I missed this NY Times column on Hillary Clinton, entitled “State of Cool,” the first time around, but since I have devoted a chapter to Ms. Dowd and her negative Hillary musings, I felt I ought to report her mysterious sea change, if indeed that is what it is:
Hillary is not going to President Obama’s Democratic convention inCharlotte. Evidently, she’s going to wait for her own.
Yo, Maureen – from your lips to God’s ears.
The recent spate of Tumblr images have reinvented Hillary as the epitome of badass cool, but it is a little too late for the dour Ms. Dowd to try to get on Hill’s good side after spending years trashing her in every column:
Hillary Clinton cemented her newly cool image and set off fresh chatter about her future when she met at the State Department with two young men who created a popular Internet meme showing photos of the secretary of state on a military plane, wearing big sunglasses, checking her BlackBerry and looking as if she’s ready to ice somebody.
The pictures, as Raymond Chandler would say, make Hillary look “as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.”
In my two favorites tumblr images…
…[T]he president asks, “Hey Hil, Whatchu doing?” she ripostes: “Running the world.” And when a young woman texts, “It’s 3 am and I think something’s happening,” Hillary snaps: “On it.”
Dowd further noted,
With women under attack, that sense of serene toughness has strong appeal.
So Dowd finally admits women have been under attack? Does she also admit she was one of the attackers? Dowd, perhaps out of a fear of guilt by association with a strong woman, always rejected the parts of Hillary that conflicted with a sense of being babe-like, although the truth of Dowd’s resentment at needing to play the babe game with men was much in evidence in her book, Are Men Necessary.
Dowd also admits that the tumblr images that revamped Hillary were a game changer…
Her savvy public image gambit on Tuesday sent a signal she may not be leaving the stage forever. She has not only shored up her techie cred and popularity with young people. Hillary, who kept the press at a distance in 2008, is now well-liked by the press corps traveling with her around the world. Unlike Obama, she seems to enjoy going out with reporters and having a cocktail after a hard day of trilats.
In another fit of unexpected sucking up, Ms. Dowd points out that Secretary Clinton is the model for a new character, Elaine Barrish Hammond, portrayed by none other than the regal and elegant Sigourney Weaver in the TV show “Political Animals.” She is described thus:
“If America had a queen, it would be Elaine.”
A far cry from her former phrase:
“Unfortunately for Hillary, there’s no white bitch month.”
Let us ask ourselves why Maureen Dowd is talking about a change in the winds…does she see a need for Mary Poppins to come to the rescue, and are there signs it will really happen?
MoDo, like the rest of her guilty ilk is another pundit who wants to credit Hillary’s “transformational” new ease with the press and new cool image with her changing fortunes, ignoring that 20 years of being lambasted and ridiculed by those jokers, her policy positions all but ignored, might have had something to do with past perceptions. This revisionist history is meant to absolve the culprits while at the same time, disingenuously asking “can’t we all just get along?”
Women are still objectified at all levels and used for convenient punching bags whenever the marching orders go out. First Hillary in ’08, then Palin, and now, to a lesser extent, Ann Romney and her kids. Whether or not any of them is in the same league is not the point. The point is diverting blame and distraction. More bread and circuses so we can’t actually see the real woman in front of us — or what’s going on behind door number three…
Spit balling about 2016 is a waste of time, but since Maureen Dowd elevated torturing Hillary and her supporters to a raison d’etre in 2008 and since she is the one person so obsessed with trashing the Clintons, she would never throw Hillary or Bill a lifeline, it seems to me, Ms. Dowd is sucking after forgiveness with this column…and what might she need that for?
She could be just another part of the disingenuous pundit cadre elevating Hillary for the purposes of throwing her bitter supporters a bone in re the 2012 election – pretending to hold out a hope that Hillary may rise like a phoenix four years from now. Or is she really sensing something surprising on the horizon?
What say you? Is there hope?
Anita Finlay is the author of Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary Supporter’s Rude Awakening, now available on Amazon in print and on Kindle. www.anitafinlay.com