Dark Side of the Hill

Little Light for First Lady as Readers Respond to the 'Scandal Guide'


It Takes a Village (Voice)

I guess somebody had to blunt the inevitable attacks on Hillary with a story like this one, hey? By the time she gets to town all these petty scandals will be "old news," just like old times and she'll have the Voice to thank!

Milton Jones,
Austin, Texas


Flush In Futures

Re Hillary Clinton turning $1000 into $100,000 in cattle futures: I am a former commodities trader with quite a bit of experience, trading on the floors of two futures exchanges. Hillary's good fortune had nothing to do with luck or studying the Journal every day. The odds of someone winning consistently in the market are as good as those of a novice surviving the trials at Flushing Meadows.

Anyone who's ever worked on the floor of an exchange or in the back office of a commodities firm knows this! Starting with $1000 makes it even more unlikely because cattle futures are known to fluctuate $400 to $800 per day. If she was not protected from fluctuations, Hillary could've lost half her money by lunchtime.

Joseph Szoecs,
Manhattan


Her Weirdness

New Yorkers should constantly be reminded that Hillary has been the chief enabler of a serial- philandering husband who most Americans believe is untrustworthy, a perjurer, and an obstructor of justice in a sexual-harassment lawsuit. It's hard to imagine how the self-respecting women of New York could admire her when she uses sympathy resulting from her pathetic marital relationship to advance her political agenda. Hillary is truly a weird woman who should be scorned rather than supported.

Jerry Magliano,
Lenexa, Kansas


Do Wacko Do

Delightfully written article by William Bastone on Madame Hillary (Evita to we neocon wackos). Hasn't the Nation (both magazine and state) had enough of the Clintons? Isn't the failed Marxist experiment that is New York State in need of a movement back from the precipice? I give 5 toilet bowls to the whole idea of Hillary for Senate. She would need them, because that would be a movement which would fill all 5, leaving the entire state in deep doo-doo

John N. Grindas,
Raleigh, North Carolina


Hillary Burghers

Great piece of work, enumerating some of the baggage with which Hillary Rodham Clinton will be heading to New York. However, you might've listed that slogan from a few years ago: "Where's the beef?" There's a generalized belief that Hillary is interested in issues like education, children, etc., but if you read It Takes a Village, you'll see that what she really gets excited about is federally subsidized day care for all. The health-care fiasco came about because of the incredible overreaching her task force did, which made it vulnerable to the attacks that sunk it. In other words, she has no credentials as an effective policy maker or administrator. She can't even remember who hired Craig Livingstone!

Andy L. Saylor,
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania


Make It A Contest

I agree with William Bastone's description of Hillary's mind as "curious" in its meaning of "odd," "unusual," or "strange," and with the implication of "prying."

Bastone's rating sheet was not bad, but he underrated Castle Grande by at least two toilet bowls, and Vince Foster's "Mysterious Demise" by about four, if you take into consideration the sanitizing of Foster's office.

Bastone also omitted any mention of the 900 FBI files and the hiring of Craig Livingstone, surely a three- to four-bowler and maybe even a five.

Then, of course, there is the matter of Hillary's judgment: she reportedly influenced the hiring of Webb Hubbell, Janet Reno, and Madeline Albright, among others. She allowed her staff to lie on her behalf when she could have spared them by telling the truth herself.

Why don't you make a contest out of it? I'm sure your readers can come up with a lot more. But you do get an A-plus for even running the article.

Marilyn Dulmage,
Pittsford, New York


Fouling Our Nest

There are not enough toilets beside Mrs. Clinton's name— and they should be spewing their foul contents. I hope New Yorkers prove to be smarter than they are showing themselves to be at this point in time. Isn't there enough pollution in the area without her?

Leia Foxwell,
Birdsnest, Virginia

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