Hillary needs to watch out for Maureen

Over the weekend, I did a couple of things that I hadn’t had time to do during what we laughingly call the "working week," including going back to look at the "Hillary cries" video. I found it rather off-putting.

As it happened, so did Maureen Dowd, as she explained in this column last week. An excerpt from the piece, headlined "Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to the White House?":

    … There was a poignancy about the moment, seeing Hillary crack with exhaustion from decades of yearning to be the principal rather than the plus-one. But there was a whiff of Nixonian self-pity about her choking up. What was moving her so deeply was her recognition that the country was failing to grasp how much it needs her. In a weirdly narcissistic way, she was crying for us. But it was grimly typical of her that what finally made her break down was the prospect of losing.
    As Spencer Tracy said to Katharine Hepburn in “Adam’s Rib,” “Here we go again, the old juice. Guaranteed heart melter. A few female tears, stronger than any acid.”
    The Clintons once more wriggled out of a tight spot at the last minute. Bill churlishly dismissed the Obama phenom as “the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen,” but for the last few days, it was Hillary who seemed in danger of being Cinderella. She became emotional because she feared that she had reached her political midnight, when she would suddenly revert to the school girl with geeky glasses and frizzy hair, smart but not the favorite. All those years in the shadow of one Natural, only to face the prospect of being eclipsed by another Natural?…

I share this now because it reminded me of something: For the last few years, Ms. Dowd has been beloved by the left and hated by the right for her regular skewering of "W."

Whenever I get those calls (why don’t you ever run Maureen Dowd and stop running that horrible Maureen Dowd), I think back, and seem to recall her having a field day slicing and dicing Bill Clinton. But I always forget about it before going back through archives to see if I remembered right.

Whatever she wrote back then, I get the sense that were Hillary Clinton elected, Maureen would be the bane (OK, one of the banes) of her existence…

13 thoughts on “Hillary needs to watch out for Maureen

  1. bud

    Brad found the “Hillary Cries” video rather off-putting. Really. McCain tacitly agrees with a questioner that Hillary is a “bitch” and that is somehow spun into proof that McCain is a statesman. When Hillary sheds a few genuine tears she’s regarded as “off-putting”. Brad you need to quit play pop psychologist. Your constant spin and distortion based merely on your flawed personal observations is getting pretty damned old.

  2. Lee Muller

    This is what passes for journalism today. How sad.
    The public would like to hear Hillary, McCain and others probed with direct questions about their political agenda, and get some direct answers about why their current platforms don’t match their long political histories.
    Instead, 90% of political coverage is no-work, sitting around with other pundits, speculating about the mental state and tactical cleverness of the candidates. This journalistic vacuum is where dishonest politics thrives.

  3. weldon VII

    The off-put is a new Olympic event that the Clintons may never lose.
    With apologies to Ray Charles:
    Oh, it’s crying time again, Obama’s leading.
    I can see that far away lead he has built.
    I can tell by the way the voters hold me suspect
    That I’ll soon be crying over milk I’ve spilt.
    Now the voters have found someone they love better
    Though that never really happened much before
    No matter how many memos we put through the shredder
    Or how many women snuck in our bedroom door.
    Yes, it’s crying time again, they’re gonna leave me
    Just as cold as we’ve left Left Coast backers before
    I can tell my primary color will be greenery
    Because I won’t get to live in the White House any more.

  4. Richard L. Wolfe

    Brad, I hope you save these archives because in 4 years from now, no matter who gets elected we will be having the same debate. The only difference will be the price tag. I almost forgot the blame game for why nothing changed.
    Take my advice and save these archives then you can save a lot of tying.

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  6. Liro

    Where did she cry?…Didn’t see any tears ?
    Anybody wonder if Clinton and Obama are only PRETENDING to be adversaries?…(would she pick him for her running mate? Would he have the sense to accept…and live to run as #1 another day?)

  7. Karen McLeod

    Strangely, my first response to viewing the ‘Clinton cries’ segment was that it was a faked sequence. My first thought was that she was playing the ’emotion’ card, as in “See, I really am human.” I don’t know that that’s true, but that was my immediate response.

  8. Gordon Hirsch

    Amen, Karen. All the world’s a stage, and Hillary can turn those tears on or off like a pro. But she wasted that card. It won’t work again, and it could have come in handy later, like just before nomination time.

  9. Liro

    I was referring to the time when McCain would be too old to run for 2nd. term….watch for these two as a team.

  10. Lee Muller

    I must have missed Hillary’s speech where she apologized for working for the Communist Party USA, the Black Panthers, organizing a disruption of a jury trial, and calling for the socialist overthrow of America.
    Can her supporters please post her admission of guilt and begging forgiveness?

  11. Lee Muller

    Are you unaware of the fact that Hillary Clinton worked for Saul Alinsky, and gave her valedictory speech at Wellesley praising him?
    In the summer of 1971, she worked as a law clerk for the firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein. Robert Treuhaft was card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA and a Harvard-trained lawyer for the party. Hillary worked on the defense of Black Panthers who had murdered another of their own whom they suspected of being an informant. She organized protests and disruptions of the trial in Oakland, CA.
    After she returned to Yale Law School, she organized disruptions of the Panther trials in New Haven, right out of the Saul Alinsky textbook, Rules for Radicals.
    Like Ralph Nader, Hillary wants socialism for the rest of us, and wealth for herself. Nader, with a portfolio of $2,000,000 in blue chip stocks, ran his last campaign out of the Communist Party USA headquarters in Manhattan. Go look up the address of both – they are the same office.

  12. rick campbell

    …again with the mainstream media missing the point altogether.. and maureen dowd, i quit reading her dribble years ago…she has become another right wing voice comprable to fox fake news…what a shame …she had potential as a journalist at one time…no more…gone with the likes of hume, wallace, novak ,etc…irrelevant at this point…

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