Henican is a columnist for Newsday. He also is a political analyst at the Fox News Channel and
Will Hillary get a baby bump?
Oh, I know. Chelsea's the Clinton who's pregnant. But her mom's approval ratings have suddenly started sagging. And a baby in the family might be exactly what the poll doctor ordered.
Babies are humanizing. Any consultant will tell you that. Why do you think politicians kiss so many of them?
So of course the former first lady and secretary of state gushed in a celebratory Twitter post: "My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be! @billclinton and I are thrilled that Chelsea and Marc are expecting their first child!"
Some Clinton-bashers were quick to theorize that the whole thing might be a cynical setup, that Chelsea and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, decided to make a baby as a pandering political gift to Grandmother.
But this makes no sense. No parent who's ever heard the term "3 a.m. feeding" could possibly make such a sacrifice for any relative's career. Not even if that relative has eyes on the White House. Not even if a new Fox poll pegs her favorable-unfavorable at 48-45.
Raise another $100 million. Bring back Carville. Trudge across New Hampshire in the snow.
Those are the sacrifices people make for political ambition. Changing diapers? Suffering through colic?
Forget about it, Grandma!
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LONG ISLANDER OF THE WEEK: VIC POLITI
Yes, it's Easter. Yes, it's a holiday. So what's Vic Politi doing at work? The new president and CEO of Nassau University Medical Center decided he'd rather spend the day serving brunch in the pediatrics ward. "Having spent holidays as a doctor in the ER," Politi said, "I know how hard it is for children and families to not be home for Easter. So I figured we would bring it to them." The father of two, who lives in Bellmore, is promising gifts, an indoor Easter egg hunt and a six-foot bunny running up and down the halls. And this could well turn into an Easter tradition. The hospital is opening a state-of-the-art maternity department just in time for Mother's Day.
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