Posted by lex, on June 5th, 2007
In a rare public discussion of her husband’s infidelity, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that she probably could not have gotten through her marital troubles without relying on her faith in God.
Clinton stood by her actions in the aftermath of former President Clinton’s admission that he had an affair, including presumably her decision to stay in the marriage.
Call me cynical (ed. You’re cynical!) but I wonder how many focus groups this particular admission satisfied.
1) Putting the “hubby adrift” question to rest (since threatening was getting them nowhere).
2) Showing humanity and evoking sympathy. Couldn’t hurt.
3) Earning some credibility for stolid stick-to-it-iveness. “Stand by your man,” and so on.
4) Positioning more centrally to the left center – once you get past the primaries, you’ve still got to siphon off some of those godbothering southerners. Because once again, I suspect it’s going to be a nomination based not around who has the best ideas, or even who has the best machine, but who is perceived as being electable.
5) The emerging need to differentiate.