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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's all do the Clinton Four-Step!, May 25, 2004
This review is from: Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House (Hardcover)
One of the most useful aspects of this important and entertaining book is the light it sheds on how the Clintons (both of them) habitually respond to any criticism: (1) Vigorously deny it; (2) Launch ad hominem attacks on the critic; (3) Act personally victimized by the criticism ("Why do they hate me?"); and (4) Say the critic is obsessing over "old news." Some of the reviews on this page prove their supporters have learned the script well.

The Clintons and their scandals are hardly old news, given that she is a powerful US Senator and presumptive candidate for the presidency. Bob Tyrrell has had the Clintons' number from the beginning. And in this book, he picks up the late Barbara Olsen's torch as the writer with perhaps the clearest understanding of Hillary Clinton, her deeply radical, if deeply camouflaged, designs for our country, her lust for power, and how she intends to go about winning it.

The problem is that the Clintons arouse such strong feelings, both pro and con, that it can be difficult to separate the facts from the *Kultursmog* (such a great word -- I've admired it for years). Tyrrell and coauthor Mark Davis have done the heavy lifting for us, giving us chapter-and-verse not only on the Clintons' Arkansas and White House years, but also Madame Hillary's journey "from Methodism to Maoism" (p. 120) and into the ranks of Coat and Tie Radicals. Like Olsen, Tyrrell sees the heavy hand of Saul Alinsky not only in her early radical years, but also in her approach to politics and power even today. This is enlightening and disturbing reading.

I've always suspected that one of the things the Left hates most about Bob Tyrrell is not just that he skewers them so thoroughly, but that he has such fun doing it (Ann Coulter commits this sin too). This book "was a pleasure to write," he notes on page 209, and I have no doubt he means it. It was a pleasure to read, too. Tyrrell has always had a way with language that recalls some of the great polemicists, Mencken being the most obvious comparison. But the key to Tyrrell is that he backs up his entertaining and sometimes idiosyncratic language not only with solid research -- kudos to coauthor Davis here -- but also with a rational train of argument and conclusions that flow logically from the facts presented (far be it from me to suggest Ann Coulter sometimes parts company with him here, to say nothing of scurrilous windbags like Michael Moore, but I can see how you might reach that conclusion).

Hillary Clinton is going to remain a political force in this country for a long time to come. So long as she does, this book will be an important reminder not only of the fraudulence of her so-called "accomplishments" (which are what ... exactly?), but also of her true motivations, goals, and a track record that -- Point Four above notwithstanding -- should be much on the mind of the American voter. That makes "Madame Hillary" a book to keep handy for the next decade or so, at least.
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