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Ma, They're Makin' Eyes at Me
Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 2 November 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 11/02/2007 2:28:15 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob

I have lots of experience with women. Not what you’re thinking. I mean experience in living around a variety of women. Most of those have been extremely strong and accomplished women.

My Mother and her two sisters all had college educations at a time when Southern women were often expected to run the kitchen, clean the house, knit and sew, and play hostess. My grandfather was well educated, and insisted that all his daughters attend the strongest women’s college which was also south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Thus, they attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. (One met and married a Johns Hopkins man, created my branch of the family. That’s a story for another day.)

My Uncle Johnny used to say that when his three sisters got rolling, they’d conduct three monologues at the same time in the same room. He described them as “three-masted frigates under full sail, with all guns blazing.” The point is, they were all feminine, but none of them could ever, even on a real bad day, be called a shrinking violet.

I looked for women who were able, smart and strong to marry. I raised my two daughters to be the same. (I’m very proud of both of them. Both have it all – husbands, children, careers, and a wicked sense of humor which they got from me and I got from my parents. That’s also a story for another day.)

The subject for today’s sermon, if you hadn’t guessed before now, is women in politics generally, and Hillary Clinton specifically. Mrs. Clinton has actually produced a commercial claiming that the male Democrats are picking on her.

To whom is she complaining in that commercial? Does she want her Mother to come out on the porch with her broom and chase away the nasty boys who are picking on her little girl?

If we have another version of the Cuban Missile Crisis and are nose-to-nose with another world power (probably lead by a male), is she going to whine and complain? Or, is she going to suck it up, make the right decision, and then act decisively, like Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did regarding the Falkland Islands crisis?

Or, further back in history, it was Queen Elizabeth I who faced and defeated the Spanish Armada which had the ships and the troops to overwhelm England if they landed.

Or, in Italy, it was Lucrezia Borgia who poisoned her way to the top of her family and political power in the early Renaissance. (Maybe Lucrezia is the wrong example to apply to Hillary. Murder as a public policy would rule out Lady Macbeth as well.)

Any women who would be successful while holding great power has to be strong and self-confident, among other qualities. Furthermore, such a woman has to know her own mind and have the courage of her convictions. Think Golda Meir in Israel, Indira Gandhi in India, Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, to name a few modern examples beyond that of Lady Thatcher.

Ask yourself whether any of these women would have stumbled and fallen over such a simple question as whether they agreed with the policy of Governor Spitzer of New York, to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens. And, if any of these women HAD fumbled over such a simple, yes-no question, would they have sought to deflect attention by saying that people were picking on them? Or, would they have acknowledged their mistake, reached a decision, and carried it out?

Can you imagine any of these extraordinary women falling back on the cover story that “the boys were picking on them”?

Let’s consider a male President who’s contemporaries thought he wasn’t up for the job. Long after he left office, the verdict of history concluded that Harry Truman was a strong, decisive, and good President. What was Harry’s advice about politics that Hillary should follow today, if she can? If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

My Mother, her sisters, some of my wives, and both of my daughters all demonstrated that they can stand the heat. Maybe one of them should run for President....

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About the Author: John Armor practiced in the US Supreme Court for 33 years. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu He lives in the 11th District of North Carolina.

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TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: hillaryclinton; ladymacbeth; lucreziaborgia; margaretthatcher
This doesn't offer much that's new. But perhaps it is a better and more personal summary of the Hillary Campaign situation than you've seen elsewhere.

John / Billybob

1 posted on 11/02/2007 2:28:16 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob
the strongest women’s college which was also south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Thus, they attended Goucher College

They never heard of Newcomb?

2 posted on 11/02/2007 2:36:34 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thanks John

My mother was a Goucher graduate in 1929.


3 posted on 11/02/2007 2:36:55 PM PDT by bennowens
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To: Congressman Billybob
Well, I wouldn't call Lucrezia Borgia extraordinary at much of anything beyond quintissential evil. On the other hand, I think the rapist enabler may be in the Borgia league.

Hillary at her best is shrill. I s'pect her character in this "debate" will manifest more than once in the coming year.

4 posted on 11/02/2007 2:56:05 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Congressman Billybob
If we have another version of the Cuban Missile Crisis and are nose-to-nose with another world power (probably lead by a male), is she going to whine and complain? Or, is she going to suck it up, make the right decision, and then act decisively, like Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did regarding the Falkland Islands crisis?

