Sunday, March 5, 2017
Hillary coming to terms with her new life
-- Hillary Clinton, still sorting through the wreckage of her 2016 presidential campaign, recently had former aides on her campaign team meet with outside strategists and consultants to look at what went wrong.
For months, Clinton and her top aides have blamed their devastating loss on FBI Director James Comey and Russia’s interference in the presidential election. While their outlook hasn’t changed, Clinton still wanted a thorough, detailed post-mortem of the campaign.
The meeting — an echo of similar efforts done after Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic primary to Barack Obama — “was an attempt to dot all the i's and cross all the t’s," said one source familiar with the fact-finding mission. “But I don’t think anyone learned all that much.”
Another ally added, “It wasn’t fun for the people who had to sit through it.”
Behind the scenes, the former Democratic nominee has spent the last few months reaching out to donors, associates and friends, many of whom have given their own two cents on the loss.
“She has tried her best to get a full account of what went wrong and where she could have done better,” one longtime friend said.