Jonah Goldberg

I cannot begin to express how disappointing I find all of the Hillary Clinton hoopla.

I'm disappointed in the media in general for constantly referring to Hillary Clinton's "controversial new book" as if it contains anything approximating a real controversy.

I'm disappointed in Barbara Walters for continuing to defy her reputation as a serious journalist.

I'm disappointed anybody could think it's an open question whether Hillary's lying about believing Bill until the bitter end. Of course she's lying. Yawn.

Next question.

I'm disappointed in the fraction of the American people who believe that the Clinton marriage is some sort of great romance rather than a political partnership first and a romance, great or small, a distant second.

My disappointment stems from my exhaustion. If normal people get Clinton fatigue, I have Clinton narcolepsy. I have Clinton Epstein-Barr. It's not safe for me to discuss the Clintons while driving or operating heavy machinery, I get so tired of the subject. But enough about me -a sentiment Hillary's husband has never, ever expressed.

To be honest, I've never understood the fascination with Hillary Clinton. I don't find her charming or particularly interesting, and, unlike many other liberal politicians, I don't really see how other people could, either.

She's not particularly attractive, though she seems to be defying Mother Nature by becoming better looking as she gets older. She no doubt has a high IQ, and she's an able political operator. But she's a dull public speaker at best.

She's got a mean streak and frosty attitude remarkable for anybody in politics, let alone a woman (they do get held to a higher standard). Sure, she was famously labeled one of America's 100 top lawyers a long time ago, but nobody has ever demonstrated that she would have been on that list were it not for the fact she was married to a rising star of the Democratic Party and the governor of the state in which she practiced.

Meanwhile, I can certainly understand the fascination with her husband. He's obviously brilliant, even if his genius is often overpowered by his narcissism and tackiness. He's the most effective public speaker his party has produced in a generation. Both his political and private personas are hothouses of contradictory impulses and appetites ripe for analysis and criticism -both for what they say about him and about the people who love or despise him.

Indeed, it seems the fascination with Hillary is just a hand-me-down from Bill.

That's certainly the lesson of all this book hoopla. Nobody cares about her ideas on health care. There's no buzz about her views on national security.


Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
 
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