One additional point: a President these days can be a target for our enemies (as well as by random crazies). Would she have the courage to oppose an enemy that would respond by trying to target her personally?

5 posted on 11/02/2007 3:00:52 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty)
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To: Congressman Billybob

How many wives do you have? Are you a Mormon? lol


6 posted on 11/02/2007 3:23:45 PM PDT by colorcountry ("ever met a gang banger with a hunter safety card?" ~ Ted Nugent)
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To: colorcountry
I have always restricted myself to one or fewer wives at any given time. I do this not as a matter of self control for myself, but as an example to others.

John / Billybob

7 posted on 11/02/2007 3:41:41 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob
some of my wives

The lucky or unlucky ones?

8 posted on 11/02/2007 3:44:50 PM PDT by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: ShadowDancer
I’m not about to discuss my ex-wives in any detail. The lady I am about to marry is smart, able, intelligent, funny, attractive, and even better for and with me than she was when we were first engaged, 35 years ago. (Yes, there’s quite a story behind that.)

She would make a fine public official, if she ever ran for office. But she won’t. At least she’d not leary about my running for office.

John / Billybob

9 posted on 11/02/2007 3:49:01 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob
I’m not about to discuss my ex-wives in any detail.

Thank you. I really didn't want you to.

10 posted on 11/02/2007 3:50:20 PM PDT by ShadowDancer ("To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.")
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To: Congressman Billybob

,-D


11 posted on 11/02/2007 3:51:03 PM PDT by colorcountry ("ever met a gang banger with a hunter safety card?" ~ Ted Nugent)
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To: Eaker

Ping for later.


12 posted on 11/02/2007 3:53:28 PM PDT by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Congressman, Hillary is a programmed "Stepford Woman Politician" who has not thoughts of her own but is programmed by her handlers, and when the question doesn't call forth a programmed response, she just melts down into a puddle of nuts and bolts.

THIS for POTUS?

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13 posted on 11/02/2007 4:07:53 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I have a tagline . I just don't think the forum police will allow me to use it. THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

My father is a Hopkins graduate of ‘52 and tells stories of dating Goucher girls - he ended up marrying a Penn State girl from Monroe, NC.


14 posted on 11/02/2007 4:23:32 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Congratulations on your wedding, John.


15 posted on 11/02/2007 6:42:58 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Congrats and may this marriage be your last... and best!


16 posted on 11/02/2007 7:21:58 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: Congressman Billybob

It’s tough to make eyes at medusa, John. (Good article, thanks)


17 posted on 11/02/2007 7:26:59 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Congressman Billybob

Great essay, John. “If we have another version of the Cuban Missile Crisis and are nose-to-nose with another world power (probably lead by a male), is she going to whine and complain?” Look for the DNC goon squad to play bait and switch, inferring that instead of the goblin, her degenerate husband would be the one negotiating in foreign affairs.


18 posted on 11/02/2007 7:32:18 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Because they do not wish to be deceived, they cannot be convinced that they are deceived.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Best of luck in your run for congress, John.


19 posted on 11/03/2007 2:22:58 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: PAR35; Congressman Billybob
They never heard of Newcomb?

Wasn't Sophie Newcomb mainly for the Jewish girls?

20 posted on 11/03/2007 4:07:31 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Congressman Billybob
Competent women in leadership positions are distinguished by their rarety. Very little is published about the advice of their male advisers.

Wouldn't you say?

21 posted on 11/03/2007 4:15:36 PM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: SuziQ
Wasn't Sophie Newcomb mainly for the Jewish girls?

My relatives were Baptist, but it is true that Tulane and Newcomb, being southern institutions, didn't discriminate as did many northerners.

22 posted on 11/03/2007 4:20:42 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Congressman Billybob

“Mrs. Clinton has actually produced a commercial claiming that the male Democrats are picking on her.”

I’d like to view that. Got a link?


23 posted on 11/03/2007 4:28:54 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Maybe one of them should run for President....

That'd work for me...then Babwa could interview Daddy and, in result, get her fuzzy-lensed arse handed back to her, live and in color.

