The Erasure of Hillary Clinton
The Erasure of Hillary Clinton

The Erasure of Hillary Clinton

In 2017, when Hillary Clinton emerged after a well-deserved hiatus to resume public service, the calls for her to quietly leave the stage and take up gardening or knitting began to pour forth.
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

How did an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate come to be seen as a tool of the establishment and an untrustworthy and untalented politician? How could she possibly have lost the election to the likes of Donald Trump? Susan Bordo unpacks the Right’s assault on Clinton, how the Left provoked suspicion and indifference among young voters, James Comey's interference, questions about Russian influence, and media malpractice in covering the candidate.
Sanders the Spoiler
Sanders the Spoiler

Sanders the Spoiler

Sanders said Sunday that he worked as hard as humanly possible once Clinton was the Democratic nominee. Let’s do a little fact-check on that claim…

Damn Emails, Revisited
Damn Emails, Revisited

Damn Emails, Revisited

With Ivanka Trump’s use of private email currently in the news, I thought it might be timely to review just how Clinton’s email use became such a defining issue in the 2016 election — and arguably cost her the election.

What’s Happened Since: Afterword to The Destruction of Hillary Clinton
What’s Happened Since: Afterword to The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

What’s Happened Since: Afterword to The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

I finished The Destruction of Hillary Clinton in February 2017 and it was published in early April of that year. Since then, much of my account of the election of 2016 and the forces that combined to install Donald Trump in the White House has been borne out, including events and contributing factors that we were only beginning to learn about when I did my research for the book. At the same time, it has been disheartening and frustrating to watch other facets of the election not only remain generally unacknowledged, but actually continue on, some more virulently than ever. The publication of the paperback in November 2018 gave me the opportunity to discuss those developments, and “what’s happened since” the election. What follows is the text of that Afterword, which appears, along with a revised Introduction, in the paperback of the book, now titled The Destruction of Hillary Clinton: Untangling the Political Forces, Media Culture, and Assault on Fact that Decided the 2016 Election.
Binnie Klein interviews author Susan Bordo
Binnie Klein interviews author Susan Bordo

Binnie Klein interviews author Susan Bordo

I have known Philosopher and Cultural Critic Susan Bordo since I was in the crib! As siblings we’ve fought and laughed and hugged and cried. I’m so proud we’ve grown up (finally!) to be able to collaborate on this radio interview about her profoundly important book, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton.

Feminist Fury and Journalists’ Venom: The Gendered Recriminations of 2016
Feminist Fury and Journalists’ Venom: The Gendered Recriminations of 2016

Feminist Fury and Journalists’ Venom: The Gendered Recriminations of 2016

It’s difficult for me to write about Hillary Clinton’s What Happened without revisiting my anger over the continuing injustice of her treatment by much of the press. Yes, there have been appreciative reviews of the book, reviews that recognize that Clinton, as Megan Garber puts it, “is doing the thing so many women politicians and citizens have done, recently, in a world that refuses to make space for them: It reclaims.” In doing so, it inaugurates “a newly emotional style of political engagement”—but without sacrificing the factual, as some other politicians have done. Yes, it’s a candid, warm, and sometimes angry account of Clinton’s experience; it’s also an astute, multifaceted analysis of the “perfect storm” that resulted in the disaster of 2016.[1]

The unvarnished malice of the negative reviews, however, makes it difficult to avoid the conclusion that many responses to the book are an extension of the same desire to castigate Hillary that pundits brought to their reporting of the campaign. The book is “useless” (Sam Kriss) and “essentially wrong-headed” (Sarah Leonard); it’s like “Hillary cornering you in a coffee shop, replaying the game tape.” And of course, there’s the “blames everyone but herself” theme, with which we’ve been bludgeoned since the night of the election.

Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism Hillary Clinton’s What Happened
Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism Hillary Clinton’s What Happened

Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism Hillary Clinton’s What Happened

It’s difficult for me to write about Hillary Clinton’s What Happened without revisiting my anger over the continuing injustice of her treatment by much of the press.

Will America Ever Have a Woman President?
Will America Ever Have a Woman President?

Will America Ever Have a Woman President?

Most people who follow politics spent 2016 imagining an America where Mr. President became Madam President. But the reality today looks very different. The highest glass ceiling remains firmly in place, and President Donald Trump’s theatrically alpha-male leadership style has made a crack seem even more remote.