Politics 3 telling moments from new book on Hillary Clinton's campaign

20:40  18 april  2017
20:40  18 april  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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Was Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign doomed from the start?

That's what journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes pick apart in their new book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign." Under the guise that Clinton would likely crack that highest of glass ceilings, the pair spent a year and a half reporting on the Clinton campaign, interviewing sources on background.

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"So it wasn't until the final results came in that all of our reporting finally made sense — that foreboding signs along the way had been pointing in the right direction even when they were at odds with the available data," the introduction reads.

Because of the access granted to Allen and Parnes, the book reveals a world in more turmoil than appeared on the surface.

Here are three standout moments from the book.

1) Bernie wondered, "Is there a place for me?"

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who made a strong push against Clinton during the Democratic primaries, wanted someone to run to the left of Clinton. It's no secret that he wasn't a fan of Clinton's policy stances or her ties to big banks.

And that's how he eventually landed in a meeting with Obama aide Alyssa Mastromonaco.

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"I'm not sure sure about this," Sanders told her in October 2014, about seven months before he announced his candidacy. "A lot of people have told me I should run."

"You should only do it if your heart is in it," Mastromonaco replied. "And you shouldn't do it as an issue candidate."

When he wondered if there was a place for him in the race, she said, "I think there's a place for everybody. I don't think it's good for Democrats if there's no challenge in the primaries."

2) Server drama

The mess of Clinton's use of a personal email server during her time as secretary of State was one of her own making.

But that didn't mean she wanted to admit it. And neither did her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

"But Hillary instead turned her fury on her consultants and campaign aides, blaming them for a failure to focus the media on her platform," the book reads. "In her ear the whole time, spurring her on to cast blame on others and never admit to anything, was her husband. Neither Clinton could accept the simple fact that Hillary had hamstrung her own campaign and dealt the most serious blow to her own presidential aspirations."

3) Clinton's apology

On the night of the election, President Obama spoke with Clinton and told her that she needed to concede. Once she made the call to Donald Trump, the president called. Hillary wasn't ready to speak with him, because she recognized that, as the book notes, "she had let him down. She had let herself down. She had let her party down. And she had let her country down."

"Mr. President. I'm sorry," she told him.

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