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The Socks Saga

The London Times [1] reports a cat may end up getting between Hillary Clinton and the White House…

AS THE “first pet” of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed “chilly” Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea. So where is Socks today?

Once the presidency was over, there was no room for Socks any more. After years of loyal service at the White House, the black and white cat was dumped on Betty Currie, Bill Clinton’s personal secretary, who also had an embarrassing clean-up role in the saga of his relationship with the intern Monica Lewinsky.

socks_in_wh_briefing_room.jpg [2]So, in fact, Sox was not a loved family pet, Sox was a prop… obtained so that Hillary Clinton could show a warmer side… so that Bill/Hill could show us how they’re just Joe and Jane Everyman.

Clinton’s treatment of Socks cuts to the heart of the questions about her candidacy. Is she too cold and calculating to win the presidency? Or does it signify political invincibility by showing she is willing to deploy every weapon to get what she wants?

“In the annals of human evil, off-loading a pet is nowhere near the top of the list,” writes Caitlin Flanagan in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine. “But neither is it dead last, and it is especially galling when said pet has been deployed for years as an all-purpose character reference.”

The story goes on to remind us that the other prop, a dog named Buddy, was reportedly run over by a truck soon after leaving the White House. Something of a trend, going, here.

At some point in the not so distant future, people are going to start seeing through this facade that Hillary Clinton has surrounded herself with.  The reaction, I suspect, will not be pretty.