by Max Brantley
The Washington Post has obtained advance copies of two new biographies on Hillary Clinton -- one by Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame and the other by the infamous Jeff Gerth (who invented the Whitewater snipe hunt) and another former NY Times reporter, Donald Van Natta.
You won't be shocked to find that panty sniffing remains high on the list of pursuits. Both books explore Bill Clinton's infidelities. Gerth and Van Natta will give Gennifer Flowers another shot at cable TV fame.
You probably also won't be shocked to find that the authors conclude Hillary Clinton is ambitious, secretive and has long worked (schemed would be their preferred phrasing) to achieve the presidency.
A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton," by Carl Bernstein, reports that Clinton as first lady was terrified she would be prosecuted, took over her own legal and political defense, and decided not to be forthcoming with investigators because she was convinced she was unfairly targeted. While in Arkansas, according to Bernstein, she personally interviewed one woman alleged to have had an affair with her husband, contemplated divorce and thought about running for governor out of anger at her husband's indiscretions.
"Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton," by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., reports that during her husband's 1992 campaign, a team she oversaw hired a private investigator to undermine Gennifer Flowers "until she is destroyed." Flowers had said publicly that she had an affair with Bill Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas.
The book also suggests that Hillary Clinton did not read the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq in 2002 before voting to authorize war. And it includes a thirdhand report that the Clintons had a secret plan after the 1992 election in which he would have eight years as president and then she would have eight years, although last night a key source disavowed the story.