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January 7, 2008

There's No Crying In Softball!

The Anchoress predicted this moment five days ago, but who could have guessed it would come on such a softball question? Hillary Clinton let go a couple of tears -- possibly -- not out of passion for her position, but out of pity for herself:

"My question is very personal, how do you do it?" asked Marianne Pernold Young, a freelance photographer from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "How do you, how do you keep upbeat and so wonderful?"

Clinton began responding, jokingly: "You know, I think, well luckily, on special days I do have help. If you see me every day and if you look on some of the websites and listen to some of the commentators they always find me on the day I didn't have help. It's not easy."

Then Clinton began getting emotional: "It's not easy, and I couldn't do it if I didn't passionately believe it was the right thing to do. You know, I have so many opportunities from this country just don't want to see us fall backwards," she said.

Then, her voice breaking and tears in her eyes, she said, "You know, this is very personal for me. It's not just political it's not just public. I see what's happening, and we have to reverse it."

Given Hillary's history of planting questions, how likely is this to be a spontaneous exhibition? She's tanking in New Hampshire because of Barack Obama's perceived warmth. All of a sudden a freelance photographer asks her how she maintains her composure, and she cries for herself and for her nation? Ehh, that's a couple of coincidences too many.

ABC has the video here. Take a look at it and ask yourself if this seems very strange for someone who has spent her life in and around politics. Also, take a listen to the litany of complaints. People say mean things, she can't eat right, she can't exercise -- why, one might think she didn't want to run for President at all!

Mitt Romney teared up a few nights ago, and also received less-than-glowing reviews for it. There's a good reason for that: people don't get impressed with those proposing to lead us in some very hard times getting misty over, well, anything. They expect potential leaders fo the free world to put aside the melodramatics and tough it up.

Tom Hanks gave the classic line, "There's no crying in baseball!" in the terrific movie A League of Their Own. There certainly shouldn't be any in slow-pitch softball, either.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin isn't reaching for the Kleenex.

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