What do these women have in common? Success. Power. Republicanism. Oh, and the admiration of Republican men.
They also have a certain facial expression – steely. Self confident. Something else I can’t quite put my finger on. Superiority? They look pretty serious – maybe stern is a better word. They all have perfectly quaffed hair, don’t you think?
Let’s start with Jeanne Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick had a long career. Two terms in Reagan’s cabinet. She was ambassador to the U.N. And on staff at the National Security Agency, etc. Lots of sub-cabinet appointments.
She’s famous for her “Kirkpatrick Doctrine,” which advocated U.S. support of anticommunist governments around the world, including authoritarian dictatorships, if they went along with Washington’s aims—believing they could be led into democracy by example. She wrote, “Traditional authoritarian governments are less repressive than revolutionary autocracies.”
Did she mean Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Congo, Chile, El Salvador, and Guatemala? They were great with human rights. And no she’s not particularly attractive – but not so unattractive as to call her any animal names, or suggest she’s not feminine, she is, in a masculine sort of way. But who’s to judge? She looks very patriotic.
There’s Kirkpatrick in the middle. All the men are smiling. Is Jeanne? I think I’ll call her a terrapin.
How about this woman? We all know who she is. Does she fill the bill as a “smoker”? President of the Eagle Forum. Best known for supporting Barry Goldwater in 1964, accusing the Republican Liberals (are they all gone to the moon?) of manipulating the election in A Choice, Not an Echo. Her most important accomplishment was single-handedly (with a little operative assistance and a lot of lies) defeating the Equal Rights Amendment. She still makes lots of money on lecture tours working against (you said it) women’s equality and same-sex marriage. Phyllis – I have to say booooooo to you because I’ve been sorry since the ERA went into the garbage. But do you smoke? Betty Friedan said she wanted to burn you at the stake. I’ll bet you would have smoked then.
Phyllis, errr, Mrs. Shlafley, (she preferred being called Mrs.) is attractive. She’s more traditionally feminine than Kirkpatrick. She also had a wealthy husband and six children to prove it. Did I say she was attractive? Not so much, really, if you stare at her for a while and snarl. Well, she’s certainly not ugly enough to call her by any animal names. Calling her an eagle might be tempting, but eagles are beautiful. I can’t even think of the animal she might be. She’s very patriotic, though. So let’s move on.
So on a smokin’ scale from 1-10. How do you think they rate? Let’s be generous and give ’em all a prize.