Unflattering Hillary Books Cause Hardly a Ripple
As Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) campaigned across Iowa this weekend, she was asked about the war in Iraq, illegal immigration and even whether her husband, former president Bill Clinton, might serve as secretary of state if she makes it to the White House.
But at no time during events in Algona, Mason City, Charles City or Emmetsburg was she asked for her reaction to a pair of soon-to-be-released books that portray her and her husband in an unflattering light and that recount in illuminating detail the stormy history of their days together in Arkansas and later in the White House.
Clinton advisers say the early reaction confirms their belief that Americans long ago digested those controversies, drew whatever conclusions they wanted and moved on.
"This is not the first time we've had books written about the senator that were less than favorable, campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said. "Our experience is that there is some initial media interest in them and then they don't have any impact on the race."
Neither book has been officially released. When they are in early June, both will be backed by major publicity tours and advertising. As such, even without new bombshells, the books threaten to plunge candidate Clinton back into the soap opera that was so often the Clinton administration.
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Vernon Clayson - 5/30/2007
Watching 60 Minutes presentation last Sunday about an Iowa Reserve Unit's duty and losses in Iraq I said that 60 Minutes chose Iowa because Hillary Clinton was going to be there this week. 60 Minutes in this instance was not reporting news, it was shaping news. Most media outlets are involved in this shameless use of military losses to promote their liberal causes. Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes was acting, not reporting, it was just too obvious..