Madame Secretary, all but saying she has discovered the Philosopher’s Stone.
Even though Obama hasn’t even won the 2012 election yet, people are hinting-not-so-subtly about wanting Hillary to run in 2016—and I’m not just talking about the lesbians (because of course we want her to run. Duh.) but about a bunch of really important straight people like Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and House Minority Rep Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), among others. These people are “really important” because they are part of the Democratic Establishment that froze Hillary out of the 2008 nomination—yeah, Donna Brazille, I’m looking at YOU. It wasn’t that Hillary lacked public support, especially when her campaign picked up steam after she "choked-up" with emotion at that restaurant in New Hampshire. What happened was that the Democratic delegates esssentially (take your pick:) cock-blocked her from or mean-girled her out of the nomination. These delegates and superdelegates gave the nomination to the new, young, fresh, and non-Clinton face of the Democratic Party: Barack Obama.
But, I’m not bitter. No. Even if Obama needs to evolve for another four years on securing equal, civil and legal rights for us homos...his Al Green singing voice is like jedi magic. “These are not the [rights] you’re looking for.... You can move along.”
The feature in Elle is particularly revealing; Hillary even acknowledges that many of her critics have become muted, or “defanged,” as her interviewer calls it: “I’ve just been around now a long time....There’s a certain consistency to who I am and what I do, and I think people have finally said, ‘Well, you know, I kinda get her now.’ I’ve actually had people say that to me.”
Hillary plans to retire from her position in 2013, after which the path lay open for...whatever. She has been a stalwart champion of women (which is probably why we lesbians have had such a longtime love for her), so it wouldn’t be surprising if she did some non-profit work. In the interview, she expresses her dismay with the “pigeonholing” of women as either career- or parenting-oriented, and is frustrated by the intentional politicizing of women's roles in an attempt to create a voting-schizm (between "career women" and "mothers"). She also sees a correlation between this type of pigeonholing and the pigeonholing of other minorities, whether religious, ethnic, or ethical:
“One of the big difficulties we’re facing around the world is how we create better understanding among people of different religions, tribes, ethnicities…. It’s just human nature to categorize: ‘I don’t like that, I like that.’ But when it has the consequence of holding people back”—or worse, she adds, of creating “open season” on people who are judged as “less human” because of their religion or some other difference—it’s obviously disastrous. “A lot of the work I do here in the State Department on women’s or human-rights issues is not just because I care passionately—which I do—but because I see it as [a way] to increase security to fulfill American interests. These are foreign-policy and national-security priorities for me.”
Regardless of her future, Hillary will always be a rockstar.
In the meantime, straight-world, we’ll keep you apprised of the next trend as soon as we create it.