Jonah Goldberg
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No one gives a rat's patoot about her views on anything at all really -except, that is, her views on her husband. Why did she stay married to him? How could she have believed him after all of his past "indiscretions." Did she really believe his enemies created Monica Lewinsky?

Without that stuff, she's just the ambitious wife of a philandering politician and the geeky junior senator from New York. In short, without Bill, her book would be in the remainder pile within a week (where I think it's heading anyway).

Now, to be fair to Hillary, that's the way it is with most memoirs by active-duty politicians. With the possible exception of a few war hero types, like John McCain, no political biography by a politician with presidential aspirations is very interesting. Politicians live boring lives for the most part, and the ones who don't can't spill the beans if they want to be president.

Hillary is even more constrained because she can't contradict her (or her husband's) grand jury testimony. Plus, I think honesty about the mercenary nature of their marriage would hardly make her an attractive candidate in the future.

Please spare me the drivel about how her marriage is no one's business. Her whole political career has been based on her marriage. Her husband promised that voters would "get two for the price of one" with the two of them in the White House.

Hillary took $8 million to publish a book that feeds entirely off the details of her private life. Her shtick on this score is well-established. She brags about her wonderful "partnership" with Bill and then screams bloody murder whenever someone questions the nature of that partnership.

I have no doubt she doesn't like it when Bill cheats on her. But it's clear, to me at least, that she considers the various costs of being married to Bill the price of doing business with him. Heck, when Barbara Walters asked her what would happen if Bill cheated on her again, Hillary responded, "You know, that will be between us."

If I thought better of Hillary Clinton, I might be disappointed by such resignation at the inevitable. But I don't.

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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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