The Clinton campaign — a post-mortem

If only Sanders had had a fair shot

I read Joan Vennochi’s column “Hillary Clinton isn’t getting her due” on Tuesday (Opinion, Sept. 12), and thought it a fair and balanced summary of Clinton’s failed candidacy — as far as it went. I noticed, though, that there was no mention of Bernie Sanders. I heard Clinton on NPR a couple hours later, and the Bern was front and center in Hill’s gunsights. Dismissing him as “not a Democrat,” Clinton complained loud and long about both Sanders and his supporters, faulting them along with James Comey and the Russians for her loss.

Clinton is still in deep denial. Perhaps if the vaunted Clinton machine had not hijacked Debbie Wasserman Shultz and the Democratic establishment, if Sanders had had a fair shot at the nomination, and if he, free of “trustworthiness” baggage, had ascended to the nomination, then perhaps we would have a thoughtful, progressive chief executive in the Oval Office instead of its current occupant.

If there is one single person in this country, more than anyone else, who is to blame for the Trump presidency, it is Hillary Clinton.

Gerry McSweeney


Actually, Americans were not sick and tired of hearing about those e-mails


Joan Vennochi’s column on Hillary Clinton and Joanna Weiss’s book review of Clinton’s memoir (“ ‘What Happened’? A better question might be: Why write it?”) offer dramatically different interpretations of how one might analyze and interpret Clinton’s views on what happened. However, like many others who defend or criticize Clinton, they fail to go to the core of what REALLY happened.

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On becoming secretary of state, one of Clinton’s first decisions was to make sure that her communications in that role would not become problematic as she looked ahead to run for president. By using a private e-mail address and a private server, she confirmed to many of the electorate who already lacked trust in her that she was secretive, privileged, and above reproach. The simple fact is that had she not taken this one step, many of the things that did happen in the 2016 presidential race would not have. And had she been open, forthcoming, and honest about her role and actions as secretary of state, she would have won.

David Mahoney


Someday we’ll recognize Clinton as the remarkable woman she is

It’s difficult not to absorb the anti-Hillary Clinton vibes swirling through the atmosphere, and so I’m very grateful to Joan Vennochi for her column bringing needed perspective to the life and career of this most remarkable woman.

I hope Clinton does not have to wait decades before she is generally recognized as an amazing person.

Alice M. Pierce


She took her victory lap too soon

Last week I heard Hillary Clinton admit blithely that she had never considered writing a concession speech. For me, that said it all.


As a reasonably serious sailor, when charting a long voyage — a bit akin to a campaign — what I draft first are my disaster plans. I try, with my sailing partners, to conceive of everything that could go wrong on various legs of the trip, such as the most challenging harbors, the least reliable ground for anchoring, and the regions where rapidly descending fog can wreak havoc on your plans.

The last thing we plan are the celebratory events. Any fool can manage those.

Richard Gonci