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Hillary Is Lucky That Iraq Is Dominating the News

There’s no shame in holding a book signing at Costco — it’s a sign there’s a broad audience of buyers for your book! — but it does make for some awkward headlines and coverage:

Here’s how the Washington Post wrote it up:

The fans/discount shoppers applauded, and the delirious mania over the release of her political memoir “Hard Choices” — what it says, what it doesn’t, what it doesn’t say but should — culminated with Hillary Clinton in Aisle 130.

“I am here because of who she is, because of all she is,” said Marian Beverly, a retired NASA employee in line at the signing. “I love the Clintons,” added Beverly, who, in addition to being a fan of the Clintons, is also a fan of Costco’s frozen pizzas, paper products and rotisserie chickens.

Hillary Clinton is quite lucky that awful news out of Iraq is dominating the news cycle, because she’s demonstrating on this book tour that she’s far from the top of her game. In just the past two weeks . . . 

* She declared she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House.

* An NPR interview — NPR! — went south when she and host Terry Gross had a sharp exchange about when she first supported gay marriage.

* She said the five released Taliban aren’t a threat to Americans, which will come back to haunt her if any of the five go on to commit acts of terror targeting Americans.

* The Washington Free Beacon uncovered audio of her discussing — with laughter — her successful legal defense of a man accused of raping a 12-year-old. The defense included attacking the victim’s credibility.

* Retired Secret Service agent Dan Emmett offers an unflattering portrait of Hillary Clinton in his book Within Arm’s Length, published by St. Martin’s Press.

* For better or worse, she pitches herself as quite religious, although one wonders how many religious Americans will concur and recognize her as one of their own. She told the New York Times this weekend, “the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking.”

Above, the Biblical-minded Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

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