The Case Against Hillary Clinton

The Case Against Hillary Clinton

by Peggy Noonan

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The Case Against Hillary Clinton by Peggy Noonan

As the long, scandal-ridden trial of the Clinton years comes to an end--and as the first lady mounts her own campaign for independent political office--it is time for a summation. What is the legacy of Clintonism? What is there in Hillary Clinton's background, talents, or record of achievement that qualifies her to represent New York in the U.S. Senate? And, most important, what will happen if Hillary should win this fall? Where will her ambition lead her next?

Peggy Noonan, one of our most astute political observers and a speechwriter for the Reagan White House, argues in this passionate and compelling book that everyone in the United States--not just New Yorkers--must look closely at Hillary and the implications of her Senate bid. The Case Against Hillary Clinton offers an eye-opening assessment of the scandals, and failures of the Clinton years, from Whitewater to health care to the Filegate and Travelgate affairs--casting a revealing light on the first lady's motives and behavior. It poses searching questions about the difference between the citizens of New York and the Clintons of Arkansas; between public service and lip service; between the whole truth and the shameless parade of evasion and spin the first couple has marshaled throughout their White House years. And finally, in these pages Noonan calls on us to consider the climate of deception and disgrace the Clintons have left in their wake--weakening our nation's moral standing and damaging our political process in ways that will take years to heal.

Never before has the character of a first lady been so integral to the fate of a presidential administration and no writer before Peggy Noonan has had the courage to offer so uncompromising an estimation of Hillary Clinton as the one contained in this book. The Case Against Hillary Clinton takes the measure of the woman, the candidate, the striving politician--and offers a convincing argument that her calculated bid for power will be the first truly important election of the new millennium.

I thought, seven years ago, that the Clintons might turn out to be inspiring. They had guts, came from nowhere, were bright and hard-driving; he was educated, credentialed, a political moderate but not a boring one; she appeared to be something new and interesting, a modern woman who operated with confidence in all the circles of the world.... Hillary could have been a strong and encouraging presence, maybe continuing to work in the world as a lawyer, as Cherie Blair has in Great Britain--a judge, working mother, and "first lady" who is everywhere a figure of respect.

What a presidency this would have been. What a legacy they would have left .

What did the Clintons do with their two administrations? They left behind a country more damaged, more removed from its old, rough idealism; a country whose children live in a coarser and more dangerous place; a country whose political life has been distorted and lowered.... And for this reason, for all of these reasons, Clintonism should not be allowed to continue.

And if it is not to continue, the next great battle may prove to be the decisive one, and that is the battle of New York.

-- From The Case Against Hillary Clinton

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062030276
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 265,736
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Peggy Noonan is the best-selling author of seven books on American politics, history, and culture. Her essays have appeared in Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. She lives in New York City.

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Chapter One


There are moments when I am still amazed that a first lady of the United States is scaling down her role, in her words, to run for the U.S. Senate. I don't know why I'm surprised—we've all gotten used to the Clintons' dramas, to all the twists and turns on the hair-raising ride. But the idea that she would abandon her position, which is really a job, and an elevated one, and start hopping on government planes to come to my state and tell me what we need . . .

When, a year ago now, it became clear that she was going to run in New York I sat back in wonder, like everyone else.

I thought: For her to say to a state that she had no connection to, no history with, no previously demonstrated interest in—for her to say to a state whose greatest city she has used for seven years as her own personal cash machine, tying up traffic and inconveniencing millions as she trolls, relentlessly, for campaign money—for her to say to this place full of gifted residents that she deserves to be its. senator is an act of such mad boomer selfishness and narcissism that even from the Clintons it was a thing of utter and breathtaking gall.

And then there came the moment when I realized: They're never going to leave. Other presidents and first ladies do their work, leave their imprint, and make a graceful exit, departing the stage and attempting to become, if they were not already, wise, high-minded, and fair. But the Clintons—they'll stay until the last footlight fizzles and pops, and then we'll have to wrestle them to the floor of the stage.

I called afriend, a great liberal of the city, a Democrat of forty years, and caught her mid-sputter. "To think of all they've put us through—and now they won't even go away. Who are these people, and why do they think they are necessary to us?" Another, a journalist and Democrat, e-mailed from work when I asked her reaction. "This is how I feel: Lady, keep your hands off my state."

And they are Mrs. Clinton's base.

I was wonderfully angry those first few days, in the spring of '99. 1 asked everyone I bumped into what they thought, and no one assumed Mrs. Clinton's motives were elevated; there were no choruses of "She is concerned about us" or "She wants help." Conservatives said she was launching her candidacy to fill the vacuum in her life with our money and our freedom; liberals that she needs therapy after years with that brute, and New York makes a good couch; moderates assumed she needs a place to hang her hat while she ponders her next move.


But then I experienced what everyone experiences with a Clinton story. Within forty-eight hours I had absorbed the new reality and was calculating her prospects and imagining her strategy. It was now all . . . just a fact to me. Not an outrage, just a fact.

We have learned to absorb the Clintons and their many shocks; they have taught us to absorb the brazen, to factor it in and in time discount it. And I suspect they are fully aware of this, that they have learned a number of things in their life in politics, but one of the biggest is this: They can do anything. They are used to the tumbling rhythms of public acceptance: the gasps of shock, followed by the edgy discussion on Hardball followed by the earnest discussion on Wolf Blitzer followed by the enthusiastic discussion on Geraldo. The Clintons watch the news wheel turn, grinding down the pebbles in their path: Let 'em yell, let 'em send their anger into the air, where it dissipates. When they're done talking I'll still be here.

There is, always, something admirable in such human toughness. But never has the admirable been so fully wedded to the appalling, never in modern American political history has such tenacity and determination been marshaled to achieve such puny purpose: the mere continuance of Them. Would that they had marshaled their resources to help somebody or something else—their country, the poor, the national defense.


And of course she may well win. Republicans hope that in the rigors of the campaign her essential nature will emerge and, in the words of Grover Norquist, the soul of an East German border guard will pop out. They think her inner prison matron will escape and start disciplining the people on the rope line—No pictures here, buddy, can't you see the sign? But I've seen her work rooms large and small, seen her on the campaign trail, and she will be a pro, articulate, smooth, and smiling. Babies laugh in her arms.

She is a star, and New York likes stars. She will have the passionate support of the unions and interest groups, and New York has unions and interest groups in abundance. She has a human shield in the Secret Service, a twelve-foot cordon of safety, and won't be as exposed as other candidates. She'll raise a lot of money with ease, especially money outside New York, and won't even have to spend it like other candidates because she'll put every cost she can on the public dime. "Mrs. Clinton says she doesn't want to fly on a government plane, but the Secret Service insists." "Mrs. Clinton says she didn't want the pool, but the Secret Service insists." "Mrs. Clinton says she doesn't like the Chanel body moisturizer, but the Secret Service insists."

There are those who say she isn't tough enough, that she's used to being treated like a queen and handled with kid gloves; she won't know how to put a game face on. But a game face is what she's been wearing for years, and she is plenty tough enough. One example speaks for many: In the 1990 Arkansas gubernatorial campaign she humiliated her husband's . . .

