Magazine article The American Enterprise

Living Lies. (Scan)

Magazine article The American Enterprise

Living Lies. (Scan)

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Hillary Rodham Clinton's new book, Living History, weaves a tale that only the most gullible will be able to swallow whole. Unfortunately for Clinton, many will find little value in reading a book that so thoroughly strains credulity.

The book reveals nothing new about the junior senator from New York. Clinton presents herself as a harmless school-girl, skipping through life innocently and prayerfully, even as scandals and fraud seem to erupt around her constantly. She claims not to understand why accusations of corruption and dishonesty are thrown her way. She is startled, bewildered, and hurt that people would distrust her and her husband. Before they came to Washington, she mourns, they used to think of themselves as good people. That nasty right-wing conspiracy changed everything.

The naive-girl picture is simply not convincing. It is impossible to believe that a woman of the senator's intelligence could be as oblivious to her surroundings as Clinton claims to have been. And her book betrays the true nature of Clinton's character--she is a woman who serves her political ambitions at any cost.

Perhaps the best case in point is how Senator Clinton sacrifices her allegedly much-loved husband to her Presidential aspirations. Clinton seems to have no concern about any embarrassment to her spouse from her descriptions of certain Monica-related episodes. While she gushes about her husband in early chapters of the book (she keeps "falling in love with him all over again" and "lighting up" when he enters the room), the discussions about Monica are harsh. …

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