Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
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.
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.