What Happened? Hillary’s book gets torched by the media.

Hillary's book
The press has been going after Hillary since 1992. Here she is defending herself during the Whitewater witch-hunt.

Hillary’s book is on sale. As expected, there are critics galore tearing her and the book apart.

In a nutshell, from our perspective here’s what happened in 2016:

While political pundits and the mainstream media were cowering in the back of the bus and kissing Donald Trump’s immense ass (i.e. ego), their real prey was a familiar one: Hillary Clinton.

The media has been trashing Hillary from the day she first set foot in the White House as First Lady. Anyone who has followed her career could have predicted that when she ran for president, starting with the 2008 primaries, the media’s gang rape would start anew.

If there was one reason I didn’t want her to run again in 2016, it was the spectacle of seeing her mercilessly attacked in the press while her opponent was given a pass despite his crude, dangerous, and misogynist behavior.

Do we really think that Hillary’s use of a private email server deserved the attention it got, while Trump’s “vagina groping” and psychopathic behavior was barely mentioned?

Along with the Russians, the FBI director, Sanders, and terrible advice from her campaign staff, Hillary can thank the media for helping Trump get elected.

Now that Hillary’s book, What Happened, is on bookshelves the media is doing what it always has done: reshaping facts and events to suit their bias against her. Nevermind that Hillary’s book is meant to portray her perspective on the campaign. Even as I write this, dozens of journalists are out there writing their own versions of what Hillary really thought, said, and did during the campaign.

Here are links to some current news stories and opinion pieces about Hillary and What Happened. I’ve tried to include a few positive, less prejudicial stories about her. No doubt you’ll find one or two that align with your own political prejudices.

Hillary Clinton just accused Trump associates of collusion with Russia
Washington Post

‘What Happened’? They Lost. With Her Memoir, Hillary Clinton Joins a Haunted Club – New York Times

Sarah Sanders on Clinton book: ‘Sad’ – CNN

What Kind of History Did Hillary Clinton Make? – National Review

Hillary Clinton Strikes at Bernie Sanders Again, Complains About His Supporters’ Attacks – Newsweek

Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost? – FiveThirtyEight

NASA to teenage Hillary Clinton: ‘Sorry, little girl, we don’t accept women into the space program’ – CNBC

Republicans want Hillary Clinton to vanish. We can’t let that happen –
The Guardian

Hillary Clinton pounds NY Times for ‘schizophrenic’ email coverage – The Hill

What The Reviews Are Saying About Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’ – Digg

Hillary Clinton Wanted to Craft Voodoo Dolls of Congress, Media – Infowars

Five memorable moments from Hillary Clinton’s newest book – AllSides

Totally Self-Aware Hillary Clinton Compares Herself to the Game of Thrones’ Mad Queen – RedState

Hillary Clinton ‘convinced’ – Fox News

Which is worse: Trump or 9/11?

Trump or 9/11
Groper in Chief and staff commemorate 9/11 victims.

While looking for online news this morning about Hurricane Irma, up popped a live feed of Donald Trump talking about 9/11. I can only speculate that his goal was to offer his sympathies to the families of the victims and to the nation. Another objective seemed to be a riff on his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, reassuring us and the rest of the world that the U.S. can overcome any adversities we face.

Take Trump out of the picture and the message itself was certainly acceptable. Not inspiring, but acceptable. I can easily imagine many other presidents giving a similar speech. The problem is Trump.

The words were coming out of Donald Trump’s gutter mouth. At moments like a 9/11 commemoration, we want to believe that the president has the moral authority to speak on our behalf, to unify us in our sorrow and conviction that our values still have meaning.

Trump has no values, except to feed his own grandiose sense of himself. His moral authority, if ever had any, vanished when he bragged about grabbing women by the vagina and being able to grope women whenever he wanted and get away with it.

As a product of Catholic schools, it reminded me of the lectures by pedophile priests and lesbian nuns about the evils of sex, real or imagined. Not a lot of credibility there.

