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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Long Read -- Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried.

I continue to be really upset with pundits who waste ink and make noise around a caricature of Hillary Clinton. I think this (from the great @HillaryWarnedUs) encapsulates my feelings really well:

I was really pleased yesterday to read a profile of Hillary from New York Magazine's Rebecca Traister. The opening:

When I walk into the Chappaqua dining room in which Hillary Clinton is spending her days working on her new book, I am greeted by a vision from the past. Wearing no makeup and giant Coke-bottle glasses, dressed in a gray mock-turtleneck and black zip sweatshirt, Hillary looks less Clinton and more Rodham than I have ever seen her outside of college photographs. It’s the glasses, probably, that work to make her face look rounder, or maybe just the bareness of her skin. She looks not like the woman who’s familiar from television, from newspapers, from America of the past 25 years, but like the 69-year-old version of the young woman who came to the national stage with a wackadoodle Wellesley commencement speech in 1969. With no more races to run and no more voters to woo with fancy hair, Clinton appears now as she might have if she’d aged in nature and not in the crucible of American politics. Still, this is not Hillary of the woods. She is reemerging, giving speeches and interviews. It’s clear that she is making an active choice to remain a public figure.

Take the time to read the whole thing; I plan to break this article down a bit more during the week. You're not going to hear much more from me today, as I'm on the road, so I'm leaving y'all with homework!

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