I just wrote this in a comment on a friend’s blog, but I wanted to open it up to a wider audience because I have literally not heard a single person comment on this yet.
On H. Clinton:
I know it’s a little confusing to call her ‘Clinton’ but it’s honestly not that confusing. I think it’s kind of insulting that everyone calls her by her first name, but all the men are referred to by their last names. If we’re talking about the 2008 election and you say “Clinton” I am under no misapprehension that you mean “Bill” (or, for that matter, “George”).
Seriously, why does everyone do this? My personal belief is that it’s a subtle way of dismissing her as a woman. The excuse, I’m assuming, is that people would think we’re referring to Bill, but I can’t imagine why anyone would misunderstand that in most contexts. If we’re talking about the 2008 election, we’re obviously talking about Hillary. Just like when we talked about Edwards, no one mistakenly thought we were talking about that guy who talks to dead people.