- Thomson Reuters
- Sen. John McCain of Arizona blasted Hillary Clinton’s postelection book tour as pointless and misguided.
- McCain lost the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama but did not follow the loss up with a book.
- McCain suggested that after Clinton’s loss, the former secretary of state now “doesn’t have anything to do.”
Sen. John McCain of Arizona blasted Hillary Clinton’s recent book and media blitz in a wide-ranging interview with Esquire published Sunday.
“What’s the f—— point? Keep the fight up?” McCain said of Clinton’s postelection retrospective, titled “What Happened.”
McCain, who knows firsthand what it’s like to lose a presidential election, told Esquire that “one of the almost irresistible impulses you have when you lose is to somehow justify why you lost and how you were mistreated.”
McCain did not follow up his election loss with a book chronicling his campaign, though some of his former staff members did.
“The hardest thing to do is to just shut up,” McCain said of the urge to deconstruct an electoral defeat.
But McCain also seemed to place some of the blame for Clinton’s media blitz on her relatively empty schedule. When McCain lost the election to Barack Obama in 2008, he returned to work in the Senate.
While Clinton is involved with her family’s charity and numerous other initiatives, the former secretary of state no longer holds public office or is a candidate to do so.
“History will judge that campaign,” McCain told Esquire of Clinton’s 2016 run. “It’s always a period of time before they do. You’ve got to move on. This is Hillary’s problem right now: She doesn’t have anything to do.”