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Rodham explained Rodham, review Rodham, trailer Rodham, box office Rodham, analysis Rodham, Rodham e1c9 From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of American Wife And Eligible, A Novel That Imagines A Deeply Compelling What Might Have Been What If Hillary Rodham Hadn T Married Bill Clinton In , Hillary Rodham Is A Young Woman Full Of Promise Life Magazine Has Covered Her Wellesley Commencement Speech, She S Attending Yale Law School, And She S On The Forefront Of Student Activism And The Women S Rights Movement And Then She Meets Bill Clinton A Handsome, Charismatic Southerner And Fellow Law Student, Bill Is Already Planning His Political Career In Each Other, The Two Find A Profound Intellectual, Emotional, And Physical Connection That Neither Has Previously Experienced In The Real World, Hillary Followed Bill Back To Arkansas, And He Proposed Several Times Although She Said No Than Once, As We All Know, She Eventually Accepted And Became Hillary Clinton But In Curtis Sittenfeld S Powerfully Imagined Tour De Force Of Fiction, Hillary Takes A Different Road Feeling Doubt About The Prospective Marriage, She Endures Their Devastating Breakup And Leaves Arkansas Over The Next Four Decades, She Blazes Her Own Trail One That Unfolds In Public As Well As In Private, That Involves Crossing Paths Again And Again With Bill Clinton, That Raises Questions About The Tradeoffs All Of Us Must Make In Building A Life Brilliantly Weaving A Riveting Fictional Tale Into Actual Historical Events, Curtis Sittenfeld Delivers An Uncannily Astute And Witty Story For Our Times In Exploring The Loneliness, Moral Ambivalence, And Iron Determination That Characterize The Quest For Political Power, As Well As Both The Exhilaration And Painful Compromises Demanded Of Female Ambition In A World Still Run Mostly By Men, Rodham Is A Singular And Unforgettable Novel

  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • Rodham
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • English
  • 12 October 2019
  • 0399590919

About the Author: Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice due out April 2016 as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty five languages Curtis s writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Slate, Glamour, and on public radio s This American Life A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, she currently lives in St Louis, MO.



10 thoughts on “Rodham

  1. says:

    Blew my saxophone An inspired, stunningly poignant yes, even a little dirty creative re imagining of what the Clintons are and what they could be in an alternate universe Funny and eerie to think how choosing a different path not marrying Bill might have resulted in major surprises and similarities to reality.Highlights include sexually charged political innuendo between Bill and Hill in their college days, a nude saxophone performance, and delicious characterization of Bill as a self descri Blew my saxophone An inspired, stunningly poignant yes, even a little dirty creative re imagining of what the Clintons are and what they could be in an alternate universe Funny and eerie to think how choosing a different path not marrying Bill might have resulted in major surprises and similarities to reality.Highlights include sexually charged political innuendo between Bill and Hill in their college days, a nude saxophone performance, and delicious characterization of Bill as a self described horny bastard who can t resist a savory honeypot Meanwhile, Hillary is seen as a figure who largely gives up earthly delights in favor of pursuing her political mission The irony is that ambition looks great on men, but makes her unlikable.The alternate reality aspect offers humor and wit for political junkies and history buffs to relish For example, Bill s timid wife gives a disastrous 60 Minutes performance in defense of his infidelity and Hillary thinks how she could have done it better.Whether you ve followed Hillary through her entire career, just binged her Hulu documentary, or are vaguely aware of current affairs, there s plenty to enjoy from all sides of the political aisle.As for me, my first vivid memory of Hillary Clinton was in 1998 I would have been eight at the time, vaguely aware of the Lewinsky scandal though too young to know the meaning of sex Hillary was on TV probably doing the infamous vast right wing conspiracy interview and my mother spat with venom she s only defending him because she wants to be president Previously busy playing with toys, my ears perked to attention I remember two things happening First, I was shocked to learn that a woman could be president As a third grader I memorized the names of presidents and consciously or unconsciously concluded that only men were allowed This new information literally blew my mind I had to ask my mother to confirm Is it even legal for a girl to be president Technically yes, Mom said If she s at least 35 The second thing was that I desperately wanted Hillary Clinton whoever the hell that was to be the first female president Whatever fierce determination this woman had, if it was enough to piss off my mom, it had to be good.As I grew older, my love for Hillary increased Learning about politics made me understand why someone might find her rehearsed responses ineffective and recognize the occasional poor word choice as political blunders, but it still boggles my mind how many people actually hate her Democrats Millennials Those who never even slogged through wall to wall Clinton coverage Why How The most bizarre thing I ever heard was a mom say she wouldn t want to leave her daughter alone with Hillary Why Because she might be inspired Sorry to tangent is it possible to talk about Hillary and not go on a tangent but my point is that this fictional memoir does a superb job of showcasing Hillary as a human Someone who falls in love, has sex, makes mistakes, regrets them, tries to move on That said, the book also helps those of us with rose colored glasses see her as a problematic figure, in this reality and others The way the narrative toes that line is remarkable.This is not 400 pages of glorying Hillary and imagining a utopia where sexism is dead and women waltz into the White House It by no means blames Bill for all her problems We get plenty of harsh depictions of Hillary, many of them deserved, and sexism is in full swing With and without Bill.Since that fateful day in 2016, I ve hypothesized that history will actually be kinder to Hillary as the first female candidate rather than the first female president Certainly it will be kinder to her than to you know who currently mucking things up.Books like this, filled with creative energy, deep reflection, and most importantly a riveting imagination of what it s like to be in Hillary s shoes refuel my hopes that I m correct Time will ultimately tell if her contribution to history is a small step for women or a giant leap, but I remain confident that it s the latter