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Case Against Hillary Clinton 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a book that liberal Democrats love to hate because it states that which they are not accustomed---the truth. Peggy Noonan has hit the nail on the head. Thank you for the breath of fresh air.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. Very well written. It is refreshing to read something about any Clinton that is not simply media spin filled with overwrought fawning emotionalism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding tome that reveals the truth about the most corrupt, deceitful, and leaky presidential ship in modern times, and the woman with her hand on it's helm. I find it amazing that New Yorkers couldn't see through her to NOT elect her to the Senate. Hopefully, lessons will be learned from that. Let us all pray that she never gets elected to the Presidency! Incidentally...I found it odd that a previous reviewer, a 'psycology student', couldn't spell 'psychology' correctly. Scary. Perhaps it's just my pathological ability to spell well, showing. Don't people ever proofread what they write? ;-) (of course, this idea presumes you'd be able to recognize misspelled words in the first place) But I digress....a good read for the real story on the Hil-debeast...thank God for term limits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea that this book is some simple attack on Hillary Clinton is perpetuated by those poor souls with blind faith. Faith in a woman who Peggy Noonan intelligently and honestly points out is as selfish as her husband. Leaders do not put personal agendas before what is right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hillary Clinton is smart that's for sure, or otherwise she would not have been able to con the people of New York into voting her in as their Senator. A con artist is what she basically is, and learned how to be one from that completely useless husband of hers. If you are wondering what the Presidency under Hillary would be like, just check out the eight years of Bill Clinton's Presidency. They were actually Hillary's. The formal address should have been Madam President and First Man, Bill! Definitely no foreign policies with any substance, and absolutely NO HONESTY OF ANY KIND! A red light outside of the front entrance of the White House basically would have been appropriate while Bill and his Madam resided there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hillary Rodham Clinton is an extremely smart person... I acknowledge that... her (still current, not sure for how long) husband is also very smart.... However... so is the literary character Dr. Hannibal Lecter... I do not trust this woman... she speaks from the Democratic party perspective of 'we know what is better for you than you do' Like Karl Marx, she's another rich person who is both ashamed of the money and hungry for the power... Like Lenin, and later Stalin...she is ready and willing to take full advantage of that power to suppress any dissenting viewpoints... the scariest thing about her is that she actually stands a chance against Colin Powell in the 2008 Presidential election... and a lot og people will vote for her for 2 simple reasons: she's a woman and a democrat... I voted against GHW Bush ,because he lied about 'no new taxes'... I still regret that, conasidering that Bill Clinton retroactively raised all our taxes as soon as he got in. And what, exactly did we get for that? More government restrictions and the wimpiest foreign policy since Herbert Hoover. I expect more of the same from Ms. Rodham-Clinton. Restrictive laws domestcally, while outside interests (such as, say, France..) are allowed to flaunt their relationships with terrorist nations like Saddam's Iraq in our faces yet claim to be our friend... Under Hillary's leadership, we will become a totally paralyzed superpower, and might as well let ourselves be annexed by Mexico (who, if you check the La Raza website, wants to take back the entire southwest) Under Hillary...I'd rather brush up on my Spanish and let Senor Fox run it... at least I'd have a better shot of being allowed to smoke a cigarette in my own home... Come on people... We are officially #1 now...let's do like the Romans did... Yes...they pissed off the locals, but.... where would western civilization be without them?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nobody has any since of honesty anymore. Most have the philosophy that if you do something dishonest and get caught, then you are dishonest. But, they think, if you didn't get caught, then it will appear to everyone that didn't do something dishonest. Wrong. The way the principle of honesty works is in this way: If you do some criminal or dishonest act, you ARE a criminal or dishonest person. Period. But, conversely, if you are not a criminal or dishonest person, then it must be true that you never did a dishonest or criminal act, which would lead to your reputation as such.(You see, whether you are caught or proven dishonest has nothing to do with it at all.) That's not honesty and the Clintons are not, here it well, Not Honest people. A dishonest person is never an honest person ever. They hate to hear that, because they are so sincere in their hearts in wanting what they want. But then again, sincerity is not honesty either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peggy Noonan radiates more honesty, clarity and class in a single sentence than all of Hillary's empty, pandering words and thoughts possess. I absolutely enjoy the bitter, yet unsubstantiated, written responses from Hillary supporters, which proves Peggy Noonan struck their nerves with truth. Buy this book,and read it again and again... it's a winner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this book was well written and I could not detect any bias, as others have suggested. I come from a long line of blue collar Democrats but was dissapointed in the Clinton Presidency primarily due to the man himself. Although I always believed that Ms. Clinton was a strong force behind the President, this book was a real eye opener. I can see how both strong Democrats would decry this book and strong Republicans would extol it, as it is not flattering to Ms. Clinton. I, however, consider myself a free thinker and am able to look hard at my own party. The truth is not always flattering. I have not always been proud of the Democratic Party but Hillary Clinton down-right scares me. This book is worth reading, especially for anyone who lives in New York.