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In this conservative manifesto, New York Post columnist Podhoretz feeds the partisan flames with this splash of gasoline: not only is Hillary Clinton intent on running for president in 2008, but she has every chance of winning. Claiming that Hillary's presidential aspirations represent "a colossal threat to the nation's economic viability and its national security," Podhoretz lays out a plea and a plan for conservative action. With a blunt style and a knack for clear-eyed examination of the political horizon, Podhoretz stirs up conservative panic by explaining how Hillary's "high negatives" can work in her favor (employing the old "there's no such thing as bad publicity" angle), and how her distasteful feminism (as well as her distasteful husband) effectively innoculate her from criticism. Podhoretz offers a "Ten Point Plan" to beat Hillary in 2008, a strategy that involves forcing Hillary to go on the record in defense of unpopular liberal positions, resisting the splintering of the Republican party over delicate social issues, and nominating for president a moderate Republican with broad appeal-namely, Rudy Giuliani. Strident but incisive, Podhoretz warns that "Bush's triumph in 2004 may be unduplicable," a statement that should mobilize conservatives to assure that the Clintons don't get back into the White House.
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Praise for John Podhoretz’s bestselling Bush Country


“A book that comes barreling into the arena spraying sawdust in all directions and itching for a fight . . . An important corrective . . . Refreshing.” —New York Times


“Utterly convincing . . . An accurate, well-written, and inspiring account.” —National Review


“Carefully and urgently reasoned, with a number of deserved ‘dope slaps’ administered along the way.” —Washington Times


“A fun read, filled with telling political observations . . . The combination of immediate political smarts and longer-term understanding studs Bush Country with moments of real insight into our current situation.” —Weekly Standard


“Podhoretz’s book truly shines . . . [A] brief, engaging, and very impressive book.” —Commentary


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307337928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307337924
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,182,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on May 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Can She Be Stopped?: Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President of the United States Unless . . .

Who will read this book?: 1) People who despise Hillary Clinton and what she stands for, 2) activists who despise Democrats, 3) Republicans who are looking for a victory in 2008, and 4) Democrats who want to understand what the fuss is about. Jane and Joe public will NOT read this book. That is not a problem, because this book really is a recipe for defeating not only Hillary Clinton in 2008 but defeating her ideas. It is meant to be read by political strategists, and perhaps secondarily by those who donate funds to political campaigns.

For a number of reasons, author John Podhoretz thinks that defeating Hillary is a good idea. Half the book explains why.

John Podhoretz also recognizes that Hillary Clinton is a powerful and viable candidate for the position of President of the United States. He doesn't find this an attractive possibility, and thus presents his list of 10 ways Hillary can be defeated:

1. Smoke her out... she is neither a centrist nor a moderate. "... A transparent Hillary is probably an unelectable Hillary." Note: isn't this true for all candidates?

2. Make her vote... get her to cast ideological votes.

3. Make her criticize tax cuts.

4. Talk up free trade (like NAFTA and CAFTA). "The public likes free trade. Democratic interest groups don't. There's a canyon there. Toss her into it."

5. Talk a lot about health care. Note: Look at what potential Podhoretz candidate Mitt Romney is saying and doing here. Perhaps Podhoretz will rethink this.

6. Suggest a pullout from the UN.

7. Fight the culture war, but with delicacy (gay marriage, stem cell research).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose Lee on January 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have gotten a lot of good information from this book. It is frightening to see what Hilary has set out to do. She is determined to be president no matter the costs. I believe if she reaches the White House(and please God, no) she will be a little Caesar. I read the newspaper articles at the time she and her husband left the white house and how they trashed it and took items that were not supposed to leave the White House. She has no regard for the good of the country, only what she can get. I believe she is capable of getting to her goal no matter what she has to do or who she has to step on.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erik Eisel on October 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If "Bush Country" demonstrated that George W. Bush came to power as a result of being "misunderestimated" by his opposition, "Can She Be Stopped?" argues that Hillary Clinton will use the tactic in 2008. Whether one likes her or not, it must be admitted that Hillary is the Queen of Coyness -- with Bill playing right along in the game. How many interviews with Bill have we seen in the past few weeks, in which he pretends not to know whether Hillary is running in 2008? Make no mistake, Hillary is running and she will be a force to be reckoned with, as John Podhoretz reminds us time and again.

Moreover, Podhoretz insists that in addition to being coy, Hillary will try to slide into office as a "stealth" candidate, overcoming her high "negatives" with the hope that the MSM won't press her to state her positions on major issues. Thus, Podhoretz counts down 10 strategies that Republicans can use to pin her down on major positions in the coming months before the mid-term elections, upon which the real 2008 campaign will begin.

While many will discount Podhoretz's warnings as part of a Republican scare campaign against Hillary and the chaos she will supposedly wrought once in office, it remains to be seen whether his predictions will be right. But, then, it will be too late.

In this book, Podhoretz, who, it seems to me, is probably one of best-educated writers on current events, keeps a light-hearted tone throughout the book, just as he did in "Bush Country." This book never bogs down.

Not everyone will like his conclusion, however, that Rudy is poised to be the Dragon-Slayer. But, that too, may be an eventuality we will need to prepare for.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on February 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow, I came across this in a used book store over the weekend, and had a chance to evaluate John's hypothesis.

He pretty much got the entire 2008 race wrong. First, John overestimated Hillary's strengths, engaging in classic "Clinton panic." Then he underestimated Obama's strength as a campaigner. Finally, he got Rudy badly, horribly, embarrassingly wrong.

Has John come clean on how he got things all messed up?
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pierce Amory on July 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book looked good at first glance - a treatise on the plausibility of Hillary Clinton being elected President in 2008 and how the Republicans can stop her. And the banner "Author of the New York Times bestseller Bush Country" on the cover seems to confer additional gravitas.
The table of contents seems to promise an objective analysis organized into sections like "Part I: Why, in spite of everything, Hillary can be elected President" with five supporting chapters and `Part III: "Stop Hillary: A Ten Point Plan."
But if you're not a devoted reader of the New York Post or viewer of Fox News, ten minutes inside this book will have you wondering why you bought it. This book is built on a thin veneer of rationality. One need read just a few pages to see that Podheretz's thesis is constructed on the quicksand of classic right wing paranoia. The author clearly addresses his intended audience on page two when he states, "You can forestall and prevent the most frightening and disastrous outcome of" Election Day 2008. He exhorts his reader to "ensure that this nation will be safe and secure and economically viable" by stopping Hillary from being elected.
Chapter I is entitled "Yes, She Has `High Negatives' - And They Might Even Help Her" seems promising, but the author goes on such a rant about her high negatives, that he undermines his thesis.
Podheretz is a man seemingly consumed with hate or one who lives in a right wing bubble. He repeatedly trashes Hillary for her original sin which was, to declare that she wasn't "standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette" when the Gennifer Flowers controversy threatened to derail her husband's 1992 presidential campaign. Never mind that she actually did stand by him.
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