In an e-mail this morning, a reader suggested that the mythological figure Hillary Clinton most resembles is Medea. While a follower of the goddess Hecate, the Greek deity most closely associated in the ancient world with witchcraft, Medea has far less in common with Hillary than does Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus, the philandering ruler of Olympus.
When Medea’s husband Jason forsook her for the daughter of a man with better connections in the Hellenic heartland, she not only killed his new bride, but murdered the children she bore to Jason as well.
By contrast, when Bill cheated on Hillary, the one-time First Lady of Arkansas and the United States stood by her man, just as Hera stood by Zeus.
It’s not just Mrs. Clinton’s fidelity to her powerful spouse that makes the comparison to Hera particularly apt, it’s also her obsession with that very power. Note how often Hillary shifts her views (noted how she recently claimed she once opposed NAFTA a bill which she once energetically supported). She’s just trying to tack to the prevailing political winds to make it more easier for her to win favor among voters and thus gain power.
Hera too was obsessed with power; it’s probably why she stayed with Zeus, attempting to punish his various paramours rather than divorce him. When trying to get the Trojan prince Paris to pick her as the fairest goddess, she offered him power (while Athena offered him martial success and Aphrodite the love of the most beautiful woman). (Paris choice love.)
Some might say that Hillary has certain things in common with the sorceress Medea, but she has a lot more in common with the power-hungry Hera. That cow-eyed goddess was often thwarted in her attempts to get power.
Which seems to be what is happening to Mrs. Clinton in the current presidential campaign.