Based on Minoan and Mycenaean seals and other artifacts from the Bronze Age, many scholars believe that the Greek goddess Hera was once equal (if not superior) to her divine consort, known in the classical age as Zeus. And many feminists and Clinton acolytes see the former First Lady as this kind of Hera.
Hillary, however, more closely resembles the Hera of classical antiquity, the unhappy wife jealous of her husband’s many extramarital activities. Meanwhile, columnist Peggy Noonan well resembles Athena, the wise daughter of Zeus, daughter to Metis the goddess of wisdom. This Athena has been taking on her spiritual stepmother for at least the past decade, having penned in 2000, The Case Against Hillary Clinton.
In her latest column, this modern incarnation of a Greek deity once again tackles her Olympian rival, explaining the reason’s for the former First Lady’s comeback:
She kept her own spirits up to the point of denial and worked it, hard, every day. She is hardy, resilient, tough. She is a train on a track, an Iron Horse. But we must not become carried away with generosity. The very qualities that impress us are the qualities that will make her a painful president. She does not care what you think, she will have what she wants, she will not do the feints, pivots and backoffs that presidents must. She is neither nimble nor agile, and she knows best. She will wear a great nation down.
In any case the Clinton campaign, which has always been more vicious than clever, this week did a very clever thing. They pre-empted any criticism of past scandals by pushing a Democratic Party button called . . . the Monica story. Mr. Obama is “imitating Ken Starr” by speaking of Mrs. Clinton’s record, said Howard Wolfson. But Ken Starr documented malfeasance. Mr. Obama can’t even mention it.
Peggy further notes that “Clinton surrogates . . . are unappealing when winning.” No wonder Jim Geraghty notes today that *Voters Prefer To Support Hillary When She’s Losing.” In national polls, Hillary lost ground to Obama since winning the Texas and Ohio primaries.
Check Jim’s post out. And make sure to read Peggy because even when she’s wrong, she makes a good point, just like her divine counterpart on Olympus.