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  • It became one of those sayings that someone said, others heard, and everyone repeated: "I'm not re-litigating the 2016 Presidential election

  • Except the "Re-Litigation Game" has been flying off the shelves of Politics-R-Us stores all over Our Nation's Capital.

  • There have been a number of books that have already been published about the 2016 election.

  • You may remember, the principal plot point is: Hillary Clinton was supposed to win. Donald Trump won. The rest has been like outtakes of a Marx Brothers movie.

  • Whether the Russians tried to hack the election is no longer in question. Whether they had an effect on the outcome, is still a big question.

  • But, putting the Russians aside for a moment, the books have been focusing on the campaigns themselves, especially Hillary Clinton's campaign.

  • The first book out of the gate, as I remember, was titled "Shattered" a well-sourced book by journalists Johnathan Allen and Amie Parnes. The full name of the book is: "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign."

  • In the National Review of "Shattered," Jim Geraghty quotes the authors' summary thus:
    "We started to piece together a picture that was starkly at odds with the narrative the campaign and the media were portraying publicly. Hillary's campaign was so spirit-crushing that her aides eventually shorthanded the feeling of impending doom with a simple mantra: We're not allowed to have nice things.

  • The internal hand-wringing of "Hillary's Doomed Campaign" appears to be the common theme. Although the notion of her campaign being "doomed" wasn't so apparent until long about 2:30 Wednesday morning when the networks called Wisconsin for Trump pushing him beyond the 270 Electoral Vote victory line.

  • Hillary, her own self, published a book, titled "What Happened" which has the unfortunate effect of making me imagine Hillary waking up, blinking in the mid-summer light of a Chappaqua morning, thinking she is in the White House. Upon realizing, again, she is not, she slurs "Wha' happened?"

  • Jon Mecham's review in the New York Times includes this:
    "Clinton lists the sundry reasons she believed she lost (the overblown email issues, the F.B.I. Director James Comey, Trump's blend of populism and nativism).

  • The latest entry in the list is by Donna Brazile. Its somewhat wordy title is: "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House."

  • In a lengthy pre-publication summary in the Washington Post earlier in the week, Brazile (who is a pal of mine) makes it absolutely clear that the campaign was put together to operate like mission control in Houston. All technology, no heart.

  • According to reporter Philip Rucker, this is how Brazile describes the Brooklyn HQ of the Clinton Campaign:
    "Calm and antiseptic, like a hospital. It had that techno-hush, as if someone had died. I felt like I should whisper. Everybody's fingers were on their keyboards, and no one was looking at anyone else. You half-expected to see someone in a lab coat walk by."

  • Brazile, Rucker reports,
    "paints a scathing portrait of Clinton as a well-intentioned, historic candidate whose campaign was badly mismanaged, took minority constituencies for granted and made blunders with 'stiff' and 'stupid' messages."

  • It seems like the Clinton campaign's principal strategy was to run out the clock beginning even before she announced her candidacy on April 12, 2015.

  • The books about the Donald Trump campaign? Who knows. With the well-documented Non-Disclosure Agreements that people are required to sign even walking by Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, it may well be there will be no insider-authored books.

  • Then again, the whole Trump campaign operation may be revealed in federal court transcripts.

  • But, what do I know? I'm out on bail from the court of public opinion.

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