Time to Put the “Nothing Burger” Campaign of Hillary Clinton Behind us. All of us.


June 3, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013


nothing burger hillary

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, whose fault is it really after all?


Hard to believe but it has been nearly 7 months since the anchors at CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC nearly had an epic meltdown on live television. The loud, loathsome, real-estate mogul who clearly had “no electoral path to victory” ended up having one-He carved out an historically unlikely path to victory and in doing so did more than just upset the orthodox political apple cart. He upended what for many was seen as less of an actual election (fine, we’ll go through the motions) and more of a “Clinton Coronation.” It was just that this time it wasn’t about Bill Clinton being the “Comeback Kid,” it was about Hillary simply taking, no, earning no, assuming, yes, her rightful place on the Oval Office throne.

It was an inevitable election victory, a done deal for Hillary right up until that moment when it wasn’t and the electoral puzzle pieces began to fall like dominoes to the other guy, the loathsome one.


nothing burger supporters

There, there, he can’t be that bad, right?


Since the wee early hours post-election eve when Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta (he of the hundreds of hacked emails) came out and exhorted sobbing Hillary supporters to “hang in there” but secretly knowing the fight was over this election has been read over, trampled on, exhumed, analyzed and been the recipient of more forensic science than any CSI-Miami case ever.

In short, 7 months after the fact Hillary Clinton (notice no one is introducing her anymore as Madame Secretary like during the campaign?) continues to hold very public soul-searching pity parties as to just why and how she lost the one that was “un-loseable.”

By my unofficial count she has blamed;

James Comey former FBI Director, Russian Hacking, Vladimir Putin, Juilian Assange and WikiLeaks, media coverage of her private email server (which she now calls a “nothing-burger”), Podesta’s campaign management down the stretch, field staff who did not put her where she needed to be, the DNC, mediocre campaign data, her choice of vice-president (she has said it didn’t ignite the base like her staff told her it would) and in one appearance at a NYC forum for women leaders she even blamed a poor choice of outfits that made her look too regal and not “regular guy” enough. No joke.


First 100 days Putin snl

Hillary, babushka, don’t blame me or Trumpy, relax, have a vodka and chill.


If you are wondering, hey what about a lack of a real coherent message, or hey, what about the fact that the Bernie Sanders crowd was a lot more passionate about their candidate, or hey, what about the DNC chair being biased against Bernie and helping Hillary, well, all I can say is that’s just a deplorable way to think on your part. And clearly, none of these valid critiques have either reached the ears of Madame Hillary or if they have she is tone deaf.

Regardless. Enough is enough. Hillary needs to move one as does the entire Democratic Party. Even Joe Biden, good old loyal Joe, recently said that Hillary was never the best candidate and didn’t run a winning campaign. Say it ain’t so Joe, that hurts. Of course, Joe is testing the waters for his 5th (6th? I lost count) run at the White House so he needs to break away from the Clinton crowd and be seen as his own man come 2020.


nothing burger joe biden

Now, don’t any of you go forgetting about old Joe here, ok?


[Note to Hillary and Joe: Are the offices in the East Wing really that much worse than those in the West Wing? Must be.]

Since the election that no one saw coming, the Democratic Party, including their current chair who seems to relish cursing in public and giving the GOP the middle finger, and all the true-Bernie believers, all the Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren supporters and what’s left of the Obama-Clinton coalition, they all need to once and for all put the 2016 presidential election firmly in the rear-view mirror.

Because simply yelling that you are leading “The Resistance” and that you hate Trump and all the evil he stands for may not be enough in the 2018 mid-term elections or the next “Big One” come 2020.


First 100 days sean spicer

I got your resistance right here you pinkos.


If previous post-mortems on presidential races have taught us anything it is this-The one who stands for something will always beat the one that just stands against everything.

Sort of like the Federalists versus the Anti-Federalists way back in 1789 (Hint: The Federalists won).

American voters like what George H. W. Bush once called the “vision thing.” Funny, he lost that year to a Clinton who actually had a clear vision about the economy.

Hillary, take a deep breath, look at yourself in a mirror and for once, just once, be fully authentic with yourself. Then, exhale and move on. There’s much work to be done.

And none of us are getting any younger.





