Call Hillary Clinton the Hiroo Onoda of American politics.
More than a month after her defeat to Donald Trump, Mrs. Clinton continues to wave the bloody shirt instead of the white flag. Of course, as her votaries challenge the election results, the candidate poses for pictures on sylvan hikes, at the Chappaqua Village Market on Thanksgiving eve, and in Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar saying “hi” to Christie Brinkley and Fat Joe. She’s so over it, the photo-ops convey.
The instructive photo-op, or photo-missed-op, remains the empty podium on election night. Mrs. Clinton refused to concede. Her words offered belated congratulations the following day. But her subsequent actions, and inactions, meshed with the image of that empty podium.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta demands an unprecedented national security briefing for Electoral College members now “that the CIA has determined Russia’s interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump.” Robert Reich, a classmate of the Clintons at Yale Law who took Hillary out on a date in the 1960s, cites Trump’s failure to release his tax returns as a disqualifier. “Before the Electors submit their ballots for president next week,” Reich writes, “Trump must release his tax returns and the CIA must make public its report on Russia’s intervention in the U.S. elections in support of Trump.”
Do Clinton confidantes come any closer than Podesta and Reich? Two men doing the Clintons’ bidding for decades don’t suddenly become freelancers wandering off script.
Clinton called the idea of a candidate contesting an election “horrifying” in October. “That is not the way our democracy works,” she said during the third presidential debate. “We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections….