Maureen Dowd starts her New York Times column on Sunday, â€œChanneling her inner Cheney, Hillary Clinton dropped a fear bomb, as Michelle Obama might call it, implying in a new ad that if her opponent is elected, your angelic, innocent, sleeping children could die in a terrorist attackâ€ â€“ a reference to her latest campaign ad (video link), which asks when the phone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House because something has happened â€œin the dangerous world,â€ who do you want answering the phone?Â
Not to be outdone, Dowdâ€™s counterpart Frank Rich titles his column, â€œMcCain Channels His Inner Hillaryâ€ and writes that the presumptive GOP candidate â€œis emulating almost identically the suicidal Clinton campaign against Mr. Obama. He has mimicked Mrs. Clintonâ€™s message and rhetorical style, her tone-deaf contempt for Mr. Obamaâ€™s cultural appeal, and her complete misreading of just how politically radioactive the war in Iraq remains â€¦â€Â
And recently within two days of each other, Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman and Dowd both argued that Barack Obama is channeling his inner woman. (Goodman: â€œNow we see a woman running as the fighter and a man modeling a ‘woman’s way’ of leading.â€ Dowd: â€œThe first serious female candidate for president was rejected by voters drawn to the more feminine management style of her male rival.â€)Â
So McCain is channeling his inner Hillary who is channeling her inner Cheney, and Obama is channeling his inner woman – which should mean that like McCain he is channeling his inner Hillary since she is the only woman in the race – but doesnâ€™t, since Hillary is channeling her inner Cheney. Got that?Â
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