This is from Maureen Dowd's column about Hillary Clinton
criticizing Rumsfeld in the context of the Iraq war.
There was a pause while Rummy summoned all the condescension he usually reserves for doltish reporters.
“My goodness,’’ he exhaled finally, firing off a defense that could have been translated as: “Where do I start educating you on your utterly superficial understanding of the enemy, you harridan hippy-dippy Henny Penny?”
What does "Henny Penny" mean here?
Henny Penny is a character in a classic children's story. She is a chicken who, when an acorn falls on her head, believes that the sky is falling and spreads alarm all through the barnyard.
When someone is referred to as a Henny Penny, it usually means someone who is an alarmist, or someone who reacts to a situation without knowing all the details.
Ouisch, thank you for the explanation.