How smart was it of Hillary Clinton to publish a book that is sure to come back and bite her?

How smart was it of Hillary Clinton to publish a book that is sure to come back and bite her?
Hillary Clinton (Image via Twitter)

After a whirlwind promotional tour, where tickets went for as much as $1200(!), Hillary Clinton’s new tell-all/confessional, “What Happened,” finally hit the bookstores today.

Based on some of the pre-release snippets that have inevitably leaked out and found their way into social media and the blogosphere, one can safely conclude that Hillary should have remained in the woods behind her house where she went for long, contemplative walks in the days after the election. If this book was intended to be cathartic — to release all the pent-up demons swirling in her skull after having lost to (dare the name be said?) Donald Trump — Clinton is in for a rude awakening.

Judging from the passages I’ve seen, the problem with the book is not so much that it paints an unflattering picture of Democrats who were in Clinton’s corner, if not part of her campaign team. It’s rather the picture it paints of her. She comes off variously as mean, vindictive, and pompous.

In one chapter, she reveals that she wanted to make voodoo dolls of reporters and lawmakers and stick them with pins in retaliation for the “attacks” against her use of a private email server, which she insists were “were untrue or wildly overstated, and motivated by partisan politics.”

In another passage, she shows off her prowess as a literary scholar, delivering this interesting exegesis of George Orwell’s “1984:

But far and away the topper among all passages currently making the rounds is this startling pontification:

Ouch. Here she is now telling the world what she didn’t tell this hapless schlemiel — until now! Clinton’s bottom line about living with the consequences of our decisions is spot on. With her pre-publication approval rating hovering around 30%, she is about to learn that bigtime.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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