Wheeeeeew! What a week. But that’s been true every single week since Trump came down that escalator announcing his run for the presidency.
Many said he wasn’t to be taken seriously, but the press took him dead seriously, and all but kicked their heels with delight in covering him, every moment of it. Their hilarity threatened to come to an end with the Democratic convention, Khizir Khan, and the second amendment “final solution.”
But then, just as it looked bad enough that even the media would have to admit there really wasn’t much of a horse race, in swooped Kellyanne---oh the hope of it! Could she single handedly turn this into a horse race again?!
She’s well educated, the mom of four, and even once a pageant winner!
This source is sure to raise an eyebrow, all the more noteworthy for it. Kellyanne is trying to swim this election into the mainstream as fast as she can. But let it be said that this information can be found anywhere. The fact that it’s showing up in Cosmo, makes a point of its own.
Even folks like Joy Reid preface their remarks about her with some respect---oh yes, Joy did and has! Seen her do it a couple of times now. Somehow, Kellyanne gets respect out there, certainly from republicans, and even somewhat from democratic players in the media.
So I’m torn here. Certainly not about Trump. But why would a woman like Kellyanne, put the respect she has to the test with Trump?
Well, first and obviously, I would say that as the hardcore republican she is, and one from the very right side of all that, she has a big interest in the supreme court, just as we democrats do.
More interesting I think, is a very non sexist take on it. I think she likes the power she thinks she has right now. (IMO, she has made the mistake of translating this rather clearly, such as in her recent remarks suggesting people just don’t know how to talk to Donald, but she does.)
My point is, power is an amazing drug, and women answer to it too. IF we want women to have their fair share of political influence, then we are far from seeing the end of Kellyanne Conways and their ilk, on both sides. And that’s OK w/me, as men have been doing that job forever.
I have seen Ms. Conway in several interviews now, and she is composed, confident and a hell of a lot better than Ms. bullet necklace. BUT, I ALSO see it going beyond just competent commentary and advice, and into her brand of Trump whispering, which even republicans seem to be dragging themselves up from their doldrums to cheer, gratefully grabbing hold of a woman’s skirt hem, for the first time I can remember to this extent within the GOP.
But of course, like the rest of you, I’m scratching my head to think of the last presidential candidate who needed to be so corralled so pampered, so “whispered” to in just the right tones to keep him even close to afloat. And I wonder exactly how long it will take for the Donaldo to feel emasculated by her, no matter how gentle and well worded her whispers are.
But then, maybe Trump is freaked out enough about his poll ratings to grab on to Kellyanne’s life preserver and hang on. Somehow, I doubt it, but it is still very noteworthy to see a woman become the last resort in a misogynist’s campaign.
Whatever happens with Trump, Kellyanne Conway is a woman I DON’T and DO understand. DON’T because it’s freaking beyond me how ANY woman with any self respect can support Donald Trump. DO understand because there are plenty of women out there as willing to make a power calculation as men are, and finally able to put that into play on the big stage.
Perhaps even more than considering our first female president, we see in Kellyanne Conway that women have arrived in politics, in a way we have not seen before. And that’s the good news and the bad news.
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