Tony Blankley has read the Hillary book written by Edward Klein and finds that it is a serious effort and not the salacious scandal sheet it appears to be from the pre-publication leaks. Speaking on radio interviews yesterday, Klein, a former Editor in Chief of the New York Times Magazine and Newsweek foreign affairs editor (hardly your average right-wing outlet kinda guy) relates how one interview after another relating to his book release has been mysteriously cancelled.
Who is applying the pressure? You may well ask. Mr. Klein had better get ready to join that list of traitors to the liberal cause who will henceforth be persona non grata in social and political circles. Most who have traveled this path find that not only social invitations dry up, but old friends will soon refuse to speak to you, or acknowledge you publicly.
He might want to talk to any number of former members of the establishment media who have gone off the reservation, people like Bernard Goldberg, who dared to tell the truth about CBS news and media bias in general in his books, "Bias" and "Arrogance". Goldberg related how his social contacts dried up and even old friends who would talk to him in private told him that they dare not speak to him in public because they also would be ostracized.
The liberal reservation is a closed place -- and once you've left -- there is no return. Of course, Klein says he is a fierce independent, registered as such, and seldom even votes, so seriously does he take his responsibility to be an unbiased journalist. Too bad he has just killed off any opportunity to pursue his chosen field by being exactly that -- fair -- and unbiased.
It is clear that Katie Couric has not scheduled four consecutive days on the Today Show to showcase his book as she did when Kitty Kelly's salacious and badly-resourced gossip rag about the Bushes came out earlier this year. Before Kelly's book was even out, most of her sources for the most outrageous allegations had disavowed the quotes in the book -- but that did not prevent the Today Show from its marathon presentation of every juicy, unsubstantiated detail, breathlessly panted over by the shocked and disturbed Katie.
Tony Blankley has changed my mind -- I'm definitely going to read this book. Anyone who plans to watch politics in the coming years would do well to be aware of the background and makeup of one of the potentially most powerful players in our countries political future.
Liberals may want to take a look at Hillary's ruthlessness as well, as the excerpt below shows. With Hillary, it's "all for the children", except when it's not in Hillary's political interest.
Proceed at your own risk.
About once a year I review a book in this column that ought to be required reading for people who care about politics. Edward Klein's "The Truth About Hillary" is such a book. The pre-publication leak about the book -- that Bill Clinton had allegedly talked about raping his wife -- was off-putting for me. I don't usually waste my time reading salacious scandal books from the Left or the Right. But I was advised to take a look at this book, which I read last weekend.
�It was worth my time. This is not a scandal book intended merely to gratify the reader's salacious interests. Instead, Mr. Klein has written a serious political and psychological biography of the most likely next Democratic nominee for president -- and thus, quite plausibly, I fear, the next president of the United States.
. . . If readers with a taste for realpolitic find the previous Nixon endorsement of her toughness comforting, liberals will find chapter 39 positively chilling. Therein Mr. Klein describes Sen. Clinton's encounter with some New York liberals who had raised money and campaigned for her, and had close ties to Marian Wright Edelman (Mrs. Clinton's ideological godmother.) The women had come in to seek Sen. Clinton's support for a child-care bill.
When they asked her why she was not supporting it, Sen. Clinton explained: "It's not going to fly. I'm not going to spend my political capital on something that is doomed before it starts." The women responded: "We want you to spend your capital whether you win or not � If it was Ted Kennedy, he'd stand on what he believes." Hillary bristled at the invidious comparison between her and Ted Kennedy �
"If you don't understand my position, there is nothing more to say. I have other people waiting � Goodbye." And with that, she strode out of the room in a huff." The women understood quite well: " � she will do anything to get to the White House, including dropping child care."