Thursday, January 17, 2008

Did She or Didn't She?


It's a hot debate in news rooms, living rooms and chat rooms across America.

So now I ask you, the millions of Bye Bye Shadowlands readers out there:

Was Hillary's expression of emotion in New Hampshire fake or genuine?

Go.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"...I have given suck, and know
How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me:
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,
And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this."

Marc Conklin said...

Lady Macbeth. Nice. That's one for "she faked it," if you're keeping score.

Aunt Christy said...

As Elaine once said to Jerry regarding the orgasms he gave her: "Fake, fake, fake-idy, fake, fake."

Marc Conklin said...

That's:

Faked It: 2
Didn't Fake It: 0

m. f. said...

Hm. I want to give her the benefit of the doubt, I want to believe that she genuinely teared up just thinking of the burden of leadership. But, a close observation of her facial mannerisms in this clip—especially about the time of the sigh/pause before she launches into "...you know I have so many opportunities from this country..."—seems to reveal a splendid example of the Duchenne smile. And I have to think it was all a set-up.

Marc Conklin said...

For the record, I actually don't think Hillary faked this, and I have two reasons.

1) Being "cold and calculating" is one skill; acting is an entirely different skill. I find it thoroughly believable that the "Iron My Shirt" guy at one of her speeches was a plant. That one is easy to pull off, and a smart way to appeal to women in the short and long term. But to conjure tears on cue in a believable way? Way too hard and specialized a skill.

2) To have faked tears is a really dumb thing for a "cold and calculating female politician to do. It's way too risky in the short term, and it's suicide in the long term.

All of Hillary's positions have been well-crafted for the general election. You're telling me she decided to feign tears to win New Hampshire and risk that clip being used against her over and over again in the general election? A "commander in chief who cries" running against Rudy Giuliani, John McCain or Mitt Romney? No way.

If you think Hillary is cold and calculating, then you can't believe that she would do something that risky. You can't have it both ways.