Hillary's "Ambition"

It seems absurd to debunk a sexist smear, but nonetheless, in today's political world, it must be done. And Greg Sargent, with an assist from Carl Bernstein, does it:

We've just received our copy of Carl Bernstein's new book on Hillary, and something leaps right out at us. Specifically: Bernstein's reporting directly contradicts one of the more important and more damning allegations about Hillary and Bill that is made by former Timesman Jeff Gerth and current Times reporter Don Van Natta in their big forthcoming Hillary book. . . . The charge in question in the Gerth-Van Natta book -- which is called Her Way -- is that just after Bill's election in 1992, he and Hillary were already plotting two terms for her in the White House. . . . But Bernstein's book contains extensive on the record testimony . . . -- that appears to directly contradict this charge.


What's more, the Gerth-Van Natta allegation was directly challenged last week when the one person said by the authors to have first-hand knowledge of the alleged plot to make her President strenuously denied its existence to The Washington Post.

Here's how The Washington Post, which broke the news of the Gerth and Van Natta book's contents in a much-discussed piece last week, described this allegation -- and the key witness' disavowal of its veracity:

The authors report that the Clintons updated their plan after the 1992 election, determining that Hillary would run when Bill left office. They cite two people, Ann Crittenden and John Henry, who said Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and close Clinton friend, told them that the Clintons "still planned two terms in the White House for Bill and, later, two for Hillary." Contacted last night, Branch said that "the story is preposterous" and that "I never heard either Clinton talk about a 'plan' for them both to become president."

Gerth getting a story wrong? Who'da thunk it? Besides Wen Ho Lee of course. And Susan McDougal. And . . .

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    I don't usually respond this way (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by andgarden on Tue May 29, 2007 at 07:46:21 PM EST
    but so what? Hillary isn't my first, second, or third choice, but is there any Presidential candidate without ambition?

    Perhaps this more about the books than (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by oculus on Tue May 29, 2007 at 07:47:35 PM EST
    H. Clinton's ambitions.

    Sexism (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue May 29, 2007 at 07:51:51 PM EST
    Seems it (none / 0) (#5)
    by andgarden on Tue May 29, 2007 at 07:57:56 PM EST
    Maybe we should ask Alito. . .

    I suspect Hillary Clinton admitted in about the (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Tue May 29, 2007 at 07:44:13 PM EST
    5th grade she would like to be President, and, in fact, the first female President.  

    hey, you forgot (none / 0) (#6)
    by cpinva on Wed May 30, 2007 at 01:18:21 AM EST
    whitewater. gerth bungled that so badly, the nyt's finally had to put others on it to clean up his mess.

    i haven't read the book, obviously, but i have to question the veracity of anything written by a guy who became such a financial liability to his employer, specifically because of his clearly identified lack of investigative reportorial skills. or, he's just a pathological liar. you make the call.

    i'm sort of curious to see how much this tome costs his publisher.