WASHINGTON – The publication that announced a boycott of Donald Trump campaign news, then covered it only in its entertainment section before finally looking for any way to trash him with invectives that would put MSNBC to shame, became the first to publish a political obituary on the flailing campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Titled “Why Hillary Lost: A Premature Obit” and written by the Huffington Post’s “global editorial director” Howard Fineman, formerly Newsweek’s chief political correspondent, senior editor and deputy Washington bureau chief, begins: “On the high, crenelated ramparts of Castle Clinton, a chill breeze is stirring – a faint but gnawing sense that the White Walkers are coming, wearing ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN’ baseball caps on their skinless noggins.”
It marked another bad week for Mrs. Clinton, who took to blaming her opponent for ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota over the weekend.
“If Donald Trump does sack the fortress, no one who lost the battle will want to admit it was Hillary Clinton’s fault,” Fineman writes. “It will have had nothing to do with, say, ‘transparency’ or calling bearded villagers ‘deplorables’ or the Iraq War vote or the simple fact that middle-of-the-road Clintonism ran out of gas as a public philosophy. No, other individuals, groups and forces will have to be blamed. In fact, they already are, pre-emptively. If Trump wins, we’re all going to be too busy moving to Canada to read the postmortems (or write them), so we offer them to you now:”
Among the amusing blame-game excuses the more-progressive-than-thou Fineman cites:
- “THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING: Actually, they arrived long ago and got into her phone,” the Huffington Post muses.
- “BERNIE SANDERS: Remember when people worried that running unopposed in the primary would hurt Clinton?” Fineman asks rhetorically. “It’s going to be an endless wail about how Sanders should have withdrawn sooner.”
- “BILL CLINTON: You know how this will go down: Best campaigner of all time and he couldn’t close the sale. He lost his mojo.”
- “OBAMA PEOPLE: If they could delete all of David Axelrod’s tweets, they would.”
- “JAMES COMEY: He might as well have indicted her for real, like he did in the court of public opinion. Extremely careless.”
- “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ AND THE DNC: Her Soviet-style approach to boosting Clinton was something that Hillary’s campaign was happy to countenance. But the former DNC chair should have left room for dissent rather than let it bottle up.”
Some of the other reasons from the 68-year-old Fineman could not be published in a family news site.
The founder of the Huffington Post, Ariana Huffington, recently retired from the site, which, after buying massive amounts of traffic and building up its revenues to $146 million at its peak and a partnership with AOL, failed to turn a profit.