Hey, gals, on the heels of listening to the obtuse Howard Dean saying “even women, they’re more successful in the Democratic party than they are in the white, uh, excuse me, in the [laughs] Republican party”… and hearing how Nancy P. thinks we are “ungracious, now we’re supposed to embrace the suggestion that Hillary should “bring a casserole” to the Convention??
Well, Salena Zito, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial page columnist thinks so!!! (See below for Zito’s bio and be not amazed.) In a column picked up by RealClearPolitics, Zito explains how the Democratic Convention won’t be as “contentious” as many pundits and bloggers are saying and then she goes on to give Hillary some sage advice:
If Hillary is seen as a sore loser, her chances to be the nominee in the future will be slim to none — and she knows that. The night of her convention speech, a wise, radiant, confident Hillary should take the microphone and give her staunchest supporters the voice they want on a national stage. After highlighting their struggles, she should pivot to why Obama is the better solution than McCain, and then crown herself as Obama’s surrogate for those voters.
Despite numerous news reports and blogs second-guessing her intentions and pondering a possible overthrow of the convention in some Clinton coup, the possibility of her committing such political suicide is slim to none.
If anything, both Clintons should leave the crowd (and people back home) panting for more.
Hillary knows that this is Obama’s moment and that she would gain nothing from bad behavior. She will take the high road, hold her feelings in check, and focus on the policy issues she cares about passionately.
From the ashes of her failed campaign — not unlike the SS Titanic setting out, with her as the unsinkable Molly Brown — she can then rise higher than ever.
OK, we already know that Hillary Clinton is NOT about political suicide. And she’s been “radiant” for months…does the term “radiant” apply to men, by the way? Has Obama been “radiant”?? And what is this nonsense about “bad behavior,” as if the woman who EARNED more votes than any other person in primary history needs to be reminded that she must be a good little girl?
And what is this about the Titanic?? Does Zito think that boats at the bottom of the sea rise out of ashes? Whaaa? Obviously, she sees the Clinton campaign as the Titanic, with Hillary having spent a lot of time getting staffers in line in a valiant effort to “save” it from sinking.* No mention, of course, that Hillary was skunked by the DNC’s elaborate fix and unrelenting media bias which enabled the Precious One.
Zito again swoons over “Obama’s moment” and suggests:
This convention is Obama’s moment — his hour to welcome America into his home, the Democratic Party — and he deserves to set the table any way he wishes.
Hillary’s job is to bring a casserole dish and to serve it with a smile.
Ok, so what kind of casserole should she bring? Isn’t that the crucial question we should be asking now??
Should it be the ever-popular cream of mushroom soup/tuna casserole? Perhaps the classic green bean/cream of mushroom side dish?? Something with a little leftover turkey in it, perhaps?? Should she wear a pink, frilly apron when she delivers it? Or perhaps she should serve it in stilletos and a topless French maid’s outfit?
Shoot, Hillary doesn’t like baking cookies, and you expect her to bring a casserole??? How about bringing her brain along as an appetizer??
Ah, but Zito does recognize that Hillary might have another role: She thinks that Hillary could “go with the ‘nuclear-unity option,’ withdrawing after her name is put in nomination and having the New York delegation move to make his nomination unanimous.”
OOOH, and then Hillary could “top all of that by becoming the surrogate anti-McCain hit man.”
How about THAT? Bring the casserole, then act “manly” and do all the dirty work for Obama, who can’t possibly STOOP to that level! I’m surprised Zito didn’t suggest that Hillary wipe his ass for him! But where ‘ya been, Zito?? In case you haven’t noticed, he’s stuck his little toe in the mud already and has by his side his lovely wife Michelle who likes doing the hit-man job…
Hey, gals..after witnessing Obama’s finger and brush off, watching the DNC sit there while the misogyny of the media flowed, watching fearless leader Dean slighting women in his latest wanderings in NPR interview-land, and then reading Zito’s crap, I’ve come up with my OWN suggestion for Senator Clinton:
Hillary–bring the casserole, nice and hot, and dump it on Obama, Dean, and Pelosi’s heads…and let someone else clean up the mess! Salena Zito, perhaps?
Salena Zito’s bio courtesy Townhall.com
Salena Zito is a political analyst, reporter and editorial page columnist. She has also reported on Pennsylvania politics for The Weekly Standard. A board member of the Center for Media & Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, she honed her skills working on the campaigns of George H.W. Bush, Senator Rick Santorum, Bush2000, Bush-Cheney 2004 served on the senate staff of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. Miss Zito has interviewed one on one Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, CIA Director General Hayden, Homeland Security Director Chertoff, Attorney General Gonzales and First Lady Laura Bush. Zito spends a third of her time on the road interviewing legislators as well as current policy makers and the contenders that are running for president in 2008.
*I wonder if Salena Zito even knows anything about Margaret Brown beyond what she’s seen in movies or on Broadway? She probably thinks Brown was just like Debbie Reynolds! Or, if she IS working with full knowledge of Brown’s life, she sure cheapens the reference by throwing in the request for the casserole…
Margaret became a founding member of the Denver Woman’s Club, part of a network of clubs which advocated literacy, education, suffrage, and human rights in Colorado and throughout the United States.
By the time Margaret Tobin Brown boarded Titanic at Cherbourg, France, she had already made a significant impact in the world.
Margaret Tobin Brown was one of the first women in the United States to run for political office, and ran for the Senate eight years before women even had the right to vote. On July 25, 1914, with Alva Vanderbilt (Mrs O.H.P.) Belmont, she organized an international women’s rights conference at Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, which was attended by human rights activists from around the world. A lifelong advocate of human rights, Margaret was also a prominent figure following the Ludlow Massacre in Trinidad, Colorado, in April 1914, a significant landmark in the history of labor rights in the United States.
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