by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Matthew Walther offers The Week an interesting firsthand account of a recent speech from 20i6 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday evening, it cost me $200 to obtain the privilege of sitting in one of the top rows in the upper balcony section of a massive auditorium and watching a tiny blue dot surrounded by phlegmy yellow light.
The amazing thing about this dot is that it could talk. This was confirmed by sound emerging from speakers hidden somewhere behind me and a glance at the not-even-movie-theater-sized screen behind it. The dot congratulated members of something it called “the Hillary Clinton Fan Club,” which might be because the dot in question was, in fact, the aforementioned former secretary of state herself.
Clinton was here in the appropriately named Hill Auditorium allegedly to promote her new memoir, What Happened. It was the first book tour event that I have ever heard of charging admission, much less offering tickets — mine were among the cheapest — at prices that could easily get you into the Michigan-Ohio State game. There are 3,500 seats in the auditorium, and all of them looked full.
But the really extraordinary thing was that Clinton didn’t actually seem to want to talk about her book. What I heard instead sounded a lot like a cry for help.
A few weeks before Election Day last year, Clinton challenged Donald Trump to say that he would unconditionally accept the results on Nov. 8. It was a perfect gotcha question for someone of Trump’s temperament and he spent days hemming and hawing and publicly weighing various nightmare hypotheticals, but eventually he said that he maybe kind-of would.
It is now clear that someone should have asked Clinton the same question.
Clinton still isn’t accepting “the legitimacy of the election,” as she put it. And why should she, when she knows that more than 200,000 undisclosed individuals in Wisconsin were prevented from voting — they must be the cousins of all those illegal immigrants who, according to Trump, pulled the lever for her in New Hampshire — and that every single one of them supported her?