Monday, November 19, 2007

Hillary Takes No Crap From Rove

Unfortunately, I can't be part of the current left blogospheric re-evaluation of Hillary Clinton. I endorsed her last March. But Karl Rove has an article in Time that makes me feel even better about her candidacy. According to Rove, he inherited Hillary's old office when the Bush people moved in and told a story about Hillary's office containing the only full-length mirror in the White House.

Rove acts all innocent about this petty little incident, but it's evident that he told the story to score "condescension points" on Hillary as a women who (naturally) would be overly concerned with her appearance.

How did Hillary respond? Rove states that "the senator from New York confronted me shortly after and pointedly said she hadn't put the mirror there."

Of course, Rove tries to create "plausible deniability" by denying that he had said that Sen. Clinton had placed the mirror in the office. But who's he kidding? He knew what he was doing just as much as Hillary.

For Rove, this demonstrates that Hillary Clinton is "hard" and "brittle." But I have an alternative interpretation. What Hillary demonstrated was that she didn't like Rove and wasn't going to take any of his condescending crap about her as a women. The Democratic Party has too many people who are willing to be buddy-buddy with the Karl Roves and Mary Matalins of the world. If the Democrats need anything, they need more Hillary Clinton types who let him know exactly what kind of jerk they think he is.

Score one for Hillary.

Of course, none of that stopped Rove. He kept telling the story at Republican events and she reminded him once again that he was an asshole.
So a few weeks later, in another talk, I repeated the story about the mirror. And shortly thereafter, the junior senator saw me and, again, without a hint of humor or light in her voice, icily said she'd heard I'd repeated the story of the mirror and she … did … not … put … that mirror in the office.
I'm voting for Hillary anyway, but that's still the kind of thing I like to hear.


Anonymous said...

Rove just has his panties in a bunch because Hillary wouldn't let him in her panties.

CBL said...

This reminds me of something that recently happened in neighboring Bath County. As you might know by now, most of the county's government were convicted on vote-buying charges, and recent elections put into place an entire slate of new faces, including Carolyn Belcher as county judge executive. Carolyn was formerly a state representative. During the election, many Democrats, largely the "good old boys", turned against her and voted for the Republican candidate. Still, she won by a good margin, thanks to her well-organized campaign. Now, those good old boys who did support her are trying to "cash in", but she refuses. In return, there has arisen a number of attacks on her womanhood, including one that went something like, "we can't let her have all that power". Hopefully, her victory will be part of the leading edge that Hilary represents.

Ric Caric said...

Agreement on Bath County. Too bad nothing vaguely resembling reform has happened in Rowan County.