I really hope this is some kind of psychological buffering/protection response from the shock of losing the election, because this is unbelievable (boldface mine):
On a call with surrogates Thursday afternoon, top advisers John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri pinned blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss on a host of uncontrollable headwinds that ultimately felled a well-run campaign that executed a sensible strategy, and a soldier of a candidate who appealed to the broadest coalition of voters in the country.
They shot down questions about whether they should have run a more populist campaign with a greater appeal to angry white voters, pointing to exit polls that showed Clinton beat Trump on the issue of the economy. They explained that internal polling from May showed that attacking Trump on the issue of temperament was a more effective message.
They offered no apology for the unexpected loss.
On the call, Clinton surrogates who have supported the campaign from the outside for the past 18 months offered their thanks to the Brooklyn-based operatives. The mood was light and supportive, with Podesta and Palmieri expressing gratitude for everyone’s hard work.
This is the greatest Democratic electoral failure in my lifetime–and I’m not close to being young anymore. That there is no recognition of the huge number of people who are going to suffer because of their failure is galling. No measure of contrition whatsoever.
As the joke goes, “You had one job, just one job.” And they failed us.
Clean house at the Democratic Party. Do it now.