That Bloody Woman

Margaret Thatcher, one of the most successful British prime ministers of modern times, was known to her enemies and detractors as “That Bloody Woman” (see Derek Turner’s review in this issue).  America’s equivalent for Republicans and conservatives for the past 30 years has been Hillary Clinton, so much Mrs. Thatcher’s inferior in intelligence, talent, and accomplishment that she bears comparison with her only in terms of the intense animosity she inspires.  Before last summer, that animosity had been confined chiefly to her and her husband’s detractors since the first Clinton administration.  Yet it quickly became apparent, almost from the start of her presidential campaign a year ago, that dislike and distrust of Mrs. Clinton are not only widespread but bipartisan, as Senator Sanders launched his unexpectedly damaging challenge to her in the Democratic primaries, and the former First Lady, only a few years ago the most admired person in America, suddenly registered in the polls as one of the more unpopular figures in American politics.

The almost unprecedented rebuke to Mrs. Clinton in the report issued by the State Department’s inspector general in the last week of May concerning her determination to conceal her use of a personal email account while serving as secretary...

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