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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, on 24 January 2016. Source: Wikimedia
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, on 24 January 2016. Source: Wikimedia

Shattered: New Book Brutalizes Hillary Clinton's Campaign

In “Shattered,”  journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes portrait Clinton's campaign as a Titanic-like disaster: an epic fail made up of a series of…

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It’s been nearly six months since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to Donald Trump, and if she had any hope that people would stop talking about how bad her campaign was, she got a rude awakening this week when Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaigwas released.

Article after article has revealed details from the book that make Clinton’s campaign less like a well-oiled machine up against unforeseeable forces and more like the Titanic—if the crew knew the iceberg was there all along and deliberately ignored it, as reported in The Observer.

Written by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the book describes how staffers in the Hillary Clinton campaign begin to bicker with one another: 

"All of the jockeying might have been all right, but for a root problem that confounded everyone on the campaign and outside it," they wrote at the end of Chapter One, as cited in Rolling Stone. Chapter One is entirely about that campaign's exhausting and fruitless search for a plausible explanation for why Hillary was running. "Hillary had been running for president for almost a decade and still didn't really have a rationale, " conclude the authors.

Shattered is sourced almost entirely to figures inside the Clinton campaign who were and are deeply loyal to Clinton. Yet those sources tell of a campaign that spent nearly two years paralyzed by simple existential questions: Why are we running? What do we stand for?

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes portrait of Clinton's campaign compares to a Titanic-like disaster, reported The New York Times: an epic fail made up of a series of perverse and often avoidable missteps by an out-of-touch candidate and her strife-ridden staff that turned “a winnable race” into “another iceberg-seeking campaign ship.”

What Allen and Parnes captured in Shattered was a far more revealing portrait of the Democratic Party intelligentsia than, say, the WikiLeaks dumps. And while the book is profoundly unflattering to Hillary Clinton, the problem it describes really has nothing to do with Secretary Clinton. 

 

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