Couldn't she have at least looked at the camera?

Buttoned Up: Don't cry, Pat Schroeder!

Editor's note: To get you in the mood for ballot-casting, The Latest Word is kicking off each weekday between now and the November 4 election with Buttoned Up, a look at a political button from my family's extensive collection...

Denver's own Pat Schroeder helped pave the way for Hillary Clinton and future female presidential candidates with an exploratory campaign in advance of the 1988 presidential election. In announcing her subsequent decision not to run, Schroeder broke down in tears -- a performance widely ridiculed in Washington, as she's acknowledged since then. When Clinton welled up during the 2008 race, however, most observers cheered her for showing emotion. No doubt Schroeder joined in the celebration, rather than making the face she wears on this unfortunate button... -- Michael Roberts

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