Melissa Harris-Perry | February 03, 2013
>>> on tuesday at a global town hall , former secretary clinton had a specific answer as to why 2016 is not on her mind, at least not right now.
>> i am not thinking about anything like that right now. i am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as secretary of state and catching up on 20 years of sleep deprivation .
>> i know that's right. slow her roll to get some sleep. all right, look, there's hillary on the one hand. on the other hand, there are all the women she wants to blaze a trail. i want to read this from the white house . we are sorry to inform you that due to the challenging economic climate, the white house project had to close its doors. our work will continue as it transitions to other organizations. this is a big deal . it's the end of an era .
>> it's a bad climate for organizations that need to raise money . the white house project had a challenge, it was not a partisan organization. raising money to train women in both parties wasn't going to necessarily draw the kind of fund that is perhaps, you know, there are lots of partisan organizations. i want to speak a little bit about what it means to be a trail blazer like hillary . actually, directly after her primary run in denver, when she gave the second concession speech, i talked to wilson, the founder of the white house project. she told me then that after that run by hillary , where lots of people said she was beat up so bad it's going to discourage other women from getting into politics. it was up 60%. watching a woman in there in politics inspired so many women to begin with. the converse of that is powerful figures like hillary , we can tell ourselves and the number of women elected to the senate, we are good, we are at 20%.
>> 20% in the senate, 17% of the seats in the house. it's a record year for women .
>> it is terrific -- at 20%.
>> headlines about how terrific it is without the asterisk saying 20%. you know, given -- representing 51% of the population.
>> lulls us.
>> right. it tells us, hillary clinton , the most powerful woman in history, terrific, without the asterisk does not say did not win her party's nomination. why dif money to organizations saying look at the powerful organizations out there. ladies are doing fine.
>> it's interesting. to the extent there's moderate success, it moves public opinion in a way that doesn't lead the critical need to bring more women into the system.
>> it's interesting to think of hillary clinton and potential democrats that might run for presidency.
>> one of the interesting things is how similar she is in terms of policy views to joe biden , andrew cuomo . they all, if you put them on a stage to debate, they don't have anything to disagree about.
>> what does that primary look like?
>> exactly. it helps them in a lot of competition. you really are looking at a difference that is more symbolic.
>> it's not symbolic in the sense that if you name them, the only one that acquired her power the same way as the two black senators, three of those four acquired power by election. we have the barrier, we have women and african-americans, the maximum power .
>> through appointment. it has not gone away. it doesn't mean their power isn't well deserved and isn't real, but it suggests a reluctance on the part of voters. i will say, you nou, as long as we are calling 2016 , i'm going to say, i have a joy thing that i sleep on at night where i imagine joe biden running with nina turner from