Thursday, January 22, 2009
Can't Knock Hillary Clinton's Hustle
You gotta give it to my girl Hillary - braving the cold to watch her rival take the Oath of Office while haters back in the Senate hemmed and hawed about her appointment to Secretary of State - one has to wonder where her ambition (or masochistic desire to save America) will end? Will she become the Dems' version of Nixon who tried and tried to win the Presidency only to lose to a movement and then, finally, win on his final attempt at the Oval Office? Will she play nice like Colin Powell for one term and then exit stage left? Or will she go the way of Eleanor Roosevelt who went on to set her own course as a humanitarian and pave the way for the United Nations?
I'm no expert on women's studies but it seems to me as if Hillary's story is one of a woman who keeps getting screwed by men in power. Forgive me for not having a loftier way of saying this, but really, homegirl has had to watch a cavalcade of her husband's tricks and one nightstands take to the airwaves while she was trying to promote universal healthcare. Then, as she set out to rewrite history, Hillary found herself on the wrong side of the crossroads between the women's rights movement and the civil rights movement. And still she pressed on - rooting for the team (even if some thought she didn't do so fervently enough) and going on to accept a position on her rival's cabinet. And while she sat in the wings of Barack Obama's inauguration she had the dubious distinction of being the only member of the new President's cabinet who had not been confirmed by the Senate -- the course of Hillary's political story never did run smooth.
What can we expect from her in the next four years?