Thursday, January 10, 2008

Well, isn't she full of herself?

Jason Steorts at NRO notices how Hillary is not assuming world-astounding importance for her little eye-misting, throat-catching moment.
"Maybe I have liberated us to actually let women be human beings in public."
Yup, I owe my liberation to that moment on Monday. I feel so liberated. Yech.

Steorts is not impressed.
Ah, so that’s what happened. It wasn’t that a normal homo sapiens let her emotions get the better of her, being tired and sad and afraid she’d lose an election. No, no. This was a public service. A milestone on the road to gender equality. Let the village celebrate.
(Because, you know, we used to stone women who cried in public. That’s why all those feminists fought for the right to seem fragile and emotionally delicate.)

Anyone who talks about trivial moments in his life as though they should be documented in history books is (a) a clown, (b) a megalomaniac, or (c) a cynic. Hillary takes herself too seriously for (a), and I think she might actually believe what she said. So I’m choosing (b).
UPDATE: A reader points out that the full quote of what Hillary said included the word "life."
“Obviously we know what people will say, but maybe I have liberated us to actually let women be human beings in public life.”
I'm still not buying it. Does this mean we should be ready to see all sorts of women in public life get misty-eyed. And what was she tearing up over? Seeing her dreams for the presidency fade away? Is this what she's proud of - that she demonstrated that women can benefit when they get emotional after they fail in public?

Sometimes my gender appalls me.