06/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Reading The Pictures: Hillary's Rushmore


My hope, looking ahead to Saturday's crucial DNC rules committee meeting, is that Hillary approached this photo with more irony than presumption.

The difference, in terms of legacy, could not be more pronounced. On the one hand, there is the breakthrough that women now own the path to truly become chiseled into this background. Alternatively, there is the suggestion -- if playing up the hierarchy in the here-and-now -- that a woman just plain got chiseled.

(image: Elise Amendola/Associated Press. May 28, 2008. South Dakota)