CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 20, 2015 – When the Clintons left the White House way back at the turn of the century, Hillary claims they were “flat broke.” No more. Mrs. Clinton and Bubba have grown wealthier than Scrooge McDuck in the 15 years since their reign came to an end.
That, plus any number of other reasons, is why a new book, due for release May 5, titled “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” is said to be “the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle.”
Even though the current so-called presidential cycle is still in its embryonic stages, it appears that Hillary’s thus-far monolithic status among Democratic candidates, combined with an overwhelming case of “incumbent-lag” by the American people, may be enough to make Peter Schweizer’s latest book a presidential game-changer.
Typically, if blockbuster books come out during the election cycle, they are published in the months closest to the time the ballots are cast. This time, however, “Clinton Cash” will hit bookstores a full 18 months before the election. Usually that would be more than enough time to counter any charges and make them old news. But maybe not this time.
Pre-release coverage of the book appears to refute tradition in part because the author is president of a non-partisan organization called the Government Accountability Institute (GAI). When combined with Mrs. Clinton’s previous laundry list of controversies both as first lady and as secretary of state, the evidence may indeed be enough to shed some real illumination on the shadow of doubt that currently surrounds her.
Certainly, the news coverage Clinton’s strange campaign has received so far from a normally adoring media has been lukewarm at best, and the response from the American public has also been rather ho-hum.
Often, books of this nature, like “Clinton Cash,” are decried as “purely political” or “propaganda.” But in this case, early reports indicate the mainstream media may very well focus upon several story lines that apparently will be explored in the book.
The exorbitant honorariums the Clintons demand for speaking engagements are already well known facts. But a multitude of revelations that will appear in the book purportedly document the Clintons’ international wheeling and dealing on a wide scale.
Given the attempts Hillary has already made to alter her image and make herself appear as “just one of the folks,” any outlandish details in this book that make the former first lady stand out as anything but the girl next door might be seriously damaging to her still embryonic campaign.
Already, Clinton’s operatives are said to be in full damage control in anticipation of this book’s release. But the eight-year record of the Clinton White House must be taken into consideration as a reminder of the myriad of controversies that have surrounded Hillary in the past. Considering that today we have an American public is already weary of the daily procession of Washington scandals, lies and mistruths, such once successful political gamesmanship may prove far less successful in an election than it was in the past.
Further complicating the potential problem for Hillary is author Schweizer’s reputation for balance as a journalist, combined with his exhaustive documentation of his sources. When compared to the Clintons’ proclivity for “stretching the truth,” Hillary’s lightning-rod personality and even her attachment to Barack Obama’s coattails, Schweizer’s book could very well be the anticipated bombshell it is purported to be.
In an interesting twist, it it is possible that an early pre-election book like this one that would normally be doomed to disappear into the ongoing political news cycle, might in this situation actually become a catalyst triggering further insights into Mrs. Clinton’s past.
Barack Obama was elected with minimum, if any, vetting of his credentials. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has a considerable resume, which she hopes to use to reinforce her qualifications for president. The fact that her accomplishments have, in fact, been quite minor makes little difference to her supporters. But in light of a comprehensive review of her ability to use the political system for personal gain, any new insight or revelations may turn her resume into little more than ashes.
It will be interesting, indeed, to see how Hillary Clinton celebrates Cinco de Mayo in 2015.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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