By Misty Rosas
“You had me at hello…”
“Show me the MONEY!”
Perhaps two of the most iconic lines in American movie history. Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr. said those words to Tom Cruise, playing Jerry McGuire in the titular role. If you were human and alive in 1996, you saw Jerry McGuire. You laughed. You cried. You ate that sh*t up.
Because it was the classic story of an underdog! Everyone loves the heroes’ journey. A great and honest man (or woman) is faced with daunting circumstances. Yet he prevails with the help of a few devoted believers. Rudy Ruettiger. Oprah. Nelson Mandela. Hell, even Jesus – all underdogs. All Grade A, fantastic underdog stories.
And then there’s Bernie.
Oh, I love me some Bernie. He’s your cranky old grandpa who’s been there, done that. He knows a few things and he’s had enough of our crap. Fasten your seatbelts because the Bernie-verse just had its big bang.
Bernie officially announced his intention to run for president on May 26, 2015, about six weeks after Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. Since then, there has been a slow, steady bubbling of support for his progressive, socialist approach. Bernie has been an activist for more than half a century, with no signs of slowing down.
Will Bernie crush Hillary at the #CAPrimary, resurging Bernie fervency to an energetic new high? So I have two questions:
- What took this guy so long to run for president?
- Can he really win over my beloved Hillary?
I don’t know about question #1, though I have my concerns over question #2. As a woman, I am desperate for my daughters to see a woman lead the free world with unprecedented success. The gender gap is way more real than I could have ever imagined. I believe in her. She is also an underdog. Like she said, they’ve called her a lot of things, but never a quitter. She perseveres despite of gender, age, scandal and pantsuits.
But can Bernie undercut her underdog? Maybe. Show me a millennial and I’ll show you someone who loves anything called “grassroots.” So he’s grassroots. Hillary worked with what she had to get where she is. She has navigated politics for decades and succeeded, without the perk of having a penis.
How do we choose between our favorite grandma and grandpa? I love them both. Honestly, I’ll #VoteBlueNoMatterWho.
But I digress…. You might say that Trump is also an underdog. And he is in a way, but his story doesn’t qualify as a compelling heroes’ journey. A hero altruistically achieves his goal on behalf of the people. There is much speculation of his selfish motives, though his abrasive persona hardly represents the hero. Does anyone really believe he will responsibly handle nuclear codes?
So we have one idiot, one historic visionista and one helluva an underdog. In all fairness, he seems a little too good to be true. He’s been called an ideological purist who lacks the proven experience that Hillary already has. Don’t underestimate experience. How the hell do you think GWB got reelected for a second term?
Bottom line – she’s still my girl. #ImWithHer. But I’ll throw Bernie a little love, come what may. And if I believe in luck at all, grandma and grandpa will make-up and become the best damn presidential ticket there ever was.