Bet you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see this coming! Since the Chappaqua resident announced her candidacy for President in January, Hillary was dissected like a fifth-grade biology project and analyzed from all anglesÃ¢â‚¬â€from her boisterous laugh, to her fashion sense, to her pacesetting fund-raising, to her poll numbers. Even her choice to wear a cleavage-enhancing V-neck sweater on the Senate floor made news, if only because it reminded us of her subtle, subverted sexuality.
Prediction for 2008: SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lock for the Democratic nomination, but the general election will be harder. Most everyone already has his own Rorschach impression of Hillary, but for the small handful of Ã¢â‚¬Å“no opinionsÃ¢â‚¬? that remain (around six percent of the country), she needs to carefully sculpt her image if sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to trade in that big, white Chappaqua manse for her old one in DC.
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? Rockland Magazine, December 2007
(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)