The Hillary Clinton Books: Stale Coffee Grinds

Two new books about Hillary Clinton are set for release in June. One is by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., the second is by Carl Bernstein.

As for the ridiculous assertion that 20 years ago Hillary and Bill were planning on how to each be two-term Presidents, Media Matters provides the debunking.

What's left is like sifting through old coffee grounds. Do we really need new books re-hashing old Clinton marital woes?

How about the facts? Gerth and Van Natta, Jr. make a big deal out of Hillary's non-review of the National Intelligence Estimate when it came out. Why? It's not as if she claimed otherwise. Only six senators did review it (none of whom are current Presidential contenders.)

When Hillary was asked about this a few weeks ago in New Hampshire, she said she was briefed extensively on it. That only six Senators read it was documented during the 2004 presidential campaign, for example by ABC on 4/14/07 and the Washington Post (article by Dana Priest) on 4/27/04.

More old coffee grinds:

Two more non-scoops in the book:

  • On Hillary running for Governor: Dick Morris and others have been pitching this one since 1999 on both Fox News and Paula Zahn.
  • On Hillary failing the D.C. Bar: She wrote about it in her book, Living History.

The book also contains at least one inaccuracy: Gerth states that Bill Clinton came in third in New Hampshire, when in fact he came in second.

As for author Gerth, Media Matters dissects his career today, including his highly criticized "reporting" on Whitewater and Wen Ho Lee.

Less is known about Bernstein's book which comes out the same day as Gerth's, but it is said to focus on the Clinton's marriage. I can't think of a single marriage in America that's been more dissected then their's. Isn't it time to move on?

I, for one, would welcome an ambitious, determined, confident, focused, intelligent President. That's the impression of Hillary I get after reading the reviews of the books.

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    I must decline (none / 0) (#1)
    by chemoelectric on Fri May 25, 2007 at 11:04:20 PM EST
    I, for one, would welcome an ambitious, determined, confident, focused, intelligent President.

    Sorry, I don't want the job. :)

    how come (none / 0) (#2)
    by cpinva on Sat May 26, 2007 at 04:25:46 AM EST
    it's ok for rudy guliani and john mcain to be ambitious, and seek the office of president, but if hillary does, suddenly "ambition" becomes a 4 letter word?

    you just have to love that double standard for democrats that the MSM has established over the past 16 years; republican ambitious=good, democrat ambitious=power hungry/bad. what a transparently obvious crock!

    i read the review in the times, and so far, just based on what i've read there, i'm underwhelmed by both books. i suspect i could easily spend weeks shredding them.

    Wants a prez who is (none / 0) (#4)
    by diogenes on Sun May 27, 2007 at 07:42:55 PM EST
    "Ambitious, focused, determined, intelligent, confident".
    Wasn't NIXON all of these things too?  
    How about a president who is perceived as honest and likable/charismatic, even by those who disagree with him or her?