Hillary Clinton’s $35 doorstop of a memoir is a flop. It was a best-seller to hard-core Democrats, but her advance is estimated at $14 million, which means Simon & Schuster is taking a bath in the hopes of publishing a future president.
Worse yet, The Washington Post reported that according to an Amazon.com measurement of which electronic books are most-read, Hillary’s book came in dead-last among recent political books. Every time people highlight something in a book on their Kindles, Amazon records that data. By that measure, most readers barely started it. “The deepest into Hard Choices the popular highlights get is page 33, a quote about smart power. Three of the five most-popular highlights occur within the first 10 pages.”
After “Hard Choices” came the anti-Hillary books. Ed Klein’s “Blood Feud” claims the Clintons and the Obamas loathe each other. It replaced “Hard Choices” at the top of the best-seller list. The New York Post reported Hillary told college friends last year that President Obama was “incompetent and feckless” and charged that he had “no hand on the tiller half the time.”
That sounds quite accurate – but it’s unsubstantiated. Klein’s reliance on anonymous sources gives the pro-Hillary media a reason to ignore him. That doesn’t mean they don’t have a double standard, however. Recall NBC and others gleefully detailing the gossipy Joe McGinniss character assassination of Sarah Palin in 2011; and never mind Kitty Kelley’s uber-trashy Nancy Reagan biography.