Clinton’s Coda

“I couldn’t get the job done and I will have to live with that the rest of my life.” – Hillary Clinton in What Happened excerpt

THE HILLARY CLINTON ERA is smashed to smithereens. She’s written What Happened and it goes like this…

“Now we were on a small stage and he followed me closely…”

But Hillary did nothing.

“It was incredibly uncomfortable…”

But Hillary didn’t react.

“He was literally breathing down my neck.”

But she ignored him.

“My skin crawled…”

But she acted like nothing was wrong.

“It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?'”

Yet 10s of millions of Americans had nominated Hillary Clinton for president expecting that she knew what to do.

Still, she wondered…

“Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly, “Back up, you creep. Get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women but you can’t intimidate me. So, back up.”

Donald Trump did “intimidate” Hillary Clinton on the debate stage.

With all Clinton’s experience, she still had not learned to be herself on camera and with the media. We all know why, but to be president she had to slay these demons, and she didn’t.

Any leader who is feeling “incredibly uncomfortable” because a man is “literally breathing down (her) neck,” and making her “skin crawl” does not ignore her instincts. A leader doesn’t “wish (she) could hit pause” to ask people watching what to do. A leader knows, acts, and reacts in the moment.

What happened?

There were warning signs all along. Read here, here and here.

But Trump clobbered Clinton in the voting on November 8, especially in key battleground states, as contrasted with the early voting. [NBC News]

Millions of Americans received the shock of their lives when they found out that after 30 years in public life, a Senate campaign, a 2008 primary season that should have taught Hillary Clinton what she would face from the media, she hadn’t learned anything. The Democratic candidate was less prepared personally for her second campaign than she was her first.

Yes, Clinton made history.

Voting for her was exciting.

But what happened?

Clinton blew it by continually editing herself and not trusting her instincts. She needed to share with the voting populace how she was feeling if they were going to trust her.

It’s a lesson for women everywhere.

Clinton with Diane Sawyer back in 2014

I think I have changed. Not [to] worry so much about what other people are thinking… I’m going to say what I know, what I believe, and let the chips fall where they may.”

Hillary Clinton knew what she needed to do in 2016 but she didn’t do it.

Mrs. Clinton wants to ask people watching her performance what they would have done in her place. It is a powerful revelation from a woman who wanted to be president.

Clinton’s version of What Happened will be worth it if women learn that if anyone is getting in your head and your instincts are screaming at you, don’t swallow it.

Tell people what’s in your heart and trust that they’ll hear you.

…and let the chips fall where they may.