Jody L. Wilcox at The Contemporary Conservative blog mocks People magazine for a "really lame" puffball interview with Hillary Clinton in their 100 Most Beautiful People edition (Hillary was not on that list). There were the usual annoying pop-culture questions: "American Idol or Dancing With the Stars"? (Both.) "Tina Fey or Amy Poehler?" (Both.)
Most Clinton critics would hone in on the usual soften-up-the-marriage questions. "When was the last time you and Bill had some quality time?" "What was the last present he gave you?...Your last present to him?" "What does he do around the house that drives you crazy?" You want to pen in answers like, "He also answers 'both' to Tina Fey or Amy Poehler." But the biggest pandering line came when she cited women's magazines as the solution to tough gas economics:
PEOPLE: You have proposed suspending the gas tax for the summer. What advice do you have for homemakers dealing with rising gas prices?
HILLARY: I'm a great reader of women's magazines. I always have, ever since I was a little girl, my mother had them in the house, and I really advise people to look for hints in those magazines. They are so down-to-earth. You can get some good advice.
So can't you just imagine Hillary leafing through Better Homes and Gardens or Family Circle to see how she can recycle her paper towel holders. No?
The last question drew media interest (at least from The Washington Post). It was "If your husband gave you a pass for one night and you could go on a date with any celeb, alive or dead, who would it be?" Hillary rightly said "That's such a dangerous question! How about Abraham Lincoln?" Once again, the cynic's answer is "He ought to give me a pass for one night. I've been giving him a pass for thirty years."
The other marriage question was this: "In the Texas polygamy sect now in the news, why do you think a woman -- in 2008 -- would willingly enter into a polygamous marriage?" Hillary answered "I don't know how you define willingly. Many of these women were raised in the sect, isolated from the outside world from birth. It takes an enormous amount of independent thinking to life your self out of the circumstance if you've been born and raised in to say, 'Wait a minute, this isn't right.'"