Failed presidential candidates have a mixed track record when it comes to their next career moves. Al Gore found fame and fortune as a climate change prophet of doom, while Bob Dole made a living hawking Viagra on TV. According to The Atlantic, Hillary Clinton has something else in mind:
Hillary Clinton wants to preach. That’s what she told Bill Shillady, her longtime pastor, at a recent photo shoot for his new book about the daily devotionals he sent her during the 2016 campaign. Scattered bits of reporting suggest that ministry has always been a secret dream of the two-time presidential candidate…. Now, as Clinton works to rehabilitate her public image and figure out the next steps after her brutal November loss, religion is taking a central role.
The sad irony in her ecclesiastical ambitions is that her “longtime pastor” mentioned in that piece was wasting his time on that book photo shoot. The Washington Post explains:
Hillary Clinton said that the email her spiritual adviser, the Rev. Bill Shillady, sent her on the morning after she lost the 2016 presidential election helped her heal from her devastating defeat.
It wasn’t until months later, when Shillady published that email in a book, that it came to light that he had plagiarized the words that so moved the candidate.
Now, less than a month after the book’s publication, the publishing house that printed it says it is pulling the book off the shelves because it’s riddled with plagiarism.
The book was “Strong for a Moment Like This,” and Clinton herself wrote the foreword. At least no one has accused her of plagiarizing it. This may be bad news for Shillady and Clinton’s credibility, but good news for her job search. Perhaps Clinton can move to Indiana and take over Shillady’s pastorship. It would certainly be better than selling Viagra.
(Image of then Sen. Hillary Clinton speaking during a campaign event in the school chapel at Benedict College January 25, 2008 by Win McNamee/Getty Images)