As the world knows, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent the first fifty years of her life obsessed with her quest to become The First Woman President. And now that the effort has ended in failure she seems determined to spend the next twenty years gnawing on and lamenting her loss. That and trying to fix public opinion so that the blame for this unhappy debacle falls on somebody other than herself. As Donald Trump blamed his loss in the popular vote on "alien" voters, so Clinton blames other people for her Electoral College fiasco, citing FBI director James Comey for his Oct. 28 letter, and Barack Obama for not making more of a fuss on the WikiLeaks scandal, while ignoring the great many things she did wrong.
Did Obama tell her to use an unsafe, insecure private server while holding one of the most sensitive posts in the government, set up a play-for-pay situation at the Clinton Foundation, and rake in obscene sums of money for boilerplate speeches until almost the day she announced?
Did Obama and Comey urge Bill Clinton to stroll across the tarmac at the airport in Phoenix on a nice day in June for the half-hour chat with Attorney General Loretta Lynch that forced her to recuse herself from the investigation, and thereby push Comey, under a cloud of suspicion of Hillary-preference, into his unsought-after prominence?
Did Comey tell Anthony Weiner to send obscene texts to minors from the laptop he shared with his wife so that the issue would surface at just the wrong moment?
Did he tell Huma Abedin to stay with her husband? Did he urge them to marry at all?
There seems no end at all to their so-called malfeasance, though any sane person will tell you that both of the Obamas busted their guts and maybe their vocal chords in their strenuous efforts to elect the former first lady; that Comey was in a box in which the Clintons, Weiner and Lynch acting together had placed him; and that the circumstances that made her effort end badly came from her very own friends and supporters, their wayward ex-spouses, and then from the Clintons themselves.
What her real friends should have done before all this started was to sit down with Hillary and explain calmly to her that every election has winners and losers, that people who run stand a good chance of losing, and that when one loses, it hurts. "HURTS," George H.W. Bush wrote in his diary after his loss to Bill Clinton.
In the late 80's, Walter Mondale, who in 1984 lost in a landslide to Reagan, asked George McGovern, who lost in a landslide 12 years earlier to Richard M. Nixon, when it stopped hurting. "I'll let you know when I get there," McGovern said.
Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, Bob Dole, Al Gore, John Kerry, John McCain and Mitt Romney all lost, and none carried on quite as Clinton is doing. Kerry and McCain went back to their day jobs, Kerry becoming a member of Obama's cabinet and McCain winning his sixth term at 80, and not losing steam.
But don't say this election didn't make history: Hillary, who began her political life as a president's wife, and in 1998 blamed his troubles and hers on a "vast right-wing conspiracy" that didn't exist, has now found a left-wing conspiracy on which to blame everything. Of course, the supposed conspiracy was headed by a liberal president who had a great deal to lose by her loss.
Noemie Emery, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."