If Hillary Clinton wins the election she will be our first female president — that much is certain. She will have broken the toughest barrier for any woman in our country. But I want to bring your attention to another woman who I believe has been succeeding in her own right this election season. Her name is Kellyanne Conway, the wispy blonde-haired campaign manager for Donald Trump.
I think Conway has the toughest job in this election. Her client Donald Trump is unlike any other presidential candidate in history. When he talks he seems to feel no remorse as he spits out critiques of women, Muslims or anyone else who dares cross his path. It’s Conway’s responsibility to plug up the dam, making sure his words don’t actually hurt his election chances when they make headlines the next day.
It’s no easy task but she knows what she’s doing. After all Kellyanne Conway is a woman with years of experience working with controversial Republican politicians. Remember Todd Akin, the “legitimate rape” guy in 2012? He was one of Conway’s clients.
Four years later, she has mastered the art of turning ugly statements into nothing more that innocent rhetoric. When challenged by television anchors to defend Donald Trump’s latest bombastic remarks Conway speaks with a quiet confidence and shows restraint as the allegations against her client grow more and more bizarre.
Let’s also consider that Conway is the first woman to serve as campaign manager for a Republican candidate. Has anyone noticed? For all the talk about Trump’s issues with the female vote I find this to be incredibly fascinating. The man accused of assaulting women has a woman at the top of his team.
Was it a political move or was Conway the best person for the job? I think it was the latter. She inherited the role from Paul Manafort, the Mr. Big look-a-like that left after two months; before him there was Corey Lewandowski who left after multiple allegations of physical assault. Kellyanne Conway has so far emerged unscathed with less than a month to go before Election Day. I don’t think that’s a fluke; I think it’s because she’s good at what she does.
This was apparent after the first presidential debate on September 26 when Conway sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for a quick post-debate analysis — quick being the operative word here.
As Matthews dished out question after question at a rate of ten words per second, Kellyanne Conway held her own. She countered every point succinctly and rarely faltered in her speech. She knew where to persist on an issue and where to avoid it altogether. All the while, she was arguing the talking points of Donald Trump, a man who is unpredictable in his positions on public policy and who isn’t the most eloquent debater. Anyone else would have throw up their hands in defeat; Conway is still in the game.
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