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The “Must Buy” Book Of The Summer: “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine” By Daniel Halper

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Some Clinton stooge tried to damage the roll out of Daniel Halper’s “Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine” by leaking the bound gallies –all of which were covered by signed non-disclosure agreements– far and wide in the vain hope of strangling press interest in the book but in fact guaranteeing just the opposite. I would have gotten around to the book eventually and had Halper on, but he will now feature prominently in this week of broadcasting with my call to all listeners to pre-order the book ASAP.

If Halper is available this week, he will also be my guest, repeatedly.  If he is only available after the book’s official release date of July 22 when I am on vacation, I will urge my guest hosts Jamie Weinstein and Ed Morrissey to have him on and then I will have him co-host when I get back.  I think it should be the goal of every fair journalist –left, center and right– to push back against dirty tricks of this sort in the publishing world.  The same stuff was tried against Dinesh D’Souza last week when Costco briefly pulled his book only to restock it under a furious backlash from fair-minded folk, a backlash which helped fuel another $2.4 million in ticket sales for Dinesh’s film this weekend past.

The story of the dirty trick aimed at Halper is detailed in this Daily Beast article by Lloyd Grove.  I can only hope that not only O’Reilly and every other Fox News host features Halper but that MSM is shamed into the coverage of the Clinton Inc tactic which foreshadows how a Team Hillary campaign will be waged and how a Hill-Bill White House would be run.

In Friday’s interview with me Marco Rubio indicated that not just he but many people could beat Hillary.  I agree that her opening acts are as flat-footed as a circus clown’s, her book a colossal and embarrassing fail, and her image of invincibility as brittle as the Soviet Union’s in 1988.  But that won’t keep her stooges from trying again and again to bully their way back to 1600.  (My Washington Examiner column this morning suggests one additional means by which the would be GOP nominees might worry the other side.)

No matter how the 2016 race shakes out, this battle of late July and all of August to assure a wide reading of and robust sales for Daniel Halper’s book should be one on which the center-right and the MSM cooperate.



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