In 1992 when Bill Clinton first ran for the presidency of the United States, his daughter, Chelsea was seen by many politicians as a plus. She was old enough to act and speak, if need be, appropriately. She was young enough not to be held especially accountable for anything she said or did. She seemed fragile an inappropriate target for any type of media abuse ( though some eventually came her way ). For Bill Clinton, having Chelsea in the picture, at least occasionally helped to some bestow on him a bit of propriety as the caring father of a young daughter. Now it’s 2007 and her mom is running for the presidency. How can Chelsea Clinton help Hillary’s campaign for the presidency?
She’s not a kid anymore. During Bill Clinton’s run for the presidency, teen aged Chelsea was seen, even by the media, as pretty much off limits. Unless she did something especially news worthy Chelsea would not be the member of the family drawn and quartered in public. In 2007 we are looking at an entirely different Chelsea Clinton. Teen Chelsea is now grown up Chelsea. She is 27 years old and carries on her resume degrees from Stanford and Oxford. She has been out on her own and has been exposed to the business world. She has her own life and her own interests, including a continuing interest in ballet . Chelsea Clinton. Chelsea is an adult, who could bring her mother some considerable assistance as the campaign edges ever closer to the primary elections.
A Bride to 21st Century Women As much as her father, Bill Clinton liked to call up the image of his administrations attempts to build a bridge to the 21st Century, perhaps it is ironically his daughter who can help her mom to build a similar bridge. Hillary Clinton has a strong draw among American women. Her polling numbers among women is considerably better than those of her opponents and she draws better among women than men.
Most political analysts will tell you that to win in the primaries an to win the general election Hillary Clinton will need to continue doing well with American women. Here’s how Chelsea Clinton helps Hillary’s campaign for the presidency. Appearing with and for her mother Chelsea may well help to draw in some of the younger women voters who are currently on the fence. Seeing Chelsea with Hillary, visually makes Hillary seem more young, more with it, less a tired politician and more a women who relates to women across the board regardless of age. This is a boost that Hillary could use and one that Chelsea,without even saying a lot could provide.
Chelsea and the Younger Vote – Chelsea may also help Hillary to make some counter moves against Barak Obama. Currently Obama is seen as the candidate of new ideas. Change is what supposedly Barak is all about. When voters see Hillary it may be hard for them to think that she will bring change. It is too easy to see her as a remnant of presidencies past and presidencies gone amuck.
Put Chelsea next to Hillary and she immediately becomes more like someone interested in doing something new and different , something her daughter’s crowd would understand and appreciate. In open conversation with Chelsea, Hillary will sound younger, fresher, more open to change, more palatable to young people of either gender. Chelsea Clinton helps Hillary’s campaign for the presidency by giving her some credentials she can use among younger people who want change but aren’t fully committed to Obama.
Sweetening Up the Image. When voters see Hillary Clinton on air with other presidential primary contenders and hear the strength of her retorts, she can come across as tough even sharp tongued. For some voters all this toughness is a bit of a turn-off. They might not mind having a woman for president but they would like someone with a bit more visible compassion or kindness ( not that they would expect either from a man, but from woman candidate it seems to be required.).
How Chelsea helps Hillary’s campaign for the presidency is that she provides a visible reminder that this woman who is so tough and so articulate in debate is also the same person who helped to parent her to adulthood. This woman is a caring, loving mother. Chelsea’s presence can be a sign that a woman can in fact be both. Chelsea can show and, should the situation call for it, tell people that in Hillary they have the best of both worlds. Hillary can maintain her toughness but people will also remember that there is much more to Hillary then just her political persona. Voters may just like that concept.
Removing a Campaign Trap. One thing seems certain about how Chelsea Clinton helps Hillary’s presidential campaign. Even with only an occasional photo op here and there Chelsea can take the teeth out of a side issue that could distract voters from Hillary’s programs and ideas. Without Chelsea the media will eventually develop the issue of “Where’s Chelsea” . People will be led to wonder how good a candidate and how good a leader Hillary Clinton can really be if her own daughter, her only daughter is not behind her and out beating the bushes for votes.
By stepping up, even if only marginally,Chelsea beats reporters to the punch and takes herself out of the campaign as an issue. Then she can do as much or as little as she and the campaign determine will be beneficial. In a campaign the last thing Hillary Clinton wants is any on going family stories that detract from the main event of her candidacy.
Seeing Chelsea takes the question mark out of the campaign as in , so what’s the deal with Chelsea anyway
Softening the Family Picture. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has struggled from the beginning to determine how best to make use of the biggest money draw the Democratic party has – her husband. While Bill Clinton still enjoys the celebrity of a rock star,his popularity has to be carefully played so as not to overshadow his wife. Sometimes this is not an easy balancing act, especially if they are on the same stage at the same time.
Enter Chelsea. How Chelsea Clinton helps Hillary’s presidential campaign is that she adds a person to the mix. It’s not Bill and Hillary on the stage which can be a difficult image for some to handle. Instead its Hillary and her family. This is a very different picture and easier to deal with. Chelsea helps by effectively taking some of the spotlight from her father and helping to redirect it to her mother. Chelsea completes the family picture. The Clinton’s don’t have to be seen starkly on stage where they can appear as the devious duo waiting to catch America napping so they can once again pounce on the White House. With Chelsea along the Clinton’s become a slightly less dysfunctional family, a family that has risen above their problems, a family that is still family . That may be a much warmer image than is currently out there and one that cannot help but benefit Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Chelsea Clinton does not have to go out from town to town stumping for her Mom, though of course she is free to make that effort . She can lend a great deal to Hillary’s presidential campaign just by her physical presence and a few kind words. It must be great to be 27 and have that much influence on the eventual fate of a nation.