October 21, 2006

"I think I'm more joyful than she is."

What a great stereotypical example of utterly lame woman-to-woman competitiveness!

22 comments:

stephenb said...

Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. -Esther 5:9

George said...

From the article: "Unfortunately, large portions of the material released by (Ladies' Home Journal) as quoted statements by me were erroneous and nearly all the statements, either because of significant omissions, or editing, or error, give a misimpression about what I said."

Large portions! Nearly all! Significant omissions!

Ah, the Ladies Home Journal! That pillar of top, top quality journalism....

Check out its home page...."Try-a-Hijab-Hairdo" ..."Healthy Hair Guide"...Quick 'n' Easy WMD Recipes"..."Country Ladies We Love" ..."Pumpkin Patch Party..."Walk Off Weight the North Korean Way"...

Give Ms. Edwards a break....

AJ Lynch said...

It's obvious to me that Edwards is correct. From everything I have seen of her, Mrs. Edwards seems genuinely happy.

Hillary on the other hand is a Gloomy Gus which you could discount due to her being part of the opposition party but she struck me as that when she was in the White House too.

That perception will cost her in any presidential run if more Americans feel as I and Mrs. Edwards do. Cause we tend to like to vote for candidates that have an optimism about them (you know like the opposite of Kerry- his picture is in the dictionary next to the entry for Gloomy Gus).

And Ann, this issue has nothing to do with career successes or competitiveness between two women. It's just Edwards taking a shrewd, calculated, tactical and very potent poke at the media-buffed veneer of Hillary (to help John Edwards).

And I think it will have a lasting effect by getting Americans to take a closer look at Hillary.

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Gerry said...

"And I think it will have a lasting effect by getting Americans to take a closer look at Hillary."

I think it could have that effect, if it was coming from someone who Americans had more than a passing familiarity with and of whose opinion Americans cared about. I do not think Elizabeth Edwards fits that bill at this point in time.

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Christy said...

I'm not so sure it is a silly comment. I think it will resound with boomer women looking at their lives and wondering about the choices they made. The unhappy career women (of the Prozac Nation, or is that too dated a reference?) will reject the Hillary role model; the women who focused on family will feel a validation. How big is the demographic? Maybe negligible, maybe not.

Joe R. said...

Why is she unhappy? Surely a woman can have the same ambitions as a man. You would never see this comment have any sort of resonance when speaking about a man. Why can't a woman be competitive, ambitious and happy? I think Mrs. Edwards remark is petty and she is full of regret at not having chosen that same path. Instead she is stuck at the side of man who doesn't stand a chance in hell of being president, but wants it as bad as Hillary.

JorgXMcKie said...

I dunno. Some male politicians strike my as less than happy. Americans almost certainly do prefer happy appearing candidats. (See research by Roger Masters of Dartmouth for work on German, French, and American preferences in appearance.)

I do have to question Edwards' apparent blanket condemnation of an article that she, if not sought, certainly acquiesced to, in a publication that she could have easily checked out to see what it's like. Do they routinely do rip jobs on political wives?

Did Edwards ask for final approval and get turned down? Inquiring minds want to know.

Will this help her husband? I don't see how, really. She appears to be a smart, tough woman who has survived cancer. That can't hurt, but will people really prefer John over Hillary based on the 'happiness quotient' of Mrs Edwards as opposed to an actual candidate Hillary? Why should it?

AJ Lynch said...
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Ann Althouse said...

The deleted comments contained imagery I don't want on my blog.

Cedarford said...

I like a catfight, but have to say that AJ Lynch was on mark:

AJLynch - And Ann, this issue has nothing to do with career successes or competitiveness between two women. It's just Edwards taking a shrewd, calculated, tactical and very potent poke at the media-buffed veneer of Hillary (to help John Edwards).

And I think it will have a lasting effect by getting Americans to take a closer look at Hillary.


I believe a character trait that almost definitively walls off a candidate from a voter is the calculating, cold fish impression.

You may agree with them on issues - but worry their is no core of sincere belief and they are only saying things because a poll tells them to say it. Perversely, we also deep down believe cold fishes are weak...because they lack the courage to stand by their beliefs..doubly damning for a woman with no military or executive background trying to show they are tough enough to stand up to pressure from domestic or international opponents.

Elisabeth Edwards was very savvy.
It is Hillary's achilles heel and the timing is about right for other Democratic aspirants to raise awareness of it before she is all but annointed with the Nomination.

Actually she has several achilles heels - lack of executive experience, being a liberal woman, personality, and the burden of trying to make America accept the need for 20 years of 2-family dynastic politics running America, a second act for the Clintons after what many consider a poor Bush Family 2nd Act.

OddD said...

Imagery? You mean, like...breastblogging?

knoxgirl said...

Watch for Hillary to respond with: "Yeah, but I'm skinnier."

AJ Lynch said...

Deleted my innocent, comical and joyful post huh? That has never happened to me bfore. I guess even Hillary is more joyful than Ann was yesterday.

Ann Althouse said...

AJ: Anal rape with an object is not a subject for joyful comedy on my blog.

Zeb Quinn said...

So was Elizabeth in making this comment being honest, heartfelt, and candid, or political?

AJ Lynch said...

Ann:
If that is how you understoood the joke, then I apologize. But I read it much more differently that you did... as someone is so uptight, you could stick a piece of coal in their buttcrack and a diamond would be made. That's descriptive of an unhappy stick in the mud, IMHO.

Ann Althouse said...

I understand the concept and why you thought it was funny, and I would have left it if it hadn't gone on and on, with mulitple posts, repeating the detail with gusto that I found nasty.

George said...

Interesting that everyone seems to believe the Ladies Home Journal transcript.....

Once you've seen how laws and sausages and news articles are made....

And as she's a cancer survivor and not a work-24-hours-a-day Senator, it's probably objectively true that she is more "joyful" than Mrs. Clinton....Gee whiz......