What Happened is Mrs. Clinton’s perspective on the events that led to her political defeat at the hands of Donald Trump. From my point of view, the title would be far more accurate if it were What Happened? The question mark would at least let you know up front the truth of the matter—she still has no clue what happened but she is going to shovel a lot of blame around while assigning herself just a little bit for good measure.
The New York Post recounts what it was like for Hillary fans to wait outside bookseller Barnes & Noble for hours to see their heroine. They were handed instructions that indicated to gain entry they must wear wristbands and purchase What Happened for her to sign. No other memorabilia would be signed, nor would photographs or selfies with Mrs. Clinton be permitted. Exhibiting her usual arrogance, she sailed in an hour late and launched into signing her memoir without so much as an apology to the faithful. Seems to me, she’s not so good at apologizing. The book, slated to retail at $30.00, has already been slashed to $17.99, no doubt to boost sales.
Of course, it is more than likely that Ms. Clinton used a ghostwriter as she did with It Takes a Village and Hard Choices. This is the case with most books “authored” by celebrity and politicians—they do not have the talent required to write a book worth reading. Certainly Ms. Clinton provided input and direction, but claiming sole authorship is a stretch. Besides, what a slap in the face to those who do have the ability to keep the reader engaged with dynamic prose. Come to think of it, most of the reviews do not say her memoir is well-written; rather they talk about what the book is: a salve for herself and for those who voted for her. And finger pointing. Some folks just cannot get the message when it is sent loud and clear in the polling booth. No doubt by writing this book, Mrs. Clinton is trying to keep herself relevant, injecting herself into the news, and assessing if she should run again despite claiming that she is finished with political life.
I would not read the book even if I received a free, autographed copy in the mail. Why? Well, in the first place, the only book I would read regarding HRC would be the one about her prosecution, conviction, and the resultant long jail term she so richly deserves for all of her transgressions. (I like to refer to her as an “Undocumented Criminal” who has been at the center of far too many scandals and illegal, if not treasonous, escapades while masquerading as a representative of the U.S. Government.) Second, why would I read a book that paints a picture of a person surrounded by incompetence and ignorance who, in all her innocence, is out there fighting for truth, justice, and the American way? Yes, she admits she made mistakes, but they were “dumb” and the ensuing investigation (according to her) was “dumber.” Please—I cannot stomach any more of her lies and manipulations.
I won’t be the person to change the way people feel about Ms. Clinton. However, I do believe that far more Americans are onto the Clintons than clearly Mrs. Clinton or the MSM believes. But you must understand that from the very early days of Bill Clinton’s political career, there has been one governing philosophy for the Clintons: deny, deny, deny. No matter how guilty they are or how much the know about something, they always deny the accusations with either a wink (“Yup, I’m a bad ole boy!”) or angry counter-accusations about vast right-wing conspiracies or, worse yet, Hillary pulling the victim card (“Sexism and misogyny played a role in the 2016 presidential election”). These are old lines used by the same actors time and again—actors who cannot get enough of the limelight.
If money was all the Clintons were about, they made plenty on book deals and speaking engagements, following Bill Clinton’s term as President and Hillary’s stint as Secretary of State. But money is only an enabler of sorts for the Clintons. In the end, what they also so richly desire is power. Some folks have a drug habit; the Clintons are addicted to power and celebrity and will do whatever is necessary to keep themselves in the forefront. In fact, Mrs. Clinton has a few more books to pen under her agreement with Simon and Schuster.
Mrs. Clinton’s memoir will not be the last book in her miserable list of literary failures—the liberal publishers will see to that. There is only one vaccine that will stop Hillary Clinton and that is the American people. If enough of us do not purchase her litany of excuses entitled, What Happened—and why would we since we know what happened, perhaps S&S will pull the plug on her future writing career. On the other hand, I would suggest that it would be far more profitable for both Mrs. Clinton and Simon & Shuster if she stuck to something she knows well—true crime stories.
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