'08 Spouses: Republican Sex vs. Democratic Substance

This post, written by Taylor Marsh, originally appeared on Taylor Marsh.com

Hair was one thing. Cleavage another. But now we've got a new level of, what to call it? Depravity? Vacuousness? Or is it simply a naked way of trying to get at Hillary Clinton, considering that her spouse is, well, William Jefferson Clinton? Perhaps it's to contrast the seriousness of HRC and spouse with the vacuous notion that whoever joins the president in the White House should be in charge of the social calendar, instead of moving the first couple's priorities on to a more serious stage. After all, even when you think of Obama or Edwards, it's not like their spouses are going to be offering tea time cookie clutches.

Catching up on stories that surfaced during my long-term travel day yesterday, one story takes the cake. But take this question in the LA Times story from yesterday: Just how sexy is the first lady supposed to be? How would that be referred to Bill Clinton? I shudder to think.

But when you contrast this article about sexy first ladies with Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy, what you get is the very old fashioned stereotype of women's roles in politics and the world at large. Coming from the leading California paper it's all the more startling.
In this long, hot campaign season, intimations of sexuality are sprouting like wildflowers along the road to the White House. Not that the commingling of sex and politics is anything new, but for what seems to be the first time in memory, voters are being confronted with questions that don't usually break the surface: Just how sexy is a first lady allowed to be? And what constitutes an appropriate display of affection between candidates and their spouses?
In '08 race, a little leg may go a long way
Sex, they say, sells. Aspiring presidential couples are bringing that notion to the fore (spontaneously or not). Do you approve? Vote here.
Where does that leave Clinton? Better yet, what are they implying by ignoring her?
"The candidate's wife is a strategic asset. How are you going to deploy that asset?"
Okay, I'll bite.

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