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Hillary Clinton: The Eyes Have It

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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OL' BLUE EYES? Hillary

Are Hillary Cinton's fake blue eyes her secret weapon in the battle for the presidency?

The Freakonomics guys (oh, those wacky economists) think that presidential peepers are in play and have pointed to one interesting fact that supports the argument. Apparently, according to their source Noele Kensut, every president since Nixon has had blue eyes, while losing candidates like Bob Dole and Al Gore both posses dark ones. Kensut hypothesizes that this may have something to do with America's notion that those with a longer history in this country (say, those of European origin who made it over when we were nothing but a few scrappy colonies) may seem somehow more American than "later" arrivals.

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The trend puts Fred Thompson and John Edwards at a direct advantage due to their naturally sapphire peepers. Unfortunately, the discussion offers no crystal ball as to what effect fake blue eyes might have on the outcome in 2008. Hillary, not content to leave the election up to fate and pink blazers, has reportedly made the switch to blindingly blue contact lenses in recent years.

Hubby Bill won the Oval Office with his naturally blue eyes. But will the populace be fooled by Hill's cosmetic bait and swap?

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