Rich Galen

Two new books about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton are to be released next week - timed to coincide with the Democratic candidates' debate in New Hampshire.

One book is by Carl Bernstein formerly of the Washington Post (and Watergate) fame. It is titled: "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton."

The other is by a pair of reporters for the New York Times, Jeff Gerth (former) and Don Van Natta, Jr. (current) entitled: "Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Behind the two lengthy titles are two lengthy books. Bernstein's is 628 pages; the Gerth/Van Natta version is 416 - a total of 1,144 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Yesterday morning, on Fox & Friends, the two Clinton books were one of the subjects that Jane Fleming Kleeb and I debated with Steve Doocy.

Ms. Fleming Kleeb held that there was nothing new in these books and no one's mind would be changed as the result of them.

Inasmuch as they haven't even been released yet, I was at a loss to understand how Jane could be certain there was nothing new in the books, but that's Spin 101 in the Clintonian world: Break it up. Nothing to see here. Go on home.

There will be nothing new as to Clinton being a manipulative, bullying, insecure, angry, lying woman. And that's not me talking. According to the Editor & Publisher review of the Bernstein book he writes "Hillary Rodham Clinton has always had a difficult relationship with the truth…"

At one point Hillary Clinton wanted the White House staff to go to war with the Washington Post. She ordered a complete analysis of coverage which would clearly demonstrate all the errors they had made.

A team spent 10 days assembling a "dossier" of Post mistakes but the calmer heads prevailed and the plot was dropped. This, according an unnamed source in the book "was an example of Clinton's ability to organize people for a big fight, but in terms of how to respond 'her instincts are just awful.'"

Anyone but me think that phrase: "her instincts are just awful" is going to end up in an anti-Hillary ad?

According to the Washington Post, the Gerth and Van Natta book "suggests that Hillary Clinton did not read the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq in 2002 before voting to authorize war."

Clinton's office weakly responded to the Post that she had been "briefed multiple times by several members of the administration on their intelligence regarding Iraq, including being briefed on the NIE," which is not likely to make her visits to luncheonettes and living rooms in Iowa and New Hampshire any more comfortable when the discussion turns to the Iraq vote.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at