  2. says:

    I feel like this book is going to piss a lot of people off and I want in on that controversial action I feel like this book is going to piss a lot of people off and I want in on that controversial action

  3. says:

    When the Saints Go Marching On Did Hillary sacrifice her professional future, being with Bill Not in this fictional tale I love Curtis Sittenfeld s books HUGE FAN American Wife , was particularly outstanding But Rodham Hm I read through the night finished this morning.I gobbled this novel in one sitting Its kinda of creepyAnd.kinda thought provoking puzzling I don t want to say too muchreaders will either choose this book because of being a fan of Hill When the Saints Go Marching On Did Hillary sacrifice her professional future, being with Bill Not in this fictional tale I love Curtis Sittenfeld s books HUGE FAN American Wife , was particularly outstanding But Rodham Hm I read through the night finished this morning.I gobbled this novel in one sitting Its kinda of creepyAnd.kinda thought provoking puzzling I don t want to say too muchreaders will either choose this book because of being a fan of Hillary Clinton or a fan of Curtis Sittenfeld perhaps both Point is choosing to read this book is very self selective I don t think any review positive or negative will influence a readers choice.So, I ll leave one excerpt and share that for me it wasn t as spectacular as American Wife And not as much fun as other Sittenfeld books Personally, I think I d die if this book was written about me even as fiction.Bill says to Hillary Your whole body is perfect, and you have such a pretty face, your eyes and lips and your skin I love playing with your hair, and I love how you smell and how you move when we are in bed Isn t it obvious I can t keep my hands off you I love your whole body I love all of you You re brave and funny and hard working and you re so goddamn smart, but you know what You re beautiful, too And there s nothing about you that s pathetic Nothing The sex scenes, just felt yucky as can be and not because I m a prude or anything was particularly disgusting as far as sex scenes go but the mixture of personal fiction and political fiction didn t feel right in my heart Both played tricks on my mind with the truth that.fact is Bill Clinton was president And Hillary was his wife and First Lady Everything in this book is speculation I found it worked terrific in Stephen kings book 11 22 63.But..less so here Cheatin sleazy Bill and Hardball Hillary might hit just the right fun notes.for many readers.But..Power hunger politics jokes to cover up our pain about the state of our country just felt old However I wouldn t mind some watermelon about now 3 stars good not great

