Hillary Could Use Mitt Romney's Advice About Gracefully Losing An Election

Reagan McCarthy
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Posted: Jun 02, 2017 4:30 PM
Hillary Could Use Mitt Romney's Advice About Gracefully Losing An Election

Hillary Clinton has been seen in the public eye consistently, reflecting on her failed 2016 election bid.

It is no secret that the two-time presidential hopeful is assigning blame to everyone and everything under the sun, including but not limited to: James Comey, Russia, misogyny, suburban women, Netflix, the Democratic National Committee, Wikileaks, The New York Times, low information voters, Barack Obama, The Republican Party, people wanting change, people assuming she would win, and bad polling numbers. Who knows what she will come up with next.

Hillary’s post-election sentiments are the polar opposite of 2012 Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney. After a difficult loss to the Democratic incumbent, Romney reflected on his presidential bid in an interview with Chris Wallace. 

“It's hard...There was so much passion from the people that were helping us, and we’d really let them down,” Romney said.

Romney did criticize then-President Barack Obama, but on a policy basis. The former Republican candidate denounced Obamacare, which pushed Obama over the edge to win the election, even though the law would later implode, causing American health insurance premiums and deductibles to skyrocket. Romney also rightly criticized the former president’s famous sequester, originated in August 2011, deal that cut defense spending immensely. This deal that President Obama claimed would “Never happen.”

Hillary Clinton, in a recent interview with MSNBC, did take responsibility for her election decisions, but not for her loss:

"I take responsibility for every decision I make -- but that's not why I lost.”

After that sentiment, which was a backwards acceptance for her epic loss, Clinton began blaming every factor but she herself for 2016:

“He dumped that on me on October 28th, and I immediately start falling,” Clinton said of former FBI Director James Comey’s letter about her investigation.

On her own party, specifically the Democratic National Committee, Clinton had no thank-you’s or compliments to the people who gave her the nomination:

“I inherited nothing from the Democratic Party. It was bankrupt, it was on the verge of insolvency, its data was mediocre to poor, nonexistent, wrong...I had to inject money into it [DNC].”

Clinton even claims that she had essentially secured the presidency:

“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28th and the Russian Wikileaks that raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me...Those became the biggest reasons why I lost.”

Most fittingly, Clinton blames sexism and misogyny for her loss:

“I do think it [misogyny] played a role.”

Mitt Romney never blamed anyone but himself and his campaign for his 2012 loss. He admitted that the Obama-Biden campaign had stellar ground-game and resonated with the American people.

“You look back at the campaign and you say, “Okay what did the president do well?”, and you acknowledge that his campaign did a number of things very effectively. I went through all the mistakes I made...but you move on. I don’t spend my life looking back,” Romney said.

The difference between the post-election remarks of Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton, who both lost their respective 2012 and 2016 election bids, could not be more staunch. Hillary Clinton cannot move on from her loss to Donald Trump and continues to invent new factors that contributed to her failed presidential bid. Any factor other than herself, of course. 

Note: Mitt Romney warned the American people about Russia in 2012 and was mocked by Hillary, Obama, Biden and the Democratic party.