Carol Platt Liebau: She's In

Saturday, January 20, 2007

She's In

In what has been the preeminently predictable political story of 2007, Hillary Clinton has finally declared her candidacy for President.

One gets the sense that she's declaring a bit earlier than she'd have liked to, in part because of Barack Obama's decision to throw his hat in the ring. Even so, it's obvious that she's decided that she can't afford to have him suck up all the political oxygen, along with potential donors and supporters, and so decided to get with it.

It will be interesting to see how Hillary does as the first woman to make a truly viable run at The White House. There are certain marked disadvantages that come with being a female candidate for president; for one, fairly or not, it's easier to sound shrewish and strident when levelling criticism at the other side. What's more, Mrs. Clinton herself projects an air of "know-it-all-ism" that (again, fairly or not) is particularly annoying when it emanates from a woman. What may seem simply like projecting a commanding leadership potential when Barack Obama does it may end up coming across as bossiness when Hillary tries the same thing.

Her toughest task will be to convince people that she's tough enough for the job, without likewise convincing them that she's so tough that the electorate decides it can't bear to see her on television every day for the next four years. And that's even leaving aside the multitude of questions that have been left unanswered about everything from her cattle shares killing to the Clinton Administration's inaction on Islamofascist terrorism.

Finally, is America ready to see Bill Clinton once again roaming the halls of The Whit House -- this time, with time on his hands?

2 Comments:

Blogger LQ said...

Carol, you are tougher on women candidates that I am and I’m a man. I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for a woman, especially a Margaret Thatcher-type. However, I cannot imagine voting for Slick Willie’s slick wife. I simply don’t trust either Clinton.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I think her toughest task will be to convince voters she has principles and isn't just looking to sit in the big chair. It's plain that she covets the title, but it so much feels like for the sake of bearing it.

11:08 PM  

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