When I was in high school I ran for student counsel. My opponent was popular – and a useless twit. I stood in front of my classmates in my school audition and made my bid for office. I told them everything that I could do for them. Then I told them that my opponent would not last the year.
And that is how I lost the election. People always support the underdog.
I was correct, of course. The twit did not last the year and student counsel came running to me begging me to take his place. I refused saying that the people had made their choice and we would all have to pay the price for it.
But I had learned a valuable lesson.
Some years later, when I was in university, I ran for office again. This time I took a different tack. When it came time to make my election speech, I spoke very highly of my opponents (indeed, I knew one of them from high school) and said that I would be glad to work with them. But then I made it clear why I was the best choice, clear enough that I was elected.
I won and so did the electorate because my opponents became my allies on counsel and I had a good year working with them.
Play the game, Mrs Clinton, but play it better.
And be advised, I am not your supporter. But I am also far too practical to support the circus that the US electoral race has become.