Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:17PM
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
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The Democratic Party establishment is largely responsible for losing the White House to Republican candidate Donald Trump, but it is blaming everyone but themselves, according to Myles Hoenig, an American political analyst and activist.

“This was an election for the Clinton campaign to lose and they did an excellent job of losing,” Hoenig, a Green Party candidate for Congress, said in a phone interview with Press TV on Friday.

After blaming the FBI and less educated voters for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s defeat, her campaign has turned its attention to third-party candidates and their supporters. 

Clinton’s supporters rushed to various social networking sites on Wednesday to express their fury at people who voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein for ending Clinton’s White House ambitions.

The former secretary of state’s camp believed she would have beaten Trump with the help of third-party voters, since in some key states the gap between the two candidates was smaller than the total votes given to Stein and Johnson.

Clinton machine’s blame game

“The entire Democratic Party machine, including its tools in the media, like Rachel Maddow, are doing what they are most experienced in doing - blaming everyone but themselves for their own miserable failures,” Hoenig said.

“It’s almost funny that they are once again blaming third parties for their loss. In 2000, ten million Democrats voted for George W. Bush as they fielded a very poor candidate yet they blamed their loss on 500 plus votes cast for the Green Party in Florida. Mr. Gore couldn’t even win his home state,” he stated.

“Although both third party candidates did better than anytime in previous elections, they both underperformed if the ultimate goal was to reach 5%. That would have given any third party greater access to ballots in the 50 states as well as between 8 and 10 million dollars in federal funds,” the activist noted.

“Some states would provide instant ballot access, relieving the pressure off of organizers to work on issues: electoral issues, campaigns, party building,” he added.

‘Losing side is ignoring another factor’

Hoenig said that “the losing side is ignoring another factor, which by itself, could be considered the sole reason for its loss to Trump. They rigged the primary election to nominate the very worst possible candidate, the only one who could lose to such an individual like Trump.”

“The Clinton campaign did nearly everything wrong a well-funded, politically ‘savvy’ campaign would not do. They restricted access to the media, except for one on one interviews with agents clearly identified as supporters. In the beginning they even roped off journalists sending the message that they were in complete control, not leaving anything to chance, such as an awkward or embarrassing question,” he argued.

“They rigged the primary elections in such an obvious way that for many Sanders’s supporters, that became as much of an issue as her policies,” the analyst pointed out.

Clinton campaign nexus with media

“Additionally, WikiLeaks clearly show collusion between the media and the Clinton campaign as well as the DNC, Democratic National Committee, and the campaign. That was in clear violation of their internal rules and it was only due to the leaks that individuals like Debbie Wasserman Schultz were forced to step down. Her replacement, Donna Brazille, has been outed for being a conduit between Clinton and CNN,” Hoenig said.

“In spite of all of this, the Clinton campaign and the DNC never accepted responsibility for their role in this debacle. Worse, they tried for several weeks leading up to Election Day to blame Russia for hacking their files and releasing the information,” he observed.

“There is no credible evidence that the Russian government was involved and their attempt to divert attention to the alleged messenger, rather than the message, only worked for those already committed to her,” he said.

‘This was an election for Clinton to lose’

“This was an election for the Clinton campaign to lose and they did an excellent job of losing. For the next few years they will continue to find excuses for why they lost, rather than accepting responsibility. It is very likely that ‘President’ Trump will make it easy for the Democrats to coalesce behind another anointed nominee but that would only apply to the most stalwart supporters,” he said.

“Younger voters will either remember what she did to the Sanders campaign or they would likely be voters with little or no affinity for the Democratic Party,” the analyst concluded.