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Sen. Clinton: These Boots Were Made For Planting

A Sleuth informant in the Democratic presidential political arena (read: rival campaign) sent us this photo of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) speaking at this past weekend's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa. The informant joked, "A picture of HRC surrounded by plants! How appropriate!"

Hillary Clinton

The budding comedian is referring to the Democratic presidential primary story du jour: that the Clinton campaign has been caught craftily planting questions with audience members at campaign events. (Clinton has apologized for the practice even while John Edwards hammers away at her, comparing her to President Bush.)

But really, what we found most interesting about the photo is that Clinton is wearing boots with her pantsuit, something we haven't seen before. (The pantsuit, we have; The boots, we haven't.) They look nice yet comfortable - smooth leather with a roughly two-inch chunky heel. Hard to say from this angle whether they're of the Aerosoles/Naturalizer variety (as our expert fashionista believes) or more along the lines of the much more upscale and fashionable Taryn Rose.

A Clinton campaign spokesman, having real issues to deal with, didn't respond to our email request for comment. Clinton usually wears sensible flats or a shoe with just a bit of a chunky heel. Our fashion expert points out that the senator may want to wear longer pants next time she wears her boots, her pants on Saturday were about an inch and a half too short.

Regardless, the boots are a good look for Clinton and could be the key to her success. They worked for freshman Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). He wore combat boots on the '06 campaign trail until the day he was elected to the Senate. And don't forget what boots did for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's image - she became the Bush administration's fashion icon.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 12, 2007; 5:55 PM ET
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Advice to Washington Post's corporate management: when some of your reporters have to justify their salary by writing about a candidate's boots (or cleavage) you are probably overstaffed. You know where to start when you have to cut jobs next time!

Posted by: Serious Voter | November 12, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Serious Voter

The cleavage story and this one on clothing is of more interest to more readers than Clinton's position on any one issue.

Most voters buy a package.

Clothing says a lot about a person.

The cleavage story was of special interest to serious voters because it showed Clinton's willingness to use her body to address a perceived lack of feminineness.

In other words, it showed her willingness to prostitute herself for political gain.

Posted by: True Observer | November 12, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness we have such incisive pundits as those writing for the Washington Post about candidates' footwear. Total mental bankruptcy of American journalism.

Posted by: Rick | November 12, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Do what now?

Posted by: superyeadon | November 12, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Nice blog - way to gloss over the footage of the planted Clinton staffer today which has been running all over the news. Let's try to make this about her boots...

This is typical Clinton. They're all so much smarter than we are, aren't they?

Posted by: Sean | November 12, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the orders have been issued to the sly reporters to find any story to beat down the democrats. This is nothing new for an establishment paper like the Washington Post. It happens in every election. The public should get ready for the slime from the papers.

Posted by: Kevin4567 | November 12, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Akers, you ought to be ashamed.

Posted by: david | November 12, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why miss Clinton needs to hire people to plant her questions when she has these WAPO, CNN and NYT reporters to do her bidding.

Posted by: Don | November 12, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

this is an incredibly stupid article. if you want to talk about clothes, at least have someone who knows haute couture to comment on them, not some idiotic journalist who lacks utter journalistic judgment. perhaps she can do better next time by doing a comparative piece on how well the suits fit the male candidates? i sure will be basing my vote on who's wearing armani and who's wearing lauren.

Posted by: yin | November 13, 2007 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Lighten up, people!

Posted by: CCH | November 13, 2007 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Maybe she finally figured out that with all the b.s she's spreading she'd better put something on her feet to cope with it.

Posted by: Walkin | November 13, 2007 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Shame on all of you. You should write for Fox News since your only interest is "smut". Hillary is first class no matter what she wears. Do you want a fashion expert or a "President" who is an expert on foreign policy, Homeland Security, Social Security, national health issus? The media is so unhappy that the democrates have a leader, and more than one.

Posted by: Luz Gallagher | November 13, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I just hope they're not Tony Lamma's and she's going to show up in Nebraska and try to ride a horse. Of course she'd be wearing Jordache and possibly a Stetson. You think she might be interested in trying the mechanical bull in North Platte?

