Gotta give my pal Dirty Harry credit for scooping me on this one. Barely twenty-four hours after joining Bridget Johnson on GOP Vixen, he’s proud to be a Republican because Republicans (and conservative pundits) have been among the most savage critics of the recently-released book out trashing Hillary Clinton. As Dirty Harry puts it, “Conservatives don’t like it when it happens to us and we don’t like it when it happens to them. Even when it’s (gasp!) Hillary.”
While many on the left lavished praise on Kitty Kelley for her fall book trashing President Bush, while prominent Democrats flocked to see Michael Moore’s mean-spirited and deceptive propaganda piece, barely a handful of Republicans have praised a Kitty Kelley-type book on the former First Lady. Indeed, so offended am I (a strong critic of Mrs. Clinton) by what I have read about the book, I refuse to dignify it by providing its title (or naming its author) on this blog.
Peggy Noonan notes this morning that the book “has been heavily dumped on by conservatives.” Having read the book, this great columnist who embodies the qualities of the Greek goddess Athena writes that it’s “poorly written, poorly thought, poorly sourced and full of the kind of loaded language that is appropriate to a polemic but not an investigative work, concluding that the book is “too over the top. It seems hard to believe.” (As always with Peggy’s works, I recommend you read the whole thing.)
Among those conservative columnists dumping on the book is John Podhoretz who calls it “one of the most sordid volumes I’ve ever waded through.” Dirty Harry reports that even Sean Hannity took the book’s author to task for his shoddy sourcing.
I don’t think even half as many Republican Senators would attend a party for this book’s author as Democratic Senators attended the opening of Mr. Moore’s propaganda film. If any attend at all.
While Democrats and their allies delight in or fail to criticize slanders leveled against the President of the United States, his allies and his closest associates, many Republicans and our media allies (but alas not all) have condemned this tabloid-style book on Mrs. Clinton. It looks like our side has learned something from the excesses of the 1990s.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com