In her New York Post column today, Cindy Adams takes to task Johns Hopkins University assistant professor of psychiatry John D. Gartner for the Bill Clinton bio he’s publishing at the end of September through St. Martin’s Press. In the book, titled In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography, professor Gartner claims that Clinton’s father is not Bill Blythe, as Clinton has always believed, but rather Arkansas doctor George Wright.
Gartner lays out a whole psycho-biography of Clinton (as is his wont—talk about a weird niche!) that explains why he fell in love with Hillary (she looked like his grandma) and why he went for Monica (she reminded him of his mom).
Ms. Adams thinks this is all ridiculous. "Could be this shrink needs a shrink," she writes. "Why he’s interviewed everybody in the state of Arkansas to write this instead of spending time conducting therapy sessions, who knows. But for reasons totally obscure, he’s fascinated with Bill Clinton’s persona."
Will her spirited takedown prove good press for St. Martin’s or has Ms. Adams dealt this book a fatal blow? We’ve e-mailed St. Martin’s publicity asking for reaction and will update if we hear back.