Posted by: John | November 13, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Luz writes: "Do you want a fashion expert or a "President" who is an expert on foreign policy, Homeland Security, Social Security, national health issues?"

I agree that the latter is what we need. Hillary is not a fashion expert, and I couldn't care less. But Hillary is also NOT an expert on any issue of importance either, except the machinations of political intrigue. And that I do care about.

If the HillaryBillary team gets coronated, America will have made no progress away from the evils of President Bush-Cheney. SOS--same old s**t.

Posted by: RadicalPatriot | November 13, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

America is ready for an educated woman to run this country who knows all about every issue we need especially the health care for our entire nation.

Posted by: Christina Mays-Katholnigg | November 13, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well Christina, who've you got in mind? No woman you describe is currently running. We're ready, but no woman of such quality is willing to step forward. So the women of this country are stuck with this political panderer.

Posted by: actuator | November 13, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think that Hillary Clinton who was already first Lady, knows what is going on in America more than you do (and the women that support you) and what this homeland needs. Why this country is going into debt, is because we have to finish a business from a President before. Hillary will stand up for America and bring this country back on his feet. We shoud not have to suffer with our families for healthcare and living and articles on boots. By the way have you thought about the poor and the middle class women of America who can barely eat or make a living such as yourself.

Posted by: Mr. Katholnigg | November 13, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess she wanted to look taller...either that, or she didn't want to step in all that crap she's throwing out there.

Posted by: chiefpayne | November 13, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Really? As first lady her issue was health care. She had EIGHT years (but other stuff got in the way, like interns and RE deals). And the 'problem' (if there is one) was never fixed. We're going to give her another 4 as Pres? God help us.

Posted by: WDC 21113 | November 14, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I'm really disgusted that you have stooped to this level to bash Senator Clinton. Did you write a bash on Obama when he faked the Southern accent in his speeches last week? Did you bash Edwards when he totally flip-flopped on Iraq? Bash all or bash none, I'm thinking.

Posted by: MaryB | November 14, 2007 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that Luz Gallagher above thinks that clinton is a expert on national issues. The only thing clinton knows is that she has wanted to be president since she met her crooked old man. She is no better than he is,and I hope the voters realize this. As for wearing the boots, she is in the midwest and has to try to fit in with them.She changes at every site she goes to with her
accents,etc. I agree with the gentleman above; she puts out so much bs that she has to wear boots.And Luz should not put down the newspaper for telling the truth.

Posted by: edeerfield | November 15, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Katholnigg:

How nice that you ran to the defense of your wife Christina, the "little lady".

Or perhaps you are Mr. Clinton running to defend Hillary again? I'll be more likely to believe we have "smart, confident, strong" women running for office when we finally see one standing on her own two feet. Rather then relying on their husbands to defend them each time a man has the temerity to criticize or argue with them.

Who will rush to defend Hillary when she has to deal with leaders of foreign states like Iraq, or Syria, or North Korea? Will Bill be fighting her (our) battles for her?

Posted by: MikeC | November 15, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think we as strong confident women can state an opinion and realize that of course our husbands will be there for us, naturally. I will state my claim again. America is definitely ready for a woman to run this country especially with such gentleman as yourself trying to belittle women in general.

Posted by: Christina Mays-Katholnigg | November 15, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Katholniggs, if HRC is so strong and confident why must she plant people in an audience with scripted questions for her scripted answers? Anyone who has followed her public activities over recent years will realize that spontaneity is not the norm for her. She just can't handle it (requires handlers) and it will be that much worse as the campaign heats up. What was surprising about the drivers license issue in the prior debate was her apparent unawareness that her constituents in New York and people across the nation don't want to give DLs to illegals. Now she is not even poll savvy. She's ripe for the taking by her opponents because she is NOT strong and confident despite her acting skills.

Posted by: actuator | November 16, 2007 7:53 AM | Report abuse

I saw Hillary wearing Burberry shoes over the summer.

Posted by: JAH | November 18, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Good topic ,it attracts the reader to jump over dull political news ,afterall it is another method of American / journalistic democracy.

Posted by: Aouni el Danaf ,Beirut | November 19, 2007 4:10 AM | Report abuse

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