As argument can be made that as high a price as we paid for the terrorist attacks on 9/11, in many ways it made us stronger, more vigilant, more united as a people. Within our grief, there was an upside. Being Americans we have turned something horrible into something positive about us and the country.

Contrast that with Donald Trump. An argument can be made that unless you’re a neo-Nazi, a white supremacist, or a billionaire looking for favors from the White House, there is no upside to Trump. It’s all a ghastly terrorist attack on our values, traditions, beliefs. He has torn our nation asunder in ways the 9/11 attacks never did.

Which is worse — Trump or 9/11? Trump wins in a landslide.

Hillary’s new book unleashes fresh attacks from Democrats.

Hillary's new book about the campaign sets the record straight.Many of the Clintons’ most rabid enemies are not Republicans. They are fellow travelers, Democrats, who have long resented Bill and Hillary’s success, their intelligence, the network of supporters they grew from scratch, and — most galling to the left — the Clintons’ talent at turning practical Democratic principles into votes on election day. Hillary’s new book gives the saboteurs a new reason to whack her on the knees.

Yeah, I’ll get to the most recent “election day” in a moment, but what’s on my mind today is the pattern of resentment that began from the moment she entered the White House as First Lady, to her concession speech last November.

Back then I wrote an article for the Quarterly, “Women Who Hate Hillary.” I wrote that she was too smart, too accomplished, too attractive for many other women — especially professional women — to accept, much less admire. Most of what I wrote back then was tongue in cheek, but 20 years later I think it was closer to the truth than I realized at the time. The only difference today is that the resentment is not gender-based. There are certainly enough men among the Hillary-haters crowd to say we have reach gender equality.

Let’s be honest and admit that there are numerous theories about why she lost to Donald Trump. Trump thinks Hillary lost because he was a great candidate. Many think she lost because she was a terrible candidate. Within that spectrum, we can point fingers at the FBI director, the Russians, Bernie and his band of lefties, the media that ran scared at the sight of Trump, an Obama backlash, bad advice from her campaign team, and Democratic party regulars who were intent on doing as little as they could to help the woman they resented for so long.

My take is that all those reasons — excuses, really — have some merit (except the first, sorry Mr. President). My personal animus is directed more towards Sanders than anyone else, but that’s just me and I don’t pretend to be very objective about it.

So now Hillary wants to discuss the campaign from her perspective. The losing candidate, a woman who broke more glass ceilings for women than anyone else in our political history, wants to write about her campaign. Heaven help us!

The smug egotists on the far left don’t want to hear from her anymore. Though she won the popular election by several million votes, they want her to just fade away like an old soldier and not talk about losing an election she could have or should have won. They say her continued appearance in the limelight will ruin any chances they have in 2020.

To them I say, “Too bad!”

Their endless bad-mouthing of Hillary speaks volumes about their real priority. We have a demented, erratic president who is an embarrassment to our democracy and a threat to the civil liberties of all Americans, not to mention a danger to the world. Instead of saying “Hillary was right” and giving her credit for that, they blame her. Of course, that would mean that their own political ideology comes first; Hillary, the country, and ultimately the fate of the Democratic party are all at the end of the line.

The Hillary-haters don’t understand how much they need her. The reason is simple: left to their own twisted view of reality, in 2020 they will give us the Democratic version of Donald Trump: an extremist ideologue who doesn’t know how to bring two sides of an argument into the same room and hammer out a compromise when one is needed. To them compromise is a dirty word, forgetting that our electorate is so diverse demographically and politically, that compromise is the only way to accomplish anything in Washington. Just ask Bill Clinton.

If their chances in 2020 are ruined, it will have nothing to do with Hillary or her new book, although I am certain they would find a reason to blame her if they fail. My fear is that the 2016 campaign will be an excuse to move even farther to the left. Assuming they are really concerned about the next set of elections, I suggest that they focus on the current occupant of the White House and the fascists who support him.

Hillary’s not the enemy. Nor is Bill Clinton. If they want to find the real enemy of their success, they just have to look in the mirror.