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Hillary Clinton is ambitious: Stop the presses! Another revelation: She's been thinking of being president for a long time! [I think what this sentence wants to say is: She's been thinking for a long time of being president. But...gosh...um...maybe I got it right the first time. I think that's called a Freudian slap.] And she was hurt by her husband's infidelities. She considered divorce! She feared that a special prosecutor might come after her. She's self-righteous. All of which adds up to: Dog Bites Man. Remind me to tell you sometime about my 5-part, 70,000-word, front-page, Pultizer-Prize-losing series headlined "Mobile Homes Susceptible To Tornadoes."

[True fact: The NY Times once ran the headline "Poll of Working Women Finds Them Stressed."]

The likeability issue is serious for Sen. Clinton (as someone noted in a terrific story this past weekend in the Post magazine), and in today's story, the perceptive Bob Boorstin specifies her biggest personality flaw (self-righteousness). But tell me, why aren't women allowed to be as ambitious as men?

Not a rhetorical question. Actually want to know.

[Here's Michael Wolff on Rudy:

"His reign in New York--cutting his opponents dead while micro-managing or attacking the media as he sped off to cop shootings, fires, and water-main breaks--was all about his passions and personality. It was all dramatic persona, a governing style much closer to that of a banana-republic potentate than to your average city administrator's. (This has a structural explanation: The mayors in most municipalities are constrained by county authorities. The anomalous condition in New York is that the city subsumes five counties, making it a kind of duchy, and giving its chief executive wide discretion and, if he is so inclined, the freedom to act out grandly.)

"This translates into a certain kick-assness (of the criminals as well as the liberals). What's lost in the translation is the neurosis and eccentricity and ludicrousness and hubris of Rudy as supreme ruler. That's in the finer details."]

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Internal blog business: I talked to the Schemer yesterday (and remind me to tell you how he recently said to me, "You need a gimmick" -- as if The One Sane Person wasn't enough -- as if Conscience Of My Generation needed an extra element!!!) and he said that, at some point, all WaPo blogs, including this one, will require registration on-site. I believe it will not be onerous. I think it will take 10 seconds or so. Your handle won't change unless you decide you want to change it (same as now). This is just advance warning.

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Dave of the Coonties yesterday mentioned in the boodle the new comet-impact explanation for the Pleistocene megafauna extinction. A big whomping impact would get the aboriginal Americans off the hook. [Speaking of the Pleistocene Overkill Hypothesis, I'm running out now to be in charge of a cookout, which means vast platters of meat piled repulsively high. You call it Overkill, I call it a bodacious barbecue!!!]

Here's the great comment posted yesterday by our resident paleontologist, Dooley:

"The Pleistocene megafauna included hundreds of species worldwide, that all went extinct within a few thousand years. Carnivores you don't have to worry about--they die of when the herbivores die. But that's a whole bunch of herbivores, a huge global diversity. Lots of elephants (maybe 10-20 species across 4 families) on five continents, plus the aforementioned ground sloths (30+ species, but some were on islands), giant camels (1-2 species), glyptodonts, Irish elk and stag moose, giant kangaroos and wombats (there's good eatin' on a wombat), long-horned bison, aurochs...the list goes on. And a lot of the megafauna isn't exactly "mega"--how about the dozen species of pronghorns, the half-dozen species of horses, or numerous peccaries and tapirs? And the 300-lb giant beaver that was common in the Great Plains?

"While there is lots of evidence that humans ATE mammoths, etc., there is not much evidence that they actually KILLED them. The best evidence is embedded spear points in a few localities, plus the famous European cave paintins depicting hunts.

"I think that most scientists have not actually tried to stab an elephant to death with a spear--I'm betting it's pretty difficult. As one archaeologist described the cave paintings, "Maybe they killed one mammoth and talked about it for a thousand years." Even with trains and guns, Americans didn't manage to wipe out one bison species in North America in 200 years (almost, but not quite).

"Overkill advocates that acknowledge this point to mass-kill sites, where bunches of horses fell off cliffs (presumably driven over the cliffs by people). Maybe--but that brings to mind Clovis people trying to herd hundreds of giant beavers over all those abundant cliffs in Illlinois and Iowa."--Dooley

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Style won a big award. Deserved it.

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 25, 2007; 12:16 PM ET
 
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