'What Happened'? Hillary happened

Hillary Clinton is back in the spotlight embarking on a 15-city tour to promote her new book, "What Happened." The twice-failed presidential candidate promises to provide her personal take into the 2016 election defeat — a defeat many political pundits view as the most devastating electoral collapse in American history.

Two weeks out from the November vote, the polls showed Clinton winning in a landslide with coattails long enough to pull a sufficient number of Democrats over the finish line to regain control of both the Senate and House. How, then, was Hillary able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

In her book, Hillary emerges as a sore loser — a Master of Whine blaming everybody but herself. It was the Russians, the New York Times, James Comey, Bernie Sanders, a bunch of deplorable ad nauseum. The Democratic candidate seems incapable of taking personal responsibility for her loss.

From my perspective, Hillary was a weak candidate who ran a poor campaign. She was tone deaf and unable to connect with the blue collar worker of the nation's heartland. Her comment calling a sizable number of voters "a basket of deplorables" was ill-advised, to put it mildly.

Other contributing factors were: 2016 was a change election based on historical patterns; the rate increases in the Affordable Care Act, which hit voters prior to the election; and the fact that Donald Trump simply outworked Hillary in the final days of the campaign, holding more events.

John Kubik

Trail Creek

 

Thanks to ER staff

After my last visit to the emergency room (at Franciscan Health Michigan City), I just wanted to say a big thank you to Dr. Wisdom, and nurses Daphne and Nora. You three are (a testament) to your profession.

Thank you.

Danelle Mohamed

Michigan City

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