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Friday, January 04, 2008

And while I’m thinking about names…

…what’s the best way to refer to Hillary Clinton?

Some pundits go with “Hillary,” because they think a first name is less professional, less impressive.

I admit I’m inclined to do that, too, just out of...oh, I dunno. Some people are just identifiable by a single name.

But I think calling her by her first name is too familiar. As Pep Streebeck told Joe Friday: “friendships start with first names.”

That would seem to make her more human, thus more electable.

So I force myself to go with “Clinton,” or sometimes “Senator Clinton.” It’s more appropriate, for one thing. It leaves some ambiguity as to which Clinton I mean, thus bringing their thoughts to Bill.