It looks like Hillary's "tough as nails" persona has become an electoral asset in this never-ending nomination battle. Gone is her campaign's original focus on experience: now, she's a fighter. She has managed to turn her refusal to concede the race to Obama as a positive: as she (almost) puts it, she should win because she is refusing to lose. While some pundits once debated whether the country is ready for a woman president, Hillary is now trying to position herself as the real man in this race, taunting Obama while her supporters praise her "testicular fortitude". As ever, of course you can count on James Carville to finish the Clintons' dirty work and to strike below the belt.
But is this the same Hillary who once shed a tear for the voters of New Hampshire? Which one is she when she goes home, closes the curtains and lets her guard down? Which brings me to one of my favorite scenes of all time: Carolyn Burnham, made famous by Academy Award deserving Annette Bening, is unable to sell the house she dutifully has spent all day cleaning and pitching. She closes the curtains, and in the privacy and darkness of said home she proceeds to cry, slap her own face, and scream "shut up, you weak, you baby, shut up!" She then walks out into public environments and continues with her "one must project the perfect picture of success to be successful" attitude. Is this what happened to Hillary last night after she narrowly carried Indiana and Obama handily carried North Carolina?
Click here to watch the American Beauty clip. Skip to 01:05 for the good stuff.