Saturday, 21 October 2017
An acerbic Gallic take on Hillary Clinton’s book
by Theodore Dalrymple
The life of Man being but three score years and ten, nothing on earth would induce me to read Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her electoral defeat, short of an assurance that I had two millennia rather than only two years to go. In fact, no memoir by any modern politician would tempt me to read it, since the main characteristic of such politicians is mediocrity tempered by unbridled ambition and lust for power. Better to reread Macbeth. Hillary Clinton, after all, is Lady Macbeth to Bill Clinton’s Felix Krull, the confidence trickster.
I am content, therefore, to read reviews of Clinton’s tome. One of the most incisive and withering appeared recently in Le Figaro, the French conservative newspaper, by Éric Zemmour, a writer of sometimes sulphurous views, who believes that France has gone consistently to the dogs since the departure of General De Gaulle. I have a friend who dates the decline somewhat further back—to the fourteenth century.
Zemmour, too, doesn’t think much of the genre of political memoir, particularly by losers of American elections:
Of Clinton’s memoir in particular, he says:
Hillary Clinton’s self-righteous feminism particularly irritates Zemmour: and indeed he succeeds in rousing what I never thought possible, namely, sympathy for Bill, the man of the ménage:
Zemmour admits that Hillary Clinton is intelligent and cultivated, but says that she has only one political tone of voice, that of indignation: against misogyny, racism, and injustice. He adds that we have known since Nietzsche that no one lies like an indignant man; and he ends by hoisting Clinton on her own petard: “Hillary has told us so a hundred times: a woman does everything better than a man. Everything.”
Come to think of it, even if I am granted two millennia, I won’t be reading Hillary’s book.
First published in City Journal.
Posted on 10/21/2017 9:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
22 Oct 2017
Trosclair en Terrebonne Parish
Tahirih Siyavushi, Zarrin Muqimi, Ruya Ishraqi, Shirin Dalvand, Simin Saberi, Mona Mahmudnizhad, Nusrat Yaldai, Izzat Ishraqi, Mahshid Nirumand, Akhtar Sabit. Yet in my country over half of the electorate hold Mrs William Jefferson Clinton as their heroine.
25 Oct 2017
Here's a helpful observation for Hillary and the Dems: During the campaign, Donald Trump insulted all kinds of people: the media, other politicians, Hollywood personalities, you name it. Yet, for all that, I cannot recall him ever insulting the voters. Hillary, on the other hand, included the voters in her insults: Trump supporters were "deplorables". Insulting the people you are trying to persuade to hire you is very dumb indeed.