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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:19

Hillary Clinton's 469-page humblebrag: She had cool friends

Written by  Philip Wegmann

Hillary Clinton never misses an opportunity to namedrop in her new book. Readers will be reminded that she was a cool candidate, the kind who joked around with Kate McKinnon on SNL, who went on tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and who has her very own Hollywood stylist.

During the campaign, an oddly prescient Lena Dunham of HBO fame wondered if all the celebrity endorsement would end up "hurting her chances of winning." It certainly didn't help. On Election Day, an academy full of A-list celebrities couldn't outshine a blustering B-List blowhard. So, what's with all of Clinton's namedropping?

Perhaps it's because the 469-page memoir is more or less the drawn-out humble brag of a lonely political has-been.

Obviously, Clinton shout-outs are something of a currency. The comedian or popstar who gets a mention might be called on to do a fundraiser or pull a clip another time. But there's more than bargaining going on here. Clinton's obsession with clique comes as her popularity lags. Once the first woman to win the nomination of a major political party, she's now simultaneously an object of pity and the laughing stock of politics. While her new book tries to explain what happened, no one really accepts her laundry list of excuses for losing to a political rookie.

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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