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    THIS is the reality, the actual story, all serious Hillary fans wanted, maybe still want As Americans watch the news everyday and get that winsome look in their eyes, they still think if only Hillary was at the helm.Read this while you are in isolation and lose yourself for a few hours or days You will not regret your mindful vacation.Curtis takes us back to 1971 when Hillary was a top student at Wellesley and gave her renowned commencement speech Then on to Yale Law, still involved in stud THIS is the reality, the actual story, all serious Hillary fans wanted, maybe still want As Americans watch the news everyday and get that winsome look in their eyes, they still think if only Hillary was at the helm.Read this while you are in isolation and lose yourself for a few hours or days You will not regret your mindful vacation.Curtis takes us back to 1971 when Hillary was a top student at Wellesley and gave her renowned commencement speech Then on to Yale Law, still involved in student activism and women s rights, she meets fellow student, Bill Clinton, from Arkansas Both he and Hillary were intelligent, political, and driven, but he had that goofy, southern charm, that both annoyed and attracted her.Yes, they dated, and he won her over enough for her to move to Arkansas after their graduation Although Bill proposed several times, Hillary always said no She had some doubts about Bill, that would not let her marry him with a clear conscious They broke up and she moved back to Chicago Hillary built a solid life as a lawyer and professor, eventually leading to local and state politics, and then to the National stage.Bill calls her now and then to, keep in touch, and asks her to say, good things, about him to the press She never promises one way or the other, but Bill keeps chattering on till they are saying goodbyes Hillary is focused, always has been, on what is ahead, the goal she wants to attain She will let nothing stand in her way, not even old boyfriends.It has been said, and I concur, Curtis weaves a fictional tale with actual historical events paraphrasing, mine Highly recommend.My last thought, is the timing of this book is unfortunate 2017 would have been a better year Thank you Netgalley, Penguin Random House, and Curtis Sittenfeld Pub date May 19, 2020

  5. says:

    Okay, it was interesting, creative, extremely thought provoking and we have a skillful, talented author on the board but hmmm I think this concept didn t work for me I always loved what if based story lines opens to alternated realities and parallel universes What if we choose the other path, what if we do the quite opposite thing and rethink our life choices, how will be the consequences Will be happier, wealthier, healthier,successful or will we live in regrets, suffer from resent Okay, it was interesting, creative, extremely thought provoking and we have a skillful, talented author on the board but hmmm I think this concept didn t work for me I always loved what if based story lines opens to alternated realities and parallel universes What if we choose the other path, what if we do the quite opposite thing and rethink our life choices, how will be the consequences Will be happier, wealthier, healthier,successful or will we live in regrets, suffer from resentments, depression I think semi autobiography merges with fiction and some kind of retelling, it may be a little confusing I respect the author s challenging and truly provocative story line choice But two things bugged me First reading an alternative fictional life story of Hilary Rodham narrated by her was confusing because especially at the second part of the book which life changing sliding door moment later after Hilary says no to Bill for the third time and as the alternated life story begins, I couldn t connect with the character when I normally do with the characters who tell their story firsthand In my opinion, third person narration would work better to approach the character from outside and give us opportunity to get a better, objective, non biased opinion.Other thing was steamy let s so called love making scenes If they were not fictional characters based on real life and it could possibly work fine with me but as you may imagine playing a sex tape of Bill and Hillary in your head wasn t the most entertaining life experience and it is not healthy for your churning stomachs big yikes The book s feminist undertone and Hilary s ambition and determination to find her place at the political jungle, her struggles, her self discovery to test her limitations were the favorite parts of the novel but long chapters about political campaign slowed down the pace and put the story into repetitive cycle.Overall the book answers this question What if one of the most powerful first ladies in the world wouldn t stay as the first lady and decide to be a leader Do you want to know what would happen, you gotta read to know about it If I wouldn t get so confused between fictional and real life characters, this book could easily fix my expectations But I think, autobiography meet fantasy fiction genre combination wasn t my dreamy reading option

