On Wednesday evening, Hillary Clinton proved that she is now the Captain Ahab of politics: a burned candidate who will spend the rest of her life on a vendetta against those who stole her destiny.
The proof came when CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Clinton whether she would forgive those who didn't support her in the 2016 election, "Do you give absolution to women who didn't vote?"
Clinton was definitive: "No, I don't."
She continued, referencing women who have approached her since the election and apologized for not voting. "When it first started happening ... it was hard for me to comfort somebody who was coming to me and saying I wish I'd done more, and I'm sorry I didn't vote ... so no absolution, but of course, you know, I just hope people will take what happened this time seriously and be willing and able to vote next time."
That statement speaks volumes about Clinton's character: She is arrogant, vindictive, and incapable of moving on.
To be sure, losing the election must have been immensely hard; Clinton traveled relentlessly on barely any sleep for well more than a year, shaking tens of thousands of hands and attending hundreds of events, and then lost. This would take a toll on anybody.
Yet, Clinton has much to live for: She has a daughter and granddaughter who love her, she has her health, many adoring fans, and a stable bank balance. But as a self-declared role model to millions of young women, Clinton also has a responsibility to send a positive message.
What might that message look like? Well, if nothing else, it means Clinton inspiring her followers to move on and embrace big ideas. Here, Clinton would do well to consider how another famous New Yorker dealt with great personal challenge: Lou Gehrig.
After he was diagnosed with a brutal illness, the Yankees hero knew he would die within a short matter of years. By July 4, 1939, his fans knew it as well. Still, Gehrig went to Yankee Stadium and held his head high. Describing his "bad rag," the crowd stayed silent and waited nervously for what he would say next. Gehrig surprised them, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for."
New York and the nation went wild: Gehrig had epitomized courage and leadership.
Sadly, Clinton is unlikely to follow in Gehrig's example. The baseball player might have had his life cut short, but Clinton believes Trump's victory is an eternal theft that must never be forgiven.
As such, I suspect Clinton will live out her many remaining years on the speech circuit, writing more blame-others books, and escalating her blood feud with President Trump.
Fury is now her soulmate. But unlike Captain Ahab, who only hated Moby Dick, Clinton's vendetta is against the entire ocean of society, that which stole her birthright.