2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton apparently has both a short memory and an incompetent staff working for her.
Last Thursday Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, asked her opinion of critics who tell her to "get off the public stage and shut up."
The question was prompted by Clinton’s 17-month-long “excuse tour” of blaming her election loss on everything but herself. Fox News Channel’s Gregg Jarrett reported last September that as of then, the former first lady had given 56 such excuses (and counting).
Sexism has always topped her list of justifications, and she used it again when answering Mandel.
"I was really struck by how people said that to me — mostly people in the press, for whatever reason — mostly, 'Go away, go away,'" Clinton said.
"I had one of the young people who works for me go back and do a bit of research. They never said that to any man who was not elected. I was kind of struck by that."
She got it wrong. Actually, every losing presidential candidate in recent memory has been told to “shut up” at least once after his loss.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney failed in his bid to wrest the White House from incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012.
New York magazine reported that the Republican establishment went on the attack when Romney offered his own opinion of what led to his defeat. The article was headlined, “Republicans Really Wish That Mitt Romney Would Shut Up Now.”
Years later, when Romney criticized Donald Trump during Trump’s own presidential campaign, former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Herschel Walker told Romney — and 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain — to keep their opinions to themselves.
"McCain and Romney lost the playoffs years ago yet they want to talk about someone getting ready for the Super Bowl,” he told TMZ. “Think about that."
Romney got it from both sides. The Daily Kos told Romney to "shut the (expletive) up."
Barely a week goes by that McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, isn’t told to shut up. In addition to Walker’s statement to TMZ, another Hollywood insider, game show host Chuck Woolery, told the Arizona Republican to “shut up” about Trump.
“John McCain needs to shut up,” Woolery tweeted. “I don't know who he thinks he speaks for, Sucking up to the MSM against Trump. Typically Republican.”
Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who lost to incumbent President George W. Bush in 2004, wasn’t spared either.
Then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted Kerry for his claim that terrorists may have had a “rationale” for attacking the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine.
"He needs to get some sleep and shut up," Christie said.
A string of climate change critics have told former Vice President Al Gore, who lost his own 2000 presidential bid, to “shut up” as posted here, here and here.
Similarly, bloggers asked former Sen. Robert Dole (1996’s loser) to “shut up,” and at least one heckler told former President George H.W. Bush to do the same after losing his 1992 re-election bid to Bill Clinton.
If one were to check the 1792 newspapers, one may even find an article telling John Adams to shut up after his defeat to George Washington.
But back to Gore. Like Hillary Clinton, Gore won the popular ballot but fell short on electoral votes. The similar circumstances prompted former Clinton chief strategist Mark Penn to tell her to be more gracious in defeat as Gore was.
And that’s the crux of the criticism directed at Clinton. When she claimed that no man had ever been told to shut up after losing an election, actor James Woods’ reply was blunt and succinct
“They don’t have to,” he tweeted. “Other losers have enough dignity not to whine about it for a year and a half non-stop.”
Woods followed that up with a bit of advice.
“Sweetie, you simply MUST stop talking about this loss,” he said. “It’s becoming a soap opera level tragedy. Go on a wine tasting tour. Knit. Get a pet. Anything. Just. Stop. Talking.”
Good advice, if it’s Clinton’s goal to restore a scintilla of dignity and respect. If not, then by all means, carry on.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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