“Can she do it as good as a guy can?” That’ll likely be the question on some voters’ minds if Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, according to actor/comedian/vocal whiz/political pundit Hal Sparks. Sparks will be igniting Seattle with the “Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour,” featuring Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang, and “guest panelist” Seattle’s own lampooner laureate Dan Savage, Saturday, December 14, at 8:00pm in the Paramount Theatre.
All depends on which guy, says Sparks. “Are we talking about FDR or are we talking about W?” Sort of renders the question a moot point, eh? That debate will force America to unpack its baggage of sexism, just as the election of Barack Obama has forced us to inspect the loads of latent racist luggage we’ve been hauling around for so long.
“That’s how you clear out an infection,” prescribes Sparks, “(Racism) was festering, then it hurts, but now we’re healing.” We’ve passed through the “bubbling and stinging” phase and are on the road to recovery. America will have to undergo the same medical procedure if Hillary—or progressive champion Sen. Elizabeth Warren—takes to the campaign trail in 2016. Only this time we’ll be confronting our mostly deeply held beliefs about gender roles.
What about Republican media darling Gov. Chris Christie, the East Coast good ol’ Jersey Boy who seems to be modeling himself as a folksy, plain-spoken, have-a-beer-with-me guy. But with a different accent. Sparks doesn’t see Christie winning the GOP nomination. “Chris Christie will probably have a better chance of getting the vice-presidential nomination on the Hillary ticket,” says Sparks. What remains of the moderate Republican establishment fears that some of Christie’s history of questionable New Jersey shenanigans will come back to haunt him. And the radical Tea Party wing despises Christie’s apparent willingness to actually talk to his political opponents. Heck, the guy even met with—and praised of all things—President Obama following the disastrous Superstorm Sandy. Shaking hands with the Anti-Christ? Unforgivable!
Whenever he visits Seattle, “I regret not living there,” says Sparks. “The whole (King) county is named after a civil rights hero,” he muses. “Where I come from (Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois) most places are named after the Indians that were killed to get the land!” He does worry about the frequently gloomy weather, though, noting that “Seattle discovered coffee…as an anti-depressant.” And he admires the music scene, to which his own rock band, Zero 1, owes a great debt.
Whenever Hal does get the chance to invade the Emerald City, “I always visit Bruce Lee’s grave and leave a gift, in the Chinese tradition.”
He’ll be leaving Seattle another gift: the raucous humor and irreverent insights of the “Sexy Liberal” show December 14.
Maybe in a couple years, if America’s healing continues, we’ll all be visiting the grave of the GOP. Not sure if we’ll be leaving any gifts, though.