Last night, the famous TV program, "Saturday Night Live" presented a very good parody of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin addressing the nation, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in their respective roles.
Here is an extract, taking place at the beginning :
FEY AS PALIN: "Good evening, my fellow Americans. I was so excited when I was told Senator Clinton and I would be addressing you tonight."
POEHLER AS CLINTON: "And I was told I would be addressing you alone."
FEY AS PALIN: "Now I know it must be a little bit strange for all of you to see the two of us together. What with me being John McCain's running mate."
POEHLER AS CLINTON: "And me being a fervent supporter of Senator Barack Obama -- as evidenced by this button."
FEY AS PALIN: "But tonight we are crossing party lines to address the now very ugly role that sexism is playing in the campaign."
POEHLER AS CLINTON: "An issue which I am frankly surprised to hear people suddenly care about."
FEY AS PALIN: "You know, Hillary and I don't agree on everything..." (...)
POEHLER AS CLINTON: "But Sarah, one thing we can agree on is that sexism can never be allowed to permeate an American election."
A very funny dialogue, isn't it ?
However, this show is not only a comic parody. It goes beyond the anecdote.
It reveals the very problem Obama has to face currently, now that Sarah Palin is John McCain's running-mate. We will analyze it more in depth in coming days...
Obama is now in front of a terrible obstacle that is going to be difficult for him to overcome : this obstacle is called "women's solidarity".
It is impossible for Hillary Clinton to attack Sarah Palin directly. She cannot forget her gender, she cannot contradict the aim of her life, the one thing she has always fought for : do everything to have more women in politics in order to make the world change.
That was the reason why when she was First Lady, she participated in the creation of Vital Voices, an international organization aiming at promoting women in politics all over the world.
Now on the eve of the election of a woman as vice-president in her own country, Hillary is not going to contradict her deepest convictions, just to please her party !
Democrats have already used her and humiliated her in an excessive manner. They should not expect her to attack another woman whom she certainly respects a lot, and with whom she certainly shares a lot of things even if both are very different.
What the Democratic Party does not understand is that this solidarity goes far beyond party lines, as they said in the show. Both women feel close because they are fighting against the same enemy : sexism...
So don't count on Hillary to say anything negative about Sarah Palin...
Because she perfectly knows how difficult it is, even in the 21st century, to be a woman in politics...
Here is the video of the show : the complete script is available in section : "Sarah Palin Vice President" : page "Hillary and Sarah."