13 thoughts on “Time to Put the “Nothing Burger” Campaign of Hillary Clinton Behind us. All of us.

  1. Sharon Pyles says:

    It has been a long road to recovery for many. It’s hard to believe that it has really only been 7 months since the election because at times, it feels like it has been much, much longer. I do have to agree, it’s time to pull up our “big girl pants” and get back down to business. There are many of us out there who aren’t fans of President Trump nor many of the decisions that he has made but there is a democratic process in place for a reason. Unfortunately, not many of us have really followed it because voting in big elections is all that we felt obligated to do. For those who aren’t happy with decisions being made in Washington, it’s time to pick up the phone and start calling our representatives and letting them know our take on agendas that are being put forth in Congress. Yes, that’s a glass half full vision but we have to use the tools available to us. We can’t pin our hopes on the mid-term elections or even 2020, we need to start making our voices heard now.

  2. Scott Blount says:

    No doubt, both Hillary and the entire DNC need to move on from the 2016 election. The whole thing was a circus unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and as many of us noted on previous blogs last semester…that election was a gold mine for Saturday Night Live, late show hosts, and comedians around the world. The election will not be overturned, and at this point, the more Hillary sits down at these symposiums to boohoo the loss and cast blame all over, the worse it makes her and the Democratic Party look. Hillary should stop the post-election lamentation tour and lay low for a while. She is obviously an intelligent person with quite a bit of valuable experience in domestic and international affairs, and she could still play a helpful role for the Democratic Party. However, she’s not making any friends right now with the blame game. In terms of political opportunity, I see the DNC wandering in the wilderness right now. DNC Chairman Tom Perez comes off as angry and obnoxious from what I’ve seen, and he followed Donna Brazile’s brief, controversial (leaking debate questions to Hillary) tenure as acting DNC Chair. Before Brazile, Debbie Wasserman Schultz wasn’t the most popular DNC Chair, and she also got caught up in the hacked email leaks with her strategy to move Bernie out of Hillary’s way. Trump has shown that he can give the GOP headaches by himself, but as vulnerable as the Trump circus would appear to make GOP officials in the midterms, the Democrats don’t look positioned to take advantage of that vulnerability. The DNC and the Democratic Party need new blood and fresh faces. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi might be safe in their districts, but it’s my opinion that these folks aren’t going to invigorate the party. Joe Biden left the the White House as a popular VP and the person that many people wished represented the Democrats last November. Whether Biden has the desire and the energy left in the tank to run in 2020 is yet to be seen, but the Democrats are going to need to do some soul searching between now and the midterms. I almost get the feeling that they’re just waiting on Trump to really blow it so bad that they regain power and a majority in Congress by default rather than by having a coherent message and plan for the country.


  3. Keiana B. says:

    Its hard to phantom that fact that seven months have passed since we obtained a new president for our country. Most of the democratic parties still has negativity to say about Trump and although I don’t agree with a lot of things he says the fact still remains that he is our president and we just have to Pray for a great four years from him. Many people knew Hilary wouldn’t win just because she brought along so much baggage with her and whether she had a clear precise plan as far as what changes she will be making, it was hard to trust her. Once the emails came out the whole campaign went left along with all the other lies they caught her in. Now Trump didn’t have bedside manners but he did say what he meant and meant what he said. There was no sugar code there. People fail to realize regardless of whose President the President don’t change much its the legislatures and congress. If we want to be heard get enough people to speak out about an issue but it all starts with us as citizens. People easily complain about everything yet do nothing. As far as Biden well He may or may not run for 2020 my personal opinion says i doubt he will. One thing I learned from this past election is that the Democrats need someone Unlike Hilary. No more Clinton. I am interested to see what the 2020 election has in store for us and as far as the running candidates.

  4. Michelle Elliott says:

    Wow, the past couple of years have truly been a whirlwind that has forced most of America to just give up on political coverage and find a nice cupcake war. What has happened to character and leadership? As a girl growing up in the feminist era, I cheered the first Clinton presidency and Hillary’s policy role as a much needed step in the right direction to having a female commander in chief. I believe a female can demonstrate the judgment and leadership needed to effectively govern. The last six months have shown me that this was not the right candidate to make this historic step for women’s rights. Leaders accept responsibility. They do not pass blame. As the candidate, Mrs. Clinton should have had the grace and dignity to accept her loss and the personal accountability to not drag a host of folks down with her. As a moderate, female voter, I feel the Democrats must regroup and discover new candidates with passion for people and service. I completely agree with the need for a positive vision in the party if there is to be future.

