Thursday, April 20, 2006

Impeachable Offense

I had such high hopes for this show when it started last Fall. Along the vein of the Christopher Reeve's Superman slogan of "You will believe a man can fly", Commander-in-Chief gave us "You will believe a woman can be president". Even if it wasn't some kind of covert poll to see if Hillary or Condoleeza should run or not, it was time to advance America's thinking, time to move us forward as a nation. Other countries around the world are electing women to powerful positions. And while America has hinted at it for the last two decades, ABC Programming is here to tell us that we are actually ready for it.

So I tuned in faithfully every Tuesday night to watch Mackenzie Allen run the country. Even though I thought she was a little stiff, Geena Davis did a pretty good job. She folded her arms a bit too much for my liking, but I believed her character portrayal. So at first, I was a believer, and I was hoping that the rest of America was believing with me - that a woman could be president.

And then the show did stupid stuff: a quickie sex hookup on Air Force One while it was being held hostage, a teen kegger in the White House while the president was out of town, two kids making out on a couch in the Oval Office with no security in sight. These are just to name a few. And these scenes made me mad -- made me mad because they were cheapening the entire idea.

I don't believe for a second that a political advisor could hook up on AF-1 while it is being quanrantined in a bomb threat (even if it is "Zack Morris"). I don't believe for a minute that the president's kids could throw an unchaperoned all-night keg party in the mansion and go running through the halls mooning portraits of John Adams. And I don't believe two teenagers could do it on a sofa in the Oval Office and no one else be around to stop it (even Clinton has to use his private bathroom for such meetings). So, for that matter, why should I believe a woman could be president?

The show has now been moved to Thursday nights and has apparently hired new writers. So perhaps it can be revamped and made into the show it promised it would be. I missed its re-debut last Thursday, but I will be watching it tonight, just to see.

Personally, I do believe a woman can be president. But this show does little to advance the cause.


  1. I had. The same. Reaction. But I tried to see through the haze. There were some pretty good early episodes, like the eco-disaster-ship one where she got to play a little hard-ball while letting the "losers" save face. It's on my TiVo, so I'll check out the new stuff later. The New Yorker had a nice piece on it in the fall, by the way.

  2. "Personally, I do believe a woman can be president. But this show does little to advance the cause."

    I like the show as well, but I'm not so sure it's (the show) meant to advance this cause - we don't need television to dictate American politics - don't we have religon for that? - joke! I'm telling you now, if Hillary runs for the Presidency - I'm voting for her even if the Republicans show pictures of her snorting crystal meth off of Rosie O'Donnell's vagina. I don't care - I think it's fine time a woman go in there and clean house. Literally.

  3. Mmm, I like Matt Lanter too. If only Hilary Clinton had a son like that!

    As for the show - we haven't got that far in Australia yet. I've only seen up to episode 11. For the politically initiated, it's a no-brainer, but remember most people out there have never even thought seriously about a female president - an INDEPENDENT one too! I think we can be sure the latter aspect will never happen.