Wednesday, June 22, 2005

I was Afraid of This

When I first heard the rape story from Ed Klein's book about Hillary, I groaned. Aside from the fact that what she may or may not allowed Bill to get away with in the marriage bed is between them (where it should stay), all this is going to do is raise the, what I call, "martyr factor" for Hillary. Give her an excuse to play the victim card.
I don't seem to be alone in that estimation.Michelle Malkin: HILLARY ON THE SHELF has an excellant rundown of conservative reaction to the book. My favorite line is from John Podhoretz:
This is one of the most sordid volumes I've ever waded through. Thirty pages into it, I wanted to take a shower. Sixty pages into it, I wanted to be decontaminated. And 200 pages into it, I wanted someone to drive stakes through my eyes so I wouldn't have to suffer through another word.
Though Klein suggests in his subtitle that he has written a study of a power-hungry politician — "What She Knew, When She Knew It, And How Far She'll Go to Become President" — he's produced something quite different. An unduly celebratory biography is called a "hagiography." Klein's book is a "hate-eography."

This book is so over the top I have to wonder if maybe Klein is working for Hillary to make her more sympathetic. And believe me, I have even less a desire to see a distaff President Clinton than I did to see the first one.

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