Miss­ing mid­dle

The Washington Times Weekly - - NATIONAL -

Sen. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton has jet­ti­soned her maiden name, “Rod­ham,” in her bid for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. She’s now just plain “Hil­lary Clin­ton” in cam­paign press re­leases and on her Web site, Hearst News­pa­pers re­ported April 30.

The New York Demo­crat ap­peared sur­prised two weeks ago when asked about it, shak­ing her head and gig­gling, “I haven’t, I haven’t.” Her long­time com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Howard Wolf­son said, “There’s no plan be­hind it.”

Ninety-five per­cent of Amer­i­can women use their hus­band’s last name, ac­cord­ing to Lau­rie Scheuble, a so­ci­ol­o­gist at Penn State Univer­sity.

Mrs. Clin­ton is “do­ing the right thing po­lit­i­cally to ap­peal to the most vot­ers. She’s con­form­ing to the so­cial norm,” Ms. Scheuble said. When the Clin­tons moved into the White House in 1993 and the cou­ple mapped an in­de­pen­dent pol­icy role on health care for Mrs. Clin­ton, she be­gan to use “Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton” — a moniker that she re­tained through eight years as first lady and in her two Se­nate cam­paigns in 2000 and 2006.

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