Puerto Rico: Clinton's Vacation From Reality

'She might as well have been on another planet'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 12:54 PM CDT
Children run to keep up with Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton enjoyed a final vacation from reality this weekend, Mike Madden writes in Salon. Her stay in Puerto Rico—including riding a float loaded with giant speakers blaring salsa and reggaeton—“couldn’t possibly have been the most efficient use of” time for a fighting candidate: rather, it was a final ego trip and staff getaway.

It was a “a wistful alternate reality, one in which she was cruising toward the presidency instead of facing a near-certain end to her campaign.” Even before she got to give what was likely her final victory speech of the interminable primary season, Clinton said the ignorance-is-bliss moment had been worth it: “It was the most fun I think I've ever had campaigning anywhere.”