Why would Matt Drudge run this banner? Silly me. To help Edward Klein sell more books off course. Matt Drudge is smart enough to know that another “Hillary-sucks” book would only increase her constituency. But, what’s so insane about this particular book is that — assuming the idea is to hit Hillary politically – it will fail utterly. If the charge is true, how on earth could one read the passage he quoted and not feel sorry for the woman?
Hillary cannily turned her biggest liability — that she was overly ambitious and wanted to create her own political career separate from Bill — into strength. The underlying subtext of her 2000 New York Senate run was that of a woman’s redemptive odyssey after having endured the humiliation of the Monica mess across the cable stations and in the front pages of every newspaper. She was the wronged wife who refused to just be a victim. Instead, she launched out on her own. This wasn’t said explicitly, but the impression was made.
Now, Drudge wants to spread the Klein story that Hillary isn’t just a victim of a philandering husband — but that she endured a rape, stayed with the husband and raised her daughter. And this is supposed to be a political hack job against her?
In any sense, the story is repugnant — particularly its complete lack of thought for the feelings of Chelsea Clinton. Yes, she’s an adult now, but she’s still a human being.
But, as a “political” attack, Drudge’s giving this banner status is beyond stupid. Which brings me to my original gut feeling… it is all about making a buck.