The Infamous Tears

There’s no way you’ve escaped the news that one of the defining moments of the New Hampshire primary centered upon Hillary Clinton getting all misty eyed when asked how she does it all.  New Hampshire resident Pernold Young was the foil for the exchange.  Here are the details from ABC News:

“My question is very personal, how do you do it?” Pernold Young asked, mentioning that Clinton’s hair and appearance always looking perfectly coifed. “How do you, how do you keep upbeat and so wonderful?”

Clinton answered first about having help to do her hair on some days and then went on to get misty talking about the opportunities she’s been given in this country as if she were an immigrant or at least the child of one (oh, wait, that’s the other guy). 

As a feminist, I have to tell you that the whole tears thing and the ensuing hubbub makes me want to tear my not-so-well-coifed hair out.  It is unimaginable to me that we would want to hold up as an ideal the visage of the emotional woman.  And if she can’t handle looking perky everyday, how in the hell is she going to handle the rigors of the Presidency?

Jesse Jackson, Jr. really put things in perspective:

“Those tears also have to be analyzed,” Jackson said. “They have to be looked at very, very carefully in light of Katrina, in light of other things that Mrs. Clinton did not cry for, particularly as we head to South Carolina where 45 percent of African-Americans will participate in the Democratic contest, and they see real hope in Barack Obama.”

Jackson continued: “We saw something very clever in the last week of this campaign … We saw a sensitivity factor, something that Mrs. Clinton has not been able to do with voters that she tried in New Hampshire. Not in response to voters. Not in response to Katrina, not in response to other issues that have devastated the American people — the war in Iraq — we saw tears in response to her appearance. So her appearance brought her to tears, but not Hurricane Katrina.”

So what he’s saying is that Sen. Clinton has not been moved to tears over other issues on the campaign trail such as Katrina or, I’ll extend his point, 9/11, soldiers dying in Iraq, children without health care or unemployment, but she can cry over the strength it takes to power through the campaign trail and remain perfectly coifed and perky. 

Foul!  You’ll cry.  She was really crying over how personal the campaign is to her!  Bollucks.  She picked that line up directly from John Edwards in the previous Saturday night’s debate, word … for … word.  What was personal was how she went from being misty eyed directly into a thinly veiled attack on Barack Obama:

“But some of us are right some and some of us are wrong. Some of us are ready and some of us are not. Some of us know what we will do on day one and some of us haven’t really thought that through enough.”

Maybe that bait and switch was what made Pernold Young go out and vote on primary day for Barack Obama and not the misty eyed Clinton.  Certainly, it should make all of us question the real motivation behind the mist.

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