Donald Trump ended his fight with Megyn Kelly. They did a prime-time special on the Fox broadcast network during the May ratings sweep. Each side got what they wanted in a feud more Charlie McCarthy-W.C. Fields than the Hatfields and McCoys. The interview was more than the burying of hatchets, and pundits missed that.
Why not? Pundits missed everything else in this campaign. Trump made out like a bandit on Tuesday night.
The words of the interview did not matter. The visuals and body language did, as well as tone of voice. Megyn Kelly came off as a beautiful, strong woman who can hold her own with strong, powerful men. Focus groups (hopefully not conducted by the inept Frank Luntz) screened the interview and the rest of the show carefully. Fox broadcasting may have a new star. Or her agents may be able to get her a contract with ABC, CBS or NBC. Who knows? Who cares? Stars come and go.
However, I contrasted Kelly's performance against Katie Couric's interviews over the years, and it is no contest. Kelly was the lioness.
Couric is a pussycat. She is puffy and weak, which is why she is a supporter of feminism and the needy Missus Clinton. Couric's failure at CBS was inevitable. She came out of the same "Today" show where trailblazer Barbara Walters cut her teeth. But unlike Couric, Walters lost her baby teeth and grew shark teeth.
Walters is a longtime friend of Trump.
Which leads to what Trump got out of the interview. He got the straw that will break the back of the camel that is Missus Clinton's stuttering and stumbling campaign, because Trump showed not only can he handle a beautiful, strong woman, but Trump can win her over.
This is a key to his campaign. Clinton will call him misogynist in her shrill, nails-in-the-chalkboard voice. What a mess.
Trump meanwhile will smile and showcase his daughter, Ivanka, who is a beautiful, strong woman, and his wife, Melania, who is a beautiful, strong woman, and his younger daughter, Tiffany, who is a beautiful, strong woman. He is the alpha male perfectly comfortable with and unthreatened by the alpha woman. In fact, he prefers them. He is the lion with a healthy pride of lionesses. That explains his hair, a golden mane.
Of course Trump is taking his A game to Missus Clinton. 'Tis his nature.
And of course Clinton will hide behind her sex and claim victimhood. 'Tis her nature.
But he has cultivated over the years a bevy of beauties who are intelligent and successful. Most of all, they are strong. If you think Melania will aid and abet peccadilloes, you are out of your mind. Melania can dump Trump tomorrow and still live in luxury for the rest of her life. She built an identity first, then married.
Missus Clinton? She could not leave her husband if her were exposed as Jerry Sandusky tomorrow because her whole identity is built on being Bill Clinton's wife. In the 1960s, young ladies attended the Seven Sisters colleges to attract an Ivy League husband, which is what she eventually did. Sure, she graduated valedictorian and graduated from Yale Law School. But her plan was to marry a future president, serve as an Eleanor Roosevelt-type first lady, and become the first woman president.
However, such a plan made her dependent on Bill for her political achievement. Missus Clinton now is weak, puny, and needy. Her line about after 207 years we need a woman president is enough to disqualify her. We have already had one affirmative action president too many, thank you. Golda Meir and Margaret Thatcher were elected despite being women, which meant they had to be twice as tough as any man. They didn't whine. They toughened up. Their election was not about them or womanhood, but rather about serving their countries. Both served as the best prime ministers of their respective countries since World War II.
At some point in one of the debates, Trump should call out Hillary on this. He should say America should have a woman president, but not you because you are too weak and too dependent on your husband to lead this country and the free world.
Events such as his interview with Megyn Kelly give such an attack credibility. He loves strong women. Hillary Clinton is not one.