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Borgias, Anyone? Ed Klein’s Blood Feud

June 29th, 2014 - 5:55 pm
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Gorgeous Borgias.

Blood Feud, Ed Klein’s new book on the Clintons and the Obamas currently rocketing to the top of the Amazon best seller list even before its official publication day, is a lurid, irresponsible work of yellow journalism filled with suppositions, inaccuracies, myriad anonymous sources, made-up dialogue and (often extreme) bias.

In other words, it is essentially like your average front page story in the New York Times.

But unlike the Times, Klein gets it essentially right about his subject — the Clintons and the Obamas despise each other.

And unlike the Times, Blood Feud is a compulsive read.  I dare you to put it down. The book reminds you of nothing so much as an episode of Shonda Rhimes’ television series Scandal — and a particularly excessive episode at that. Even at its most seemingly illogical, Klein’s work has the ring of truth.  He’s on to something, even if he hasn’t hit the bull’s eye.

The main characters here — Hillary, Michelle, Barack, Bill and, to an extraordinary extent,  real “power behind the throne” Valerie Jarrett — read like a group of Borgias set free on today’s Washington, loathing each other and plotting revenge while living a lifestyle even the one percent could barely dream of.

The idea that these people could even utter the words “income inequality” is farcical.  At some point they may have had political ideas of some sort — who knows — but that was in a galaxy far, far away and has been lost forever in the latest round of golf, $200,000 speeches to Arab potentates or spur-of-the-moment trips  to Maui to woo Oprah at her mansion.

A lot of the book too reads like a companion piece to Hillary’s latest — well, not exactly, since no one appears to be interested in that door stopper –because most of the leaks appear to be from people anxious to differentiate Hillary from Obama. POTUS, as we know, is not exactly popular these days and anyone seeking the presidency would be well advised to separate herself from him as far as possible. This accounts for much of the amusing dish in the book, Hillary even dropping the F-bomb in front of some of her amazed old classmates from Wellesley when referring to Obama’s undeniable executive incompetence.

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Would either Hillary, Obama or Jarrett have risen above an assistant's position inside the bowels of state and local government if it wasn't for the moral narcissism of the media when it comes to race and gender issues?
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If only we could get them all to poison or stab each other on the Mall. I'd even subscribe to HBO if it carried that live.
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This book does what Bill and Hillary cannot.

It frontal attacks Obama. They need plausible deniability. They can whisper agreement and feign disagreement as needed.

It builds interest in the candidacy for an extremely boring campaigner. It targets the independents who have gone sour on Obama.

It gives Hillary an out on Benghazi. (A notion I find preposterous, not because Obama wasn't in on it...but because they BOTH were...up to their eyeballs. And the underlying story has NOTHING to do with "Al Qaeda's on the run" campaign worries. Nothing.)

Valerie Jarrett running the country into the ground while Barry Brackets plays golf and parties may be a revelation to those who get filtered lapdog news, but nobody who reads these pages here is going to register shock or awe at that tidbit.

And unless a Clinton is giving out winning Powerball numbers, nothing they say in an hour long speech is worth $200k. Or $20k. Or $2k. Or $0.02

Still, the National Enquirer in hardback has its value. If it exposes Obama and this cabal and gets people to wake up to the real and actual despicable acts taking place...maybe an honest person (the last one left) will come forward at the IRS, EPA, DOJ, and finish the exposé.

Tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...about Woodstock Jihad. Including Hillary being in it fully. And all the Obama and cabal dirty tricks.

Now THAT would be worth reading.

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So, "a lurid, irresponsible work of yellow journalism filled with suppositions, inaccuracies, myriad anonymous sources, made-up dialogue and (often extreme) bias" that reminds Roger Simon of "nothing so much as an episode of Shonda Rhimes’ television series Scandal — and a particularly excessive episode at that," and is "most seemingly illogical" nonetheless has "has the ring of truth"? Rarely have I read such addlebrained blather in a book review... or any review!

