Skip to comments.Noonan: Hillary [Clinton] Must 'Prove She's a Woman'
Posted on 06/25/2007 11:34:59 AM PDT by seanmerc
Tough talk in the Wall Street Journal from Peggy Noonan, a writer best known for her compassionate commentaries on people, such as Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, and for her keen insights on social and political issues.
Writing about Hillary Clinton in the Friday edition of the Wall Street Journal, Noonan offers this suggestion: "Hillary Clinton doesn't have to prove she's a man, writes Peggy Noonan. "She has to prove she's a woman.
Noonan takes a cool, hard look at Hillary Clinton in the piece titled "What's Not to Like?" revealing what she believes is the New York senator and presidential hopefuls Achilles heel her seeming lack of warmth.
"She [Hillary] doesn't have to prove to people that she's tough enough or aggressive enough to be commander in chief, Noonan writes. " She doesn't have to show she could and would wage a war. She has to prove she has normal human warmth, a normal amount of give, of good nature, that she is not, at bottom, grimly combative and rather dark.
Hillary, Noonan notes, "is the woman credited with starting and naming the War Room. Her staff has nicknamed her "The Warrior." Get in her way and she'd squish you like a bug. This has been her reputation for 20 years. And it is her big problem. People want a president to be strong but not hard.
Noonan quotes a longtime Hillary supporter as having observed "We're back where we were in '92 - likability. Nothing has changed."
Back then, Noonan recalls, "when the Clintons were newly famous, their consultants were alarmed to find the American people did not believe Hillary was a mother. They thought she was a person with breasts in a suit. She had a briefcase and a latte and was late for the meeting, but no way did she have a child.
"So the Clintons began to include their daughter, Chelsea, then 12, in campaign appearances. Which helped.
Noonan asks "Where is Chelsea now? She's trying to parallel park [a reference to the video of Bill and Hillary Clinton aping the final scene of 'The Sopranos'].
That video, she writes, "jokingly acknowledges what the Clintons well know: that a certain portion of the voting population sees them as . . . well, as gangsterish. As dark, and dishonest to a degree more extreme than is usual even in political figures.
They use the video spoof to make fun of such perceptions, Noonan observed.
Moreover, in the Sopranos spoof video, which was used to announce the senator's new campaign song for 2008, Hillary was "beautifully made up and quietly dressed in slacks and sweater like a handsome suburban lady waiting for her man at a booth in a diner. Noonan added that Bill "looked great too. Of all modern presidents, Bill Clinton was most made for the camera. And he can really act. He actually looked disappointed at being served carrots and not onion rings.
Noonan contends that although Hillary "has taken, on the stump, to referring to herself as born . . . in the middle of America in the middle of the century, a statement "word for word what George H.W. Bush said in 1988 when he introduced his choice of Dan Quayle," there is a dark side to Hillary's campaign that contradicts her claim that shes really a warm hearted women.
Thanks a lot for THAT mental image.
If it requires a physical exam to prove she’s a woman, I’m busy for the next 20 years. Get a blood test.
Thanks just the same, but I'll take her word for it.
Does this infer that the “Mick Dundee” method needs to be employed?
Senator Clinton is not a likable person. End of story.
This is like saying her husband has to prove that he is trustworthy. End of story redux.
There’s no way she can prove that. Be serious.
New worst idea of the day.
I don’t think even a DNA test could prove it to my satisfaction. NFL linebackers are more feminine than she is.
You go ahead...I'll hold the light.
Man, I showed restraint! You could take this a lot further, although I’m not sure why you would want to.
How about Bill appearing on national tv to sing “Hill, Yo is my Woman Now” with many and profuse apologies to the Gershwin boys.
Cookies...bake lots and lots of cookies.
Of all modern presidents, Bill Clinton was most made for the camera. And he can really act. He actually looked disappointed at being served carrots and not onion rings.
Gag! If XXX-42 is the modern president most made for the camera, I guess the modern era must have started in the 1990s. Or else Noonan has taken enough pills to forget about Reagan. Hell, she even passed over St. John F. Kennedy to get a chance to kiss XXX-42's backside.
you mean like with medical records and stuff? yuck.
All Hillary needs is a good testimonial from her closest friends and confidants..say like Vince Foster.
Good luck with THAT!
“Hillary, Noonan notes, “is the woman credited with starting and naming the War Room. Her staff has nicknamed her “The Warrior”
Was Noonan nicknamed the warrior or was Hillary?
I am sure Hillary’s nickname is and has never has been the Warrior. I am sure her nickname starts with the letter “C” and ends with the letter “T”