Monday, January 7, 2008
So Hillary is human. Of course she is, poor woman.
She remained hard when Bill betrayed her in the public eye. She was angry, we knew; we watched her shake off his hand as they prepared to board a plane, but she never shed a public tear.
Was that a bad thing? Who's to say? Would I have cried on the nightly news in similar circumstances? I have no clue. I might have, but most likely I'd have had my armor on-- like Hillary did-- for the public.
And because she fastened her armor tightly, we all said, "How cold. She's a stone. Has she no emotion?"
And then, "She needs Bill. She wants to stay in politics. She'll never dump him."
And she didn't. For whatever reason-- love or politics-- she didn't.
But today, years after Bill had his fling with Monica, and the world watched for Hillary's response, she showed a soft side.
Exhausted, she spoke in New Hampshire on the eve of the primary elections, answering question after endless question. And she wavered, sounded teary, weary, and emotional.
Hillary is human. Of course she is, poor woman.
I will not vote for her, but she melted me.
It might have been scripted- a political maneuver. Her advisors might has said, "Act softer, kinder and gentler. Be more human."
My husband said, "Remember Edmund Muskie." Muskie's presidential run went south the moment he shed tears, tears in defense of his wife.
But he was a man. Hillary is a woman. Muskie's tears were genuine. Were Hillary's almost tears real?
Isn't that what we want first and foremost in our president? A living, breathing, feeling human? One who shares our pain? One who works for us because he or she understands? One with passion? One with a heart.
Sure. And one who is strong on foreign policy, and the economy, and health care, and national defense, and . . .
There is no such a person. But each candidate wants to convince us he is. Or she is.
Other countries have, or have had, woman in high elected positions, but not the US. We think about it too much. We analyze it too much. We think it matters too much.
The 2008 elections are just gearing up, and already are wearying-- for the common man as well as the candidate.
I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough. ~Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate