Open Wide And Swallow
Here's Bill Clinton in Ames, Iowa the other day explaining why his loving, devoted wife Hillary didn't "dump him" to pursue her own political career:
"I thought she was the most gifted person of our generation," said Clinton, who said he told her, "You know, you really should dump me and go back home to Chicago or go to New York and take one of those offers you've got and run for office. I thought it would be wrong for me to rob her of the chance to be what I thought she should be." he said. "She laughed and said, 'First I love you and, second, I'm not going to run for anything, I'm too hardheaded.'"
That's funny. In 1992, Hillary said:
"I'm not some Tammy Wynette standing by my man. I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life."
Granted, a distinction can be drawn between her pursuing a legal career versus a political one to thus resemble consistency, but the real distinction is in her earlier "independent woman" remarks versus the portrait of a doting and dutiful wife that Bill is trying to triangulate her into for the sake of the middle-American, cookie-baking sensibilities that she had earlier sneered about.
Such sneering cost the Clinton's political goodwill from the get-go, and Hillary spent much of her time as First Lady doing damage control, harping endlessly about "The Children" and even having her supposedly very own cookie recipes published, along with an equally-saccharine book supposedly authored by Socks the cat in an over-compensating stab at cute and cuddliness (but managing only to rise to the level of a cloying corniness).
Socks, it should be added, was apparently not cute and cuddly enough to avoid being unloaded on White House secretary Betty Curry when the Clinton's bailed from the White House.