…through humiliation and pain, she has shown herself to be a skilled survivor. She said she embraces the old saying, “Fake it till you make it.”With Hillary singing her swan song, the Movies With Maureen® is no longer Elizabeth and Essex like it was back in March, but Norma Rae:
…as a presidential candidate, she morphed from Queen Elizabeth I to Norma Rae, as Newsweek put it.Let’s put the Newsweek quote into context.
While Clinton veered between playing Queen Elizabeth I and Norma Rae, Obama and his team chugged along with a superior 50-state campaign strategy, racking up the delegates.There is a bigger metaphor here. Queen Elizabeth was reluctant monarch who went on to rule her country during one of its greatest eras. Norma Rae was a hardscrabble working woman who organized her coworkers in a seemingly hopeless struggle. Hillary in the course of the campaign had gone from the heir apparent to the the scrappy underdog only without the strings-swelling happy ending.
To belabor the Royalty Metaphor®, Hillary is about to be marginalized as the leader of a constituency that the Democratic Party needs rather than becoming its standard bearer.
She will help Obama be king, if he lets her be queen of the women.And the "ermine robe of entitlement" leads us to this week's Alliteration Alerts®:
…she started her presidential campaign wearing an off-putting ermine robe of entitlement and presumption.
After the roiling rollout of the Clinton administration, a sad and unnerved Hillary sought answers from self-help gurus like Jean Houston.But Maureen keeps her eye on the big picture and surmises:
She still doesn’t believe Obama can win, but she knows she can move ahead only as a beguiler, not a begrudger.
Or maybe Hillary’s grit and gall allowed them to easily envision her cuffing generals and dictators.
I don’t believe Hillary’s campaign will cause a backlash. As long as her Denver Liberation Army doesn’t cause Obama to lose, it may well be good for women.And while the DLA RudeName® conjures images of strident, comfortable shoe-wearing Clintonistas marching on the convention, Dowd manages a few more wisps of faint praise:
Hillary thrillingly proved herself the best debater and the toughest candidate while being shorter and having the higher voice.And with that less than elegant oratory, the last nail is hammered into the coffin of the courageous but outfought Clinton campaign. Now it's Hillary's turn to see if she can win awards in the supporting roles because her supporters really like her.
She didn’t lose because she was a woman. She didn’t lose because America isn’t ready for a woman as president. She lost because of her own — and her husband’s and Mark Penn’s — fatal missteps.