Tina Fey's message:
Here, Fey questions why more women are voting for Barack Obama, not Clinton. Fey takes some excellent shots at Limbaugh ("Jeff Conaway of right wing radio," indeed) and shoots down all people who would dismiss Clinton for being a "bitch."
Fey brilliantly reclaimed the insult saying, "Let me say something about that, she is a bitch. And so am I. Bitches get stuff done. That's why Catholic Schools use nuns instead of priests... At the end of the year you hated those bitches, but you knew the capital of Vermont."
I loved it.
Then came Tracy Morgan
Personally, I thought he started off great:
Why is it every time a black man in this country gets too good at something, someone always comes along and reminds us that he's black?
He had his own analysis of this issue in one succinct statement:
It's a little complicated, but basically it goes like this: We are a racist country. The end.
Amen to that noise.
But rather than go the route Fey did by pointing out all the reasons that qualify Obama for President, he chose to go after Hillary.
He also discussed the infamous "3 a.m. ad." And I have a MAJOR bone to pick with people who are critics of this ad.
Contrary to Morgan's claim, this has nothing to do with convincing people that a "black man couldn't answer the phone at 3:00 in the morning."
This ad isn't saying Barack wouldn't answer the phone or wouldn't know what to do, it's not a racist statement.
The narration says something like, "Your vote decides who will handle emergency situations in this country. Do you want someone who knows the worlds leaders and military, someone who is tested and ready to lead?" and then the implied message is --- or do you want someone who is a more green?
Its on message with what Clinton has ALWAYS SAID: She has more experience than Obama. Period.
Anyway, sorry that's my side rant of the day.
Here's where Morgan gets a little offensive (in my opinion):
I want to know what qualifies Hillary Clinton to be president? Is it because she was married to the president? If that were true, then Robin Givens would be heavyweight champion of the world. If Hillary's last name wasn't "Clinton," you know she'd just be some crazy white woman with too much money and not enough lovin'. That's where I come in. I know women like that. You don't want them answering the phone at 3:00 in the morning.
Okay I realize that SNL is not here to provide me with thoughtful political commentary, but come on, is this the best Morgan could do? If I was Obama, I'd be pissed! Morgan spent the majority of his rant skewering Hillary while saying nothing pro-Obama except that "he's a gangster from Chicago."
Tina Fey's message was pro-Hillary and anti-sexism. She didn't have to waste time slamming Obama. But Morgan decides that in order to support Barack, he needs to bring out every tired-and-true Hillary-slur.
- "She's only up for this job because she married the right guy." (aka- slept her way to the top.)
- "It's not her, it's her last name."
- "She's a crazy bitch and you don't want crazy bitches running the country"
- "Her own husband doesn't want her, why would the country want her?"
I guess the line that really pissed me off was "If Hillary's last name wasn't "Clinton," you know she'd just be some crazy white woman with too much money and not enough lovin."
Here's a history lesson for you, Mr. Morgan:
- Hillary was twice voted one of the most influential attorneys in America
- At Wellesley College, her classmates chose her to be the first-ever student commencement speaker
- She served as one of the two women on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee during the time when they considered impeaching Nixon
- She ran a legal aid clinic for the poor and handled cases of foster care and child abuse
- She organized a group called Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
- At age 30, President Carter appointed her to the board of the United States Legal Services Corporation
- She's a bestselling author
- She's known throughout the world as a champion for health care reform and women's and human's rights
There's a lot more to her resume besides "rich white woman who doesn't get enough loving" --- and I suspect there's a lot of great things you could have plugged about Obama, but I guess in all the Hillary-bashing you ran out of time.
Thanks for that, Tracy. You're upset that this is a racist country, but I guess the fact that it's a sexist country is 'no big.'