Townsend touches on the popular depictions--seducer, conniver
, betrayer--of Malinche in film and literature (to which can now be added the new novel Malinche by Laura Esquivel), then explains in her introduction:
Gates the coward, Gates the conniver
, Gates the disgrace.
Like Franklin Roosevelt, Lincoln was a consummate fence-straddling politician--a conniver
, manipulator, and liar.
But that has been lost in translation, so forever he will be ribbed in the land of his birth, one part traitor one part conniver
"Ralph Reed is seen by some evangelicals as a conniver
who used religion for political ends," said Lindy Scott, the director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College.
He takes care to show what they did right and, particularly in the case of Grant and Garfield, what they did wrong (Grant could never envision that the enemy could actually ruin his best laid plans, and Garfield was a conniver
who wrote letters to government officials criticizing his superiors).
Murray Rothbard, an economist, said of Lincoln, "Lincoln was a master politician, which means that he was a consummate conniver
, manipulator, and liar" (as cited by DiLorenzo, 2002, p.11).
Chump or conniver
? The problem with all the badges critics pin on Tony Blair about his relationship with George Bush is none of them really stick.
George Bonnet, that double-talking conniver
, who as French foreign minister worked for the abandonment of Czechoslovakia in 1938, miraculously turned his jacket inside out and became an advocate of an anti-German alliance with the Soviet Union in 1939.
that he seemed to me almost a conniver
at his wife's unfaithfulness"--has now begun to doubt her.
Shay destroys those memories and paints a picture of a scheming, lying, self-serving conniver
. So much for my classical education.
Thus the spectator is encouraged to reify the misogynist myth that all women mean yes when they say no and are innately deceptive, impenetrable creatures descended from the original female conniver