Hillary Clinton, the "ex-wife from hell"

The senator from New York is coming to San Francisco. Local conservatives are already rolling out the welcome wagon!

By Katharine Mieszkowski
Published December 2, 2005 4:43PM (EST)

Sen. Hillary Clinton is coming to town, the San Francisco Chronicle reports today. But the possible 2008 Democratic candidate for president is not going to make a major policy address. Instead, the senator from New York, who is seeking reelection there in 2006, will be interviewed by Jane Pauley. The intimate chat will take place Dec. 20 before an audience of 3,000 and be broadcast on C-SPAN.

Bill Whalen, a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institute and a GOP strategist who has advised Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, thinks the format is a good choice for Clinton, since it's likely to favor more personal questions about being a female senator and Bill Clinton's recovery from heart disease.

"She's never put forth a very likable personality," Whalen told the Chronicle. "She's avoiding a speech, because when she does that, she often goes into a mode that can be best described as 'ex-wife from hell' -- a strident, formal tone that particularly rankles male voters."

Apparently, rankling women voters is not a concern for this GOP strategist.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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