Bill Clinton wants to know if you're having fun

An e-mail from Hillary's campaign makes me think about the leading candidate for first gentleman, again.

By Joan Walsh

Published June 26, 2007 7:08PM (EDT)

I'm not sure about this one.

I had to give my e-mail address to check out the Hillary Clinton "Sopranos" spoof (hilarious) and campaign song choice (ick) last week. Today, I got my first message from the campaign, and it gave me a little thrill: It was from Bill Clinton, and the subject line was: "Having fun yet?" Sure, I clicked it open.

It told me campaigns are supposed to be about fun -- like the "Sopranos" sendup -- but also about serious business. And of course, it asked for money.

My knee may be jerking a little here, but I'm not sure about the wisdom of Bill Clinton sending his wife's supporters e-mails asking if they're having fun. But maybe I'm being a prude again. On the other hand, I did click it open. And part of what I liked about the "Sopranos" spoof is that it seemed like the once and maybe future first couple, who've taken themselves supremely seriously going back to their Yale days, were messing around a little bit -- with their audience, with each other, with all the media hype about their marriage and political joint venture, this thing of theirs. Margaret Carlson had a trademark MSM tone-deaf takedown of the "Sopranos" spoof in Bloomberg yesterday, so clearly it's not going to work for everyone.

But for the rest of us, maybe the only way to get around what even some Hillary fans describe as "Clinton fatigue," a crushing lack of interest in ever having to discuss their unique marriage again, is to continue to send up all the stereotypes. As long as they continue to surprise, they're not boring. I'll certainly be curious about what the campaign's next message is.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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