Tuesday, July 13, 2004

There's good news from south of the border.
La primera dama de México, Marta Sahagún, anunció ayer su retirada definitiva de la carrera por la presidencia de México en 2006, después de varios meses de controversias por su excesivo protagonismo político.
I warned about this Señora Defarge on March 4 in "Forget Gay Marriage -- The Consorts Are Coming!!" The Mexican First Lady's conniving to follow her husband in office was well under way. Why has she backed out just now? The answer lies in Pittsburgh.

Marta was counting on riding a burst of gushing publicity about women in politics, which she expected would follow The Ketchup Consort's selection of She Who Must Not Be Named as his Veep candidate. Unfortunately for her plans, Heinz-Kerry instead picked The Breck Boy. Yes, most Democrats said that's what they wanted, but that was only because Mrs. The Clenis refused to run. Polls consistently had rated her higher among the party serfs than anyone who was actually campaigning in the primaries. Our would-be first African-American First Lady could ignore having her own stalking horse upstaged by a refugee from a Dockers ad, but not by another woman with an eye on the throne for herself.

So if the voters reject Our Noble Leader for The Francophone Weathervane this fall, then Terry Of The Scarves will be able to look at the portrait unveiled this year in the White House, and say of her rival, in the words of Robert Browning,
Oh, sir, she smiled, no doubt,
Whene'er I passed her; but who passed without
Much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together. There she stands
As if alive.
The death in question may be only political, but is no less real. As an added bonus, this torpedoed the ambition of another Amazon. Oh, she fired parting shots about "las acciones retrógradas, misóginas y machistas", but the party is over for Marta. No matter that he was not the one calling this shot, we all owe a quick Gracias to JFK II for sparing us from that nightmare.

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