Baby-kissing may be one of the oldest political cliches around, but there’s no denying that the moment when a politician poses with a squirming babe is a powerful one: “I care about your future,” a candidate seems to be saying to the (possibly crying) kid.
No wonder candidates surround themselves with kids at moments they want to seem trusted — or appeal to those crucial women voters.
Think of Sarah Palin cradling son Trig after accepting the vice presidential nomination at the 2008 Republican National Convention. And in 2007, when Nancy Pelosi’s colleagues were casting their votes for her as House Speaker, she watched from the House floor, grandchild in her arms.
Now, with the announcement that former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant, Hillary Clinton will have an in-house tot to trot out on the campaign trail — if, of course, the former Secretary of State runs for president in 2016, as just about everyone is expecting her to.
Chelsea tweeted that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting “in the fall,” which means that the little one will be a year and a few months old by the time the Iowa caucuses roll around in 2016.
Marc and I are so thrilled to be expecting our first child in the fall! Thank you for all of the kind words!
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 17, 2014
It’s possible Hillary Clinton won’t even expose her grandkid to the klieg lights of her possible presidential run; after all, she and Bill largely shielded Chelsea from media attention during their White House days. But even if Baby Clinton-Mezvinsky isn’t a physical presence on the presidential campaign trail, he or she is certain to provide lots of new material — heartwarming, adorable anecdotes — that the proud gandparents would certainly be able to deploy in the many interviews and speeches they’d make if Hillary runs.
Because nothing warms up a crowd like a diaper-changing joke.