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Disclaimer: This post is not about politics. It is about a TV show that is itself about politics.
IMHO this series (like the 2005-2006 series Commander In Chief) is present for the main purpose of planting the idea in the minds of religious conservative voters that an American woman can be a strong figure in International politics and succeed brilliantly. Hillary Clinton was supposed to be one of the two major party candidates in both the 2008 and the 2016 elections. But the reality is that with the Electoral College and the almost even split between two major parties, the only way anybody wins a National election is to stimulate a certain number of voters to cross over and vote for someone not in their favored party.
Thus we have Commander In Chief in 2005 and Madam Secretary in 2014. My prediction is that - provided that Madam Secretary has the ratings for a second season, she will be asked to appear on the presidential ticket at the end of the second season, a few months before the 2016 elections.
But even with no second season, the idea will have been planted. Recall that the only two times a woman made it onto a major party ticket for the presidency, that ticket lost.
I also think that this is Hollywood trying to influence a National election - again. Which is their right. The series will also leverage Hillary's campaign to make advertising dollars - always a motive.
I'm in, I liked the first three episodes.
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Last edited by Gary McCoy; 10-06-2014 at 11:38 AM.