On Friday's broadcast of PBS NewsHour, Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post said being a grandmother will humanize Hillary Clinton, adding she "got a little misty" imagining being one herself.
Marcus assured viewers that "us in the media" will give Clinton "enough grief" that she will "be fine in getting toughened up."
Marcus admitted to being "a suburban woman in her demographic."
"It softens her," Marcus said of Clinton being a grandmother. "It makes her human. I got a little misty imagining being a grandma myself, not too soon."
"Let me say, Hillary Clinton is going to get enough grief both from Republicans, the Republican Party, and from us in the media, that she will be fine in getting toughened up," Marcus also said.
"My grandma juice is not flowing that much," fellow guest David Brooks joked.
"Well, you’re not a suburban woman in her demographic, and I am. So there you go," Marcus replied.
RUTH MARCUS: It’s a — you can have an argument about whether it would toughen her up to have real competition. And I’m sorry. Lincoln Chafee doesn’t rise to that level, nor do the others who are talking about or entering the field.
If you have a choice between having somebody pummel you every day and a nice, stately march to the nomination, you would choose the nice, stately march. And let me say, Hillary Clinton is going to get enough grief both from Republicans, the Republican Party, and from us in the media, that she will be fine in getting toughened up.
I think I agree with what David said about her challenges. But I do think that there’s really — I would put it into two categories. One is to sort of soften this air of entitlement and inevitability. And the second is to present her theory of the case, other than, I’m really well-prepared for it, which she is, of why she should be president.
And that’s why I actually thought her epilogue was very interesting, because she’s used it to tie together an argument about those two things. And she did it with the interesting point of her grandma-hood. And she…
JUDY WOODRUFF: She talked about her daughter, Chelsea, having a baby.
RUTH MARCUS: It softens her. It makes her human. I got a little misty imagining being a grandma myself, not too soon.
And also it gave a theory of the case about how she wants to make sure that other children growing up in America have the same incredible opportunities that baby Charlotte does. And so there’s a risk in looking — in emphasizing age, but I actually thought it was an interesting epilogue.
DAVID BROOKS: My grandma juice is not flowing that much, so…
RUTH MARCUS: Well, no.
JUDY WOODRUFF: You were not impressed?
DAVID BROOKS: I wasn’t. I liked Charlotte, the story. I liked — I understand…
RUTH MARCUS: Well, you’re not a suburban woman in her demographic, and I am. So there you go.
DAVID BROOKS: Internally, I am.