As you just might have heard, a certain former government official named Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new book out. Not only that, on the day of its release, What Happened went to no. 1 on Amazon, beating out Stephen King’s It (now in theaters) and Princesses Wear Pants, an inspiring children’s book about royal sartorial choices (I assume) co-written by TV’s Savannah Guthrie. Turns out there are more than a few people interested in what Clinton has to say about the 2016 election.

And why shouldn’t there be? Despite all the desperate pleas for Clinton to shut up and go away, this is precisely the political book we need: one in which a much maligned figure, freed from the restrictions of worrying about how things might play in her next campaign, finally tells us what she really thinks.

So far I’ve only read excerpts from Clinton’s book and not the entire thing. But it appears that though it may not be a lurid tell-all, it’s remarkably candid, especially from someone who has been so cautious and controlled for so long. She talks about the moment she and aides learned that former FBI Director James Comey had gone public with the news that he was looking at Anthony Weiner’s laptop because it had some emails on it from Clinton to her aide Huma Abedin, Weiner’s then-wife (“This man is going to be the death of me,” Abedin says). Clinton talks about being “shivved,” and calls Trump’s inauguration speech “a howl straight from the white nationalist gut.” She has some nice words for Bernie Sanders, but also goes after him for helping to lay the foundation for the attacks Trump would later aim at her (“Because we agreed on so much, Bernie couldn’t make an argument against me in this area on …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics

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