Not Exactly the Ladies' Lunch...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

...but rather lunch with Hillary, Janet, Hilda, Kay, Bev, Jeanne and Ellen, and a supporting cast of 2000. Emily's List, the group devoted to raising money for pro-choice women's candidates for U.S. Congress, took advantage of the arriving hordes to pull together a luncheon today to celebrate its achievements.

U.S. Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Clinton greets people at the luncheon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

U.S. Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Clinton greets people at the luncheon. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)


I wouldn't say it was the loudest or most enthusiastic crowd I've ever seen at one of these events but it did remind me, while we've all been focused on the top-line narrative of the last two months -- who's in the cabinet, what that means, what Obama is doing about banks and economic stimulus and whether he's more conservative -- 'pragmatic' is the word that he likes to use -- than his campaign supporters believe -- while we've been focused on all that, just one level down, the ground really is shifting. To have the Congress be able to pass a bill protecting women workers, and a children's health bill, and not face a veto, well that's new. To have a secretary of state talk about women's reproductive health -- it's a while since we heard that. The big things may take some time to change. But on a micro level, there's a lot of pent-up energy, and things will likely move quickly, indeed.


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