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    Hear ye, hear ye I ve found what ll no doubt be one of the most polarizing books of the year and what I can only describe as a muuuuch darker andpolitical version of Taylor Jenkins Reid s Maybe In Another Life mixed with a little bit of the TV show Veep.The second I heard of Rodham s impending publication, it sent me down a bit of an existential crisis Do we really need or even truly want a fictionalized account of Hillary Clinton s life without Bill Clinton as her spouse Does it even Hear ye, hear ye I ve found what ll no doubt be one of the most polarizing books of the year and what I can only describe as a muuuuch darker andpolitical version of Taylor Jenkins Reid s Maybe In Another Life mixed with a little bit of the TV show Veep.The second I heard of Rodham s impending publication, it sent me down a bit of an existential crisis Do we really need or even truly want a fictionalized account of Hillary Clinton s life without Bill Clinton as her spouse Does it even matter Especially when there are so many other books that can and should be published One thing can t be doubted Curtis Sittenfeld makes some incredibly deft and poignant remarks about modern womanhood and what it means to be a woman with ambition I felt many of the struggles she described viscerally And Sittenfeld wasn t necessarily in the wish fulfillment business where Hillary would be a perfect person without Bill, which was actually a relief But my other big abstract question is, did we really need it to be Hillary Clinton to tell this story There can be something unsettling about trying to fill in a lot of intimate gaps about a real life person no matter who that is, and I m still not sure how I feel about it.Larger existential questions aside, I never quite got myself totally oriented with the writing itself Hillary s personality oscillates between being nonexistent and slightly wry, and the chapter breakdowns were a little all over the place I also felt like the ending was pretty abrupt considering how much of a slow burn the rest of the book was I m putting this one at 2.5 stars.I don t think I ll ever get much of a handle on Rodham But maybe that s sort of the point

  7. says:

    In these Dark Ages of the Reign of Trump, Curtis Sittenfeld s Rodham descends like an avenging angel Here, in the pages of this alternate history about Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the story not of What Happened but of What Could Have Happened This isn t just fiction as fantasy it s fiction as therapy for that majority of Americans who voted for Clinton in 2016 and are now sick and unemployed under the current calamitous administration.It takes a village to create a demon, and that tirele In these Dark Ages of the Reign of Trump, Curtis Sittenfeld s Rodham descends like an avenging angel Here, in the pages of this alternate history about Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the story not of What Happened but of What Could Have Happened This isn t just fiction as fantasy it s fiction as therapy for that majority of Americans who voted for Clinton in 2016 and are now sick and unemployed under the current calamitous administration.It takes a village to create a demon, and that tireless work has produced the extraordinary boogeywoman that is Clinton, the conniving, corrupt, murderous, senile, pedophiliac, money grubbing, cookie hating, email abusing harridan who terrifies Fox News commentators Indeed, as the subject of thousands of wing nut conspiracies, Clinton may already be the most fictionalized person in modern political history.But Rodham is something of a rarity in American publishing The market has long featured highly partisan nonfiction books created exclusively for liberals or conservatives Trump disciples and detractors can spend their whole lives cuddled up with memoirs, biographies, expos s and rants that confirm their polarized convictions Rodham, though, is a high profile novel not a parody or a joke book, but a serious work of literary fiction designed to rally the political spirits of liberal readers.More than a decade ago, Sittenfeld published American Wife, a thoughtful, slightly melancholy To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert

  8. says:

