Hillary Clinton had a big applause line in the Hollywood Showdown starring her and Barack Obama at the Kodak Theater on Thursday night. She was asked how she could possibly represent change when the same two families (hers and the Bushes) have been in The White House since 1980. Her response, while clever, points out why Republicans are praying every night that she is the Democratic nominee.
I paraphrase a bit, but in essence she said it took a Clinton to clean up the first Bush presidency and it would take another Clinton to clean up the second Bush presidency. It was met with the biggest applause of the night from the glitterati of Hollywood in the audience. Heck, CNN even went to commercial over the applause as if they had just handed out the Oscar for Best Actress!
Can you imagine what we would think if two families in the United Kingdom, or France, or Germany, or Japan had basically shared executive power for 28 years straight? Interesting to think about it from that perspective isn't it?
Super Duper Tuesday is coming and it may be the day that the November ballot for President begins to take final form. There is tremendous interest in this election as there should be. We all have different motivations for making decisions when we vote. I have to believe that whether it is conscious or unconscious, there is an underlying feeling in many voters that 28 years of the Bushes and the Clintons is enough. We will see on Tuesday if I'm right.
An important postscript - it was amazing to see a woman and an African-American sitting side by side knowing that one of them can be elected President of the United States later this year.