February 10, 2008


Hillary Clinton's discovered her F Factor (Liz Hunt, 10/02/2008, Daily Telegraph)

[W]hat is this once-ardent feminist doing trading make-up tips with America's womenfolk? We know now that her bespoke plummy lipstick is called "Debate" and she is using "violet illusion" eye shadow as she battles to win the Democratic nomination.True, it was make-up artist Kriss Soterion who let us in on the secret of Hillary's new and much-lauded "dewy, no-wrinkle" look, but she wouldn't have done so without permission.

The "liberal" Mrs Clinton has also wholeheartedly embraced family values - or rather the value of her own family in furthering her political ambitions. She is constantly reminding voters that yes, she's a wannabe president but she's a mother and a daughter too. (They don't seem to need reminding she's a wife which is why, presumably, Bill has been deployed as an "attack dog".)

It seems that Hillary, who was never overtly maternal during her time in the White House, cannot resist an opportunity to parade Chelsea alongside her. As for her mother, well, 88-year-old Dorothy Howell Rodham, a woman who is said to value her privacy highly, has braved the snows of Iowa on the stump, and appeared in a campaign commercial. She regularly gets a mention in dispatches. In the wake of not-so-Super-Tuesday, Mrs Clinton brought a tear to many eyes, including her own, when she thanked "my mother, who was born before women could vote and is watching her daughter on this stage tonight…"

So what has made the legal eagle with a lust for power and a passion for policy-making go soft?

When she was just the wife of a relatively conservative politician she could be rather manly. But if she wants the nomination of the female party she has to play more womanly. As the Obama folks realize, it's just about emotions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2008 8:00 AM

But can she replace the cackle with a giggle?

And will there be a bathing suit commercial in July? One-piece or two?

Posted by: ratbert at February 10, 2008 11:11 AM

Well, as Bob Newhart said, 'So long as you're getting a bikini, you might as well get both pieces.'

Posted by: Randall Voth at February 11, 2008 1:40 AM