Chelsea Shows Best of Both Clintons

On the stump for mom, she looks like a political natural
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2008 6:23 PM CST

(Newser) – Chelsea Clinton has come into her own on the campaign trail, “self-assured, soothing … at once affable and urbane,” even “the ideal amalgam of her parents’ political talents,” glows Lloyd Grove in a New York profile. Bill and Hillary have adroitly managed their daughter's public persona, obsessively keeping the press away from her—even making comedians sorry for Chelsea jokes—but she is now orchestrating her own political coming-out, Grove says.

And in the last few weeks she's been her mother's strongest surrogate, appearing at nearly 40 campuses in two dozen states. She was the strong link during the Lewinsky years, and an independent spirit when she graduated from college. And after decades of  public silence, Chelsea’s proved herself a true political talent—and maybe the future of Clinton electoral politics.