From the Drama Department, we have this juicy story about the Clintons. Apparently Bill and Hillary have stopped speaking to each other, with resentments flaring in recent months over the latter Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign and, more specifically, the book she wrote to explain her loss to Donald Trump. According to the Daily Mail and author Ed Klein, former President Bill Clinton actually threw the manuscript of “What Happened” in the trash after his wife ignored his advice to rewrite the book.
From the Daily Mail:
Bill had red-penned the book in an attempt to improve it, a friend allegedly told Klein, but flew into a rage when Hillary refused to read any of his notes.
According to Page Six, the friend said: ‘He told her the book made her look bewildered, angry and confused, and that those were poor qualities in a person who aspired to be a world leader.
‘He hated the title because calling it “What Happened” would only make people say, “You lost.”
‘He urged her to postpone the pub date and rewrite the book, but she yelled at him and said: “The book is finished and that’s how it’s going to be published”.’
According to Ed Klein, who has written several books on the Clintons, Bill accused Hillary’s campaign managers of running a ‘tone deaf’ race and ignoring the effect the flagging economy was having on millions of working class Americans.
To be a fly on the wall, eh?
We don’t doubt the veracity of this story, because it closely matches the quiet tales we heard last year about Bill Clinton being kept out of the inner circle of the campaign. Here’s one of the most popular Democrats in decades, and the campaign is ignoring his advice? We’ll ignore the cost-benefit analysis of Slick Willie’s presidency, but when it comes to actually being a POLITICIAN, the old boy from Arkansas is one of the best to play the game. His wife, one of the worst. So it’s simply amazing that she wouldn’t lean on him for advice, instead trusting people like Jennifer Palmieri and John Podesta who thought – like she did – that Hillary would simply win the election by default.
Otherwise, this is a portrait of a political dynasty in tatters, and it’s a reflection of the Democratic Party as a whole. Somehow, we find ourselves fresh out of tears to shed.