Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hillary and Margaret...

Peggy Noonan's column from last week compares Hillary Clinton and Margaret Thatcher. You won't be surprised which of them comes out on top in her estimation, but her observations, as always, are well worth reading. Here's her lead:

The story as I was told it is that in the early years of her prime ministership, Margaret Thatcher held a meeting with her aides and staff, all of whom were dominated by her, even awed. When it was over she invited her cabinet chiefs to join her at dinner in a nearby restaurant. They went, arrayed themselves around the table, jockeyed for her attention. A young waiter came and asked if they'd like to hear the specials.

Mrs. Thatcher said, "I will have beef."

Yes, said the waiter. "And the vegetables?"

"They will have beef too."

No matter how I twist my brain, I can't imagine that story working with Hillary substituted for the formidable Mrs. Thatcher…

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