From the Post’s big front-page story on the Hillary books today:
Howard Wolfson, a campaign spokesman, pointed to previous reports on some of the elements in the books to make the point that there was nothing new. “The news here is that it took three reporters nearly a decade to find no news,” he said. He added: “Two overwhelming Senate victories in the toughest media market in the country demonstrated that voters have put these issues behind them.”
Had these books reported incontrovertable proof that Hillary is actually a space alien, the response from Wolfson would be pretty much the same. “This is old news… voter have gotten past this… they’re much less concerned that she’s from Nebulon-IV than who is going to ensure they get the health care they need.”
UPDATE: So what are the new charges? The one that stands out to me the most is:
“Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., reports that during her husband’s 1992 campaign, a team she oversaw hired a private investigator to undermine Gennifer Flowers “until she is destroyed.” Flowers had said publicly that she had an affair with Bill Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas.
See, after the Monica mess, Hillary was the recipient of enormous amounts of public sympathy. It fueled her 2000 Senate run – “justice for a woman done wrong!”
After a story like this, those who hate her will see confirmation of their views. Those who love her will, as her Senate spokesman does in the story, dismiss it as “trash for cash” or “cash for rehash.” (Attack the motives, particularly with a rhyming phrase and you’ll never have to respond to the substance of the charges.)
But those Democratic primary voters who were iffy on her, who wondered if she could win a general election… well, they may dread the Republican candidate turning every discussion of the Patriot Act and respecting people’s constitutional rights into a discussion of why the Democratic nominee hires private investigators to “destroy people.”