Hillary, the Bran-Muffin Candidate

She is short on Obama-like eloquence, but Clinton is capitalizing on her wonkish precision and tactical savvy

Illustration by Stephen Kroninger; Clinton Head; Stan Honda / AFP / Getty

Hillary Clinton looked awful.  Her eyes were bleary and puffy, as if she had stayed up all night or was in the midst of a fairly dramatic allergic reaction. (Her staff later said it was indeed allergies.) But there she was, on a Sunday morning in Miami, being Hillary!--as her campaign signs say--in what was billed as una charla (a chat) in front of about a thousand Latinos at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group. "Let's just talk like two girlfriends," she instructed her interviewer, a Latina newspaper publisher.

Yeah, right. Actually, I...