Hillary Clinton — A Class Act to the End

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The political world is in a state of shock this morning as the implications of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory last night sinks in. Hillary Clinton gracefully conceded the election at about 2 AM on Election Night when she called Donald Trump and congratulated him on his win and made her formal concession speech this morning.

Pundits will no doubt spend months dissecting the election and engage in endless discussions of who what and why. As you read those comments, keep in mind that the entire political class got it mostly wrong. There are lessons from last night that need  to be learned by the Democrat Party, but those lessons are not going to come from the talking heads that will be filling the airwaves in the weeks ahead.

For now, the hope is that President Trump will not be as wild and undisciplined as was candidate Donald Trump. Mr. Trump’s book The Art of the Deal gives some reason for optimism. Trump’s style of governing is likely not to be far removed from his business style. In Trump’s mind, everything is negotiable, and the ground rules for making a deal is to find a compromise that makes sense for everyone. That doesn’t mean that Trump won’t build a wall on the Mexican border, but it does mean that the wall won’t be as big a barrier as some have feared.

The reality is that last night’s defeat could mark the end of Hillary Clinton’s long and distinguished public career. Defeated presidential candidates don’t often get a second chance. The last time a defeated candidate ran was in 1968 when Richard Nixon, who was defeated by John F. Kennedy in 1960, won the nomination and the presidency. But, as Donald Trump has proved in 2016 nothing can be safely assumed in American politics.

Hillary concession speech Wednesday morning was gracious and positive. She pledged her support to President-elect Trump and thanked President Obama and the First Lady for their support and work on behalf of the nation. She encouraged her supporters to keep fighting for the things they believe in and noted America’s long and cherished tradition of a peaceful transition of power.

  • ReubenLA

    It’s been more than a month and the thought of some fascist hateful narcissistic scumbag being president is still a nightmare with which I can’t make peace. Hillary is and will forever be my hero! I hope that she runs again. And I’m still hoping for a miracle that will save this nation from the hateful and evil agenda of Donald Trump and his Russian masters. What will never sink in with me is the unfairness of it all. She was the most qualified candidate who had run in 50 years. She was perfect in the debates. She nailed it when it came to her respectful tone and her message and yet, a Trump crony, a shady sleazeball who is in charge of the FBI basically stole the election and gave it to Trump and his Russian masters. James Comey should be fired NOW! Congress should investigate the Russian manipulation of the election and recognize that there was something fishy about the final counts in the 5 states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida (ugh…Florida!) despite the exit polls showing her winning in all 5 states.