24 posted on 11/03/2007 4:29:47 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: PAR35
it is true that Tulane and Newcomb, being southern institutions, didn't discriminate as did many northerners.

A couple of Jewish girls from my high school in MS went to Newcomb, so that's why I thought that.

25 posted on 11/03/2007 4:31:54 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Congressman Billybob
Any women who would be successful while holding great power has to be strong and self-confident, among other qualities. Furthermore, such a woman has to know her own mind and have the courage of her convictions.

Unfortunately, I think Hillary does have the courage of her convictions and the balls the carry them out. It's just that right now, she can't let them be seen, as she is in full vote-gathering mode, where she has to be everything to everyone.

Later, when she's president, she'll let them out. Then we'll be in a world of trouble.

26 posted on 11/04/2007 7:48:38 AM PST by Red Boots
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““Mrs. Clinton has actually produced a commercial claiming that the male Democrats are picking on her.””

I’ve googled every combination of this that I can think of and can’t find any reference to this. Could you please illuminate on where you obtained this information?


27 posted on 11/04/2007 10:49:09 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
Hillary Clinton put this commercial up on the Internet. It is not being broadcast anywhere. It is available on the blogosphere.

John / Billybob

28 posted on 11/04/2007 11:07:52 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob

“It is available on the blogosphere.”

Where? I can’t find it anywhere.


29 posted on 11/04/2007 11:12:28 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
I don’t know where to find it. I saw it on a cable news show. It started with a series of debate clips with each of the other Democrat candidates saying “Senator Clinton...” and “Hillary Clinton...” about 20 times in a row, very compressed and fast.

John / Billybob

30 posted on 11/04/2007 12:18:36 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob

BTTT


31 posted on 11/04/2007 1:43:01 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: Congressman Billybob

A nice twist of the focus knob.


32 posted on 11/04/2007 1:52:07 PM PST by arthurus
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To: neverdem
I thoroughly agree that Congressional Term Limits is an excellent idea and would radically improve that body. However, the current Congress would no more vote for a Term Limit Amendment than a saloon full of drunks would vote for Prohibition.

It is necessary to change the whole political culture, before it will be possible to change Congress. It can be done. But it will be a long, hard process.

John / Billybob

33 posted on 11/04/2007 2:37:42 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
Here’s the address of the Official Clinton Press Release about “The Politics of Pile-On.” The companion TV clip I described was released by the Campaign onto YouTube. You can find it there.

Hillary is now backing away from the “poor widdle girl” picked on by all the “big bad men.” However, that was her and her campaign’s reaction the morning after her bad debate.

John / Billybob

34 posted on 11/04/2007 3:58:32 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Forgot to give you this:
http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=3981

J / BB


35 posted on 11/04/2007 4:00:33 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thanks!


36 posted on 11/04/2007 7:01:41 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: Congressman Billybob

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zk16oxb4Ck4


37 posted on 11/04/2007 8:24:07 PM PST by Peelod (I do renounce Hillary! and all her pomps and works.)
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To: Congressman Billybob
I have always restricted myself to one or fewer wives at any given time.

With ample precedent.

But, I submit, m’lud, with all submission,
To marry two at once — is Burglaree!

In the reign of James the Second,
It was generally reckoned
As a rather serious crime
To marry two wives at one time.


38 posted on 11/04/2007 8:33:09 PM PST by dighton
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To: greyfoxx39
Congressman, Hillary is a programmed "Stepford Woman Politician" who has not thoughts of her own but is programmed by her handlers, and when the question doesn't call forth a programmed response, she just melts down into a puddle of nuts and bolts.

Nope. She knows exactly what she thinks. But she also knows if she says it in public, she'll never sniff the white house china collection again. Hence, the bobbing and weaving.

And, in a sense, she's right that the other candidates are being unfair, in a weird democrat sort of way. The rule for democrats is never actually say what you believe or want to do or the voters won't elect you. Fair would mean that they all pretend that all of their respective public positions are clear and they would never actually pin one another down on "delicate" subjects like illegal immigration in public. But she's the front-runner and needs to learn to take the heat.

39 posted on 11/05/2007 8:28:12 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Congressman Billybob

Her warriors, in her warroom, are very good about covering her butt and missteps.


40 posted on 11/05/2007 9:38:48 AM PST by tillacum
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