Thursday, June 29, 2006

Hillary "has to prove she's a woman"

The single most atsute comment on Hillary Clinton I've seen appears at the top of Peggy Noonan's column in today's Opinion Journal:

Media people keep saying, as Hillary gears up for her presidential bid, that her big challenge in 2008 will be to prove that she is as tough as a man. That she could order troops to war. That she's not girly and soft.

This is the exact opposite of the truth. Hillary doesn't have to prove her guy chops. She doesn't have to prove she's a man, she has to prove she's a woman.

People on the right are greatly concerned by a Hillary Clinton candidacy for President. I think this concern is overheated. It fails to take into account both the great distrust the left has of Ms. Clinton and her utter lack of charm and charisma. We can add to those deficiencies a third that Ms. Noonan articulates well: Hillary Clinton does not appear to believe that anything, not even a soldier's life, is more precious than her ambitions. I frankly don't think she has a prayer of winning her party's nomination, much less the Presidency.

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