Kathryn Lopez

Fact is, Clinton knows that the campaign of the first woman president cannot be a whinefest (see Nancy Pelosi continually playing the "woman card"). It would make her look weak and annoying. If anything, voters may need some assurance that Clinton will be commanding during this time of war. And so she is.

Clinton often makes jokes about a field of Republican men and their friends who are "obsessed" with her. She reminds her feminist sisters that she is one of them and can -- theoretically, anyway -- let out a good victim cry now and again. But she will do it on her terms when she needs it most -- like diverting attention from her driver's license gaffe (77 percent of Americans oppose driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, according to a Rasmussen poll).

Clinton, in the end, changed the subject. That's brilliant. And that's formidable. That is a woman who can play with the best of the boys on the bus.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.

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