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Clinton and the gender issuePosted Thursday, January 10, 2008, at 10:52 AM
Did Hillary Rodham Clinton really choke up -- or was it a politically motivated act from someone used to being "on stage"?
Some pundits have attributed Clinton's surprise win in the New Hampshire primary partially to an incident in which she appeared to briefly become emotional while talking about what the race meant to her and the hard campaigning she was enduring.
It's interesting that she headed home to New York for a day after New Hampshire, saying she needed to be "grounded." Maybe she was, honestly, just exhausted.
Reports indicate Clinton's aides are telling her to project as a little more tender-hearted.
It must be tough to be a woman in a heated race for president. Every action and emotion is analyzed and interpreted in any number of different ways, depending partially on the outlook of the analyzer. Any signs of stress are played up by those who wonder if a woman is emotionally capable of running the country.
It's notable that women already lead and have led quite a few foreign countries. We'll be seeing America's mindset on the issue over the next few weeks.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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