Hillary Hearts the Holidays: Senator Clinton Visits "The View"

| Wed Dec. 20, 2006 4:39 PM PST

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What War on Christmas? Hillary hit the couch on "The View" this morning as part of a PR blitz for the reissue of It Takes a Village. Her big revelation? That "we are probably as fanatic about Christmas as anybody you'll meet." Really? Have you met Melody Howell, who decorates her home with 52 fresh-cut Christmas trees, including one in her bathtub? Now that is Christmas fighting back with the big guns.

The Viewsters did try to ask Hillary the big questions, with Joy Behar asking if she was sorry for voting for the Iraq War (and getting the usual "if we had known then..."), and guest host Crystal McCrary Anthony asking the world's most torturous version of "are you running?" Crystal's wind-up was so labored that she gave Hillary lots of lifelines to grab; Hillary went with some blather about the "hyper-connectedness" of today's world, which gave her ample opportunity to be worried "for our kids," bringing us back safely to It Takes a Village territory. Responding to the question of whether we are ready for a female president, Hillary made the point that there's only one way to find out, but conceded: "It's such a leap of faith, and I'm well aware of that—it's way out there."

But line of the day goes to Rosie, who capped a discussion of Hillary's love of crafts (hey, it was "The View," not "Meet the Press") with "you'd be surprised how crafty she is." Yep, the ability to take the innocuous and turn it into a backstabbing—now that is presidential. You heard it here first: Rosie for President!

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