There is plenty of blame to go around for the demise of one of the most high-profile Democrats in the nation today. However, it seems that for the most part, the responsibility for #Hillary Clinton's defeat can be put onto five people. Herewith is a brief synopsis of how each person is culpable for Clinton's defeat.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
As this observer sees it, the primary blame for Hillary's defeat must be put squarely onto #Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Wasserman-Shultz was emailing Clinton election team players about using Bernie Sanders' Jewish faith as a weapon against him in key primary states to prevent Sanders from being nominated. The emails that she was sending to other Clinton operatives were revealed to the public by Julian Assange's organization, WikiLeaks, a non-profit group that seeks, finds and leaks secret information. Although she still remained on Clinton's official campaign staff, Wasserman-Schultz no longer was in a leadership position and kept a very low profile.
FBI Director #James Comey certainly had a very decisive role in Clinton's election defeat. First, Comey announced that he was recommending that Clinton not be prosecuted by the Justice Department for any of the emails that were leaked involving Wasserman-Schultz. Then, about two weeks before the election, Comey announced that the FBI was re-opening the investigation into Clinton's emails because of emails that had been discovered on the personal computer of Huma Abedin, a top level Clinton operative who was married to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Comey's announcement left a mysterious cloud hanging over the Clinton campaign and this drove many voters away from Clinton. Then, on the weekend before the election, Comey announced that Clinton had been exonerated of any culpability in the email matter; but it was too late. The damage already had been done.
Huma Abedin was culpable in the election defeat primarily because of her storage of over 650,000 emails on her personal computer that either directly or indirectly involved Hillary Clinton. She also was culpable for sharing the same computer with her disgraced husband Anthony Weiner, who was being investigated for sending nude pictures of himself to young women.
Anthony Weiner was culpable by virtue of the fact that he was sending illicit pictures of himself to young women on the same computer that his wife was using for emails to and from Hillary Clinton and Clinton operatives. Weiner should have used better judgment and protected both his wife and the Clinton campaign.
Although he campaigned tirelessly for his wife and was her very best surrogate, Bill Clinton also was indirectly culpable in Clinton's defeat. The Abedin/Weiner matter that arose during the campaign, brought back memories of Bill Clinton's involvement with Monica Lewinsky and his impeachment, which was not helpful to the campaign.
Hillary Clinton is culpable for two basic reasons. One is the fact that she had a private server and sent and received State Department emails on it. Although Clinton was cleared by Comey, the fact that she was involved in sending and receiving State Department emails on a private server did not resonate politically with the American People very well, nor did her explanation for doing so.
Secondly, Clinton is culpable for remaining on the defensive and not being positive enough in her message. She needed to spend more time telling the voters what she was going to do for them and what America would look like with her as President.
In conclusion, these five people most certainly are not the only ones who are culpable in Clinton's defeat. However, the Democratic Party, in evaluating the defeat, should start with those five people and analyze how they could have done things differently. It will go a long ways towards avoiding a repeat of the same kinds of mistakes in 2020.