"All the kitchen table issues that everybody talks to me about are ones that the next president can actually do something about," Clinton said Sunday night, "if he actually cares about it."
The word hung in the air only for a moment.
"More likely, if she cares about it," she added.
Tonight after her overwhelming victory in the Kentucky primary, Clinton made sure she didn't repeat her mistake. She told supporters:
And that's why I'm going to keep making our case until we have a nominee, whoever she may be.
It's a clever turn to use the feminine pronoun she with the antecedent whoever, making clear that, in Clinton's mind at least, the indefinite determiner actually has a definite referent, i.e., HER. She could have used "he or she," perhaps with exaggerated emphasis on she, but that wouldn't have been as elegant. And using singular they (as discussed by Geoff Pullum in "The next president and their pronoun gender"), while more idiomatic, would have been completely beside the point.
Of course, Senator Obama might have a thing or two to say about Clinton's choice of pronouns. For now, though, I think he'd keep quiet about it out of a sense of noblesse oblige, since the possibility of a female referent for "(Democratic) nominee" is appearing more and more, shall we say, notional.