Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Latest Hillary Book Seems Avoidable

I avoided commenting on Ed Klein's latest Hillary book, because the published excerpts seemed so outlandish and unprovable. But John Podhoritz's review hit some nails on the head. Link.
This is one of the most sordid volumes I've ever waded through. Thirty pages into it, I wanted to take a shower. [...]

Despite a distinguished journalistic pedigree including stints as the editor of both Newsweek and The New York Times Magazine, Klein has chosen to emulate the works of the highly dubious bio-defamer Charles Higham, who with the slimmest of evidence wrote books claiming that Errol Flynn was a gay Nazi spy and Howard Hughes was a bisexual.

Klein may offer a few words here or there about Whitewater or Travelgate, but what really floats his boat is the Higham-like notion that Sen. Clinton is secretly a lesbian. [...]

Everything in this book that matters has been written before, and better. Everything else in it shouldn't have been published.

This work sounds so bad that it might discredit well researched anti-Hillary works. Perhaps that is its purpose. I usually blow off conspiracy theories, but Ed Klein's background as editor with Newsweek and the New York Times Magazine definitely precludes his membership in the "vast right-wing conspiracy." But not in the "vast left-wing conspiracy." Could he be trying to improve Hillary's chances by making her a victim in such a clumsy manner?


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