Hillary Clinton Flirts With Stephen Colbert on The Late Show: “You’d Look Good …

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Clinton Chats With Colbert On “Late Show”.

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared on “The Late Show” Tuesday evening, host Stephen Colbert didn’t miss an opportunity to bring up something from her past — her stint as president of her college’s Young Republicans chapter. The presidential hopeful stopped by The Late Show to talk about her campaign, life at home and why she wants to be the leader of the U.S. all while somehow managing to get a little flirty with the late-night talk show host.NEW YORK (AP) – It should come as no surprise, but when Hillary Rodham Clinton kicks back for a little pleasure viewing, she gravitates to TV dramas about government and law. Clinton, who served as the president of the Young Republicans at Wellesley College during her first year, appeared on the show the day after her birthday. While recalling the successes of husband’s Bill Clinton’s presidency, Colbert noted that if the country went back in time to that era, everyone would have to deal with reliving the ’90s, which includes parachute pants, “Getting’ Jiggy With It” and more questionable fashion choices.

If I draw attention to the foremost female candidate’s fashion choices in a way that seem gendered, excuse me; but it seemed to me that the heels set the tone for the evening. Clinton said she and her husband binge-watch shows, including House of Cards, The Good Wife, and Madam Secretary. “I do like Madam Secretary,” Clinton said, while revealing she does not, in fact, received residual checks from the series, which stars Tea Leoni. As she and Colbert discussed her upbringing, she told Colbert that the “gender-gap in politics” for her began in her home while she grew up. “My father was a small-business man and a Republican, and he was very staunch in his views, and we would have lots of discussions around the kitchen table. The host then stuffed bacon into a pipe and smoked it, realizing that it was actually better than he imagined. “But be careful,” Colbert warned. “The pork these days is so much stronger than it was in the ’60s.”

My mother, who had a much different upbringing and was just a wonderful person but had been abandoned by her parents and was working as a housemaid when she was 14, so she came at politics in life with a much more broader perspective,” Clinton, 68, said. “So I would be in the middle of these great discussions. I went to college on my dad’s side, that’s right, as a Young Republican, and then one day, I just kind of looked around and thought, ‘I need to think about this some more and come up with my own views.’” Colbert also grilled Clinton, the fifth 2016 presidential candidate to appear on his show, on her financial plans — specifically her plans with big banks.

Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 race, became the fifth White House hopeful from both parties to appear with Colbert since he took over CBS’ “Late Show” last month. She has trouble finessing topics when she knows they look bad: With Jimmy Fallon, last month, she stumbled through the leaked emails questions, even though they were largely softballs. Colbert suggested that, with another Clinton in the White House, Americans were being promised an encore of the 1990s, and asked plaintively, “Do I have to wear parachute pants?” “I’m not running for my husband’s third term,” Clinton declared. “I’m not running for President Obama’s third term. Yesterday, the parody news site the Onion wrote a satirical op-ed from Clinton’s perspective, which repeated in various iterations the phrase that is also the headline: “I am fun.” The candidate’s official account linked to it, with an appended “Humorous!” that sounded about as fun as the robotic narrator. And Kate McKinnon’s digs at her still resonate—she did bring up her granddaughter with Colbert, as she does every public appearance, with a kind of forcible immediacy that suggests she has been told many times that she polls better when voters are reminded that she’s a grandmother.

And as has been increasingly obvious over the past six weeks, as the fall TV season has ushered in the fall late-night politics cycle, Clinton 2016 is a very different candidate from Clinton 2008—smoother, quicker, funnier, and a lot less stressed out. It’s mind-boggling—the Underwoods’ tense, co-governing, bitterly compromised marriage became the focal point of the most recent season, echoing the real-life marital drama of the Clintons in the ‘90s. Indeed, along with “House Of Cards,” Clinton named practically every television show that is near-explicitly about her as some of her favorite binge-watching. A few questions from Colbert led to long monologues from Clinton—one about Sanders’ democratic socialism, which allowed Clinton to go off on a patriotic spiel about the middle class, and another about big banks that let her get through her talking points of her new financial policy proposal.

President Obama has the market cornered on cool in politics; Hillary, like any earnest nerd, only accidentally backs into cool when she’s not paying attention and then desperately tries to recreate it the next time she’s feeling vulnerable.

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