Margaret Thatcher was well ahead of her time. In a male-dominated world, she became a powerful political figure in twentieth century Britain. Even today, Thatcherism continues to have a significant influence on the political landscape of the world. Thatcher was Britain’s first female Prime Minister. The absence of any other female Prime Minister in Britain since demonstrates that her ascendancy to the helm of Britain was unique. It was a feat that may take a while to repeat.
In 2008, it was hoped by many that the Thatcher moment had arrived in the United States. No woman had ever been nominated by a major party for President of the United States. Hillary Clinton had been preparing for a potential candidacy for United States President since at least early 2003. However, she was outshone by the silver-plated smoothness of Barack Obama.
Fast forward to 2011.
As Barack Obama’s first term of office draws to a close, many ask, “What if Hillary Clinton had become President?” Nobody knows for sure what the answer to this hypothesis is although many argue that Hillary Clinton had superior experience in the world of politics and would arguably have been more adept at understanding and managing the vast right wing conspiracy.
According to Newsweek, there is an angry chorus of frustration among Democrats about Obama’s perceived weaknesses. Many are furious and heartbroken at how ineffectual he seemed in dealing with Republican opponents over the debt ceiling and liberals are particularly incensed by what they see as his ‘capitulation to conservatives on fundamental liberal principles.’
“Obama has no spine and no balls” asserted a 67-year old New Yorker.
The ephemeral excitement over the suave Harvard law graduate has been replaced with criticism and disappointment.
Perhaps they judge him harshly. However, it is clear that in order to survive Obama must re-invent himself like Madonna. Obama may have mastered the art of winning an election but running a government as intricate as that of the United States is where the true battle lies.
In the meanwhile, as noted by the host on Real Time With Bill Maher, liberals may be having “buyer’s remorse” about Obama. It is opined that Hillary Clinton may have been a better President. No, not because she is a woman but because she is a tough negotiator, a seasoned politician and balances eloquence with substance.
Sadly, the Thatcher moment does not come round every generation.