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Hillary in Las Vegas: An Asbestos Pantsuit and the Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling

By November 16, 2007

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Hillary Clinton is taking it all in stride, including last night's presidential debate in Las Vegas.

When CNN's Campbell Brown questioned Clinton's tendency to "avoid taking firm positions on controversial issues," Hillary jumped right in and got a laugh out of her first statement of the evening when she answered, "this pantsuit is asbestos," a wry indication that she knows she's in the hot seat, literally.

The city's tourism campaign slogan "What happens here, stays here," doesn't apply to presidential races of course, as jokes about her asbestos pantsuit are already circulating on the Internet.

She used that asbestos pantsuit quip to neatly deflect a question as to why she doesn't answer questions. Which could be seen as ironic and funny by those who support her, or irritating and proof that she can't be trusted by those who don't.

Of course with the debate taking place in Las Vegas, Hillary couldn't resist the card game analogy later on in the debate, as Brown asked about statements Clinton's made about the "boys club" hitting hard at her. "I'm not playing the gender card...I'm just trying to play the winning card, and I understand that people are not attacking me because I'm a woman. They're attacking me because I'm ahead."

If the boys are playing rough, as Clinton's husband - the former Leader of the Free World - says, then how about the girls? Campbell didn't let Clinton off the hook with her questioning just because she was a sistah running for President. In fact, those with the harshest opinions of Hillary may be women.

Clinton seems unfazed by the media story earlier in the week about a a female McCain supporter who referred to her as "the bitch." Which may mean either she has an asbestos heart, or she's just letting it roll off her because - as she said last night in Las Vegas - "to be able to aim toward the highest, hardest glass ceiling is history-making."

And she knows she can't break through with a heart of glass.


April 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm
(1) Selana says:

I came across this interesting article about the American Election from an Australianís perspective. The writer seems to like all the candidates but I get the impression she is most sympathetic to Hillary Clinton. She feels that Hillary is facing gender bias and the glass ceiling. You can find the article here: American Election Coverage!

January 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm
(2) Answer A Day says:

Great article and very true! It’s scary that manufacturers still choose to use a material that they know is harmful, just because it is cheaper. It makes you wonder what other dangerous materials are in the products we purchase.


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