The Ever-Evolving Hillary

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    There's Something (Else) about Hillary
    By Kathleen Parker, The Orlando Sentinel
    June 26, 2005

    Love her or hate her, America can't seem to get enough of Sen. Hillary Clinton. The latest literary examination of the former first lady -- The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President by Edward Klein -- has produced an interesting ripple in the Zeitgeist. Nobody much likes it.

    That liberals dislike the book comes as no surprise, but that conservatives are distancing themselves from Klein is interesting. As a former New York Times Magazine editor, part of the liberal mainstream media that members of the VRWC (Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy) love to hate, he would seem a proper new darling for conservatives.

    As an apparent crossover, he might have expected a warm embrace. Instead, he got a Baghdad welcome. Short shrift from the natives, in other words. This rejection from some (though not all) on the right suggests a couple of things:

    One, that Americans of all stripes are tired of nasty, and Klein's treatment of the Clintons is reminiscent of a time we're trying to forget. He focuses overmuch on Hillary's alleged lesbianism, for instance (she didn't shave her legs and underarms at Wellesley!), and even writes that Chelsea was conceived one night when Bill raped Hillary.

    Only the fringiest Clinton-haters could find pleasure with that level of prurient tabloiding of a former U.S. president and a present-day U.S. senator. After a few paragraphs, you find yourself reaching for the Brillo.

    Another possible explanation may be that conservatives understand Hillary Clinton is a serious presidential contender in 2008 and that Klein's book is not helpful. By attacking her in ways that fair-minded Americans find indecent, Klein helps burnish her image as victim.

    Recall that Hillary Clinton was not universally beloved as first lady. Her "Me, Too" co-presidency with Bill, notable for her failed national health-care plan (and her contempt for the stand-by-your-man, cookie-baking wife), won her few friends.

    Enter Monica Lewinsky and, in a miracle of mass empathy, Hillary transmogrified from arrogant political animal to sympathetic do-right woman. Nobody kicks a wounded woman when she's down. In fact, they elect her to the U.S. Senate.

    Never mind that she had never lived in the state in which she was running. Those details could be sorted out in due course. Go Knicks! I mean, go Yankees! Go Palestine! No, Israel. Oh, whatever.

    For full article:
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/columnists/orl-edpparker26062605jun6,0...
     
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    I wonder what Klein's sources are for the Bill raping Hillary anecdote.

    But as for Hillary's college years, that was when she was at her peak. Has anyone seen her graduation speech? She was ready to change the world and create equality between men and women. She was a righteous firecracker.

    Her biggest mistake may have been marrying Bill. She might have been president by now if she hadn't.
     
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    Oh, wasn't that the time when, as a law student, she choose to intern with the communist-defending law firm in California?
     
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    What's wrong with that?

    I don't know why some people are so scared of communists thinkers. Is their faith in the American Republic so weak they believe a couple of communist thinkers will destroy our long-lived government? Plenty of democratic countries throughout the globe have communists parties participating in government and they have not become Cubas.

    This is a free country where people can purport whatever ideas they want. McCarthyism was more akin to Soviet-style policing than anything the communist party in this country has done.

    I'm not a commie, but I'm not afraid of them being allowed to express themselves.
     
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    You're not a commie but you support a commie type for President? :wtf:

    Did you know that once the stage was set, it would only take a few well-placed, key commies to take down a free country?
     
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    I dun know bout you, but I wud rather elect a commie than Hillary! :cheers2:
     
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    You do jest, I'm sure.
     
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    Elect Hillary and you may be pleasantly surprised. :poke:
     

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