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1/16/2006 04:22:00 PM | Nathan Empsall

Trends?

Yesterday, Chile elected a Socialist president. This continues a Latin America trend, with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Brazil also putting Socialists at the helm.

Chile's new President is also its first woman president. Germany and Liberia have also recently elected their female heads of state.

We know the Socialist trend will have its own small thumbprint here in America - Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a self-declared Socialist, is likely to win a Senate seat next year, and win big, with Jim Jeffords' retirement. Could the female trend also spread to America?

Hopefully not in '08, but let's keep our eye on '12 or '16. I say hopefully not '08, as I'd rather not see Hilary win the Democratic nomination. Condi Rice, the only other woman with a real shot, says she has no interest in running, and let's be thankful for it. But a woman president would be nice, as it would break down barriers and possibly introduce a new leadership style (a recent study at Northwestern University shows city governments run by women tend to be run with less heirarchy and more cooperation and efficiency). There are numerous possibilities - Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe both come to mind. Let's keep our fingers crossed for 2016 (I'd say '12, but hopefully a Democrat not named Hilary will in '08 and be re-elected in '12).



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