March 12, 2008

"Would I want Hillary answering the red phone in the middle of the night? No, bloody not."

Camille Paglia, weighing in late, finds a little something new to say about the 3 a.m. ad. And she says it very well:
The White House first responder should be a person of steady, consistent character and mood -- which describes Obama more than Hillary. And that scare ad was produced with amazing ineptitude. If it's 3 a.m., why is the male-seeming mother fully dressed as she comes in to check on her sleeping children? Is she a bar crawler or insomniac? An obsessive-compulsive housecleaner, like Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest"? And why is Hillary sitting at her desk in full drag and jewelry at that ungodly hour? A president should not be a monomaniac incapable of rest and perched on guard all night like Poe's baleful raven. People at the top need a relaxed perspective, which gives judgment and balance. Workaholism is an introspection-killing disease, the anxious disability of tunnel-vision middle managers.
I also love her bitching about Hillary's retro-feminists:
The cloud of feminist cant about Hillary's struggling candidacy has been noxious. "Media misogyny has reached an all-time high," screeched the National Organization for Women in a press release titled "Ignorance and Venom: The Media's Deeply Ingrained Sexism." Groan. If women are going to play in the geopolitical big league, they'd better toughen up and learn how to deal with all the curveballs. Never has the soppy emotionalism of old-guard feminist reasoning been on such open and embarrassing display. How has Hillary, who rode her husband's coattails to the top and who trashed every woman he seduced or assaulted, become such a feminist heroine? What has she ever achieved on her own -- aside from the fiasco of healthcare reform?
You know, I enjoy Paglia's writing — though I've had my issues with her! — but these three-screen-long essays are really a series of disjointed paragraphs that would be so much better as individual blog posts, put up in a much more timely fashion. Maybe she's doing it this way the better to manufacture a book of essays to be published and sold at some much later date, but I think it's a damned shame she doesn't yield to the blog form her writing obviously wants to take.

10 comments:

rhhardin said...

Wm. Kerrigan's review of Sexual Personae is great

here

George said...

I thought she, Paglia, not Hillary, jumped the shark when she said that the destruction of the Shuttle Columbia was a omen of ill fate vis a vis something about Zeus....

Ah, here it is...

As we speak, I have a terrible sense of foreboding, because last weekend a stunning omen occurred in this country. Anyone who thinks symbolically had to be shocked by the explosion of the Columbia shuttle, disintegrating in the air and strewing its parts and human remains over Texas -- the president's home state! So many times in antiquity, the emperors of Persia or other proud empires went to the oracles to ask for advice about going to war. Roman generals summoned soothsayers to read the entrails before a battle. If there was ever a sign for a president and his administration to rethink what they're doing, this was it. I mean, no sooner had Bush announced that the war was "weeks, not months" away and gone off for a peaceful weekend at Camp David than this catastrophe occurred in the skies over Texas.

Last month's lunar eclipse presages more Fed rate cuts, too.

titussplitleap said...

I enjoy reading Camille but the fact she is a known lebanese is unsettling.

I agree with much of what she says but I can't abide by a teacher who is gay. I never know what to tell my children.

ricpic said...

Hillary is a witch. That's why the other witches love her so.

Tim said...

Excellent.

More Blue on Blue.

Winner: John McCain and America.

PS: Yeah, Paglia is a self-loathing, closeted blogger.

former law student said...

Her essay doesn't flow from the "Hildebeast" to the Friedan-inspired coven to "real women". But the Clinton-Obama part is great. One thing that pleased me: Only a masochist or castrate would want to be Hillary's V.P. anyhow, since Bill would sit on him like a beanbag.

Instead of regal, Liz Taylor looks like a generic bubblehead on the Life cover. True that French women appear to be real women, only hotter, rather than some abstraction of womanhood.

former law student said...

hey titus: does hillary show up on your gaydar? she admires Eleanor Roosevelt so much.

Middle Class Guy said...

Ms. Paglia is not the only feminist slamming Hillary Clinton.

Germaine Greer Slams Hillary

Henry said...

she's so bossy and cold and manipulative and stuff.

With a quote like this, I think Greer may be guilty of some soppy emotionalism, to use Paglia's terminology.

Though I'm willing to cut some slack for a woman who called Princess Diana a "devious moron."

halojones-fan said...

"...these three-screen-long essays are really a series of disjointed paragraphs that would be so much better as individual blog posts, put up in a much more timely fashion. Maybe she's doing it this way the better to manufacture a book of essays to be published and sold at some much later date..."

Hunter S Thompson wrote in much the same manner; and he, too, eventually started publishing collections of his columns (which are, I must say, some crackin' good reading.)