I want several things from
our next president. A coherent foreign policy. An economic plan that
helps the poor and middle class instead of corporations and the rich.
An extension of full equal rights to all LGBT Americans. And last, but
not least, an ability to laugh at her/himself. However you feel about Sen. Hillary Clinton, she proved
she could deliver the latter this past weekend, with a surprise stop
by Saturday Night
Hillary appeared in an “Editorial
Response” to the show’s opening skit, which spoofed the most recent Democratic
presidential debate. Her on-screen doppelganger Amy Poehler joined
her, and the resemblance was pretty uncanny.
With the next, and possibly deciding, primaries just a day away, it
remains to be seen whether Hillary’s
appearance swayed any votes. But it should go a long way to dispelling
that old sexist chestnut about women and their senses of humor. I mean,
how good of a sport do you have to be to go on right after it’s implied
that your plan to take down special interests is to be “so annoying,
so pushy, so grating, so bossy and shrill, with a personality so unpleasant,
that at the end of the day the special interests will have to go, ‘Enough!
We give up! Life is too short to deal with this awful woman!’”? According to TMZ, Hillary was given the skit in advance
for approval and told them not to change a thing.
The sketch marks SNL‘s second
Hillary-positive skit in as many weeks. Who knew the Not Ready for Prime Time
Players were a bunch of women’s studies majors? “Bitches get stuff
done” is totally
my new personal mantra.
Now, I’ve made no secret about my support and admiration
for Hillary Clinton.
As both a proud liberal and a proud feminist, she represents everything
I dig: a smart, hardworking, outspoken and ambitious woman who has
risen to the pinnacle of her profession in a decidedly man’s world.
And while you may in fact vote for the other guy, I think we should
all support, as a columnist for the
Cleveland Plain Dealer
so eloquently put it, “the notion of Hillary Clinton.”
It’s never easy being a trailblazer.
For whatever missteps or miscalculations her campaign may have made
along the way, you have to applaud how historic Hillary’s candidacy
has been. In a race with so many firsts, it’s easy to overlook what a
truly transformational notion a female president still is in America.
And if her candidacy does nothing else, perhaps it has exposed how opposed
some still are to the very thought of a woman in charge. If I hear/read/see
one more discussion about her voice/laugh/dress/hair/femininity/lack of
femininity, I think I’ll scream. In the face of all the mainstream sexism
and old-school misogyny that still exists, it’s easy to get discouraged.
And, even here, maybe Hillary has shown us the way. Just laugh.