Right-wingers trash Hillary’s new book “Hard Choices” on Amazon

In a clear effort to hurt Hillary Clinton’s sales of her new book, Hard Choices, far-right Republicans have swarmed the Amazon page for her book and driven down its ratings.

The negative reviews, which complain a lot about Benghazi, but also mention St. Bowe Bergdahl, the American POW saved from the Taliban by President Obama.

Republicans have decided, without any evidence, that Bergdahl is a traitor and should have been left behind for dead. Which is an interesting new standard for America prisoners of war.

Initially, Hillary’s book had a two-star rating, because of all the right-wing “reviews,” but now has moved up to 2.5:


Let’s visit a few of the right-wing “reviews,” of Hillary’s “Hard Choices,” shall we?

First up, Benghazi.

Benghazi, you’ll recall, was an incident a few years back when Republicans decided that they no longer hated the guts of every American diplomat who, prior to September 11, 2012, they considered traitorous communists who should be nuked. From that day forward, American diplomats were the BEST THING EVER. (This is not unlike the Republican party’s newfound love of New York City after the real September 11, before which the GOP roundly mocked the city.)

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And where would be without the ever-illustrative all caps:monica-and-benghazi

Of course, when going after the Clintons, one can’t leave out Monica (though the writer managed to slip Benghazi in as well:


And then there’s my personal favorite, Waco — the day the Republicans publicly admitted a profound admiration for violent extremists:waco

The “reviews” speak for themselves.

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69 Responses to “Right-wingers trash Hillary’s new book “Hard Choices” on Amazon”

  1. Yeah, best not to dare the phony moderators :)

  2. Hilda Ward says:

    Oh please, it definitely is President Bush’s fault. Who really cares!

  3. D.B. Cooper says:

    So the women and kids that Clinton burned to death at Waco were “extremists”… OK got it…anyone not falling in line with liberal dogma is an ” extremist” and deserves death…yeah I really want you guys in charge.

  4. Moderator3 says:

    This is for your own good, after all you said you were going. Enjoy your phony banning.

  5. Denver Catboy says:

    Oh, ‘phony moderators’? This ought to be good. Have at him, guys.

  6. Silver_Witch says:

    I don’t like him today….I did like him before though and voted for him and stood up for him and defended him – like a fool.

    It probably should have been between he and his wife, however, when you lie about it on TV it is no longer private. Guess he should have said nothing….rather than lie….but that was then and this is now.

  7. Fast Freddy says:

    If you clowns want me to go away, why do you keep sending me more inane comments to reply to? By the way, you are starting to babble. Maybe you better stub out that joint you’ve been sucking on and call it a night. Enjoy your comic book show. And tell your phony “moderators” to leave me alone too.

  8. Denver Catboy says:

    Other side of the discussion. Cute.

    No. What I saw was a right-winger who, confronted with evidence of his side’s bad behavior, came in with un-sourced accusations that the Left has done it as well. He didn’t like the topic of conversation, so he changed it to what he wanted to talk about, which would, had it had been successful, would have devolved into a long conversation that would have boiled down to ‘he said, she said.’

    The internet has a word for people who intrude into a conversation and turn it into the conversation they want to have in order to bury the original topic. I turned it into a cute moniker, then threw in a Star Wars reference in honor of Denver Comic Con starting in 2 days.

  9. Fast Freddy says:

    Well, excuse me for presenting the other side of a discussion. I merely stated that hardly anyone at Amazon had read the book on either side of the little five star/one star comment war they had going. For this, I was insulted and called names. Shame on all of you, including you so-called moderators. I’ll go now and turn myself into the thought police for my heinous crimes.

  10. Moderator3 says:

    Here’s the thoughts of a different moderator – move on to something else.

  11. Fast Freddy says:

    So, in other words, there was nothing wrong with this remark directed at me?

    “Run along now, trolikins. We don’t serve your kind here.”

  12. evewc says:

    we’re going to need to develop thick skins about stuff like this–if/when she announces her candidacy, the response from the Right is going to make their vilification of Obama look like a dress rehearsal.

  13. Moderator4 says:

    We do look at your (and his) entire comment history, including comments on other sites.
    If you do not approve of the moderation on this blog, you are more than welcome to go elsewhere.

  14. Fast Freddy says:

    I didn’t start the insults. What does this comment by Denver Catboy do to advance HIS point of view? “Run along now, trolikins. We don’t serve your kind here.” Is “trolikin” not also name calling? If you are going to be a moderator, I think you should be even handed.

  15. Moderator4 says:

    Stop with the name-calling, Fast Freddy. Make your arguments, but the obnoxious name-calling does nothing to advance your point of view.

  16. Fast Freddy says:

    I’m still here Catpuke. Go ahead and throw another hissy fit. What a jerk.

  17. Denver Catboy says:

    I agree, Clinton was a sleaseball for the whole incident. I still think it should be between him, his wife, and Monica, however. Had the GOP not overreached on this, I don’t think he would be so well liked today. In the quest to eviscerate him for his bad behavior, they ended up giving him cover instead….

