Monday, July 30, 2007

The Clinton War Chest

There's been some sort of flap over a display of cleavage by Hillary Clinton. Hillary? Cleavage? Never thought I'd use those two words in the same sentence.

But here's the Washington Post on Hillary's "package:"

Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory

By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 20, 2007; C01

There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education. She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance. No scrunch-faced scrutiny was necessary. There wasn't an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable.
Now, I'll be the last to admit any interest in this astounding coming out revelation, but Hillary's campaign has taken the criticism of Her sartorial choices seriously enough to mount a fund-raising effort comment on the implicit "body-part fetishism" of the Washington Post. If Hillary's campaign had been similarly shrill when MSNBC's Joe Scarborough wondered if Fred Thompson's wife was a pole dancer, their credibility surrounding this tempest in a C-cup would be far higher.

As an aside, there is probably at least a Master's thesis in this for some doughty Womyn's Studies program detainee - "Compare and contrast, a) the media treatment of Al Gore's "package" shot, b) the reaction of his campaign compared to Hillary's." I'm sure the words "phallic," "earth goddess" and "patriarchy" can be worked into the title somewhere. After all, If you're standing on the glass ceiling you can look right down her blouse.

Back to the main issue. Let's consider it established that if the Liberal media see fit to compare Fred Thompson's wife to a pole dancer, then the fact that Hillary Clinton actually has mammary glands is not off limits. Neither line of journalistic inquiry rises to the level of sophomoric, of course, but hey, it's the "mainstream" media. They do the heavy lifting and separating.

In any case, Hillary IS well advised to be on the lookout for people calling Her "manly," "geeky," "policy wonk" or the "Empty Pink Pantsuit." This is the first time someon
e's complained about Her breasts, though, and it does illustrate a problem. It's bad enough that She has to contend, in physical charisma, with Barack Obama - but John Edwards is a real challenge. John's wife, Elizabeth, has gone to some trouble to assure us that John is more tuned into women than is Hillary. Maybe Elizabeth Edwards has a point, tuning into women was always Bill's job. Besides, John Edwards IS prettier than Hillary Clinton. Maybe it's the $1,400 haircuts.

The good news for Democrats is that, if Hillary runs against Fred Thompson, She will be the pretty one.

From adversity comes opportunity, and TOC is happy to help show where the Clinton/Obama "dream ticket," may profit from Hillary's chest AND from Barack Obama's experience shilling for Choice
Hotels. From advertising comes importunity: Maybe Barack Obama can get Hillary a gig in a Maidenform commercial. This would recycle an ad campaign from the sixties.

In the example at right, just change the copy to: I dreamed I tamed the Elephants in my Maidenform bra (and the bottom half of a hot-pink pantsuit.)

Handling the objection that this is undignified can be left to Obama's campaign staff. They must have already worked it

One suggestion would be to work in the phrase "They're for the children."

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