The Subtle Smearing Of Hillary

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Honestly, this is ridiculous. 

After months and months of labelling Hillary Clinton has being too harsh and cold (or, as my mother would say, not very "womanly"), now they’re coming after Hillary from the other side.

You see, according to reports, tears welled up in Hillary’s eyes at a campain stop this morning.  Naturally, this begs the media to ask:

Can Clinton’s Emotions Get the Best of Her?

N.Y. Senator’s Recent Displays of Emotion Have Political Analysts Buzzing

So first she’s too macho; then she’s a bag of unstable emotions.

You know, maybe America isn’t ready for a woman president.  Or, at least, the media isn’t.  They simply can’t get past the fact that she’s a woman — as if that makes any difference?

Listen, could someone in the media write a piece about exactly how a female candidate may show emotion, when and where?

UPDATE:  Video of Hillary tearing up is here.  Despite what is being written, I actually think it helps her. 

First of all, she’s emotional, but she’s composed.  She continues to talk.  And there’s no doubt she’s sincere in what she’s saying.

All in all, the video places Clinton in a good light.  Not a negative one.

UPDATE  Ezra Klein found Hillary’s emotions justifiable and adds:

Which makes this statement by John Edwards particularly classless:

"I think what we need in a commander-in-chief is strength and resolve, and presidential campaigns are tough business, but being president of the United States is also tough business," Edwards told reporters Laconia, New Hampshire.

Assuming the quote and context is correct, I think it’s appalling that Edwards attempted to equate a momentary display of emotion with an absence of strength and resolve. Obama, by contrast, struck the right note:

"I didn’t see what happened," he said, but added, "I know this process is a grind. So that’s not something I care to comment on."

Carpetbagger, after noting how often House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) openly weeps, weighs in too:

On a related note, I was disappointed by Edwards’ reaction.

John Edwards was asked in Lakeport about reports that Hillary had teared up.

“I really don’t have anything to say about that,” he said. “I think what we need in a commander in chief is strength and resolve, and presidential campaigns are a tough business, but being president of the United States is also a very tough business. And the president of the United States is faced with very very difficult challenges every single day, difficult judgments every single day. What I know is that I’m prepared for that, and I’m in this fight for the middle class, for the future of this country, for the long haul.”

If this is an accurate quote, it’s a surprisingly cheap shot. Clinton wept, so she lacks “strength”? She teared up, so she’s unprepared for “tough business”? He’s more “prepared” because he didn’t cry?

If this really was Edwards’ response, I have to admit, I’ve lost some respect for him.

I have to agree.  Not cool John.  Not cool.