  5. Brian Rice says:

    I completely agree that it is time for everyone to move on. I think part of the issue is that both sides made this election up to be the future of our country being at stake. I think everyone got so worked up over the fear of losing that they have become irrational as to what is actually happening. Granted, Trump has made some statements and decisions that are not exactly bringing everyone together, but he has stood by his campaign promises at this point. I have no issues at all with people speaking out against things they don’t agree with, but ultimately the only way to change things is to get out and vote come election time. I also think the media is partly to blame for the issues we are facing today. I think many times stories are only causing more of a divide and not trying to get us to work together to improve our country. In regards to social media, it is hard to even to determine which stories are even accurate. I do think we all have to move past the election results and focus on working together to fix some of our problems. This doesn’t mean that we all have to be happy that Trump is the president, but it does mean that we all need to act like adults and move on. Imagine what good could be done if the time spent “protesting” was instead focused on issues such as childhood hunger, homelessness, and gun violence.

  6. L. James says:

    It is time to move on, plain and simple. I sympathize with Hilary Clinton because it is hard to lose no matter the stakes and it can be painful to face the facts and accept responsibility for your part in the loss. Although I am sympathetic, I must admit that I am tired of the excuses being laid out time and time again. I am also tired of hearing my friends and family talking about the loss, reasons for the loss, and their dislike for Trump. There is a time, as Sharon Pyles put it in the above post, when we need to put on our “big girl pants”. We need to move on. The media should also move on and stop reporting on her latest reasons for the loss.

  7. Trese Flowers says:

    This past election has been quite the pill to swallow. I would agree that there are lots of pieces to this puzzle, one that may not ever be completed. I can admit though, as difficult as this lost election has been it is time to move past this. There is much work to be done in preparation for the mid-term elections of 2018 and the 2020 Presidential election as well. This country is in dire need of good leadership. Leaders with political and foreign policy experience. Leaders with diplomatic attributes and a willingness to represent all American people equally. As much as I have been displeased with the state of the current administration and the utter chaos that it is, I will admit that I pay more attention to the political arena. Perhaps, that is the bright side to this situation because many more people are politically inclined and hopefully they will go to the polls. Sometimes the pot has to be stirred to get the desired outcomes. Now that it’s time to make decisions and effect the change we need to see in this country. This begins with moving on from the 2016 election fiasco.

  8. Bettina says:

    Ah, the imagery: “It was an inevitable election victory, a done deal for Hillary right up until that moment when it wasn’t and the electoral puzzle pieces began to fall like dominoes to the other guy, the loathsome one.”

    I could see the ship was going down in flames when Lady Gaga was called to perform and woe voters in the wee hours of the morning… I honestly think Hillary should end the soul searching and ask her hubby, Bill to repeat what he had indicated to her staff. It is rumored that he advised staff that they were neglecting the area where they thought there would be a blue wall. Walls fall…

    • and new ones get built…maybe!??
      And it must have been odd for Bill C. to go from a “tactical genius” to “let’s have her husband go make a speech far from the candidate.” Really? Wow, way to underuse a very valuable resource Podesta & Co.

  9. Curtis Jones III says:

    I agree that Hillary fought best as she could, but it wasn’t to her avail. She should try to redeem her he perception from the public and continue in philantrhopic work and also becoming an aid to the Democratic party. While she may not have been the best choice to run, whe was the strongest at the time. There is still work to do within the Democratic Party and efforts that can be made to unify the party. I would say however, like the Bush’s, everyone has to move forward and know when to lose gracefully.

  10. Ebony Bowles says:

    While I was one of those that was upset that Hillary lost the election, I do believe that it is now time to move on. Probably there were things that Hillary could have done to run a more efficient campaign, however, dwelling on the matter is a waste of time. Now, we should be focusing on moving forward with President Donald Trump and focusing on our nation’s current matters. Many might believe that Trump is not the best person for the job, but, it’s he who got the job, and according to the rules of our country, he is Mr. President. I believe that Hillary Clinton’s supporters would have more closure if Hillary just came out and accepted full responsibility for the loss. While she claims to have done this, most of her speeches include large “ifs” and “buts” which often place the blame on someone else. It has been about six months now since the inauguration. It’s time to move on.

  11. M. Brown says:

    This post about putting the 2016 presidential election behind us, and more specifically the failed campaign of Secretary Hillary Clinton, has new life and relevance given the release of Mrs. Clinton’s new book entitled “What Happened”. Even though I love to read post-mortems on presidential elections, I struggled with whether I wanted to dive into this latest campaign memoir. News headlines, such as “Democrats dread Hillary’s book tour” (Politico 9/7/17), indicate that others in the political orbit have felt the same degree of hesitancy in reliving the past election, even if it comes from the unfiltered first-hand account of the former Democratic Party nominee.

    The inside stories of past presidential elections have been widely catalogued by journalists, political scientists, and even by the film industry (HBO’s “Recount” and “Game Change”); however, the Clinton book feels different and is somewhat different. The wounds of the 2016 election are still very raw for both political parties, and this particular book (regardless of its intentions) seems to come too soon. Furthermore, there appears to be an unspoken practice that past presidents and past presidential nominees offer some deference to the new president (and to the country) by not re-litigating the recent election. President George W. Bush was very reluctant to offer political commentary after leaving office, and President Barack Obama has generally followed this practice as well (except for his comments about DACA and issuing a statement when President Trump accused the Obama Administration of wiretapping during the presidential transition). Moreover, I cannot recall similar publications being released by Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain, Sec. John Kerry, or even Vice President Al Gore. One could argue that we in a new era of politics where prior customs and traditions are no longer applicable, but this book seems to come at a time when the nation, nor our president, can ill-afford to be distracted from the critical issues of the day. Certainly Mrs. Clinton has a right to express her views and to write books, but her reemergence unites her detractors and opens up new and old divisions among her supporters.

    I ultimately purchased the book because I wanted to read some of the anecdotes from the campaign trail, and see if there were any lessons that were learned from the harrowing experience. In the first few chapters, I have found my reason for reading to be partially fulfilled, but I wish I was reading this book next year. I also think that Mrs. Clinton would have benefitted from showing the same candor during the campaign as she shows in her current book. This may not have had an impact on the election outcome but it would have shown a different aspect of candidate that voters could have appreciated or related to.

    Regardless of the political fodder and/or insight gained from this new book, the overall point that you make in this blog is still true. It is time to move on. I hope that this is the final chapter of the 2016 Presidential Election, but my gut tells me that it is not. Others, including President Trump, will find cause to respond and use this as a rallying cry to further divide the country. Maybe it is a good thing that mid-terms are next year. We will have something else to talk about until the 2020 Presidential Election.

  12. Lucas E says:

    Dr. Rabidoux,

    I was thinking about buying the book. But I’m sure your blog post is the condensed version of Madam Clinton’s account of what happened.

    The most recent political campaigns and election coverage was an absolute circus. Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of it all. Personally, I wasn’t thrilled with either candidate. Yes, I said it. I dare say most people were not happy with their choices at the top of the ticket. I was impressed how many voters left that option blank in larger counties of Georgia.

    A better use of time would be evaluating what happened. And then writing a playbook on how to ensure that history would not repeat itself. Personally, I don’t think the Democrats produced the strongest candidates during the past race. At least voters only had to choose from a handful rather than between 17.

    I fully agree the former secretary had a lot of baggage. The email scandal, Benghazi, Russia, and the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party. Personally, I feel that candidates on both sides pander too hard to their bases then try to pivot during the campaign. However, neither candidate pivoted, but that’s because the political furor of the day wouldn’t allow it.

    Ultimately, she should have campaigned harder. The fact that she is laying blame on the DNC is incredible. The DNC is a more technologically advanced machine than the RNC. Furthermore, the dems have more support from the tech world. I’m not sure why the relationship isn’t being better utilized.

    If the Democrats want to win in 2020, they need to do a better job of uniting the party, create a clear message, leverage tech relationships, campaign in the rust belt, and put forth a candidate that won’t be engaged in a political investigation. Although, Trump won without a clear message while in an investigation. So, some of those ideas may not be required.

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