Jonah Goldberg: Reading between the lines of Clinton's 'Hard Choices'
Not Mike Allen, author of the incestuously insider Politico column “Playbook.”
But the exclamation point was ironic, for Allen immediately dropped what he calls a “truth bomb”: “‘Hard Choices’ is a newsless snore, written so carefully not to offend that it will fuel the notion that politics infuses every part of her life. In this book, like in ‘The Lego Movie’ theme song, everyone is awesome!”
The Washington Post ran an item on how much the book weighs: 2.4 pounds.
Have some sympathy for Clinton. She is an accomplished woman, but writing an exciting book about her unremarkable tenure as Secretary of State would be hard enough. Doing so without throwing the President under the bus and telling other tales out of school is simply impossible.
She told People magazine that she wrote the book herself by hand on paper, “in my little old Chappaqua farmhouse, in the attic where I hang out.”
In fairness, politicians often — usually, in fact — employ ghostwriters. (That’s what my wife does for a living.) But they hate admitting it, which is why Clinton famously refused to acknowledge Barbara Feinman, the ghostwriter of her book “It Takes a Village.”
I have no idea whether Clinton’s remarks were inadvertently laced with sincerity. But you can be sure her explanation was intended to sell herself as the kind of person who knows what it’s like to make ends meet and worry about the high cost of college.
Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and editor-at-large of National Review Online.
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