Skip to comments.Dowd: It's Hillary in 2008
Posted on 10/03/2002 11:21:07 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
Hillary Clinton is the great White (House) hope of American womanhood, and in 2008 she'll be swept into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd declares.
In a column "Can Hillary Upgrade?" devoted to the proposition that American males are "biologically" unsuited to hold political office or leadership positions, Miss Dowd propounds a solution: elect a women with an ample supply of the testosterone the males she cites (Torricelli, Andrew Coumo, Tom Daschle, and Ari Fleischer) have been shown to lack.
That woman of course is Mrs. Clinton.
"The arena is full of powerful men in touch with their powerless inner women," the pugnacious Dowd wrote. "And yet, surrounded by famous men puddling under pressure, American girls are still doubtful about the prospects of a woman becoming president." Citing a USA Today poll 40 percent of the women said they would not see one within 10 years and a grim 14 percent "not in my lifetime."
Shocked at her sisters' faintheartedness, Miss Dowd asks "Are those 14 percent unaware of the Clintonian relentlessness of the junior senator from New York?"
Miss Dowd, journalism's archetype of the species of womanhood once known as "common scolds" sets the record straight for her female readers. Hillary, she says, will go for it in 2008, and those dastardly Republicans with their feet firmly planted in the middle of the vast right wing conspiracy will create the circumstances that will allow her to walk downtown to the White House and reclaim all those lovely furnishings the cold hearted government wouldn't allow her to purloin when she left there in January 2001.
That Hillary is gung ho for the race is shown, Dowd says:
Because she's "staying away from Al Gore's kumbayah corner. She's muting any doubts she has about a war on Iraq - "... she is not articulating her angst as loudly as some of her Democratic colleagues...and "knows that any woman who hopes to be elected president cannot have love beads in her jewelry case. As a result she'll back GW if her decides to take out Saddam: "I know a little bit about what it's like on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, making these difficult decisions," Hillary told Tim Russert.
She has gone all out raising money for fellow Democrats, using her House as NewsMax.com reported Monday as a fund raising gimmick. As Dowd says, she has "put Democrats in her debt by handing out fistfuls of cash from her PAC." Mrs. Clinton and her sometime husband have it all planned out. According to their scenario either John Kerry or John Edwards or Al Gore, "if he can find any Democratic donors" will be the sacrificial lamb in 2004" to a popular wartime president Bush.
In the meantime, Mrs. Clinton will hunker down and play the role of a dedicated senator "for a few more years." She will shed the liberal label, "veering away from the left on issues like welfare and bankruptcy."
Dowd reveals the script written by her supporters:
"In the flush of patriotism and empire-building, the Republicans take over the Senate and keep the House this fall. Then President Bush wins his war on Iraq." This of course makes Dubya "and his inner circle.. more arrogant."
White House political experts Carl Rove, "pushes through the most reactionary agenda since the Congress of Vienna, packing the courts with young right-wingers opposed to abortion and all regulations. Congress, too, gets carried away with an ultra-conservative agenda." "The maniacally centrist American public craves another correction. Right, left, right, left. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. Yup. In our lifetime."
Note: We left out the one Republican Dowd cited as lacking the requisite maleness she seems to crave: Gov. Jeb Bush who she faults for crying every time his daughter gets arrested, Pray tell, Miss Dowd, what do you expect him to do, shout hosannas?
But then, you have to understand that Dowd wouldn't begin to understand how anybody would react when a beloved but drug addicted daughter gets busted. Dowd doesn't have a daughter and since she's getting long in the tooth it's doubtful she ever will.
Somebody should tell the Dowd woman that it has been truly said that "only strong men cry." The weak ones are afraid to.
Yes, this will happen...but because Bush is at the helm it will be done with class and taste, and America will be all for it.
Gonna be fun to watch.
Maureen, Maureen, you dear, deluded old hack...
I'm sure this is going to come out all wrong, but it's just an observation... I'm sure the Democrats can come up with a lot of women more masculine than Andrew Coumo or Tom Daschle, if that's really what you think the voters want.
I think you're on the wrong track, just look at how Janet Reno's "I'm more of a man than Jeb Bush" campaign worked out.
But go for it. I think the Republicans are going to just run "normal" people & see how that works.
In addition, Hillayr Clinton reflects the Irresponsible Generation's rage and hatred against traditional American values, and this resonates. The perpetually covetouswill flock to her banner. Throw in enough clueless swing voters and she could win.
Certainly she will never allow herself to be beaten for the Democratic nomination. She will crush any opposition by any means necessary. She is every bit as tough as her husband. Perhaps even more so.