Hillary Clinton's victory, decades in the making.

Hillary Clinton’s victory, we were there when it began.

AFTER THE 2008 primary cycle, it took a long time to decompress from the virulent sexism, media bias, and the onslaught of negativity unleashed by anti-Hillary men, much of it coming from progressives. After moving to Washington, D.C., I slowly began compiling the book that no one wanted to write.

To write it I’d have to call out the media, most of whom had treated Clinton differently than they would a man.

The Hillary Effect is a piece of Secretary Clinton’s path; the best and worst of what happened eight years ago, with no one spared because then it wouldn’t be history.

Long before Donald Trump, Republicans saw William Jefferson Clinton as a target to tap to hurt Hillary.

Republicans clearly saw Bill Clinton as baggage. Conservative Kellyanne Conway, president and founder of The Polling Company/WomenTrend, was quoted in USA Today, citing an appearance on Hardball from 2005, as wondering whether Hillary’s marriage disqualified her from being commander in chief: “The fact is that Hillary Clinton could not stand up to a cheating husband, so how in the world would she stand up to North Korea and some of our other enemies around the globe?” – The Hillary Effect, by Taylor Marsh, page 52.

Can anyone forget the tag team of Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh over Clinton’s looks? “Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?” asked Limbaugh.

John Edwards saying, “And I think it is crucial for Democratic voters and caucus-goers to determine who they can trust, who’s honest, who’s sincere, who has integrity.”

It’s no wonder the public had a question about what part of Hillary was stage-managed and focus-grouped and what part was legit. At the moment in her career when she got the chance to run for president, besides proving she’s commander-in-chief tough, Clinton also had to wage a major offensive to prove she was warm-blooded.” – The Hillary Effect, by Taylor Marsh, page 60

I’d been covering the election, reporting from events, and watching the candidates. That is, until Robin Givhan wrote her cleavage column in the Washington Post, “Hillary Clinton’s Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory.” It pulled me into Clinton’s camp because it was clear no one in the media or anywhere else had the proper outrage of this moment.

Nobody was more excited about trashing the Clinton marriage in 2008 than MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

“Is everything okay? Are we going to get embarrassed next year by something with regard to their marriage?” – Chris Matthews

In May 2007, Matthews asked The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Darmon on “Hardball”

“Do they see each other physically? … Is that what you got Jonathan, in your reporting, that they’re together half the time overnight?” – Chris Matthews [The Hillary Effect, by Taylor Marsh, page 104]

Then there’s Keith Olbermann, whose unhinged rants finally reduced him to waxing philosophically from Twitter today.

Mike Barnicle saying that Clinton “looked like everyone’s first wife standing outside a probate court.”

“For all its rhetoric about practicing a new, more virtuous brand of politics, the Obama campaign has been going after Clinton hammer and tongs. Rarely a day passes without his people dubbing her a liar and a fraud. (Although when it comes to Snipergate, it’s hard to blame them.) They have accused Bill Clinton of McCarthyism and invoked the infamous blue dress on which he left his, er, DNA — the latter coming on a blog post arguing that he actually makes McCarthy look benign. Indeed, it sometimes seems as if the Obamans are actively trying to cede the moral high ground.” – John Heilemann in New York Magazine [The Hillary Effect, by Taylor Marsh, page 198]

There are too many names, including some good guys (Joe Scarborough and Bill O’Reilly) and it’s all there in my book.

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When I look back on the fire and facts I used against the media, as well as Democrats and progressives, including Barack Obama’s campaign team, some of the things I wrote make me cringe. All of what I reported is true. It’s the only thing that’s ever mattered to me.

“During the primary elections that pitted Hillary Clinton against Barack Obama, Taylor was the leading analyst of, and most articulate critic of the campaign to smear Ms. Clinton and ultimately demean her as โ€œjust a girlโ€™ with a brush off the shoulder. Her book is a must read for students of that historic primary season.โ€ โ€“ Ambassador Joseph Wilson


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