Friday, March 03, 2006

"You're too brittle!" "Well you're obsessed!"

A couple days back there was a cute exchange between Karl Rove ("Bush's Brain") and Hillary Clinton ("The Candidate"). Made me chuckle because they sounded like they really were locked in more of a lover's spat than a political dogfight. Check this link for a news report.

This got me thinking about what Rove meant by "brittle" and how damaging it is to describe a woman as such, especially a woman planning to assume a leadership role. It means so many things in different contexts: "prone to break down", "liable to let her nervousness get the best of her", "unable to cope".

Other sources offer the opinion that Clinton's retort was a classic jujitsu move - and I agree - because with one word she characterized him as "dogged" and "stalkerish". Every female voter knows obsessed when they see it and hates it when a guy starts acting that way.

In a way, men can be "brittle" too. They get nervous and overreact when their egos are damaged, or when they get challenged by alpha males above them - myself included! In my corporate day job, these struggles for dominance are palpable in the subtexts of lots of male-to-male conversations. Often it occurs just with body language or eye contact. Or gettin pee-shy at the urinal :)

Got me thinking some more. Could Hillary out-alpha Rove in a debate? Make him her bitch after disarming him first with erotic banter? I think this would be interesting to watch. The one advantage Rove has is that as the man behind the throne, he never has to show up. What a pussy.

3 Thoughts:

Anonymous GM said...

I often wonder if Rove is a sociopath. I have absolutely no psych training so these are merely the mind wanderings of a lay-person. However...

The DSM IV gives a list of criteria that describe Antisocial Personality Disorder. In order to fit the diagnosis a person must exhibit at least three of the traits. Here are the ones that I feel fit Rove.

"Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest."

Rove has a long history of bending the rules to fit his own purposes, from stealing staitionary and sending out fake letters on his opponents letterhead to the whole Valerie Plame deal.

"Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure."

The "personal profit" part of that sentence stands out like a sore thumb.

"Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead."

Ummm...Iraq comes to mind. (The administration would probably deny it but I'd bet a year's income that Rove had a lot to do with the planning of that fiasco.)

"Reckless disregard for safety of self or others."

Ummm, again...Iraq comes to mind.

"Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another."

Don't get me started on this one.

(All definitions taken from Wikipedia)

I read once that the entire Ku Klux Klan was basically taken down by one man who infiltrated their organization and then began to make fun of them. As long as Hillary keeps Rove looking foolish she will wipe the floor with him. Calling him a stalker is a good start. He deserves no better.

Now, will Hillary get my support if she does so? I'm not so sure.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 3:30:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Thanks for the comment. Yeah, I'm not sure she'd get my vote in the primary either, I don't know if I agree with her on the issues. But politics is rarely about issues (just being reality-based here).

Thinking more broadly, is it or has it been possible for any female to challenge a male erotically in modern politics and score points with it? I think it would just be amazing if Clinton, or any female candidate, could push the envelope and challenge a guy to "be a man" in the political arena. I would wind up respecting her more as a result, if she did it playfully without coming off as a bitch. Its a fine line to walk but I think there are exploitable holes for a female of character - who is confident in her femininity as well as her ability to lead - to exploit.

Sunday, March 05, 2006 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger iBegToDither said...

Perhaps her Hillariness views Rover as a potentially valuable strategist who could work behind HER scenes, lurking within the shadows of her future administration. Strange but true?

Monday, March 06, 2006 12:07:00 PM  

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