Who wants to square off against an opponent who’ll have a better fundraising operation, a better resume, and a spouse who happens to be America’s best surrogate? At the moment when the first black president is preparing to leave the White House, who will want to run against someone with a more than viable chance of becoming the first woman president?
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UPDATE: Clinton’s “whining” quote was about The Catcher in the Rye, not about Anne-Marie Slaughter, according to a transcript of the interview.
It is a truism about the contemporary workplace that women, even feminists, who are bosses may not be any more sympathetic to their female employees’ concerns for work-life balance than men because they have had to work so hard to get and stay where they are, and they hold their own capacity to burn the candle at both ends as the standard. It’s also a truism that high-powered U.S. government jobs are burn-out positions that men frequently leave after two years, and that few save those with extraordinary physical constitutions and a great deal of personal help on the home front can manage some of the toughest of them for much longer.
All of which is a roundabout way of saying that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally weighed in publicly on Anne-Marie Slaughter’s July/August Atlantic cover story, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” and in the process reminded me of both understandings of Washington life.
First there was the great Texts From Hillary. Then, after she let her hair down in Cartagena, the Internet had another moment with the Secretary of State. But now, there’s a new chapter in the annals of Clinton memery that’s going to blow your mind: Hillary winks like Lucille Bluth.
For those that haven’t the pleasure of Fox’s short-lived, oft-acclaimed sitcom Arrested Development — and really, that’s a misdeed that should be immediately resolved — Lucille is the alcoholic, sardonic matriarch of the Bluth family. And she’s terrible at winking.
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Sixty-four-year-old Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted downing beers and dancing in Colombia Sunday night, and people love her even more for it. Clinton, a dozen friends, and her bodyguards partied Sunday night at Cafe Havana in Cartagena at the close of the VI Summit of the Americas, the New York Post reports, and once upon a time, you could imagine these photos being viewed in a very negative light, considering the photos appeared as 11 Secret Service members are in trouble for bringing hookers to their hotel rooms in Colombia.
But that’s not the case this time. ”Clinton letting her hair down is the kind of thing that would play well in that presidential run in 2016 that some of her supporters have suddenly started talking about in the last few weeks,”Politico’s Maggie Haberman writes. Fox Nation treats the news warmly, saying, “In photos taken at the salsa hotspot, Mrs Clinton can be seen dancing with her hands in the air and swigging back a bottle of beer while surrounded by friends.” And the populist Post reports, “Clinton quickly proved she’s just a regular gal when it comes to drinking — she eschewed a glass and sucked down her Aguila pilsner cerveza straight from the bottle.”
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