Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Assorted Hillar-i-ty

What I appreciate most about the Hillary campaign, much like the Hucka-wheeee campaign, is the how it's opened the floodgates to allow the waves of ridiculosity to gush forth.

First, there's the photos. Hillary gazes out from the cover of this week's Newsweek with awfully glassy eyes, proclaiming, "I found my voice." Given the tenor of the picture, one would think she lost it in the first place only because she was sitting backstage at the debate sucking on helium balloons. She channels Ariel with those big doe-y Disney eyes; you expect her to announce that now that she's found her voice, she's divorcing Bill to pursue a relationship with Prince Eric.

Funnier even than Hillary is Gloria Steinem, who is inserting herself anywhere and everywhere into this campaign in a last-ditch attempt to prove that she's still relevant.
"Gender," writes Gloria Steinem on the op-ed page of the Jan. 8 New York Times, "is probably the most restricting force in American life." That is incorrect. Poverty is the most restricting force in American life. It's become somewhat unfashionable to point this out, but I don't see how it could be otherwise. Given the choice between being born poor and being born female, which would you choose? --Timothy Noah in Slate
It's true, you know; (specious) evidence can show that a bro can become a little less po' if he dresses like a ho.

So there you go.


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