All the stories a young political mom told her impressionable child starting at the tender age of six are now available for others to purchase for a hefty chunk of change and to share with whoever might be held captive and forced to discuss. Yes, the political has-beens who refuse to “go quietly into that good night” are releasing yet another attempt at relevancy entitled, The Book of Gutsy Women.
The democratic candidate for president in 2016, Hillary Clinton, and her over privileged daughter, Chelsea, are making the rounds, giggling in interviews, and promoting another book about those of the fairer sex who became game changers in the world. A noble subject had any other mother-daughter duo penned the $35 essay-style hardcover.
Now stop laughing, this story is not quite finished.
The Clinton’s missed an easy mark and focused only on liberal ladies. While they were all likely very gutsy, our darling former first gals left out an entire generation of courageous conservative women.
Where is the entry for Clare Boothe Luce: Congresswoman, US Ambassador, author, Republican, and feminist in the 1940s and 50s? Or perhaps African American Nannie Helen Burroughs: orator, religious leader, civil rights activist, feminist, and businesswoman who, in 1909, founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in the nation’s capital.
But no, the Clinton chicks wrote about Shirley Chisholm (a gusty woman who had her way paved by Burroughs), Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif, entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, Nigerian-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Marie Curie. And the dynamic duo also wrote about friends and family members they deem feminist heroines.
According to Mrs. Clinton, “This book is a continuation of a conversation Chelsea and I have been having since she was a little girl, and we are excited to welcome others into that conversation.”
They did not mention gutsy woman Monica Lewinsky.
And the World Laughs
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson played a short clip of the cackling Clinton’s and claimed he was “nauseated” by the exchange – with a look of incredulity – and then announced his guest, Tammy Bruce. Bruce is president of Independent Women’s Voices, former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), a self-proclaimed bi-sexual against gay marriage, and a Christian.
The clip featured a conversation between the tittering twosome in which Chelsea recalled, “So I knew that my mom still wrote longhand, but I didn’t realize what that would mean to collaborate. She would say she had finished something and she then would send pictures of it on her phone.”
Hillary chortled and playfully ribbed her co-author, but Chelsea stood firm in her loyalty, claiming “she wouldn’t trade her for anything.” Her mom joshed back, “Not even for a laptop?”
Ugh. And Bruce had a lot to say about the latest keep-relevant scheme launched by Hillary and Chelsea:
“Watching these women, on their perch of progressive privilege making a determination of who is worthy of being spoken about … If they had any guts, which they don’t, they’d write a book about Margaret Thatcher … they are frauds, they are passé … they are not the example of what women should become.”
Conservative feminists are apparently not impressed.
The Clinton Greatest Hits List
Seemingly the most coherent of the Clinton family not licking wounds from the loss of the 2016 presidential election, nor avoiding eye contact with folks whispering about Jeffrey Epstein’s black book, Chelsea graciously explained why there was such a book to be purchased: “We hope readers will draw strength from their stories as we have, because if history shows one thing, it’s that the world needs more gutsy women.”
Oh, they are out there – whether they made the pages of the latest Clinton attention grab or not. Candace Owens, Alveda King, the late Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor – just to briefly gloss over a list as respectful and storied as women’s history itself – are all names of accomplished ladies that should grace the pages of a book bent on highlighting gutsy women.
But as Bruce so aptly observed, “They are the mean girls celebrating themselves.” And that does not take guts at all.
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