Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What Lesson Should I Be Drawing Exactly?

I have an informal rule that I don't discuss American politics on this blog because plenty of others already have it well covered and well, I'm Canadian. But I felt the need to acknowledge the defeat of Billary in the primaries.

There has been much said tonight about the historic nature of an African-American being selected as the presidential candidate for one of the major parties for the first time. And I have no quibble with this - it is an important moment in American history. But then somebody always feels the need to point out that it would also have been historic if Hillary had been chosen and that she has "given our daughters hope". Really? What exactly is the message? "If your husband becomes president then one day you could follow in his footsteps". Truly inspirational!