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The Shocking 'Truth'

All right, I'm reading "The Truth About Hillary." I'm reviewing it for Townhall.
Salacious? Yes.
Embarrassing to read on the Metro? Definitely.
Entertaining? Check (in that beach-trash novel kind of way, which would be fine if it were indeed a novel and I were on Myrtle Beach, but I'm not).

All you've heard about it here and elsewhere is true. In a word, it's yucky. I'm about as far from a Clinton-lover as you can get, but this book has me thinking at every turn of the page, "Hey, he shouldn't say that about her."

And I haven't even gotten to the much-talked-about conception of Chelsea chapter. But surely Klein went to such salacious lengths and used all these anonymous sources to make some cogent points about Hillary's character that will have some impact on her political aspirations. Right? Nope. Here's what I've learned about Hillary so far.

First, Hillary "embraced lesbian culture" while at Wellesley, wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Klein goes to great lengths to connect Hillary with lesbianism, but the whole of the evidence seems to be that she was friends with some lesbians (gasp!) and was a feminist (no!). But at the end of the chapter, he turns around and says that she was probably just interested in lesbianism as a political statement, and that most people thought she was "asexual."

So, now I know that Hillary was a feminist college student who had some lesbian friends and didn't sleep around a lot. Sounds like most of the girls I hung out with in college. Shocking!

Klein also touches on Hillary's body image issues quite a bit. It turns out---get this---that Hillary was slimmer in her college years than she was after she had a baby, and that she's not thrilled about that. So, the truth about Hillary is that she is like virtually every woman in America.

In the end, assuming the Chelsea story is what everyone says, this book will have succeeded in making Hillary into a sympathetic figure and an everywoman. There are plenty of things to write about Hillary that might put a hurt on her political aspirations, but Klein doesn't write them. Instead, he gives cursory attention to the many Clinton scandals in favor of rumors about Hill's booty and booty calls.

Well, I'm off to read more "truth" about Hillary before I go to bed. After that, I think I'll read my Bible to cleanse myself.

Mary Katharine Ham blogs at the Townhall C-Log and doesn't normally read such trashy books.


Comments (7)

After trashing Klein in the... (Below threshold)

After trashing Klein in the USAToday, I was suprised to see an offer to interview him in my e-mail inbox just minutes later. Needless to say I didn't accept the offer...

There's something missing i... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

There's something missing in the whole "could it be true/can't be true" debate about the book. When Klein's story about Bill raping Hillary was outed by Drudge someone on Hillary's staff said she was considering a law suit for this malicious writing, but not a peep from Bill about it. Klein had not accused Hillary of any wrongdoing, only of being a victim. Bill was the only one accused of committing any wrongs, including poor taste in victims, but no threats to sue Klein, at least that I ever heard of. my guess is any suit would only allow Juanita Broaddrick a chance to speak in court. We all know what happened last time they brought in past victims to testify about past behavior patterns of Slick Willie.
I don't approve of this type of book but I approve less of Hillary trying to blame Klein's actions on that ominous right-wing-conspiracy. My guess is that a lot more of the book is true than anyone cares to admit.

As far as I'm concerned, an... (Below threshold)
Tullimoredu:

As far as I'm concerned, anything that keeps her out of the White House cannot be regarded as bad.

From Mary Katharine's glean... (Below threshold)
Sue Dohnim:

From Mary Katharine's gleanings, I am beginning to think that Klein's book is part of a set-up from the Hillary camp. A way to separate Billy Jeff's dubious Presidential legacy from Hillary's potential one - a "divorce" without actually having to get a divorce.

The Hillarites probably thought they could slime most of the rightwing punditry while they were at it, because they (Hillary's minions) were counting on kneejerk robotic praise for the book from the right. They don't seem to understand that we can think for ourselves, unlike the Deaniacs, DUmmies, MoveORONS, and the rest of the shuffling zombie hordes on the left.

I mean come on people, Klein, a former editor of the New York Times, bashing Hillary? Puhleeze.

I'll believe Hillary Clinto... (Below threshold)
-S-:

I'll believe Hillary Clinton is sueing when she does. Until then, suggestions that she's going to do so seem like so much hot air. At least, more of it.

I'm no fan of Klein, but I sure did order a copy from amazon.com and intend to read it.

Where there's smoke, there's fire. And a lot of hot air.

About the homosexuality, her roommate and continued close friend throughout the post-Wellesley years is an attorney activist for "gay/homosexual rights," such as those are alleged to exist.

But, I'd hardly rate Hillary as a guy magnet, let me put it that way.

However, the sexuality thing is wearing thin. As in, I'm not interested so much as I am continually repelled.

What's becoming current leg... (Below threshold)
-S-:

What's becoming current legacy is that Bill has been her project. Everyone should dwell on the portent of that, and then imagine the crafty work that that represents as to future abilities...

There are just far too many bad stories about Hillary Clinton in the real to be unreal. It's not about gender or even sexuality but about other character problems and issues. I used to find her somewhat interesting until she began public speaking and then I realized who she was behind the figurehead. It's not pretty.

So, whatever Klein's tact or lack of it may be, I think what he's written is probably a fifty-fifty generalization that can be taken with both a grain of salt and a glass of tequila. Because a reader will need both.

Oh don't get me wrong, Suzy... (Below threshold)
Sue Dohnim:

Oh don't get me wrong, Suzy, I completely agree with you that Hillary is not Ms. Sweetness & Light. I think it would be literally disastrous for her to step into the Oval Office.

It's just that I feel Klein is throwing out a bunch of chaff to make moderates feel more sympathetic towards Hillary. It's almost as if he's trying to be a caricature of the so-called "Right Wing Propaganda Machine" to elicit ill will towards anyone who criticizes Hillary, no matter how legitimate the criticism.

There are better books out there that give us glimpses of the real Hillary:

Hell To Pay by the late Barbara Olsen.

Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House by Tyrell & Davis.

And who could forget Rewriting History by Dick Morris.

Half the stuff in these books is scary beyond belief, and none of it is the insipid gossipmongering found in Klein's piece of drivel.




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