Sunday, January 28, 2007

Let the Conversation Begin

I have a friend named Shawn. He is a married man with 4 kids, and a pastor in Iowa. And he says the worst 5 words he can ever hear is "Honey, we have to talk." We laugh afterward, but we both know there is a certain truth to the whole thing.

I recently had a gal I was dating say that we needed to "have a talk" as well. I started getting panicky. I stuttered. I stalled. I got agitated. And, although I eventually caved into having "the talk", I avoided "the talk" like the plague.

Neither my friend Shawn and I are unique. I think a majority of men avoid "the talk" whenever possible. Why then, would a woman with a reputation like Hillary Clinton's have as one of her key campaign slogans "Let The Conversation Begin". Does she have a bunch of therapists working for her? Is she trying to appeal exclusively to her feminine base as she launches campaign? (Notice the pink power in the picture above)

I don't know about you, but when the poster child for angry, bitter old women starts trying to win my vote by saying that we have to sit down and have a talk, I want to run the other way. I want to hide. I want to point to the guy next to me and ask, "Are you talking to him?"

Let the conversation begin? Just when you think it couldn't get worse, you realize that this is going to be an ongoing conversation where Hillary tells America what's wrong with it, and how she in all her wisdom can fix us. We are just at the beginning of having "the talk" because we will not just have one "talk" we will have several over and over and over again.

I really think this is a strategic error that will backfire on the Clinton for President campaign.


SUPER said...

I used that phrase just last week...and true to form...the male it was said to FREAKED OUT! Whatever, women have the need to discuss the situation to find the best solution. Males prefer to ignore the situation and hope it works itself out. Both can be work great...and at times both can make things much worse!

As for Clinton...I'm leaving that one alone for now..because I don't even know where to begin...and THAT could be a LONG TALK!

San Nakji said...

Ha ha, nice take! And soooo true. Both my friend and I have had similar problems with our women this past weekend..

jecaad said...

I don't know what Hillary is thinking. Apparently she didn't consult Billary on this one. Her campaign throng must resemble the Red Hat Lady Society or something simiular for that slogan to muster approval.

I have suggested the "let's talk" discussion before ;), but even as a women I have no desire to hash it out with Hillary. :)

SUPER said...

I'd prefer is she used the "talk amongst yourself" phrase from Mike Myers old SNL character Linda Richman (Coffee Talk)..."Oh, I'm getting a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's new deal was neither new nor a deal. Discuss!"

stephen said...

Oh so agreed!!!