Clinton, Inc. review – ludicrous right-wing documentary fails to bring down Hillary


Another lo-fi attempt to sway the election crashes into select cinemas with a set of vicious attacks and a lack of anything resembling a revelation

Please sit down, I have something shocking to tell you. In fact, best make sure you have a glass of water nearby. Okay, here goes. Bill and Hillary Clintons marriage may be some sort of arrangement.

Wait, why havent you passed out? Why are you giving me a look that says you dont have any firsthand proof of this? and who gives a shit? Clearly you need to waste, er, I mean, spend an hour and forty minutes of your time watching Clinton, Inc., in which a number of bottom-feeders with personal agendas will bombard you with specious allegations. Once youve finished it youll see the truth! (Twist ending: that truth will remain a mix of no proof and who gives a shit? but lets appease the filmmakers for at least a few minutes more).

Clinton, Inc. ramps up to some bonafide sky-is-falling predictions about the doom that will befall this nation should a corrupt woman like Hillary Rodham Clinton make it to the Oval Office. But it starts with a chapter on something oh-so-relevant to that issue: her husbands affair with Monica Lewinsky from 20 years ago. Once the movie has reminded you that, yes, this couple suffered a tremendous public humiliation, it starts in with its psychoanalysis.

Bill Clintons mother, you see, was a loose woman, and he may have even been a love child, not the son of a man who died before the future president was born. Images of the late Virginia Clinton Kelley taken in rural Arkansas are juxtaposed with sultry David Sanborn-esque saxophone to imply cheap bimbo from a detective sim that comes on CD-Rom. In other words, Clinton, Inc.s director, Bill Baber, cant even slander a dead woman without coming off like an idiot.

Clintons grandmother, who partially raised him, was all-business, and that explains his need for the nose-in-the-books Hillary Rodham, but also his continual skirt-chasing. The barrage of talking heads who take pot-shots at the Clintons include former Clinton associate turned GOP bulldog Dick Morris and relationship expert/Fox News consultant Karen Ruskin. As this rogues gallery blabs, a number of striking phrases jump out, even if they tend to contradict one another. First we hear that Bill is the feminine part of the team and Hillary is the masculine one, but later Bill is described as a total alpha male.

Beneath the clucked tongues, however, theres not much being hurled the Clintons way that is all that terrible. The shocking revelation is that, through it all, this pair has stood by one another and aided the others interests. The worst accusation is that as a present for not divorcing Bill during the Lewinsky scandal, Bill aided in getting Hillary elected as a senator in New York. Forget that, you know, maybe the voters thought that this well-connected and intelligent woman might actually do a good job in the position.

The vicious attacks are mixed with backhanded compliments, among them an admission Bill Clinton is very likable. But Hillary is not. She is cold, as made evident by a newsbite in which she, as secretary of state, rebuked someone for asking what her husbands opinion of something was. (I cant imagine anyone watching the clip and not shouting you go!, but thats me.)

It isnt until over an hour into the film that first mention is made about the charitable Clinton Foundation and the queasy feeling many have about donors access to then-Secretary Clinton. It and the private speaking fees at large corporations are, indeed, legitimate concerns. Ask your closest Bernie Bro. But this late in a ludicrous (and, importantly, boring) movie and any attempt to make a point from this is squandered. The film reverts back to more insinuations (did Hillary leak news of Rudy Giulianis affair with Judith Nathan? Was Bill sleeping with Denise Rich?) that the accusations ultimately become white noise.

Clinton, Inc. wants to terrify you with the thought that the Clinton name is becoming a dynasty, with young Chelsea Clinton waiting to pick up the baton. I look at the accomplishments of Hillary Clinton and weigh them against the other major players on the field right now and wonder how this can be considered a bad thing.

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