The perils of being Hillary

The candidate's husband says she's stuck being a woman.

By Tim Grieve

Published January 7, 2008 5:50PM (EST)

When John Edwards was having a hard time gaining traction in the presidential race last August, his wife lamented: "We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman."

Now that it's Hillary Clinton's time to struggle, her husband is offering a similar tale of gender-based woe.

At a campaign appearance in New Hampshire last night, Bill Clinton complained that his wife can't reinvent herself at this late date. "We can't be a new story," he said. "I'm sorry. There's nothing we can do. I can't make her younger, taller, male."

But, Clinton said, "if you want a president, and you need one," Hillary would be "by far the best."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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