Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Friday, August 03, 2012

'Political Animals' Losing Steam

I've watched the first three episodes of the USA Network's "Political Animals" and I may be ready to jump ship.

While the show is, on one hand, a fascinating glimpse into a fictionalized account of the Clinton camp's views on the usurping Obama administration and on the world of liberal beltway politics in general, it's also ridiculously unrealistic, filled with gratuitous foul language and sex scenes, riddled with "message" plot lines (so far, we have bulimia, drug abuse, and two gay characters, including a Supreme Court Justice) and stock characters (the feisty, foul-mouthed grandma, for instance), and it mistakes misogyny for female empowerment (two female reporters happily sleep with their boss, "Hillary" goes running back to "Bill" for an afternoon romp at a motel room, one of the son's wives--who, possibly fueling stereotypes, happens to be Asian--is rarely seen clothed and not engaged in various sex acts with her husband).

Will I watch the fourth episode this Sunday? Depends how bored I am.