Book review of ‘How I Lost By Hillary Clinton’ from OR Books.
First published in The Canary on 14 July 2017:
There have been many articles and comments about why Clinton lost her election campaign. And it’s often been the stance of the Democratic Party itself to blame Russian interference, the electoral college system, and former FBI director James Comey’s investigations.
But an inward look at the leaked Clinton emails shows that she lost, essentially, because she was an unpopular candidate who ran an unpopular campaign.
Greed, hegemony, out-of-touch, and elitist
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell once described Hillary in rather unkind words as:
“a 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home”
We can see elements of such greed in the book. Like receiving sums of up to six figures in return for delivering speeches, in particular to the banking sector, in her capacity as former Secretary of State. Or revelations that her husband, former president Bill Clinton, was benefiting personally from their charitable foundation.
And despite not growing up rich, she admitted in one speech that she could never understand the point of view that “the system was rigged”. As the book argues, this made her seem like an out-of-touch elitist.
But it was her shrewd foreign policy stance that really damned her in many people’s eyes. And this makes up a large part of the book.