Skip to comments.Clinton hones tough-gal, beer-and-shot persona
Posted on 05/06/2008 6:24:29 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - At O'Donnell's, a watering hole a few blocks from the fort where General "Mad Anthony" Wayne marshaled his men for war with the Indians in the 1790s, patrons were weighing in yesterday on today's battle between the Democratic presidential candidates.
Only a few had heard of the old adage that people vote for whomever they'd rather have a beer with - the test that George W. Bush supposedly passed with flying colors - but some were willing to offer their preferences.
"I think Hillary," said Kevin Mashaus, 43, a wine-and-spirits representative from Fort Wayne. "I think she'd loosen up better."
Fifteen months ago, at the start of the campaign, almost no one would have imagined that so many people would be sidling up to the bar with Clinton. Few politicians in American history have carried less of a reputation for "Cheers"-like camaraderie than the senator from New York, who was widely seen as cold and calculating.
But that stereotype has been cast aside by many voters, replaced by its positive twin: The same steely-eyed characteristics that made Clinton seem cold now make her seem purposeful; what was once seen as calculation is now determination.
Part of the transformation has been a matter of comparison. Some people think her opponent, Barack Obama, has an academic aloofness to him. Next to him, Clinton's grittiness stands out in far sharper relief.
But watching Clinton on the campaign trail, it's obvious that her campaign's appeal for blue-collar votes has struck some deeper chords within her. By now, it no longer seems forced to hear her droppin' her g's, throwing back shots of whiskey, and telling off the powers that be.
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But she cries when she is criticized, or if she needs votes.
Where is the barf alert?
Ask Vince Foster whether Hillary does shots.
SHE’S EVERYTHING AND NOTHING
ALL WRAPPED INTO ONE.
Thanks, but no..
It’s three am. Do you know where your President is? And what she’s been drinking?
‘Honing a persona’.
What mindless use of language. Makes me want to hone my persona.
But the SSPCA would be after me.
Clinton has a zero chance to win North Carolina. Do not underestimate the hatred here for the Clintons, even among Democrats.
I used to be one who detested everything about Hillary, but of late, I have actually found things to admire. For one thing, her Energizer Bunny performance when everyone with a keyboard or a microphone is telling her to scram is pretty amazing. And she has managed to keep it all together, even with Bill going berserk in the hinterlands. I heard someone comment yesterday that she looked energized and glowing while Obama looked exhausted.
Not having a candidate of my own to support has allowed me to enjoy all aspects of this campaign.
Beer before liquor, never been sicker.
I must take an extremely severe case of “beer goggles” to consider voting for Hillary.
“What mindless use of language.”
It’s the modern way! Fifty years ago only politicians and a few other con artists knew how to talk without saying anything, now everybody does it.
Umm, there’s no bar by that name in Fort Wayne.
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