While we’re examining the accomplishments of Donald Trump’s first hundred days — putting his man on the U.S. Supreme Court is the biggie — Hillary Clinton is getting the once-over (and the second and third) for all the reasons why she’s not the first woman to preside over her first hundred days in the Oval Office.
She never understood that “the fault, dear Hillary, is not in the stars, but in yourself.”
In “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” the book Washington, D.C., is talking about, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write a sweeping drama with lots of supporting actors strutting across the stage. The characters are worthy of the Bard. It’s a tale told not in the poetry of Elizabethan tragedy but as a comedy or farce.
When the curtain finally falls on election night, there are no dead bodies to drag off stage, but lots of Machiavellian characters litter the landscape, muttering asides and revealing dark insights into behind-the-scenes machinations. The cast includes a husband with no “impulse-control button” and enough jesters, fools and sycophants to destroy the myth of the irresistible Hillary Juggernaut that was ordained to elect the first woman president of the United States.
In one richly farcical case of mistaken identity, an aide misunderstands the name of the interviewer Clinton wanted for her first television interview. She said she wanted Bianna, meaning Bianna Golodryga of Yahoo! News, the wife of Peter Orszag, a onetime economic adviser for President Bill Clinton whom she considered friendly and deferential. The aide thought she meant Brianna, as in Brianna Keilar, and that’s who got the live interview for CNN. She asked tough questions about Hillary Clinton’s infamous email server.
Clinton grew defensive, especially when she was asked, “Would you vote for someone that you didn’t trust?” This was a classic softball, which someone at ease with the press might have knocked out of the park. Instead, Clinton glared…