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Sherry Turkle: The Hillary​ Wars

22 October 1992
... At the Boston Park Plaza on 2 September, HillaryClinton is speaking to over 1500 supporters, mostly women, each of whom has paid $250 for a sandwich and a chance to hear her. The Republican National Convention has only just ended, so Clinton gets warm ...

Not Like the Rest of Us

Linda Colley: The Clinton​ Succession

16 August 2007
A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary​ Rodham Clinton 
by Carl Bernstein.
Hutchinson, 628 pp., £25, June 2007, 978 0 09 192078 4
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Hillary Clinton: Her Way: The Biography 
by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta.
Murray, 438 pp., £20, June 2007, 978 0 7195 6892 3
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... HillaryClinton is manifestly a beneficiary and exemplar of a massive, historically recent and still ongoing transformation. ‘I represented a fundamental change in the way women functioned in our society,’ she ...

Diary

Christian Lorentzen: The Democratic Convention

10 August 2016
... This places him in a magical category of voters who some believe will determine the election, but because he lives in Massachusetts his vote is unlikely to put Trump in the White House. He thinks of HillaryClinton as a corporate shill, a politician ‘who’s never had a job in her life’, part of a dynasty that shouldn’t exist in America. He’s suspicious of the Clinton Global Initiative, but he ...

Short Cuts

David Bromwich: Stirrers Up of Strife

17 March 2016
... thanks to his courage and tenacity, he stands alone among living American politicians. But in other ways too, Sanders represents something fresh, something younger at heart than either Obama or HillaryClinton. When you come to think of it, he is as unlike Obama as it is possible for a man of the left to be: passionate, but without any theatrical dimension in his show of passion; angry at economic ...

‘It was everything’

Eliot Weinberger: The Republican Convention

10 August 2016
... There was the self-styled ‘hunter and redneck’ from the Louisiana bayou reality show Duck Dynasty and the former teen star of a 1970s television comedy – noticed by Trump for tweeting that HillaryClinton is a ‘cunt’ – who called Obama ‘a Muslim or a Muslim sympathiser’ who wants to ‘totally eliminate’ the United States, and implored the convention crowd to ‘make America ...

From Lying to Leering

Rebecca Solnit: Penis Power

19 January 2017
... episodes in their past after the second presidential debate on 9 October, or couldn’t sleep, or had nightmares. The words in that debate mattered, as did their delivery. Donald Trump interrupted HillaryClinton 18 times (compared to 51 interruptions in the first debate). His reply to the moderator Anderson Cooper’s question about his videotaped boasts of grabbing women by the pussy, which had been ...

We came, we saw, he died

Jackson Lears: Clinton’s Creed

5 February 2015
Hard Choices 
by Hillary Clinton.
Simon and Schuster, 635 pp., £20, June 2014, 978 1 4711 3150 9
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HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary​ Clinton 
by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.
Hutchinson, 440 pp., £20, February 2014, 978 0 09 195448 2
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... reform), topped off by the Democrats’ own version of imperial grandiosity. The intellectual bankruptcy of the Democratic Party is nowhere more evident than in the looming presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Assumptions of the inevitability of her candidacy tend to ignore policy matters, focusing instead on her gender and her twenty years as a Washington insider. Many usually thoughtful ...

Obama on Israel

Uri Avnery: Controversy at the Aipac Conference

3 July 2008
... After a merciless struggle, Barack Obama has defeated HillaryClinton. And what was the first thing Obama did after his astounding victory? He made a speech at the Aipac conference that broke all records for obsequiousness to the Israel lobby. That is shocking enough ...
14 November 2016
... the state administration is effectively put behind the governor’s party – 2016 should have been a shoo-in for a Mitt Romney or a John McCain, especially against such an unpopular candidate as HillaryClinton. A second point: when Lyndon Johnson passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1965 he said with regret that the Democrats would lose the South for a generation. His ...
11 October 2012
... of Muslims’, the anti-Islamic video produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian Egyptian immigrant to the US, Obama invoked America’s tradition of respect for all faiths and HillaryClinton insisted that the US government had nothing to do with the insulting video. I shall leave it to the American Muslims who endure humiliating mistreatment at the hands of frontier and other US police ...

What Happened to Obama?

August Kleinzahler: The Rise and Fall of Barack Obama

18 October 2007
Dreams from My Father 
by Barack Obama.
Canongate, 442 pp., £12.99, September 2007, 978 1 84767 091 5
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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream 
by Barack Obama.
Canongate, 375 pp., £14.99, May 2007, 978 1 84767 035 9
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Obama: From Promise to Power 
by David Mendell.
Amistad, 406 pp., $25.95, August 2007, 978 0 06 085820 9
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... to raise around $3.5 million. Winfrey is a good friend to have, whether you’re moving depilatories, novels or presidential campaigns, and Obama needs all the friends he can get: he is trailing HillaryClinton nationally by nearly 20 per cent and is 30 points behind in California. You’d think Obama would be doing better, particularly out here in California, one of the more progressive of the blue ...

Short Cuts

Christian Lorentzen: The Weiner Trilogy

29 August 2013
... correspondence with a few other women, among them a porn actress. Within three weeks he’d resigned from Congress and exited the scene with his pregnant wife – Huma Abedin, a glamorous aide to HillaryClinton – bound for therapy, ante-natal classes and lucrative consultancies in the private sector. Twenty-three months passed before we got the sequel: splashed across the cover of the New York ...

Diary

Christian Lorentzen: Homo Trumpiens

3 November 2016
... union right-to-work laws, the raising of the cap on campaign donations, ID requirements that suppress African-American and student votes, and more than $4 billion in tax cuts. All of them disparaged HillaryClinton but avoided mentioning Trump by name. Most of the crowd was docile, happy to be served a lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches and crisps, but a vocal minority was incensed at Trump’s absence ...

Diary

Terry Castle: Shaking Hands with the Hilldebeest

30 March 2016
... Not to mention the usual klatsch of ruling-class hangers-on: radical Botoxers; Pilates Instructors for Peace and Zero Body Fat; members of the pedicure-rights community – all Teetering-for-Hillary in black sheath dresses and fuck-me pumps. Since it takes a village, we anticipate, too, the requisite flock of drugged up toddlers cordoned off somewhere in a nanny-pen, raptly checking the Nasdaq ...

The Vision Thing

Eyal Press: Paul Krugman

19 June 2008
The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming America from the Right 
by Paul Krugman.
Allen Lane, 296 pp., £20, March 2008, 978 1 84614 107 2
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... shrill while aiming (and landing) unforgiving blows. Krugman’s targets hadn’t always, or even primarily, been conservatives. Back in 1992, it was rumoured that he might be made head of Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. The job went instead to Laura D’Andrea Tyson, and in Pop Internationalism and Peddling Prosperity Krugman dismissed Tyson and other Clinton advisors, including the ...

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