Borgias, Anyone? Ed Klein's Blood Feud
On a more serious matter, someone has given Klein an account of Benghazi that places the blame squarely on Obama for inventing the shameful video narrative. According to the book, the president directed his then-secretary of State to use the video as an excuse for what they both already knew was terrorism during the famous missing phone call between the two at 10 p.m. the night of the September 11, 2012 attack. If so, that was among the most reprehensible acts ever by a sitting American president (straight out of Scandal, actually) and to be honest, I generally believe it.
Unfortunately, that doesn't much exonerate Hillary who, after a troubled phone call to an irate Bill, quickly gave up demurring and went along with the execrable coverup, going so far as, only two days later at Tyrone Woods' funeral, whispering in the ear of the dead hero's father that they were going to get that guy who made the video.
Lurid as they may be, Klein's insider profiles of those who lead us often make you think of serious matters more than many "serious" and dry political books. What we have here is a portrait of narcissism gone berserk. And maybe that's what most politics is. Who would want to go through the ordeal of running for national office but someone with a serious narcissistic personality disorder? Perhaps the job of us voters (and pundits) is to separate the good narcissists from the bad narcissists.
That's not an easy task. Barack Obama's brand of narcissism seemed quite attractive to many early on with all its soaring talk of hope and change. Voters had no idea this man had only scant interest in the nitty-gritty task of governing. And the person they were really electing, as Blood Feud makes abundantly clear, was someone almost none of them had then heard of and most still haven't -- President Jarrett.
POSTSCRIPT: According to the Weekly Standard, I wasn't being facetious. America may now have found its Eva Peron.