Interesting. Almost 40 years ago, Edmund Muskie, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 1968, saw his candidacy destroyed as a result of shedding tears publicly in New Hampshire.
Is it possible that Hillary Clinton, a former frontrunner, will see her campaign jump-started as a result of doing almost the same thing?
As regulars here know, I have serious concerns with Clinton. But I have to say, after watching her for so many years trying so hard to seem so tough, this one moment of human “weakness” may constitute one of her most compelling public moments ever.
I doubt that this will be the take of the major media, and certainly not among the professional Clinton haters. I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of “look at the little girl cry” type commentary. In fact, in briefly surfing the web right before posting this, I find myself out on a limb pretty much alone here. But so be it, because I’m far from sure this is going play out with the public the way all the smart boys and girls believe it will.
Like I said: interesting.
Update: For what it’s worth, I’m not totally alone. Josh Marshall seems to agree, although he is (appropriately) less effusive about it. Ultimately, he’s probably right: while this may be a net plus for Clinton it probably won’t make a huge difference.
Second update — because one update is never enough: again, even speaking as a Clinton doubter, I think echidne does a nice job of pointing out the double standard at play here. If I were a woman this would piss me off. Actually, it pisses me off as a man.