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is truly unfortunate that until recently Hillary had any following at all. One look at her tells a thousand words. She's a cold, manipulating woman clawing for every little position she can gain. The Clinton Whitehouse was a disgrace to this country and to the Presidency. New Yorkers are slowly realizing that Hillary's only purpose in life is to place herself in as high a position as possible; an obvious motive for someone with such a low self esteem and corrupt history. Just like Jesse Jackson, the Clinton vail has been lifted and these criminals are being brought to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After writing a review for this book I got an email from some high browed liberal who had just obviously read it. He was quite angry and said that I was illiterate, and that I should stick to the Bible and 'Focus on the Family' to prevent my displays of ignorance. I do read the Bible, but I don't know where he came up with those sources. I didn't bring religion up once in my review. I guess he views Hillary Clinton as someone who would be detested by religious people. However, you don't have to be religious to want your president or anyone else in government to not put themselves above the law. It wasn't 'just about sex' with slick willy, it was about sexual harrassment and lying under oath. You liberals sure cared about sexual harrassment when it was Clarence Thomas being hounded and embarrased. I guess that was just all about you on the left not wanting there to be a role model for African Americans who is conservative. I went back and read my review that I wrote as an 'illiterate'. Maybe there were a couple sentences that I could have written a little better, but that doesn't take anything away from the facts that I discussed, which obviously just struck a nerve with the angry liberal. If he wants to argue the facts, instead of just whining and complaining about my writing ability, I'd be happy to listen to him. But he didn't have anything to say against my arguement that would have sounded logical and reasonable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was an eye opener. I usually try to stay away from books that have an agenda that serves the right or left. But this one caught my eye because of my fascination with Hillary's ability to penetrate the voting minds of NY. I was actually quite astounded that they elected her without so much affiliation with all the greatness of New York. She came in and convinced this enlightened city that she was as 'New York' as they were... wow! Hillary is a fascinating subject, I was intrigued by the facts this book spilled out about this powerful woman. Not since Eleanor Roosevelt has a woman wielded so much political clout. What she did with her power will blow you away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's astounding that this 'moral and good' speechwriter is read by anyone. You'd be better off spending the 18 bucks or whatever it costs on a nice dinner for your family, or a new CD. Of all the 'scandals', Clinton was found guilty of one: cheating on his wife. And his wife, found innocent of everything. That's the forgotten conclusion to 8 years of Republican harassment and entrapment. And by the way, Noonan is not a great writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there is anything that can stand up to the power and incredible controversy behind Hillary and Billary's years then I would pay to hear it. I think of it this way: they weren't bad presidential figures...except for the fact that they completely demoralized America! I will never again sympathize with the matter how much land he puts away for reserves. Great job Peggy Noonan, you convinced me totally!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From Hillary's illicit afairs with Rush Limbaugh to the ganland style 'hit' of Vince Foster, Ms. Noonan uses her incredible talent to 'tell it like it is'. An truly encompassing piece of history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like to read and listen to anything Peggy Noonan has to say. She is articulate and intelligent in her rendition of the Clinton presidency, and the part Hillary has played in it. At last someone has told it like it is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book there is no fiction. No one could have put it more factual and concise. I believe that everyone in the state of New York should be required to read it, because besides being a carpet bagger Hillary arrives in that state with no more credentials than being The worst president in history's wife. Where do they want New York to go
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that there are resources like Paggy Noonan available to me. If I had to rely on the press to determine what is going on I would be like the rest of the far left liberal wackos, claiming Bill and Hillary Clinton are Saints. I remember when Hillary made the public statement that Bill's afair with Monica was due to a 'vast right wing conspiracy.' Oh, what a silly, silly person she is! The book is very well written and very factual. I am so embarased to be a Democrat right now I am going to vote for George Bush in November. Presidents and First Ladies should NOT be allowed to break the law at will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you basically apolitical, sick and tired of the shrillness of the extreme left and right, and/or don't trust the media? Then I strongly encourage you to read this fabulous book by Peggy Noonan, who in a very concise, clear, honest, and dispassionate manner, tells us why it is time for the Clinton's to be gone . . . and forever. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or independent, you will clearly see why this nation deserves better. If you read only one book this year, let it be this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book may not be the most important news flash to many Washington insiders who are well aware of Hillarys picadillos, but to many outside the beltway this book might come as a shock. Well written and factual I suggest you give it a read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Noonan has nailed the Clintons for what they are or more aptly are NOT. If these politicians and their values mirror what America wants and holds dear, we are in deep trouble. She very carefully and thoroughly explains what so many anti-Clintons just haven't been able to articulate in a way that their fans, or the general public, can understand. Whether you're a partisan or just a neutral bystander, it will be worth your time to read and consider carefully what Ms. Noonan has penned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The case against the first lady is clearly made. The facts are plainly laid out for anyone even slightly interested in the truth. Mrs. Clinton railroaded Billy Dale and the rest of the employees at the travel office and walked all over the Constitution in the process. This is only a partial list of her many 'gates'. With the aid of a biased or indifferent press she has sailed into history at the center of the most corrupt administration in the history of the United States. Don't get on her enemies list or have something she may desire. Thank you Peggy Noonan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes it clear that Mrs. Clinton's ambition is to become President. The New York Senate seat is merely a stepping stone. Therefore, all New Yorkers, and all Americans who care about the future of this great nation, should read this book to find out what Mrs. Clinton is really like. It is a very big job, a grand undertaking to become a United States Senator. The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world. To vote for a candidate for such high office without careful consideration of her record and character would be to do a great disservice to those whom Mrs. Clinton most dearly treasures--the children who will one day lead this great nation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peggy Noonan does an excellent job of explaining 'the story' that makes Hillary Clinton who she really is. Power is all that really matters to her. I was totally immersed in this book and couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written at the beginning of the new century, Peggy Noonan, born and raised in NY, is stating her case against Hillary Clinton's run for Senate. Ms. Noonan may have missed her calling. Reading this book in the early Fall of 2016, I cannot help but wonder where Ms. Noonan has stashed her crystal ball. And wonder what if more people in NY had read her book back in 2000? And hope that a lot of people all over the US read it before November 2016. Before it really is too late for America.