What Happened: Part 11

Here, Hillary Clinton discusses the democratic primaries. Now, given recent events, this is a bit of a complicated topic. But that’s a topic that I’m putting a pin in for now. This book was written in July of 2017, and there’s a whole book being released to talk about the primaries and the DNC. So, I’m going to be going off of Clinton’s words here.

It gave me a little bit of pause that Clinton put so much mental energy into her victory speech. Yes, it’s important to give some honest thought to how you’d acknowledge your victory, but trying to beat the AP to the punch? Would her supporters be disappointed if she had a celebration speech instead of an announcement speech? I don’t know, it’s not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but it just seems like her focus was put in the wrong place here.

However, another example of some misplaced focus was not necessarily her fault. When a candidate runs for office in the United States, it’s just a fact that some states’ votes count more than others. Some areas’ votes count more than others. Does that sound democratic? It doesn’t to me. So, there’s a double edged sword. States like California and Texas have 55 and 36 electoral votes, respectively. But states like Wyoming only have one vote. There’s a minimum number of votes per state, so some states have more votes in proportion to the population. The bottom line is that in an election, some states just don’t get as much attention as others. Some people feel ignored. Some states are just given to go one way or the other in the general election. Sure, Clinton focuses on her primary run against Bernie Sanders, the primaries are part of a flawed system. It’s part of the system that lets someone lose the general election by three million votes and still lose the electoral college.

What did Clinton mean when she said “Better Together?” What did she want to convey? Here, she says that she wanted to set herself apart from Trump in that way. She wanted to show that she didn’t think that the President is someone who can say “I alone can fix it”, and she wanted to be someone that can bring people together.

Clinton talks about the convention itself. Again, I’ll put a pin into the issues that have been raised recently, and just talk about Clinton’s words. I really enjoyed her talking about Bill Clinton’s speech. Honestly, I enjoy reading her descriptions of her relationship with Bill. I keep going on about that, but I think that it’s really nice to read.

A pattern that I’ve noticed throughout the book is that Clinton seems to underestimate the gravity of situations. She seems to expect people to think objectively, and that things will just work out. She says that despite everything that if she “did a good job, and the country saw [her] without the usual nonsense getting in the way, the rest would take care of itself.” I find it difficult to believe that she could possibly think that somehow all of the scandal and controversy would just go away. Sure, she had a solid platform and she mostly was able to get her point across. That’s what had been happening up until this point in the election. I have no idea what specifically she should have done in the general election. She’s never met me, and I wasn’t in the planning room. But I do know one thing. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

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