    NO spoilers in this review and I suggest that if you already know you are very interested in reading this, you avoid reading other reviews beforehand and learning anything about what happens in the book I ve never issued such a warning before, but this strategy really allowed me a strong emotional payoff, especially in the end I ve been surprised lately by how much plot detail is revealed in so many reviews of so many books Curtis Sittenfeld is maybeof a performance artist than a w NO spoilers in this review and I suggest that if you already know you are very interested in reading this, you avoid reading other reviews beforehand and learning anything about what happens in the book I ve never issued such a warning before, but this strategy really allowed me a strong emotional payoff, especially in the end I ve been surprised lately by how much plot detail is revealed in so many reviews of so many books Curtis Sittenfeld is maybeof a performance artist than a writer A great writer, also, sure but at the same time, a kind of trickster who also loves to make us subtly and sometimes not so subtly cringe, ever since her Prep days If you liked that earnest fish out of water tale, I suspect, or at least hope, you may like this one, too.I ve deliberately tried to avoid reading other reviews of this before putting down my own thoughts because I suspect people will assess it unduly harshly as is their right, of course I think a book like this is, on some level, destined to fail and disappoint some folks It s so audacious to do the things Sittenfeld does, like rewrite most beloved classics, rip the ivy from hallowed institutional walls, write alternate fictionalized histories about HISTORY THAT IS STILL CURRENTLY IN THE MIDST OF HAPPENING, OR JUST, PAINFULLY, RECENTLY, HAPPENED, AND WE ARE STILL REELING FROM IT AND ALSO BTW OUR NATION IS STILL SO F KED UP AND EVEN MORE SO But you know what I love her for it Because I trust her as a writer, and I guess that s what this book comes down to Curtis Sittenfeld extends hand Reader uhCurtis Sittenfeld Come With Me I said yes, I went along And I am glad I did I suspect it s easy to be especially critical of this novel because we are all so anxious and hungry for answers and healing that it s not necessarily this book s job to deliver, were it even in the realm of possibility So, the fact that this is a book about political figures thus proves a bit of a red herring But even if the novel cannot adequately address our many current and valid existential questions and fears, I do think it does a fine job of exploring at least some relevant themes that have affected our present reality, politically and otherwise in particular, systemic and entrenched sexism in both politics and society, as well as the fusion of news and entertainment oriented media that has contributed to the rise of politics as spectacle and the glorification of hijinks that helped pluck our current leader from the realm of pageants, pro wrestling, and reality TV.This is how I d describe this novel As a kid, did you ever have one of those spiral bound books that consisted of a bunch of diferent flaps with the heads, torsos, and legs feet of different people and animals, and you could mix them up to create a familiar yet fantastical creature Likewise in this book, the parts are all familiar, but scrambled to create a different whole I guess I m saying that this book providesof a potential parallel reality rather than a fully alternate one Even though characters in this book make some different choices than the ones we know they made and one choice in particular , resulting in different ends than the ones who know as recent history and one end in particular so much else remains the same, because the underlying and overarching sets of systems in which these actors are all working overpower the individual choices of said actors So, this book doesn t so much burn it all down as to simply show another way things could perhaps fairly realistically have gone, given the personal political societal limitations and tethers and failings we re currently dealing with, which all seemed believable enough to me There is a tiny bit of wish fulfillment for me at least, and probably for many others here in the end, welcome in these dark times, but it s certainly not an escapist fantasy you will read through a lot of underpants exposed cringe to earn it.The book separates roughly in three parts for me, and while each is quite different and I gather people have their differing opinions on which they preferred , I truly enjoyed them all for different reasons, and I encourage you to stick it through to the final third, which I described as an emotional rollercoaster and is well worth the investment Here are a couple of aspects of the book that I enjoyed throughout Sittenfeld is an expert mimic every known, real person in this book moved and thought and spoke and looked exactly as I would imagine Her brain imagination must be like an IMAX cinema In my assessment, Sittenfeld portrayed pretty much everyone in this book especially the Hillary character realistically while also retaining compassion and respect Nobody is a caricature or one thosand percent horrible through and through, even if deeply and or morally flawed Even our current whatever he is in chief makes one bumbling and offensive contribution to society in his own beyond problematic way I think this is a tricky balance, because we are dealing with some fraught characters in a fraught arena, and she skillfully strikes it I didn t want to read a version of even the best SNL episode ever, and I m glad I didn t have to I actually think one of Sittenfeld s best qualities as a writer is her restraint, understatement, and down to earthness even when dealing with sensational subjects I think it was valuable for me that Sittenfeld kills some darlings, as they say In a time when I know I tend to really idealize the recent past, given my feelings about the current leader and state of things, it s good to be reminded that everyone has failings and probably especially so, unfortunately, if they are not only drawn to enter politics or big business , but also equipped to actually succeed there given the realities of our current times I liked that this book wasn t Veep or something it s a really good portrait of the sheer drudgery, albeit mixed with occasional absurdity, that is contemporary politics and campaigning And it excels as a portrait of what even a super well qualified, experienced woman can endure on the campaign trail God I could never, ever handle it And may I end by saying that Sittenfeld is just plain entertaining, and takes you on a freaking journey I mean, would I ever NOT read anything she publishes Nope, I will Read It All She is one of ourunique writers with a take all her own on What Should I Write About Next Maybe she will issue a poll so that we can submit our requests for that That s what would certainly happen in my own hypothetical Curtis Sittenfeld fan fiction A reader gal can dream Whatever that is whether she continues to reign as Queen of the Highest Caliber Fanfic Ever or goes off in an entirely different direction I ll be here for it

