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Friday, June 17, 2005

Dick Morris Pans New Hillary Book

This passage sums up his reasons:

How can anyone say if the charges are true? Ed Klein is a respected author, a former editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine and the foreign editor for Newsweek. He would not have written these charges without some substantiation. But these accusations (in The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President) are highly personal and have little bearing on what kind of president Hillary would make.

Why can’t her critics confine their attacks to the relevant and the obvious: that she would not be a good president and has not been a good senator?

He offers this contrast between the Clintons, which demonstrates her political shortcomings:

He is brighter than she and much more creative. He is intuitive and instinctual, while she works hard to compensate for her lack of these qualities. He crafts novel solutions to important problems; she learns the party line by rote and glories in its recitation. He is an innovator; she is a gladiator. She has discipline that he lacks and self-control he has never even attempted.

Most of all, Bill is a moderate who is a liberal when he has to be. She is an ultra-liberal who moves to the center as a charade to win election. Rated as the 11th most liberal senator by National Journal — one notch to the left of Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) — she has a liberal quotient, according to Americans for Democratic Action, of 95 percent, contrasted with 85 percent for the party as a whole and 60 percent for a real moderate such as former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.).

Bill Clinton made a fine president on domestic issues because of his ability to find common ground in the center of our process. Hillary has never been comfortable in the center and is at her most natural when she is deriding the motives of the opposition, as when she wondered if someone could be Republican and Christian at the same time.

Morris is a fool for thinking that being a moderate is a good thing. Being a moderate means that he accomplishes less than a conservative or liberatiran, and inflicts less damage than a liberal. But his main contention is quite valid: Bill is not the degree of fanatic that Hill is, and fanatics in the White House are dangerous.

Morris is also right that The Truth About Hillary is not the best ammo to use against Hillary - assuming it is the personal-life-only type of book that the reviews make it out to be. For politically relevant dirt, Hillary's Secret War, by Richard Poe is a good source.

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