Deleting spam comments and listening to Bloggingheads.tv
August 13, 2007 08:54 PM
How fun is that for a Monday night? More so than you might think: This episode of Bloggingheads has supreme legal blogger Ann Althouse talking to Robin Givhan of the Washington Post about Hillary's cleavage, Al Gore's earth tones and Jeri Thompson's being hot and over 40. Fast forward if you're short on time to their discussion of crocs--they hate them, as do I. Please, people. Do not wear crocs. Up until the croc discussion, though, it's a fascinating commentary about fashion and how people in the political spectrum chose to present themselves.
I completely agree with both of them that these topics are fair game. This has been an issue since the famous debate between Nixon and Kennedy. Nixon refused to wear make-up, because he thought it word of it would get out, and it would make him appear unmanly. Kennedy, of course, wore make-up and looked fantastic (obviously he had other advantages over Nixon in this regard). After the debate, people who had watched on tv thought Kennedy had won; those who heard it on the radio though Nixon prevailed.
It's a long episode of Bloggingheads, but it's well worth it. For the record, I thought Hillary wasn't showing too much cleavage. It's just the thought of Hillary showing any cleavage that I have a problem with. It's just too weird, too un-Hillary. It's so much of a departure from what we expect from her that it is disarming. It is pretty unfortunate that the first major female presidential candidate is so unfeminine. She could have been feminine while she was first lady. Then it would have been natural. Dolly Madison had a decent rack, and now there's a whole line of cookies names after her. By today's standards, she showed a lot of cleavage. But Hillary refused to be feminine as first lady, because it just wasn't her. She wanted to be taken seriously, and thought she needed to look like a man to achieve that. Now she's the first woman to have a real shot at the presidency, and she can't take advantage of her feminine wiles. Does she have any? Or because it's Hillary Clinton, are we just too skeptical about being manipulated?
With Hillary, you have to ask whether she's wearing something low-cut because of some political calculation. Is she channeling Eva Peron now? She used to be channeling Eleanor Roosevelt. What gives? Is it just too hard to believe Hillary would do something because it's what she wants to? With Hillary, do we assume there has to be a reason? Hillary and her mind games!
Mind games, manipulation.... maybe she is feminine!!
As for the comments I'm deleting, I've noticed that I've gotten a lot of bowflex spam since I started posting about the elliptical machine. Do the bowflex people think someone's going to buy their machine after reading a post about how I can't even carry my elliptical machine up the stairs? What's up with that?
And I'm still getting lots of spam comments that advertise Cialis. Who would buy Cialis off a website called Nasty, Brutish & Short? That's what I'd like to know.