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The Hillary Effect: Politics, Sexism and the Destiny of Loss Paperback – November 14, 2011
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"During the primary elections that pitted Hillary Clinton against Barack Obama, Taylor was the leading analyst of, and most articulate critic of the campaign to smear Ms. Clinton and ultimately demean her as "just a girl' with a brush off the shoulder. Her book is a must read for students of that historic primary season." - Ambassador Joseph Wilson
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"You can't understand what's happening in 2016 without knowing the details of the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008. I was on the front lines of this fight, my website one of the top Hillary sites on the web at the time. This book chronicles the history of the 2008 Democratic primary, as well as President Obama's former opponent, Hillary Clinton." - Taylor Marsh
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She contends that Hillary Clinton faced a double edged, razor-sharp sword, and fell on it: the news media's treatment of her was different as First Lady, Senator and as the country's first viable female Presidential aspirant, not just because she was a woman, but because she was Hillary Clinton. She had some baggage to shed, started effectively shedding it, and Team Obama made it their mission to make sure they loaded her up with more of it.
Today, "The Hillary Effect" is more relevant than ever. Marsh is also extremely tough on Republicans). And she's also tough as nails on on Team Hillary for their catastrophic mistakes of judgment, hubris and campaign implementation which helped produce a President Barack Obama. But the real meat of "The Hillary Effect" is Marsh's analysis of the long range impact of what Hillary Clinton tried to do, failed to do due to her campaign's mistakes and, in the end, actually did.
Marsh convincingly makes the case that The Hillary Effect's impact was huge on America (much bigger than The O'Reilly Factor's). Why?
If Hillary Clinton didn't exactly break "the glass ceiling," Marsh details how her primary wins broke the chandelier a few feet away from the ceiling -- and how the shards of shattered chandelier produced opportunities for GOP conservative women such as the anti-Hillary Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Marsh takes no prisoners when pointing out the sexist statements, sexist assumptions and behavior of many male political and media figures from both parties.
When you read "The Hillary Effect" you'll find yourself saying, "Hey! That's right! I never realized that before" -- and you'll increasingly notice how this pattern of sexist perceptions and sexist throw-away comments persists to this day (a baloney ceiling remains). How much do I like "The Hillary Effect?" This much: I read it once and it's still on the front page of my Kindle because I'm reading it again so I can soak in the analysis and enjoy the no-nonsense, blunt, yet-supported-by-facts Taylor Marsh style.
So on yours truly there may be: "The Taylor Marsh Effect."
And when Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, in Washington D.C., my sister-in-law informed me she had to sit and watch with her daughter, because this was history in the making.
Taylor's book captures all this and more. It is a well researched book, pushing aside fan politics for the realm of reality, but it is also personal and poignant at times. No it is not a rehash of old rivalries or reliving the primary, but the story of Hillary Clinton's historic candidacy weaves its way throughout the book, because of the challenges it presented to our preconceived notions, not only about Hillary, a former first lady of Arkansas and the U.S.A., a senator from New York, and presidential hopeful, but to that of women as a whole.
The book takes to task, with Taylor's sharp tongue and trademark wit (which readers like myself find daily on her blog), the establishment media who frankly didn't know how to handle a female who was a viable candidate for President, especially a Clinton. While simultaneously name-dropping alleged progressive blogs, who were anything but. Unlike Game Change, the Hillary Effect makes no effort to blindly praise its presidential hopeful, Taylor is candid about the Clinton campaigns missteps and mismanagement; but dually blasts the notion the Obama campaign was running a clean campaign (quite the contrary).
The Hillary campaign runs through the book, but like I've said it's not the main focus, there is always a bigger picture at the end of every chapter. My favorite chapter, "Is Freedom just for Men?", tackles the rise of females after Hillary's loss, those who benefited most: Republican women. From Sarah Palin, Nikki Haley, to Michelle Bachmann; conservative women are re-defining what freedom means for a woman, and at the state level we are seeing a historic amount of challenges to women's freedoms.
Taylor, who describes herself as a "recovering partisan", spotlights what is wrong with both parties, the sexism entrenched in our culture, the rise of the Tea Party, the meaning behind the occupy wall street protests, the upcoming 2012 election, and women's progress globally, this is all built upon the Hillary Effect, which sets the stage for our modern political landscape. A prime example being the rise of women in politics, conservatives included but also major changes to our political spending during elections (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission)
Hopefully, one day we will all be able to look back at that historic run, our current political atmosphere, and recognize the changes Hillary's presidential run made to our own politics, whether here at home or around the world. And I know, when I look at my four nieces that if any of them want to run for President one day, that challenge was made a little less steep, the climb a little less weary, the attacks a little softer, the media fairer, because someone paved the way first.
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is well written and well researched. This is terrific stuff.
and I could not put it down. A terrific read.