It was February 1964, her junior year of high school in this town of steeples and lawns on the rail line to Chicago. She was vice president of her class, and one of five students running to lead the student council for the next academic year. Student rock bands played in support of candidates in the hallways and cafeteria of Maine East High School.
“Stop mudslinging before it starts,” the school newspaper opined. “Keep this election clean!”
No girl had ever held the job before. “The boys would run for president, and the most popular girl would run for secretary,” says classmate Tim Sheldon, who was one of Hillary’s rivals and is now a retired judge in Elgin, Ill. Years later, in her memoir, Hillary recalled a boy telling her she was “really stupid” if she thought a girl could win.
But it was 1964, and she wasn’t even the only girl in the race.
These are probably my two favorite Hillary anecdotes from 1964. https://t.co/y7vw6cXMNI pic.twitter.com/lYI9apCXGl— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 17, 2016
Fave detail that didn't make the story: The theme of Hillary's prom, at the Sheraton O'Hare, was "Medieval Mist." https://t.co/y7vw6cXMNI— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 17, 2016
Hillary wrote about being called "stupid" 4 running 4 h.s. prez. One of her rivals was female, tho, & I called her: https://t.co/y7vw6cXMNI— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 17, 2016
Here is that mock interview with future Hillary in her high-school newspaper in 1965. Author unknown. Forensic sketch not bad! pic.twitter.com/5kIRKj0ODM— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 17, 2016
Here's that very grown-up, narc-y quote from 17-yr-old Hillary, re: vandalism. Also, her co-chair was a Calif. delegate at the DNC in July! pic.twitter.com/r0pRahg1mC— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 17, 2016
Why are the logical questions that could have well been fairly raised about Hillary's candidacy in High School, by even her friends and supporters -her lack of charisma, authenticity and a consistent inability to make even people who plan to vote for her feel comfortable with her, and around her- still dogging her now?
Certainly light years ahead of the conveyor-belt of sycophantic utterings about Hillary from media pals and protectors that have circulated in the news stream for the past twenty years, leaving younger voters grasping for something that's real and meaningful.
I can assure you, once she was introduced and began filling the air with clever and inventive analysis and some occasional zingers, she positively sizzled in every way.
Lauren Bacall on cover of LIFE, October 16, 1944: "New Movie Find." Part of promo campaign 4 "To Have And Have Not' pic.twitter.com/Dcnnb9TUnG— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) August 13, 2014
Elizabeth Wurtzel celebrates women who are a pain in the neck.
But to give you a taste, watch Elizabeth Wurtzel discuss her book on C-SPAN on June 27, 1998 https://www.c-span.org/video/?105509-1/bitch-praise-difficult-women