When I was in high school, I always figured that at some point in my lifetime, a woman or a black man would be elected president.
It just seemed logical. A system that was churning out guys like Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater and LBJ would appear to need some help from the rest of the population. But I never figured it would be 2008 before a woman or a black man would have a serious chance of being elected.
What makes me wonder, though, is the case of Hillary Clinton. Maybe I'm being unfair to the senator from New York, but while I would love to see a woman president, maybe this particular woman isn't the right one.
If you look in the dictionary under "polarizing figure" ...
It seems to me like half of America hates Hillary and half of America loves her, and she hasn't even been elected yet. There is no question she is a talented, intelligent person, but she sometimes seems a little too slick for comfort.
What I wonder is if some women -- and feminist men -- of our age are supporting her just because they think it's time that the barriers come down. That's not a terrible thing; I also think it would be one of the benefits of electing Barack Obama.
I'd love to hear your opinions on this one.