The buzz surrounding a Hillary Clinton bid for the presidency is on the rise with the announcement of the new ABC drama Commander in Chief. Geena Davis is cast in the role of the Vice-President who, after the death of the President, must take over as the Commander in Chief of the USA.
Is this Hollywood’s method of showing support for Hillary? Many from the Right say yes, citing as evidence the payroll for the television show. Steve Cohen, a writer for the show, worked for Hillary in the 1990s as her deputy communications director. However, other member of the show staff have worked for President G.W. Bush and also for Sandra Day O’Connor. In response to the hoopla, creator of the show, Rod Lurie states, ‘I promise that if there was no Hillary Clinton, there would still be a Commander in Chief – I want to have a hit show that people enjoy, and really, that’s it.’
Women’s political lobby groups, such as The White House Project, seem to cling to the new show as a means to change the perception of women as leaders, eventually aiming to have a woman as the President. Will Commander in Chief better the chances for a Hillary run in 2008? Are Americans opposed to a woman President? Should Republicans fear the influence of a TV show?
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