January 17, 2016

Hillary "should have run as a woman in 2008, when she was beating back a feminized antiwar candidate."

"And she should have run as a man this time, when Americans feel beleaguered and scared and yearn for something 'big and masculine and strong,'" writes Maureen Dowd, paraphrasing and quoting Matthew Dowd (the former George W. Bush strategist).

Dowd continues:
Since we cannot know if a woman is going to overcompensate on machismo — as Hillary did on the unjustified Iraq invasion — we may want to look at it a different way. It may be more relevant to ask if someone is a cat or a dog....
Ugh. I don't need cutesy animal stand-ins for masculine and feminine stereotypes. You've already made it clear that you think and want to write in terms of these stereotypes (with the understanding that a man can be "feminized" and a woman masculinized).


Farther down in the column, female/cat becomes head and masculine/dog becomes gut.
W. was all about the gut and Obama is all about the head and now Donald Trump is soaring by being the opposite of Obama, all about the gut again. Both Hillary and Trump have been emphasizing that they will do a lot more schmoozing with lawmakers and others who disagree with them, vowing to be dogs with a bone, eager canines offering paws, and not a cool cat stalking away at the first sign of difficulty or when affection is most desired....
Hillary is like Trump? If that's where your framework gets you, you need to question the framework. Those two are so different! Hillary is planned, programmed, and controlled. That doesn't seem Trump-like... or dog-like.

ADDED: Speaking of dogs, remember "Wally meets the press"? "What? My position? (Uh oh, here it comes) On what? — my position on CATS ??? Uh... well, cats are... uh, cats are... wait, hold on a sec... (must check with advisor).... My position is that cats are people too and that cats are equally deserving of living their lives with dignity, care, and happiness."

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"There. I think I handled that well....."

17 comments:

rhhardin said...

Cliches are feminine, stereotypes are masculine.

traditionalguy said...

rh is a genius.

Focusing on Hillary's genitalia to read her persona is the tail wagging the dog. Hillary's huge defect is her near mental illness level of a need to know secrets she can with hold from others as an insider power club over other politicians, SECRETLY. ( Please put your secret bribes into Bill's Speech Fee Envelope.)

But that marketable DC skill has no appeal to a public that suddenly demands transparency and truth from the next President. And no one does that style of blunt and rude communication as well as the Hermes of today's politics named Trump.

Michael K said...

She's right about Obama being a female cat.

grimson said...

"Head" and "gut" are not mutually exclusive. Ideally, the President has thought through their basic principles and policy agenda. Given that, I will take someone with good instincts over someone who thinks they are smart. A President will not always have all of the information they need to make a decision, or even enough time with which to gather the information.

exhelodrvr1 said...

"A President will not always have all of the information they need to make a decision, or even enough time with which to gather the information."

Change "not always" to "rarely." That's why it is vitally important to have the right people in cabinet/Presidential staff positions.

Laslo Spatula said...

Being a Pimp myself, I can tell you: Trump is a Pimp, Hillary Hell No.

Trump is a baller, shot-caller, baby, you can't fake that Funk. Hillary, now she wants to be seen as a Pimp, but a Pimp rolls their own Dice, you feel me? Hillary, she got qualities, but those qualities makes her Top Ho, not a Pimp, and Top Ho ALWAYS answers to a Pimp, Game Over.

Hillary: she lies like a Top Ho, hides money like a Top Ho tries to do: I see this Shit all the time with my Girls. Bitch be talking about how she would run things if SHE was Pimp, and the Little Hos talk her up, make her be thinking things she ought not be thinking.

Baby Girl, the Little Hos might be talking you up, but when the Real Pimp comes, they'll be shut up, quick. People Respect a Pimp, they Fuck a Top Ho, cause a Top Ho is still just a Ho -- that's how it rolls....

I am Laslo.

PJ57 said...

Meade (Dylan) and the dogs (Blowin' in the Wind) are back! God save the King!

n.n said...

If she hated holding Hussein accountable for invading a sovereign nation, she must really hate Obama for committing numerous violations of sovereignty across Africa, Middle East, and Eurasia.

And the refugee crisis... Were the combined forces of America and NATO really defeated, leaving the terrorists to plan these nations and populations, and cause a global humanitarian disaster?

Sam L. said...

Why should we care what MoDo says?

cubanbob said...

Hillary ought to run as a hermaphrodite. She can be a man when she needs to be and a woman when she needs to be. And if need be she can get Bill to give her a Tipper tongue-lashing in public (he owes her big time) for the paps and trot out her pet Huma for the other set. She could cover all the bases. Go Hillary!

Otto said...

Alas physics and not the narrative rules the day : women cannot do heavy lifting like men.
Picture of elderly golden brings back wonderful and sad memories... Marley was his name. Hope your guy/girl is healthy - enjoy.

Dave Schuler said...

Ann, do you honestly think that everything that Trump does isn't meticulously planned? My goodness, where have you been. He's done a remarkable job of running a viral campaign, keeping himself in the news and building a support base and spending relatively little money while doing it. I don't care for the guy but I've got to hand it to him.

That doesn't happen without planning.

Ann Althouse said...

Trump is great at a spontaneous response to an attack, like that NY values thing from Cruz. He does rallies with no script, just a few notes. He trusts his own reactions in real time.

Jonathan Graehl said...

Maureen Dowd sure is catty.

Jonathan Graehl said...

Agree w/ AA: Trump isn't faking. He really believes he is who he seems to be.

priscianus jr said...

Jonathan Graehl,

Agree with you, Trump isn't faking, he's a 100% genuine con artist. I suppose you could say he's his own rube first of all.

Rusty said...

Blogger priscianus jr said...
Jonathan Graehl,

Agree with you, Trump isn't faking, he's a 100% genuine con artist. I suppose you could say he's his own rube first of all.

Let me guess. You're voting for Bernie because he's genuine. He's the only virgin in the whorehouse.
See. The thing with Trump is that everyone knows what he is. he's not ashamed o what he is. in fact he's proud of it. Everyone with half a brain knows it too. Now. You want to talk about Hillary and Bernie? So. You on't even know you're being conned.