  9. says:

    You know, when I first heard of this book, I wanted nothingthan pure wish fulfillment, a Tarantino style rewriting of history to close our eyes to the horror that is our actual reality But as I readandof Rodham, especially given the massive unrest and movement around police brutality and racism in the U.S., none of it felt right I wasn t satisfied, and I did not wish I could live in this fantasy world Although I would certainly have preferred Hillary as a our president compa You know, when I first heard of this book, I wanted nothingthan pure wish fulfillment, a Tarantino style rewriting of history to close our eyes to the horror that is our actual reality But as I readandof Rodham, especially given the massive unrest and movement around police brutality and racism in the U.S., none of it felt right I wasn t satisfied, and I did not wish I could live in this fantasy world Although I would certainly have preferred Hillary as a our president compared to the vile man who s currently in office, I m not going to pretend like having Hillary as president would in any way erase the very real issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other manner of disgusting sentiment that, as we ve discovered, has just been lurking beneath the surface this whole time It s certainly an interesting thought experiment that Sittenfeld has engaged in here, and I did like reading about Bill and Hillary s initial courtship and the likely real warning signs of things to come In this story, Hillary decides not to marry Bill after experiencing how he has an insatiable desire for sex in addition to no respect for women Hillary becomes a professor, then eventually a Senator running against Carol Moseley Braun in a storyline I did not like , and then runs for president a few times Donald Trump enters the story in a less than satisfying way Bill Clinton re enters the story The whole Benghazi and emails chant is not rehashed because Hillary never served in Obama s cabinet to me, an unrealistic turn of events, Obama still existed in this narrative and he definitely would have appointed her to a cabinet post , so that controversy goes away There are still scandals and gaffes, but everything works out in the end, just as advertised This book readsas fiction to me, particularly because I haven t read enough biographies autobiographies of Hillary and Bill to know what s factual and what s not It must have been tough for Sittenfeld to meld history with fiction, and she does it fairly seamlessly Overall, it just doesn t feel like the right time to be reading a book like this, nor does it feel helpful to try to pin all of our hopes and dreams on someone who admittedly is problematic and wouldn t have been the savior we re looking for It s a fun thought experiment, but it wasn t fun, escapist wish fulfillment like, say, Inglourious Basterds

  10. says:

    I read Rodham some weeks ago and am of a few different minds about it, because I think you can read this book three different ways first, as a piece of mainstream fan fiction because that s exactly what it is second, as a character study of a woman whose public facing self is, at this point, a warped amalgamation of various projections and lastly, as an artifact of what I would call the period of national trauma following the 2016 election.In the first aspect, as a piece of fan fiction, I a I read Rodham some weeks ago and am of a few different minds about it, because I think you can read this book three different ways first, as a piece of mainstream fan fiction because that s exactly what it is second, as a character study of a woman whose public facing self is, at this point, a warped amalgamation of various projections and lastly, as an artifact of what I would call the period of national trauma following the 2016 election.In the first aspect, as a piece of fan fiction, I actually think the first 1 2 to 2 3 of the book is surprisingly successful Kudos on AO3, although the Hillary Bill smut might scar you As a character portrait, and an exploration of the tension between Hillary s private and public selves, this novel is competent but uninspired There s a flatness to Sittenfeld s Hillary that she s never quite able to flesh out, and it only gets worse as the book goes on And in the final aspect, as a broader kind of post 2016 social political commentary, I think this book is pretty useless The ending, in particular, engages in some white feminist wishful thinking that has a lot to say about sexism but glosses over the resurgent nationalism, racism, and xenophobia that helped carry Trump to victory four years ago Eveninsidious is Sittenfeld s depiction of Trump as an unlikely Hillary surrogate yes, really , which plays into the dangerous notion that he s a mere clown who possesses no real ideology Most of the last 1 3 of this book is baffling at best, and its feel good ending which presents the idea of a woman in the White House as a kind of national redemption rings terribly hollow in 2020

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