Count me among the few people on the planet who have never watched Saturday Night Live. Not even back when it was consistently funny (I was in high school then and my mother felt it was "inappropriate"). Well yeah, I've seen a rerun or retrospective now and then, but I was well out of college before I saw that "wild and crazy guys" skit that a high school friend constantly made a fool out of himself imitating. Yes, I live under a rock. These days it's on purpose for the most part.
Speaking of rocks, I've never seen 30 Rock either. Tina Fey got my attention on that American Express ad which I'm starting to suspect she wrote most of. Have you ever seen someone from across a room and just known you wanted to be friends with that person? Call it "like at first sight." That was how I felt about Tina Fey.
OK, I'm not some creepy stalker. I'm not even going to be sending her fan mail. But after last Monday morning, I'm officially a fan.
Now, I didn't see the original Weekend Update skit on SNL. I heard it Monday morning on NPR. Because that's the kind of geek I am. Needless to say, I was blown away.
For months I've been saying that what I like and admire in Hillary Clinton is what everyone else hates. I think it's been that way from the very beginning when she made that "stay home and bake cookies" remark. People who cried foul on that conveniently seemed to forget that it was she who was being attacked for wanting to use her skills in some major-impact way while her husband potentially held the highest office in the land. Why is that a problem?
Never mind that she was positively prophetic on the problem healthcare has become in this country. No, let's talk about her marriage. I once had a conversation with a woman who told me that she would have a lot more respect for Hillary if she had left Bill. Hmm. Let's see. You have just suffered the ultimate marital humiliation in front of the entire world. Do you:
A) Divorce him, become Washington poison (all these years and still nobody likes a divorcee), return to Little Rock, or Chicago, or even New York and quietly practice law, maybe teach a class or two and write a tacky tell-all?
B) Stay with a dynamic and powerful guy, continue to travel the world, continue to have influence, support your family through personal and political crisis, get encouraged to run for Senator, run and actually win, run for President?
They still say living well is the best revenge, don't they?
But that's just my theory of the situation. Nobody ever really knows what's in another couple's marriage.
I'm trying to decide if people's dislike of Hillary is really related to her stint as First Lady, as I posited at Soccer Mom; her failure to leave her husband after the Monica Lewinsky nonsense, or if people are uncomfortable with her blatant desire
to be in charge for power.
It's the 21st century, and women are not supposed to want power? Apparently, it's OK if they have power, ala Madeline Albright, or Condoleeza Rice, but they must not be seen as angling for it.
I'm not sure there's any neat way to wrap this up. I have known, and been put off by, women Hillary's age who gained their professional stripes in a time when they were told the had to "act like men" to get ahead. I've known women who were not "nice," but whom I nontheless respected because they were successful and didn't let anyone stop them.
I could understand if it was mostly guys (guys who firmly approve of the current President's smirking swagger and blatant power grab) who were put off by Hillary, but it's not. It's women, lots of them. Now I am not suggesting that all women should want to vote for Hillary because she's a woman, I'm just floored by the number of women who won't vote for her because they don't like her. This makes no sense to me. Just as the average Joe will never sit down to have a beer with President Bush, the average Joan will not be sitting down to tea (or a glass of wine) with the next President. These are not qualifications.
The primary season could be over in a few days. If Hillary Clinton's name is not at the top of the Democratic ticket, I still think that she will have done an amazing thing to advance women in our society. She has made it possible for other women to run for President and be taken more seriously than they would have been in the past. This election has exposed a lot of ugliness about our society that was easy to ignore until we had a woman running for office, things we still need to address.
I once heard Senator Clinton say that if she did not win, she would go back to being the Senator from New York and she will continue to be effective in that role. In spite of the disappointment that would entail, I believe she will.