Some months back, when Hillary seemed inevitable, she donned a top with a neckline that revealed a bit of cleavage. While it’s pretty certain Mrs. Clinton’s cleavage didn’t cause Playboy to come calling, it got lots of attention.
If Hillary’s cleavage was not presidential, then Michelle Obama’s pink fanny-hugging skirt at the South Carolina victory speech was decidedly un-firstladylike. The suit was fashionable, and feminine, and revealed an enviable derriere. But a prospective first lady – even one as stunning as Mrs. Obama — might want to rethink future displays of that particular asset.
Nobody’s asking her to be Barbara Bush, but her shapely backside did distract from the purpose at hand.
Other snapshots from post-Nevada campains: The Republican debate at the Reagan Library, during which the candidates sat in front of what appeared to be the hulking body of Reagan’s retired Air Force One. (Also a distraction from the purpose at hand.)
Mitt Romney might have been able to taxi a Boeing 747 through the hole available to him when the conversation turned to an early statement of his regarding a “timetable” for withdrawal from Iraq. But he missed his shot. Since Romney staunchly maintains that McCain is deliberately distorting the quote, it would have been a fairly simple matter – and an effective move – to accuse McCain of engaging in Clinton tactics.
They were, after all at the Reagan library, before a crowd that might have (debate protocol be damned) roared appreciatively had Romney said something to this effect:
“Senator McCain, you’re using Clinton tactics to try and misrepresent my record, and I won’t indulge you in it. The video in question is posted on my website for anyone who wants to see it for themselves. I will clarify my position one final time here, and then I’d like to move on.” Then he should have done it, in two or three sentences, and met any further questions about it with his URL.
Instead, he sank into a demeaning yes-you-did-no-I-didn’t exchange that diminished both candidates, and made the Reasonable Reporter wish for a flight attendant to appear with a drink and some headphones.
Back to South Carolina and the spectacular pink-suited Michelle Obama. No, wait a minute – Back to South Carolina and the victory speech given by the inspiring husband of the spectacular pink-suited Michelle Obama.
Barack Obama started slow, but came to life about a third of the way into his speech, and yes, he inspired hope and all the other goodness that lives in the mysterious part of the psyche from which human beings draw their political preferences. He was spine-tingling. And the next day brought endorsements from the Kennedy family.