February 17, 2009
New York’s new senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, is a very ambitious politician. Just months after deposing a four-term GOP incumbent in 2006, she raised nearly $700,000--more than any other freshman legislator. As a sophomore in the House, she attempted to bypass more senior members for a seat on the coveted Ways and Means Committee. And she lobbied intently for the Senate appointment. “[H]er eye has been on that prize for a long, long time,” Jonathan Schiller, a founding partner of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where Gillibrand worked as a partner, told the New York Observer.
Tom Perrotta On The Evolution Of Tracy Flick
February 16, 2009
Hillary Clinton got Flicked. Sarah Palin and Kirsten Gillibrand, too. In fact, it's now fair to say that any ambitious female politician with the ability to make men see starbursts--or at least whose hair is blond--will invite comparisons to Tracy Flick, the hyper-driven and not a little bit demented student body president Reese Witherspoon made famous in Election. Rare is the character who receives a second life as a cultural phenomenon--and that fate was particularly unlikely in Flick's case. The film made just under $15 million when it disappeared from theaters in the summer of 1999.
So Is Obama Paul Metzler?
January 16, 2008
I've heard the unflattering "Election"-themed Hillary-is-Tracy Flick comparison multiple times from folks who relish the storyline of the conniving, vindictive, hyperambitious Clinton having her plans for world domination screwed with by the kinder, gentler, more likable Obama. But this new video over at Slate is sending (perhaps unintentionally) a more complicated message with its cheeky casting of Obama as Flick's opponent, Paul Metzler. It includes images of Obama grinning goofily in a Cubs [oops.