March 31, 2008 3 Comments
is that too harsh? This is a story from February 1999, when Hillary was working on her first Senate campaign, one that we might imagine would require a fair amount of faking a “real” marriage with Bill.
You know, like one where you might be there with your spouse while their political fate is decided? Or maybe just a quick congratulatory call to say, see, I told you not to worry?
The article is pitching the anecdote as an illustration of her ‘iron focus’ on her political campaigns. I was struck by how inhuman it makes her appear, like she may understand how regular people go about their caring and sharing lives, but she’s not having any of it:
Both the loyalty and the focus were on display in February 1999, when the Senate voted not to remove Bill Clinton from office.
In the White House residence, Ickes and the first lady were poring over New York state maps in preparation for her Senate bid.
A call came in informing the first lady that her husband had been acquitted, Ickes recalled. “She puts down the phone and says, ‘Harold, we were talking about Buffalo.’ “
With that, they went back to work.
the other icy frosting to the story is this snapshot from inside her current campaign for President: