Imagine being so bitter about losing an election that you launch a publicity tour less than a year later to blame your loss on everyone but yourself.
Imagine losing a winnable election to a massively unpopular candidate, and still refusing to concede that you made some glaringly obvious mistakes in the race.
That dream is becoming a reality with Hillary Clinton's newest campaign.
The former secretary of state is hitting the media circuit this week to promote her new book, "What Happened," which is basically 500-plus-pages of her explaining why she's not responsible for losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
Rather, everyone else let her down, the failed presidential candidate will argue in her upcoming book. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., let her down. Former FBI Director James B. Comey let her down. The media let her down. The voters let her down.
The main point, she will argue in the days to come, is that a "perfect storm" formed against her, stealing an otherwise easy win from her and handing it to the unlikeliest of candidates.
Readers got a sample of what's to come on the book tour when Clinton sat down recently with "CBS Sunday Morning" anchor Jane Pauley to talk about "What Happened." It was Clinton's first television interview since Election Night last year, and she is clearly still smarting from the loss.
"I just felt this enormous letdown. This kind of loss of feeling and direction and sadness," a teary-eyed Clinton told Pauley, describing how she felt in the days immediately following the election. "I couldn't feel. I couldn't think. I was just gobsmacked. Wiped out."
More remarkable than Clinton's claim that she lost basic functions after losing the election is her constant, steadfast refusal to own up to her own mistakes, including her hare-brained decision to condemn Trump supporters as "irredeemable" bigots.
Clinton first said in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 in September 2016 that some of the GOP nominee's supporters stood for the worst sorts of prejudices imaginable. Later, at a fundraiser in New York City in September, Clinton took it a step further and said that "half" of Trump's supporters were "irredeemable" racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes, Islamaphobes, "you name it."
The reaction was exactly what you'd expect: Trump capitalized on her remarks, and the title "deplorable" was soon adopted by his supporters as a badge of honor.
The twice-failed presidential candidate, for her part, refuses to concede that this and other unforced errors by herself and her campaign played any sort of role in her eventual loss to Trump.
"[Trump] turned out to be a very effective reality TV star – " Clinton started to say in her interview with CBS' Pauley, explaining why she didn't think twice about directly attacking her opponent's supporters.
"You fed into that, though, when you said, ‘basket of deplorables.' You energized," Pauley interjected.
Clinton coolly dismissed this, saying, "No, but they were already energized."
"But you offended some people who didn't personally feel ‘deplorable' at all," the CBS journalist persisted.
"I don't buy that. I don't buy that. I'm sorry I gave him a political gift of any kind, but I don't think that was determinative," Clinton said dismissively.
"It was a gift," Pauley smiled.
She is right. The Democratic candidate's remarks repulsed undecided voters, according to a consultant who was hired by the Clinton's team to track that specific voting bloc.
"[A]ll hell broke loose," Diane Hessan recalled, referring to her following of the "deplorables" comment.
"There was one moment when I saw more undecided voters shift to Trump than any other, when it all changed, when voters began to speak differently about their choice," she added in her column, which was published by the Boston Globe just days after the 2016 election. "It wasn't FBI Director James Comey, Part One or Part Two; it wasn't Benghazi or the e-mails or Bill Clinton's visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac. No, the conversation shifted the most during the weekend of Sept. 9, after Clinton said, ‘You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.'"
Clinton flat-out disagrees with this assessment. The way Clinton sees it, she didn't lose 2016 because she alienated undecided voters and snubbed important Midwestern states. She didn't lose because her campaign decided to ignore white and working-class voters. She lost because Russia and the FBI stole the election from her.
At least, that's the story she's going with, and you can listen to her tell it now for anywhere between $50 and $2,000 per ticket.