People of the Year — 1. Hillary Clinton

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Bet you didn’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 angles—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: She’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 “no opinions� that remain (around six percent of the country), she needs to carefully sculpt her image if she’s going to trade in that big, white Chappaqua manse for her old one in DC.

Adapted from “People of the Year,� Rockland Magazine, December 2007

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)