Charlotte Hays

Everything’s coming up Hillary.

Her memoir, Hard Choices, for which she reportedly was paid a princely advance in neighborhood of $14 million, is due out early this summer.

Publicity from her generous publisher Simon & Schuster hails the book as an “inside account of the crises, choices and challenges” of Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. She will also reveal “how those experiences drive her view of the future.” Ah, yes, the future. With eyes on Mrs. Clinton's future—a likely spot at the top of the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket—the networks are killing each other to score an interview with the author.

“Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book is setting up a battle of the network stars,” the Washington Post reports.

And the book's not the only thing that's scheduled to come out. Chelsea's pregnant! Have you heard?

Yes, we have! And the media is acting as if it is to be a royal birth on the order of HRH Prince George of Cambridge’s (or perhaps a Princess Rodham).

“A grandchild might be just the push Hillary Clinton needs to run,” proclaims the Washington Post headline above a Kathleen Parker column. Yes, Kathleen, maybe we can twist her arm.

But the American people, still wallowing in a jobless recovery that doesn't feel like much of a recovery at all, may be focusing on something other than a bestselling author and doting Grandma as they consider presidential candidates' resumes. After 8 years of the Obama Administration, they may be asking themselves, “Can we really afford another celebrity president?” They may notice that when it comes to Hillary, there's an achievement gap between the hype and her actual record.

Laughter is poison in politics, and there have been two recent hoot-provoking instances when somebody has tried to locate an achievement—just one!—for Mrs. Clinton as Secretary of State.

The first somebody to flounder in this daunting task was Mrs. Clinton herself, and the situation was one that could not have been more favorable for presenting a rationale for a Hillary Clinton presidency. The setting was Hillary sycophant Tina Brown's glitzy Women in the World Summit. If ever an audience was a Hillary audience, this was it. It didn't go so well, though.

On stage, New York Times columnist threw Mrs. Clinton what should have been a softball question: what did you accomplish as Secretary of State? In a stumbling response, Mrs. Clinton appeared to need a lifeline:


Charlotte Hays

Director of Cultural Programs at the Independent Women's Forum.