It occurred to me today that it’s perfectly plausible to imagine a Republican winning the 2012 Presidential election and then being defeated in 2016 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. This, in turn, could very plausibly lead to Sandra Lee becoming de facto or de jure First Lady of the United States. And then what? Semi-homemade state dinners? The Chinese won’t even need aircraft carriers to emerge as global hegemon.
It’s kind of a cliché to observe that in the contemporary world, the concept of the “first lady” is badly outdated. But contemplating this goes to show how true that cliché is. The country does, in fact, need someone to play the hostess-in-chief role but that’s simply not compatible with the range of career options open to today’s women.