    And that’s actually a sadder state of affairs than having his pole smoked in the oval office by someone other than his wife.

  18. Denver Catboy says:

    Run along now, trolikins. We don’t serve your kind here. :)

  19. Fast Freddy says:

    I never said two wrongs make a right. I was just pointing out that while you guys were trashing all the one star reviews because they didn’t read the book, you ignored the fact that the people giving five star reviews also didn’t read the book. Probably about two people have even read the thing.

  20. Houndentenor says:

    that’s bullshit. Yes, people have free speech rights, but to review a movie you haven’t seen is dishonest. I guess you have a right to be a liar, but it’s not really a right I want to waste any energy defending. With rights come responsibilities. We seem to have forgotten the responsibility part lately.

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  22. Silver_Witch says:

    Drudge only posts that which will bring out the haters. If it is a story showing anyone he hates in a bad light (i.e., Clinton, President Obama, any black person living, immigrants) they that is the story that leads and if you happen to follow to an article the hate in the comments is almost overwhelming in its vile. I stopped looking many months ago….

  23. Silver_Witch says:

    When you are the President you really should know they are going to find out what you did. Simply – had he gone on TV and said “Yeah she blew me” – I would have had a lot more respect for him. As a woman I felt betrayed by his behavior of going on TV and saying “I did not have sex with that woman”. He called the person who sucked his dick “that woman” – that said a lot to me. I can not tell you how sad I was when the truth came out and I realized he only saw woman as Chattel, like a lot of men of his generation and that I had voted for him.

  24. discus_sucks_ass says:

    I noticed that quite a number of the 1 star “reviews” were copy and pasted by different screen names. typical troll-bot behavior

  25. pericles9 says:

    I have only three words: “Dr.” “Wang” & “Hanglo.”

  26. discus_sucks_ass says:

    already #6 in the Kindle store

  27. robintyler says:

    OK..so, let’s start an online campaign to go to Amazon and support Hillary?

  28. Bill_Perdue says:

    Republicans don’t like Democrat politicians. Democrats don’t like Republican politicians. Yawn.

    Democrat and Republicans politicians support wars of aggression, deregulation, union busting and attacks on the Bill of Rights. Neither want to pass a good version of ENDA or a CRA and both refused to repeal DOMA. They are equally dangerous.

  29. emjayay says:

    Obviously one that brings out the wingnut crowd is going to have worthless comments, but most books and other products that get mostly real reviews. You do have to remember if someone buys some product and it’s OK they are probably less likely to bother with a comment than someone who buys one and it craps out or something. I’ve learned a lot about possible good and bad points of products before purchasing from comments, also at individual store websites.

  30. PeteWa says:

    you’re just full of neat.
    maybe you could go like other comments by Fast Freddy, like this one on reparations:
    “Let the ones who fought a war to protect slavery and went on to enact all the Jim Crow laws pay. They are called Democrats.”
    and when you’re done with that, maybe you can beg keefer to let you be his friend.

  31. emjayay says:

    Or on Yelp.

  32. emjayay says:

    Not to excuse his really stupid behavior or anything, but to me not fucking isn’t fucking.

  33. emjayay says:

    I remember when people used to say that too.

  34. PeteWa says:

    that’s neat, emjayay.
    almost as neat as all of your other comments.

  35. emjayay says:

    Where I live we have public libraries.

  36. emjayay says:

    I remember when people used to say that.

  37. emjayay says:

    We started it with the reviews of the Sarah Palin Keep Christ in Christmas book, whatever it was called. Of course, that was like shooting Mooses in a barrel, and each one was more hilarious than the last.

  38. Outspoken1 says:

    So who in their right mind is going to admit to infidelity in a marriage – televised, mind you – to a hostile committee. Come on! Yea, he should have kept his pants on, but if every person in the world who committed adultery walked into the ocean, we would have lots of coastal flooding!

  39. Outspoken1 says:

    I am so naive – I would have never thought to politicize reviews on Amazon (or other similar sites). I always thought of reviews I submit as a service to my fellow human beings. Oh no, caught being an honest person.

  40. silas1898 says:

    I agree. She is as corporate as the rest of them, just not religiously insane.

    She won’t stop the NSA either, nobody is ever giving up that power easily.

  41. PeteWa says:

    hard choices…
    neo-liberal pantsuit or the “moderate” dem blouse and pants?
    work on this anti-flag burning amendment or do something about those awful violent video games?
    hard choices.

  42. PeteWa says:


  43. keefer1958 says:

    Sure! It’s called censorship.

  44. keefer1958 says:

    Sure! It’s called censorship.

  45. BeccaM says:

    I was just trying to answer Elijah’s question, as phony reviews and astroturfing are an endemic problem on Amazon.

    I have no intention of buying or reading her book either.

  46. BeccaM says:

    I was just trying to answer Elijah’s question, as phony reviews and astroturfing are an endemic problem on Amazon.

    I have no intention of buying or reading her book either.

  47. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    For someone who would write this, “it’s his grade school pic from Indonesia, er, Hawaii,” your comment wasn’t as bad as I would have expected. Congrats!

