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The Hillary Effect

The Hillary Effect

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by Taylor Marsh

Spanning nearly two decades of American politics, The Hillary Effect is the provocative and insightful story of the first viable female presidential candidate in history to win a primary and do so in spite of her campaign team’s mistakes. It addresses the galvanizing impact that her loss represented for both women and men, in and


Spanning nearly two decades of American politics, The Hillary Effect is the provocative and insightful story of the first viable female presidential candidate in history to win a primary and do so in spite of her campaign team’s mistakes. It addresses the galvanizing impact that her loss represented for both women and men, in and out of Washington. And it revolves around media coverage that treated her differently as first lady, senator, and then presidential candidate—not only because she was a woman, but because she was Hillary Clinton.

Candidly written by veteran political analyst Taylor Marsh, this is the view from a recovering partisan, someone whom the Washington Post called a “die hard Clintonite” in its profile of Hillary in 2008.

The Hillary Effect began when Hillary, as first lady, dared to challenge China’s treatment of women. A countless number of women have benefited and will benefit from her presidential loss, the most famous of these being Sarah Palin (the Tea Party queen of 2010 and first female on a national Republican presidential ticket), who weaves throughout this story as the anti-Hillary. The Hillary Effect also sees Michele Bachmann as a player, as the first Republican female to win a straw poll, primary, or caucus.

The male leads in this stunning tale are Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama (someone who turned out to be very different from candidate Obama), with David Plouffe and Mark Penn making appearances. The story includes a host of media personalities and their outlets, but also new-media and progressive voices, and famous names like Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Sally Quinn, the late Tim Russert, Richard Wolffe, Laura Ingraham, Liz Cheney, Peggy Noonan, Maureen Dowd, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and even Bill O’Reilly, who offered Hillary the best interview she would do during the 2008 season.

All of this is seen through the economic and political crises of today—health care, women’s individual freedoms, Afghanistan, women’s rise around the world, the debt-ceiling debate, tax cuts for the wealthy, Occupy Wall Street, and an American public disenchanted with both Republicans and Democrats. 

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Meet the Author

Taylor Marsh is best known for being a “die hard Clintonite,” as the Washington Post described her in a 2008 profile, “For Clinton, a Following of ‘Marshans.’ ” The New Republic profile of Clinton in 2008, “The Hugh Hefner of Politics,” chronicles Marsh from her artistic career into politics. A contributor to the Huffington Post as well as other sites, Marsh’s blog (www.taylormarsh.com) was on the front lines during the 2008 election season.

Marsh grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was Miss Teenage St. Louis and was crowned Miss Missouri. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she was born, graduating with a BFA. Next stop was Broadway, where Jerry Herman cast her after her very first audition. Marsh has produced her own one-woman show on JFK and her life growing up in the midst of the feminist revolution, and has done national television commercials.

In the early 1990s, Marsh worked at the alternative news source LA Weekly in the personal ad department as “relationship consultant” with her column “What Do You Want?” dispensing relationship advice mixed with a little politics. In 1997, she jumped to become managing editor of one of the first outlets online to make money, a soft-core site covered on the front page of the Wall Street JournalU.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Marsh took her long-established new-media career to blogging during the Kerry campaign of 2004. But it was the 2008 election and Marsh’s fearless coverage of the campaign that catapulted her.

