Editorial: Coup by a thousand cuts

A study of the Clinton campaign should remind Dems why they lost

Has your favorite sports team ever lost a game by playing not to lose, or attempting too early to run out the clock?

 

That may sum up the 2016 Hillary Clinton for President campaign.

A new study by the Wesleyan Media Project concludes, as one news report put it, that Clinton’s campaign was “without a doubt one of the worst-run political operations in years.”

By holding back on advertising and failing to engage Americans on meaty policy issues – and, at the same time, concentrating mostly on divisive identity politics and demonizing the opposing candidate and even his supporters – the study says Clinton’s campaign was “devoid of policy discussions in a way not seen in the previous four presidential elections.”

Clinton, a notoriously poor campaigner anyway, was also a very poor candidate: She was dogged until the end by unanswered and troubling questions over her use of a private email server and the risks to national security that caused.

Truth is, all the as-yet unsubstantiated concerns about the Trump campaign’s conversations with Russian officials pale in comparison to Clinton’s national security lapses, which she has yet to be held accountable for.

It’s clear she and her handlers thought she had the election in the bag – so they limited her exposure to voters and her exposition on the issues. She, in effect, thought she could run out the clock.

All this is important to note because, some four months later, Democrats have yet to come to grips with why she lost. They seem to want to blame the Russians. They want to believe it was a messaging problem rather than a substantive one.

This is the worst case of Election Denial in modern American history – and its high fever has led to protesters, rioters, talking heads, celebrities, social media users and, especially, congressional Democrats trying to sabotage the Trump administration, subvert democracy and indirectly invalidate the results.

They show no signs of switching tracks, either. A strategy memo last week by a liberal political action group, Priorities USA, proposed continued personal attacks against Trump and warmed-over tactics from the failed Clinton campaign.

“The memo essentially urges politicians to use the same strategies against Trump that failed so miserably in the 2016 election cycle,” writes DailyCaller.com.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Political warfare doesn’t have to be unceasing. We used to do spirited battle every four years and then lay down our arms until the next election. Not anymore. Democrats are still litigating last November’s election.

We implore our Democrat friends, especially on the national stage, to accept the election result and to recognize their responsibility in it. And we beseech them to abandon their apparent strategy of coup-by-a-thousand-cuts — if for no other reason than the inestimable damage it is doing to the republic.

In the end, it won’t matter what letter our leaders have after their names – “D” or “R” – as long as we join hands in an effort to move this country ahead.

 

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