Following the terrible defeat in last year’s presidential election, Hillary Clinton's former campaign team spent much of last week visualizing an alternate universe in which she became president of the United States.
Despite the much lucid dreaming, they insisted, that it could have been a reality if it weren't for FBI Director James Comey and the obvious Russian narrative. Although Clinton took absolute personal responsibility for her November loss in a sit-down with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, she also declared that if the election had been on October 27, she would be the president.
That was the FBI director notified Congress in writing that they were reopening the email investigation. Democrats were outraged that Comey sent this letter, sensing the implication that perhaps something incriminating had been found, only to reaffirm Clinton shouldn't face criminal charges two days before the election.
Hillary Clinton made a statement at the New York City event in which she pointed out that the reason she believes her campaign lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days. She claimed that she was on the way to winning until a combination of James Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for her.
Her former aides also took to the airwaves as they argued more broadly that the 2016 Democratic nominee was treated unfairly.
However, her use of a private server was the basis of the 600 days of email coverage as Daou and another Clinton supporters lament. The emails coverage resonated because the electorate already believed she was untrustworthy. The perception reflected even in exit polls of Democratic primary voters.
It’s around that time that Hillary Clinton got a glimpse of reality, she’ll never be POTUS. The idea of an alternative universe in which Clinton becomes president is one without that private email server.