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4.0 out of 5 stars Hillary's Long March., May 29, 2004
This review is from: Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House (Hardcover)
Most conservatives are completely baffled by the Hillarymania of today's liberals. A recent poll illustrates that she remains a highly polarizing figure among the American electorate. Should she run in 2008, the right will have no trouble turning out its base as 48% of the population hold an unfavorable view of her. Her road to victory will be formidable, but the Clintons have encountered numerous challenges over the years and emerged victorious time after time. It is undoubtedly for this reason that R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. (with Mark Davis) decided to write Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
Their account is a brief political history of the woman who could be queen. It is also an attempt to warn us of what may happen should she seize power. This biography gazes into the future and is terrified by what may be.
The "Madame" in the title refers to China's Madame Mao who was known as "the white boned demon." Tyrrell does not accuse Hillary Clinton of being a demon but does believe that the respectable person presented to us by her PR department does not in fact exist. Senator Clinton is a "Coat and Tie Radical" who has never forgotten or disowned the revolutionary ideas of the 1960's. Society exists for her and her kind to reconfigure.
As the allusion to Madame Mao may have informed you, this book is not an objective account of Hillary's life. It is written from the perspective of a warrior in the Clinton Wars and there is nothing equivocal in its narration.
As Editor in Chief of The American Spectator, R. Emmett Tyrrell's experiences with the Clintons were legion and none of them produced pleasure. He recounts a story when he ran across Bill in the Jockey Club. He decided to ask him a question. The former President responded with annoyance and a very pathetic temper tantrum. Yet Tyrrell notes that it was Hillary's cold stare, as opposed to Mr. Clinton's babyish whines, that truly unnerved him.
Madame Hillary will not appeal to anyone on the left or moderates in general as there is little diplomatic or uncertain about its tone. Tyrrell has seen all he needs to see from the former first lady and, while he admits that she has made great strides in her political skills, he fears for all of our futures should she become president.
"Madame Hillary would, in her wildest dreams, undoubtedly relish a presidency that was an unending left-wing rampage, a national Cambodian re-education camp for anyone caught wearing an Adam Smith necktie or scarf. Such `extremists are the enemy, after all, composing the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy that must be scotched if Clintonian America is to be saved. She would install an all-woman Cabinet to thumb her nose at the patriarchy...With Hillary now making all the appointments, why not have a Cabinet full of short-haired harridans and crypto-Marxists from assorted left-wing hothouses?"
She is one of the most important people on our planet and Tyrrell believes this outcome is not due to chance. He depicts her as an individual consumed by ambition and a lust for power. Her personality is colored by an overwhelming need to control others. She is a "self-promoting dynamo" and a "self-regarding existentialist." What steps she takes (and over whom) are irrelevant. The ends always justify the means. The author asks Dick Morris about her private life and he relays that she doesn't have one. Hillary is an example of a life whose essence is to make the most of the political opportunities that are encountered.
Madame Hillary is a well-written work and a general good use of one's time, yet it is by no means a comprehensive history of the junior Senator from New York. If that's what the reader is looking for I'd recommend Barbara Olson's Hell to Pay instead. Although, as far as producing entertainment and arguments for the conservative faithful, there are few better or more timely offerings available than this strident book by Emmett Tyrrell.
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