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January 15, 2008

Poor, Poor Pitiful Me

From time to time, I get e-mails from publicists promoting clients and their media appearances. Normally these tend to either be off-topic for me or resolutely uninteresting, although a few PR firms have shown themselves to be very reliable and helpful in getting information to bloggers. Last night, however, I may have received the strangest notice yet. The Tyra Banks Show taped an episode yesterday with Hillary Clinton that will air on Friday, and they sent along a partial transcript to pique interest in the show. It contained a rather odd cri de coeur from someone who wants to convince people to elect her President:

TYRA: What about you? Do you ever get lonely? Do you ever sit in you room by yourself sometimes and just feel alone?

SENATOR CLINTON: I don't feel lonely but I do feel sometimes isolated. Because when you are in these positions that I have been in, it can be very isolating. It is one of the reasons I put on the dark glasses and the baseball cap and go out of the White House.

President Harry Truman once said that the White House was like the crown jewel of the American penal system because you can feel confined.

TYRA: And kind of jails.

SENATOR CLINTON: Yeah. Because you feel so set off and really isolated and when you campaign, it is so important that you don't lose that connection.

Not surprisingly, this followed immediately after Tyra asked Hillary about the emotional outburst in New Hampshire and whether she felt "weak" for having showed it. Once again, Hillary took the opportunity to talk about how tough her life has become on the campaign trail. Unsurprisingly, it's all about her again.

Will the American public sentence her to this misery again? Perhaps the electorate will take pity on her and put the mantle of public responsibility on someone else's shoulders, so that Hillary won't have to put on a baseball cap and dark glasses to escape the crushing burden.


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