Marsh has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Al Jazeera Arabic, and Al Jazeera English, among others, including radio from coast to coast. Marsh has been featured in the Hill, the Washington SceneNational Journal’s Hotline On Call, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times online, and many other new-media and traditional news venues.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many fans of Hillary (myself included) dance the "what if..." dance, and it's not exactly a happy dance. I've been waiting for this book to be written and was skeptical that it could be executed in a manner that is both illuminating and satisfying. Thankfully the material is in more than capable hands with Ms. Marsh. She's a bold writer, she has the clout and the passion, and she's done her research. Marsh is tenacious and curious, and offers a rich palate for students of politics, history and Hillary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Taylor Marsh hit the nail on the head. Hillary is not as much a political figure as a historical figure who will be remembered for crossing many divides as a woman, leader and politician. This book kept me thinking page by page as Marsh provided a framework filled with facts and drew inescapable conclusions. A must rerad for political junkies and ANYONE who wants to understand how Hillary has changed the game. Well done!!!
DAubry More than 1 year ago
Walking into the polling booth, February 5th was unlike any experience I had ever felt. There was a sense of urgency in the air and excitement. And when Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, in Washington D.C., my sister-in-law informed me she had to sit and watch with her daughter, because this was history in the making. Taylor's book captures all this and more. It is a well researched book, pushing aside fan politics for the realm of reality, but it is also personal and poignant at times. No it is not a rehash of old rivalries or reliving the primary, but the story of Hillary Clinton's historic candidacy weaves its way throughout the book, because of the challenges it presented to our preconceived notions, not only about Hillary, a former first lady of Arkansas and the U.S.A., a senator from New York, and presidential hopeful, but to that of women as a whole. The book takes to task, with Taylor's sharp tongue and trademark wit (which readers like myself find daily on her blog), the establishment media who frankly didn't know how to handle a female who was a viable candidate for President, especially a Clinton. While simultaneously name-dropping alleged progressive blogs, who were anything but. Unlike Game Change, the Hillary Effect makes no effort to blindly praise its presidential hopeful, Taylor is candid about the Clinton campaigns missteps and mismanagement; but dually blasts the notion the Obama campaign was running a clean campaign (quite the contrary). The Hillary campaign runs through the book, but like I've said it's not the main focus, there is always a bigger picture at the end of every chapter. My favorite chapter, "Is Freedom just for Men?", tackles the rise of females after Hillary's loss, those who benefited most: Republican women. From Sarah Palin, Nikki Haley, to Michelle Bachmann; conservative women are re-defining what freedom means for a woman, and at the state level we are seeing a historic amount of challenges to women's freedoms. Taylor, who describes herself as a "recovering partisan", spotlights what is wrong with both parties, the sexism entrenched in our culture, the rise of the Tea Party, the meaning behind the occupy wall street protests, the upcoming 2012 election, and women's progress globally, this is all built upon the Hillary Effect, which sets the stage for our modern political landscape. A prime example being the rise of women in politics, conservatives included but also major changes to our political spending during elections (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) Hopefully, one day we will all be able to look back at that historic run, our current political atmosphere, and recognize the changes Hillary's presidential run made to our own politics, whether here at home or around the world. And I know, when I look at my four nieces that if any of them want to run for President one day, that challenge was made a little less steep, the climb a little less weary, the attacks a little softer, the media fairer, because someone paved the way first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marsh's analysis of Hillary Clinton's tremendous impact on our political scene is thoughtful and clearly reasoned and really helps one see through the slanted propaganda pieces that dominate our news media today. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I don't completely agree with Ms. Marsh's point of view, this is a well-thought out work that is definitely worth a read if you even having a passing interest in the role sexism plays in American politics. While the focus is on Clinton's presidential campaign and the smears against her, Ms. Marsh gives ample time to the issues Palin and Bachmann have both faced. My only issue is that the term "misogyny" is thrown around a bit. Many of the examples Ms. Marsh explores is definitely sexist, but others (like the Daily Kos) seem like a stretch. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who pays attention to current events and especially what the next election has in store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not enjoy this book, too many charecters and at times lt seemed the book was about sarah palin, too unfocused on hillary, sorry i bought this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a sumptuous feast. Well written and exhaustively researched.
rmd270 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this broad based story regarding Hillary Clinton's run for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination and her 30 year career in politics. Effective writing and fact gathering on her effect as a leading female politician and leader in both the world and here in the US. I believe this book gave me a new insight to Hillary and a great appreciation of some of the unique challenges she has faced, overcome and been able to effectively change.
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Everyone should read this book.
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...but I just couldn't stomach the writing. I expected an academic work that delved into the serious issue of sexism and the glass ceiling in politics and this was not it. Karl Rove having his head up his you-know-what? That might be true, but inappropriate in the context. Marsh's views are slanted at best. Not once does she critisize anything about Clinton and immediately anyone that does is labeled sexist. It felt like she wrote this off the top of her head and threw some quotes in to legitimize her work. This is not a serious effort.
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