Winning and Losing Simultaneously
During the election, I worried what would be better for Hillary Rodham Clinton personally: if she won, what would her former opponent Donald J. Trump do? How far would talk of a “rigged election” go? What new falsehoods would he invent about Clinton? Could he top the lie he started and perpetuated about President Barack Obama not being a US Citizen — a fabrication he perpetuated until holding a press conference at his Washington DC hotel to say he finished it?
But Trump wasn’t my only concern. It was the Republican Party. While Clinton received high marks from Republican Senators while on Capitol Hill, Republican strategy has changed. If Republicans could hold off on meeting on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, what possible chances of successful governing could Clinton (or any Democrat) possibly have had? In the final weeks of the campaign, Republicans upped the ante by saying that any SCOTUS nominee under Clinton would be blocked. I feared she would have been a lame duck President before taking office and would be viewed by history as a colossal failure.
The alternative would be to lose. If she lost, I feared that she would spend years being paraded around for show trials. (As a reminder, The Benghazi Investigation took longer than the 9/11 Commission Report.)
During the campaign, I did not consider a scenario where Trump would win the electoral votes needed to be President, while Clinton would win the popular vote. With her on track to win the popular vote, Clinton’s both lost and won. While she may not have broken a glass ceiling she wanted to break, Clinton is hopefully free to continue doing all the good that one can, for all the people one can, for as long as one can in ways that none of us have yet to imagine.