  48. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Fortunately it’s easy to identify which rabid idiots to ignore.

  49. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Link please.

    Did you think we wouldn’t check your past comments? Such as the one where you complained about the photoshopping and said she looked like a bag of cats.

    My cat said a bag of cats would be beautiful.

  50. Denver Catboy says:

    I could actually get behind that. I am just as annoyed by Obama’s surveillance overreach as I am of Bush’s…more so, actually, because Obama campaigned on undoing that overreach.

  51. Thom Allen says:

    At least that’s a more honest statement than most of those left by the right wingers.

  52. Denver Catboy says:

    So…do two wrongs make a right, Fast Freddy? Your post here implies it is. You want to read about the 5 star reviews the Left is making without reading the book? How about heading over to Right-Wing sites. I’m pretty sure they’ll be glad to help you with that need. ;)

  53. Fast Freddy says:

    No mention here of all the five star reviews from left-wingers who have also not read the book.

    Here is a typical five star review:
    “I’m reviewing before reading because of the RWNJ trolls who did the same thing and gave it one star! I may not even like it when I do read it.”

  54. S1AMER says:

    They’re scared shitless of Hillary.

  55. keefer1958 says:

    You’ll find it on the shelf at the dollar store soon, or maybe UNDER the shelf, helping to level the shelf.

  56. keefer1958 says:

    “Dead broke?” If the adulterer-in-chief wouldn’t have lied to a grand jury, things may have turned out differently.

  57. trinu says:

    I’m curious as to why they use that, when they could be using actual conspiracies (like the NSA). Yes, I know Bush started that one but Obama continued it and it wouldn’t be the first time they blamed Obama for the effects of Bush’s policies anyway.

  58. Denver Catboy says:

    There is a way to ‘delete’ reviews. Get the book. Read it. And then give your honest review of it. If you like it, 4 or 5 star it. Your 5 star will average out with a 1 star, and make 2.5 stars. This is happening right now with Clinton’s book, as she has a 2.5 star rating.

    Welcome to the internet, by the way.

  59. Denver Catboy says:

    Oddly enough, I don’t have a strong opinion of her.

    On one hand, she’s not the panacea for all that ails us, like her rabid supporters make her out to be. I find her uninspired and not very interesting, and won’t really go out of my way to read her book (certainly won’t buy it). On the other, I don’t hate her either. I won’t vote against her in a general election (I sure will vote against someone like Sarah Palin, and if it’s Krazy NutKase RepubliKan vs. Hillary Clinton, I’ll vote for Clinton in a heartbeat), but I will mark the paper with a very disinterested ‘meh’. If the book is sitting out on a table and I have nothing better to do, I’ll read it. But I sure don’t love or hate her. She’s just not that interesting to me.

  60. nicho says:

    Why bother? People will not buy — or boycott — this piece of ghost-written campaign literature based on the stars it gets on Amazon. They will do what they do because they either looooove Hillary or they hate her. There is no one in the US who, at this point, doesn’t have a strong opinion of her. For my part, I’m going to wait until they make it into a movie — and then, not go see it.

  61. nicho says:

    Benghazi: Interjection. Commonly used by conservatives (often shouted) when they’re completely run out of facts or rational thought.

  62. nicho says:

    Well, there’s also the tactic I use — which is to never read online reviews because most of them are trash and pretty worthless.

    “I gave this product one star, because my neighbor stole it from my mailbox and ruined it.”

  63. nicho says:

    Well, with the abuse he’s taken from the wingnuts — who never complained about prisoner swaps before — he could probably be considered a martyr.

  64. BeccaM says:

    Because it’s possible to post reviews of items not bought through Amazon. There’s really only three things people can do for these phony reviews:

    1. Mark them as “Not Helpful” — many of the negative reviews have almost no helpful votes and lots of Not Helpful.
    2. Add a comment to the review remarking that the reviewer obviously did not read a single word of Hillary Clinton’s book. Bonus props for pointing out the illiteracy and incoherence of the review.
    3. If the review is over the line, you can click the Report Abuse link.

  65. Elijah Shalis says:

    How can amazon allow reviews to be posted from people that didn’t buy her book?

  66. KGLPDX says:

    So we’re supposed to believe that these people, a majority who can’t formulate proper sentence structure have read a 656 page book since it was released today? Sure. Not to mention they hate Hillary so much that they went out and spent a minimum of $14.99 for her book?

  67. Anthony Vásquez says:

    I’ll spare you from having to look yourself, but Drudge’s headline today (which has nothing to do with the Oregon school shooting btw) is a book-seller’s tweet about her book’s price being “dramatically” slashed by 40%. *Gasp*

  68. Bose says:

    Minor edit: The “g” missing in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (At first glance, I wondered how he became a saint!)

  69. Houndentenor says:

    There must be some way to delete “reviews” from people who obviously haven’t read the book, listened to the music, seen the movie, etc. I guess there’s not, but there should be. It’s tempting to do the same to right wingers but I just can’t do that. It’s dishonest. I can’t say a book only deserves one star when I haven’t read it.

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