The XX Factor

Hillary and Bill: Their Weirdness Is Back

Data point No. 856 on the weirdness of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s marriage: In Game Change , the new book on the underside of the 2008 campaign, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin report that Hillary “couldn’t bear to confront her husband directly” when he went after Obama like a crazy man in South Carolina. She had to ask her aides “to implore him either to leave the state or to pipe down.” ( Quotes are in the NYT review .) In another new book on the campaign, Notes from the Cracked Ceiling , Anne Kornblut resurrects the question of whether young women didn’t vote for Hillary because she’s Hillary or because they’re not feminists. Answer: because she’s Hillary and because he’s Bill.