Monday, February 20, 2006

Evil Queen

photos via The Huffington Post

All I did was go to a car show in Lake Worth yesterday, and I missed Mary Matalin turn in a performance on Meet The Press that seems to have gotten rave reviews for her personification of the arrogance of the Bush administration and contempt that they have for the press, the public, and anyone else who would dare raise a question about numerous gaps and gaffes in the Cheney shooting, not to mention a performance worthy of a classic from the genius of Walt Disney. Arianna Huffington has the low-down, and you can watch the entire exchange at Crooks and Liars.

Before the PC police jump my case for making a snarky comparison between Ms. Matalin and the evil queen from Sleeping Beauty, let me point out that the resemblance is startling regardless of gender (and trust me, I know evil queens when I see them), I would have found a similar cartoon reference for a male counterpart (I’ll find a picture from The Wind in the Willows when Karl Rove shows up again in TV), and admittedly I am not the first person to draw the comparison (note the source of the pictures).

One of the things that I find fascinating is that this gang that couldn’t shoot straight (yeah, I know, you’ve heard that one before) and who did such an admittedly good job of bamboozling the public through two elections has such a tin ear when it comes to dealing with embarrassing news. It’s like they don’t know how to deal with the unexpected and anything that distracts them from the Great and Powerful Oz turns to crap in the hands of the handlers. Sending out Mary Matalin does nothing to enhance the image of the administration; she’s like a charm-free version of Ann Coulter.

On the other hand, it could be a very elaborate plot on the part of the Democrats. Ms. Matalin is married to James Carville, the “ragin’ cajun” who masterminded the Clinton war room in 1992 and is possessed of some very sharp political instincts. Maybe he encouraged his wife to go on MTP knowing she’d do complete crater job and therefore make it easier for the Democrats to come across as competent and amiable. Nah. They’re not that clever. Mary Matalin does a fine job as Maleficent all on her own.