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SAN DIEGO -- Hillary Clinton is so thoughtful. As busy as she is peddling a book that blames her election loss on everyone but herself -- including members of her own party -- the 2016 Democratic nominee still makes time to worry about others.

And lately, she has been worried about, of all things, her chief nemesis: the GOP.

"There are a lot of things that I worry about," she recently told ABC News. "This is actually on my list, of what I worry about. The Republican Party is imploding."

The former Goldwater girl insists she is not alone in reaching this conclusion.

"We've seen in the last week, we've seen Bob Corker, we've seen Jeff Flake ... there are a lot of other people in the Republican Party who feel exactly the same way."

Neither Sen. Flake nor Sen. Corker are seeking re-election, and so they can speak freely. Both have been critical of President Trump and his policies, and they've been hammered for their defiance on Fox News and conservative talk radio.

Clinton thinks the implosion stems from the fact that the GOP has purged the moderates and been taken over by extremists.

"It is becoming a far-right, captive party to ideological religious and commercial interests," she said.

No argument. Clinton is spot-on when she talks about what has become of the Republican Party in the Trump Era.

But imagine how much more effective her criticism would be if some of it were aimed at her own party, and -- even better -- at herself. When she talks about the Republican Party being "at the mercy of its financial backers and a cabal of leaders who ... maintain power for themselves and those who are like-minded," she could just as easily be talking about the Democratic Party. The two parties are twinsies.

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