What would be the most politically beneficial name?
If she had a girl, what would that mean?
And then there was that question about what little Charlotte would call her grandmother. Nana Secretary was one guess, with a request for readers to offer more suggestions. (How about let's not and say we did?)
Aides to Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, declined to answer what Charlotte will call her maternal grandmother. And three people close to Hillary Clinton said they couldn't pry an answer out of her when they asked.
The overarching question was, as always, how Charlotte would fit into the Clinton narrative. That is to say, how Charlotte/Grandmother Clinton would be received by the public and what all of it had to do with politics. (Let's note here that this question was never, ever, ever, once asked about Grandpa Mitt Romney. Not once.)
Based on Clinton's last few post-Charlotte speeches, we now have an answer to a question that probably should not even have been asked.
Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, the closest thing we Americans have to a royal baby, is the poster infant for girl power and for economic populism. At a time when high profile politicians tend to steer clear of the "regular person" anecdotes (remember what happened to Al Gore?), Charlotte is the anecdote that keeps on giving.
Just five days after she was born, Clinton was already putting her to work.
“I think my granddaughter has just as much God-given potential as a boy who was born in that hospital on the same day,” Clinton said at a women's real estate convention in Miami. “I just believe that. That’s the way I was raised.”
Speaking at a rally for Tom Wolf, running for Pennsylvania Governor, Clinton offered Charlotte up as an example of what Elizabeth Warren has said is a system rigged towards the rich.
"You should not have to be the grandchild of a president to get a good education, to get good healthcare,” she said. "Let’s make sure we give every child in Pennsylvania the same chance that I’m determined to give my granddaughter.”
In some ways, Clinton is assuming the gaze of the American public when she considers her granddaughter. Much the same way people look at say Prince George and wonder about the life of riches he will enjoy, Clinton knows the average American might wonder the same about Charlotte and then perhaps wonder about fairness and what exactly elite, wealthy Americans like her know about it.
Politicians show off their kids and their families all the time, mostly as a way to telegraph all- American normality. Clinton is doing something different. She is using Charlotte as a kind of mirror to both recognize her own privilege and argue against it.