Monday, August 27, 2012

Esquire magazine still clueless about the Tammy Wynette / Hillary Clinton comparison

Esquire's September edition has the following sidebar, on page 110, to the piece by Stephen Marche entitled "The Contempt of Women."
...Hillary [Clinton] refused to be Tammy, and for refusing to be Tammy, to be the half-smiling, long-suffering wife, she was villified..."
     This half-baked, half-truth refers to Hillary Clinton's famous response to questions about her mate's philandering in a 60 Minutes interview during her husband's first presidential campaign.
You know, I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man, like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together. And you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him.
     Naturally Hillary ended up publicly apologizing to Tammy Wynette, which probably wouldn't have been necessary if Clinton had ever listened to Wynette's incomparable classic, because, in that case, she probably wouldn't have cast such an ignorantly shallow aspersion.
     What Esquire still hasn't figured out, even after 20 years, is that Hillary Clinton actually is more like Tammy Wynette than Wynette ever was. Hillary, in fact did stand by her man. Wynette, who married five times, did not hesitate to get rid of a bum.
     Below: a great song has a life of its own, and Stand By Your Man will certainly outlast Hillary Clinton, to say nothing of this month's edition of Esquire... (Note: Wynette was alive when this never-aired ad was made. If she still had the rights to her biggest hit at that time, then she had to have approved its commercial use here, which doesn't surprise AKSARBENT, because Wynette, like Dolly Parton (and unlike Loretta Lynn), got a big kick out of her gay fans and supported them. Which makes us like her even more.)

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