Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!
What is her next move? Why do we care so much?
Hillary is a two decades-long prime time reality TV series that keeps getting renewed as the ratings surge higher and higher, and the show’s fascinating characters evolve and become even more fascinating year after year. The show revolves around two complicated multi-layered personalities who have a special knack for re-inventing themselves as they morph seamlessly into yet another phase of their lives. We watch as they become richer, deeper, mellower, more lovable, more in love, highly evolved, and personally involved in “saving the planet.” The glue that bonds all the show’s characters together and whose ups and downs propel the storyline into the future is Hillary, who just happens to be secretary of state.
She is after all, the “Real Housewife of D.C.”
The 2010 season is especially enthralling with slow simmering plotlines that, when fully developed, should yield Super Bowl-like ratings during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The stage is set because likely voters think Hillary is more qualified to be president than the current president, 57% vs. 44%. As Obama is falling, she is rising. Even Hillary’s husband, a former president once impeached, is feeling the love with a 61% favorable rating.
These poll numbers are encouraging because Hillary and her husband have a score to settle left over from the 2008 season. But will they engage?
That is the question. That is the anticipation leading up to the 2011–2012 seasons, forcing us all to watch, even those who would never vote for her. The reality is the economy is bringing down the man who defeated Hillary and thus positioning her for a 2012 smackdown if she chooses.
Meanwhile, not a day passes without the buzz growing about Hillary possibly replacing Vice-President Biden on the 2012 ticket. The current storyline goes, how can Obama win without her? Then there is the foreshadowing of the will she or won’t she tease, Hillary for President 2012, with its first real TV commercial, recently created and paid for by a dentist:
(Don’t you just love the media age we live in, when dentists are making their own presidential campaign spots and it is widely reported as serious news in the Washington Post and on Drudge?)
How about Hillary as the next secretary of defense? She’d be the first woman to hold that office – so Hillary-like! That is a plotline from the Wall Street Journal that appeared all over media land.
Taking this episode one step further, there is a wild dream sequence when Hillary as secretary of defense stages a coup and the current secretary of defense becomes vice-president, but that segment may not make it on the air.
Perhaps more realistically, Hillary will just battle President Obama in the snows of New Hampshire for the 2012 Democratic nomination, with her “I Warned You” buttons.