- The Washington Times - Friday, August 25, 2000

'Empowered' singles

"Time magazine slapped actress Sarah Jessica Parker from 'Sex and the City' on the cover this week with the line, 'Who Needs a Husband?' Well, apparently, Sarah Jessica Parker does.

"Parker, who's happily wed to actor Matthew Broderick, says she tells her single friends how boring married life is just to make them feel better.

"After all, 'Sex and the City,' the popular series that chronicles the wild, fabulous single life of some New York party girls, is only a TV show. Nobody really lives that way… .

"Time claims women are choosing the 'empowering' route of leading 'fulfilling lives' as singles. They've spent their 20s and 30s working 60 hours a week climbing the corporate ladder at Fortune 500 companies. And they only want to marry if they find 'the right guy.'

"So basically, women still want to be married. It's just that now they want the 'perfect mate.' Sounds reasonable, depending on what you mean by 'perfect.' "

Susan Konig, writing on "The single life? Who needs it?" in Wednesday's New York Post

'Teen-pop utopia'

"Carson Daly is MTV's biggest star. He's more popular than most of the artists he chats up on 'Total Request Live.' No VJ has ever approached this level of fame, not even in the heady days of Martha Quinn.

"He even has his own Scholastic Books fan-bio, 'Hey, Carson: A Total Guide to the Hottie Host of Total Request Live.' Girls pack Times Square every afternoon to chant his name. Boys can relate to his stubbly bravado. Dads want to golf with him. Moms want him to walk him across the street.

"He parties with rock stars like Fred Durst and Kid Rock; he dates actresses like Tara Reid. If the sound of teen girls screaming 'woooo!' is responsible for the hole in the ozone layer, Carson has some serious explaining to do.

"Every afternoon, Carson counts down MTV's top 10 requests with a live audience of hyperventilating kids. It's a simple formula, not far from what Dick Clark did on 'American Bandstand' in the same after-school time slot nearly 50 years ago, or 'Dial-MTV' back in the '80s. But as the franchise face of the 'TRL' phenomenon, Carson serves as the maestro of a classic teen-pop utopia, mixing boy bands, rappers and guitar monsters into one booming system."

Rob Sheffield, writing on "Hot Request: Carson Daily," in the Sept. 14 issue of Rolling Stone

First feminist

"Want a nightmare scenario to shake conservatives from their political lethargy? Next November, Hillary Rodham Clinton wins the New York Senate race. It won't be easy, but it's doable. Her opponent, Rick Lazio, is the new kid on the block; he will have to work fast to build a war chest and effective campaign machine. Al Gore loses to Bush.

"The after after the election, HRC becomes the most prominent Democrat in the country and, therefore, a leading contender for her party's next presidential nomination. A Bush family curse brings an ill-timed recession late in George W.'s first term and in January 2005, the first woman president announces at her inaugural that she will continue to be what she has always been: a tireless advocate for those who need tireless advocacy.

"An HRC presidency is not implausible, and Peggy Noonan has written a brilliant polemic to scare New Yorkers from making it possible … . Noonan's blistering account makes it clear that if New York sends Hillary to the Senate, it won't get much out of her. Day one, she will be running for higher office. She will also spend much of her time being the country's chief feminist icon."

George Sim Johnston, writing on "New York's Next Senator?" in the July/August issue of Crisis

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