Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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Feminists, prepare for your field day
Gideon Rachman's most recent Financial Times column opens with a query about Hillary Clinton's lust for power. And then we get to this section:
I got an insight into the thrill of power recently, when I had lunch with a friend who had helped to handle a national emergency in Britain, working from the emergency bunker known as Cobra – which sits beneath the Cabinet Office near Downing Street.Discuss.
UPDATE: You have to love a comment thread that contains the phrase: "Look, I'm as pro-erection as the next guy, but...."
The inference I draw is that in a culture with a relatively smaller set of opportunities, a chance to achieve a long-lasting erection is given more value
Perhaps this gives Nye's concept of "soft power" a whole new meaning?posted by: Charli Carpenter on 01.15.08 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
Does that make the guy in the article the Cobra Commander?
Does Destro get a seat at the table at the Cobra Command center? He is from Scotland, originally.posted by: peter on 01.15.08 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
So America's "hard power" leads to Britain's "hard" power?posted by: Fel on 01.15.08 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
Look, I'm as pro-erection as the next guy, but it still takes a certain mindset to get an erection flying into Camp David. I think it's egg first, then chicken, not the other way around. And regarding Sen. Clinton's lust for power - of course she wants power. No one runnning for president of the most powerful country in the world is power-shy. Hell, someone who didn't want power would make a terrible president. This is an example of the sexist double-standard she is held to (and I say that not as a fan - I'm a Democrat and will vote for her in the general election against any Republican with a chance at the nomination - but I wouldn't vote for her in the primaries.)posted by: Bob on 01.15.08 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
Do Obama, Edwards, Romney and McCain 'lust after power'? Or are they just civic minded individuals willing to take 4-8 years out of their lives to help us? Why single out Hilary?
As far as I can see, the only non-power hungary dude is ... Ron Paul. He wants to take the office [or Office] and start devolving its power.posted by: Mitchell Young on 01.15.08 at 11:00 AM [permalink]
Somewhere in a history of the Third Reich I read an anecdote of Goering boasting that at Party reviews, he could maintain the Nazi salute for much longer than that wimp Goebbels.
If it's apocryphal, I don't want to know.
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