declaring that Democrats who want her to be quiet are sexist, Hillary Clinton is back on her speaking tour blaming her defeat on everyone from the James Comey, self-hating women, Russians, Bernie Sanders, and misogynists for her defeat. Everyone except herself. Now Clinton has added “Pizzagate” to the lengthening reasons for her defeat.
Clinton continues (with Nancy Pelosi) to be the rallying cry for independents and Republicans moving into the midterm elections. Clinton has been told that she is hurting Democratic efforts to retake Congress but has refused to yield to the calls of various Democratic leaders as we discussed earlier. In the meantime, Clinton now stands alone among former presidential candidates who have uniformly become more popular after their losses. Clinton is the only one who has become even more unpopular. The reason is likely her unsuccessful effort to shift the blame for her loss against the second more unpopular person to ever run for the White House. In the meantime, Clinton has warned that, with Trump, “I Don’t Think We’ve Seen The Bottom Yet” Those are chilling words for Democrats growing increasingly alarmed over her impact on marginal voters needed to retake Congress.
While Clinton continues to mock the continued obsession and criticism of her on conservative sites, she also continues her public speaking tour and maintaining this high profile role.
Last year, Gallup noted that Clinton was actually growing less popular unlike prior candidates. Only around 40 percent of people reported favorable views of Clinton at that time. It has gotten worse since then. It is actually a challenge to become less popular when you have a president who is facing massive negative polling figures. However, a staggering 57 percent of people view Clinton unfavorably.
Clinton continues in the latest event to hammer away at the impact of “stolen emails.” Like her effort to blame women who are self-loathing or too weak, this message has not resonated with voters. The reason would seem obvious. Many of us are upset over the hacking and interference in the election. However, the reason that the emails were hurtful is that they showed DNC and Clinton officials saying things in private that were diametrically at odds with what they were saying publicly. The emails appears to show that the Democratic establishment rigged the primary in favor of Clinton but that public statements made by Clinton and her aides were untrue. It is hard to convince the public that they should never have seen those contradiction. Thus, polling shows that the public is angry with the Russians, but do not view Clinton as a victim.
The concern for Democrats is that polling is tightening around the country. They still have the edge but the DNC is struggling to convince voters that they have moved beyond the Clinton dominated DNC and addressed the rigging allegations. However, reports indicate that the DNC continues to struggle with internal divisions.