Republican women have an unmatched ability to spout right-wing propaganda with a Stepford wife elegance that is both beguiling and sterile. There is something too perfect about Dana Perino. It’s not just her immaculately styled hair and makeup (she has really mastered the smoky eye), or her beautiful clothes and plastic smile; it’s the combination of those elements and the unsettling, unflappable manner in which she pleasantly answers questions, in a way that reveals nothing, which gives me the creeps.
The first impulse on seeing her is, “isn’t she lovely” and then the realization hits you, and you wonder-is there anybody in there behind that vacant stare and perfect teeth? It makes you curious what her childhood friends think. I imagine they believe that somebody has killed her and replaced her with the lobotomized pod person that briefs the white house press corps everyday. But where do they hide the pods?
Her press conference last week, in which allegations of torture by our intelligence agencies surfaced over and over, was a classic of Orwellian doublespeak. Even Martha Raddatz didn’t believe her. Raddatz is an ABC reporter who’s been imbedded in Iraq so much it makes you wonder if she’s covering the war or looking for the horny soldier of her dreams.
When Dana’s White House gig is up and she is cleared for obstruction of justice, I believe that she’ll entertain us endlessly as one of Fox News’ right-wing Anchorettes, spewing whatever xenophobic, racist, and fascist talking points are issued by the vast right-wing conspiracy.