Years ago, when Jane Fonda was married to Tom Hayden, she was Phil Donahue’s guest on his talk show. For this performance, the once bulimic daughter of Hollywood royalty who married Roger Vadim and became Barbarella, then an anti-American, North Vietnam afficionado, then the wife of a former hippie SDS activist turned State Senator - wore a white blouse with a peter pan collar and a simple cardigan sweater and claimed to be happy as a California wife who did her own housework. Aw shucks! Flash forward to the dynamic duo of Huma Abedin, 37 year old Muslim fashionista politico who is Hilary Clinton’s right hand man and her husband, disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, formerly a nebbishy Jewish boy from Brooklyn who made good in NY politics until the desire to display his private package in semi-public resulted in his resignation from very public office. These two have welcomed People magazine into their home to see their “normal” family raising a baby with hubby doing bath time upstairs and the laundry in the basement. It’s interesting how an alpha woman who wears only designer clothes and handbags and is known for never being seen in the same outfit twice, lives in an apartment without a washer/dryer and apparently without household help. Puhleez.
When Huma married Anthony, many questions surfaced about this unlikely pairing. A Muslim woman, raised in Saudi Arabia in an academic family connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and Sisterhood was marrying a NY Jew - as blasphemous an act as any Muslim woman could contrive. But there were other questions too - such as who had been paying for all the couture clothes that Huma had been wearing since she started working in Washington; who paid for her tony apartment there, and was there a deeper, hidden relationship between her and her boss? Obviously, I cannot answer these questions but they assume greater credibility when the concerned parties display a flagrant disregard for the intelligence of the public. If your act is as transparent and heavy-handed as pretending to be Mr. and Mrs. Average American family, when the wife and mother traverses the globe throughout the year, the one thing we know for sure is that she is not being truthful. We also know from the embarrassing exposure of the husband/father’s cyber-sexual peccadillos that he is very far from being normal. This raises suspicions about the rest of the narrative that’s been spun. Remember Jane Curtin and Dan Ackroyd as the Coneheads on Saturday Night Live? They played pointy-headed aliens living in small-town America who explained their unusual appearance by claiming to be from France. Almost as laughable is a Muslim woman, raised in Saudi Arabia, with family ties to radical Islamic organizations working hand in hand with the American Secretary of State, marrying a Jewish congressman with entree to sensitive material without the public being certain that she has been cleared by security. According to Senator McCain, it’s disgraceful to question this highly unusual fact pattern - is he from France as well?
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