Spouse In The House
April 02, 2007
Elizabeth Edwards declares she has no interest in attending her husband's cabinet meetings if John is elected president. This of course is a response to Rudy Giuliani's (now mostly retracted) suggestion that his wife might. Far more interesting to me is how Hillary Clinton will handle this question. Will Bill attend cabinet meetings? Weigh in on foreign policy crises? Will he keep running his foundation--and if so how much time will he spend in the White House? Hillary has said he'll be "ambassador to the world," whatever that means.
Hillary's Bad Vibes
April 01, 2007
My, my. Hillary Clinton has raised $26 million in early 2006. Will that put the fear of God or anxiety about the electorate into Barack Obama? I doubt it. I suspect he can put together as much cash as she has, and spend it more wisely. In any case, Hillary's instructions to herself have to be to reverse the bad vibes millions and millions of liberals feel about her. That will be hard to do. In doing it, she may even intensify the bad vibes. Let's face it: she is not a pleasant person. Nothing will take away her meanness.
March 26, 2007
In a spacious Hilton ballroom yesterday, surrounded by middle-aged construction workers with their arms folded and collars unbuttoned, Joe Biden is barking into his microphone. "With or without your endorsement," he declares, "I'm going to be the best friend labor has ever had in the White House!" It's an outlandish claim--FDR? Harry Truman?--but not out of place.
One For Hill
March 23, 2007
Erstwhile Dem presidential candidate Tom Vilsack is getting ready to throw his support behind Hillary Clinton. Look for it during her Iowa visit on Monday. --Keelin McDonell
March 19, 2007
In 1985, Barack Obama traveled halfway across the country to take a job that he didn't fully understand. But, while he knew little about this new vocation--community organizer--it still had a romantic ring, at least to his 24- year-old ears. With his old classmates from Columbia, he had talked frequently about political change.Now, he was moving to Chicago to put that talk into action. His1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, recounts his idealistic effusions: "Change won't come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots. That's what I'll do.
March 07, 2007
Today's Chicago Sun Times has a good editorial about yesterday's front-page, above-the-fold New York Times article about Hillary Clinton by Mark Leibovich titled "Clinton Shapes Her Image for '08 Race." Yet, it seems that most of the article was focused on, nay, consumed by Clinton's, well, head: And then, for t-h-i-r-t-e-e-n paragraphs, the piece deconstructed the candidate's head movements. Yes, head movements. "Mrs. Clinton is a prodigious nodder . . . in an array of distinctive flavors . . . the stern, deferential nod . . . the empathetic, lips pursed nod . . .
What's In A Signature?
March 06, 2007
by Christine Stansell I bet you haven't thought about handwriting since you've been, maybe, in sixth grade and read a book about graphology. Graphology would be: handwriting as the key to a person's personality. Why that dumb girl's bubble writing showed that, in fact, she really was a bubble head. How the tidy writing of the class brain showed that she was really well-organized but oh so uptight. Well, now it turns out that the high science of graphology can illuminate the deeper workings of at least one of presidential candidates.
March 06, 2007
That's interesting. Eric Boehlert points to a recent ABC News poll in which 52 percent of Democrats say that Hillary Clinton's vote to authorize the war in Iraq was the right thing to do at the time. Only 15 percent of Democrats, in fact, want her to apologize for it. Update: Just to be clear about the numbers: About 47 percent of Democrats told ABC that Clinton's 2002 vote was a mistake. But only 31 percent of those people think she should apologize for the vote. That's where the 15 percent comes from. --Bradford Plumer
March 05, 2007
Years ago, I read a book by Erving Goffman called The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. As intriguing as its title, the book actually did a microsociological analysis of the deployment of different personalities and affects for different circumstances and needs. Well, Hillary Clinton is a case in extremis of the phenomenon. Hillary is the greatest makeover artist of the era. Her hair, her face, her names, her beliefs. And now, courtesy of Powerline, you can hear how she's made here voice over... or voice-over.
Your Mansion Or Mine?
March 05, 2007
The LA Times has more on the David Geffen-Hillary Clinton spat, including this gem about Geffen's rivalry with fellow billionaire Ron Burkle for President Clinton's affection: During one of [Bill] Clinton's visits to the West Coast in 1999, according to a California Democrat, Geffen insisted that Clinton stay at his home even though Geffen would be out of town.