But Simon gets one thing right... about Ed Klein. "He’s on to something, even if he hasn’t hit the bull’s eye." Indeed. What Ed Klein is on to is making a lot of money from weak-minded people who will suck-up any pile of lurid journalism that slams Barrack Obama or the Clintons.

If you want to read good fiction, read Faulkner. If you want to read cheap, sensational trash, pick-up the Enquirer or People magazine. But if you want to elect people to high office, you should avoid reading this garbage because "the ring of truth" is NOT truth. Not by any measure.

As to Simon’s Postscript: Valerie Jarrett clearly stated that her running for office is “HIGHLY unlikely.”

Roger Simon (obviously) lacks critical thinking skills.



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"Blood Feud"? You mean there's blood flowing through the veins of that icy witch?
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And by witch, I mean: 1) B!tch; 2) Alien life form; 3) Butcher of Benghazi
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Haven't had a crack at "Blood Feud" yet, though I will. I gather from Mr. Simon's description that the Klein book does not pass muster for journalistic standards. We can't know how much of this is real as nobody speaks on record and it is an obvious hit job. Still, it's selling like hotcakes and everybody is eating up the allegations.

Hillary's book, on the other hand, may not be worth the $14mil that she was advanced for it. It helps make her a laughingstock, combined with her (and Princess Chelsea's) gaffes on tour.

Her "inevitablity" is no longer what it was. The lib media clearly is not 100% in the tank for her this time around. They already helped take her down in 2007-2008, I recall being amazed at the way the media and Liberal establishment turned on her. The Dem party is clearly sick of her, and unlike her Senate campaign, she no longer has the Clinton Presidential Mafia at her command. Nobody is afraid of her. Her royal procession towards the Oval Office is turning into a rotton-tomato-fest as she trips on her tongue on a weekly basis.

I prophecy that by primary season Hillary will be late-night fodder.
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Her skin is thin. Defy her and she will melt down.
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The Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz melted down when water splashed on her, leaving just her red shoes behind. I look forward to watching Hillary disappear just as easily, except she'll leave behind a pair of matronly power pumps.
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If it is not true then perhaps they would quickly sue for libel??? As I believe they would quickly do so if they felt a case is there to win.
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this so transparent it is beyond belief people cannot see through it. she is desperate to distance herself from BO and provide some credible counter facts over benghazi and this is just one of the many clever PR tricks used all worked out by their team which used to at publicis. If she were that surprised proper (odd word to use in reference to any of them) response was resignation. They are flushing everything out to see where the opposition lies and have time to respond. Book should be ignored or discussed for what it is. No way Klein wrote this without vetting with bubba.
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Obama wasn't able to overcome the obstructive Republicans. Hillary's the one for the job.
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If the author is unreliable, what's the value of anything he says? It may be true, it may not be, no matter how much we'd like to believe it.
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Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that said "I was anti-Obama before it was cool". On a Prius, no less! In California! Well, San Diego, not San Francisco, but still...
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Would either Hillary, Obama or Jarrett have risen above an assistant's position inside the bowels of state and local government if it wasn't for the moral narcissism of the media when it comes to race and gender issues?
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Hitler and Stalin didn't like each other much either -- although they were allies for a few years to get World War II really rolling.
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Klein's books are fast, fun reads. I'm on chapter 10 of this one (and when I'm done, I'll start on The Chairman ("a messy, sordid tale of Crist's Florida"). Political books, it seems, are the new summer potboilers. (On a more serious note, I'm also reading The Path To Power the most excellent first volume of Robert Caro's LBJ bio and Miracle At Philadelphia, Catherine Drinker Bowen's story of the Constitutional Convention. I highly recommend both.)

At least the power-grasping, adulterous, murderous, simonist Borgias were patrons of great art. This crowd will leave no such legacy, only chaos and a nation in shambles. Neither Klein nor anyone else can say enough bad things about them.
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Tell us what it says about Michelle. No one here is mentioning Michelle. Surely she's Borgia-worthy, too.
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'In the Garden of Beasts,' a behind-the-scenes look at the early days of Nazi Germany, is another good read: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/958713281
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