Hillary Clinton gave this speech just a few days after the Comey letter dropped, an event that prompted The New York Times to publish an edition with this all-caps headline: “NEW EMAILS JOLT CLINTON CAMPAIGN IN RACE’S LAST DAYS” [PDF].
…8 days BEFORE the 2016 election.pic.twitter.com/0cfevk7Jtr
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) November 30, 2018
I hope Clinton gets some satisfaction from the knowledge that she was right about everything. I doubt it’s much comfort since Clinton doesn’t seem to be the sort of person who sees herself as the center of the universe.
Of course, Trump thinks the sun rises and sets in his pants, and we can see how disastrous it is to put someone like that in charge of a large, rich, diverse, heavily armed country. But less malevolent manifestations of the same pathology greased the skids toward our present catastrophe.
Comey is one example. Following boring old FBI protocol wasn’t good enough for a world-bestriding colossus such as Comey, so he inserted himself into the race, and disaster followed.
The front page of that infamous Times edition showcased another example of the “I am the cosmos” syndrome that was instrumental in bringing a once-great nation low: Clinton beat reporter Amy Chozick, whose byline appeared on an article entitled “With 11 Days to Go, Trump Says Revelation ‘Changes Everything.'”
As y’all may know, Chozick wrote a memoir of her time covering the Clinton campaigns in 2008 and 2016. Her book has been optioned for a TV series, which I sincerely hope is the biggest flop in history. That’s not just me being catty (though I am) — it’s a desire NOT to see someone rewarded for doing a shitty job because we’ll get even more of that behavior.
Anyhoo, in a Guardian interview/book review published in April but newly relevant in light of the revelations about Trump’s Russia ties, Chozick attempts introspection, but it leads right back to her own goddamned navel, as always:
“It’s dizzying to realize that without even knowing it, you’ve ended up on the wrong side of history,” Chozick writes, highlighting the difficulty of reporting on hacked emails belonging to Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. There is almost a tacit admission that perhaps there was some fairness to the Clinton campaign’s repeated suggestion that reporters did not take seriously the alarms they sounded over the Russians and their role in the hacks of Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.
Chozick said Chelsea Clinton’s reaction to her book was part of why she often “felt defeated”. “To be immediately greeted with antagonism when you’re writing something that was pretty sympathetic and self-reflective reminded me of the constant state of play in the campaign where you just can’t win,” she said.
“You write a positive story, there’s something they hate about it.”
Yeah, that’s the important thing here — [sob] “Chelsea haaaaaaates me!”
This post was originally intended to be about Clinton’s prescience, and it is. But it seemed incomplete without showcasing the astounding incompetence and hubris that obscured her prescience. It wasn’t just Comey, and her delusions of grandeur aside, Chozick was merely a bit player, but she’s emblematic of a much larger problem.
It pisses a certain type of person off when a woman is right — not just sexist men, but sometimes grown-ass women who still haven’t gotten over their mommy issues or those who see an advantage for themselves in siding with men to oppose a powerful woman. Call it the Curse of Cassandra.
It’s depressing, but here we are, and I don’t know how we solve this problem.