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My Closing Arguments for Hillary

(A great diary about Senator Clinton. – promoted by Brian Leubitz)

Cross posted from my dKos diary with my permission.

New material and lots of stuff I need to say again.  This is my final argument for Hillary.

I think Democrats are good people.  I have friends in every campaign and we treat each other with respect.  The Democrats here are no different.  

You are good people and respectful.  Those tr's who frequent every candidate's diary's are trolls.  They are tr's sent by the right, maybe employed by the right.  They are here to do what they do.  Disrupt discourse and direct our conversations away from where they should be.  I don't have time to waste trying to convince the republican tr's here.  

I'm am working hard for Hillary just as she has worked hard for us for 35 years.

Please join me now in my final argument.

From one of my previous diaries:

Does anyone think our Hillary was foolish to call them what they were and are, “The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy”?

I believed it then and after Cleland, Gore and Kerry I believe it even more.

Can a thinking person believe that they've packed up their bags like Karl, gone home and said, “it was fun for 35 years, let's relax and leave the Democrats alone this hunting season”.

I too was and in many ways I am still idealistic.  My first campaign work was for George McGovern, when the rethugs were just trying out some new hunting tools.  They were still amateurs back then.

They are no longer amateurs.

The wrong wing wants this election more than any other, ever.  

They can smell the scent of 3 maybe 4 Supreme Court seats.  They are hard on the trail of a Court majority that may last until the last ice melts on Mt. Everest.

Those in the pin stripe camouflage have barely begun the privatization of the U.S. Government.  Blackwater is just the beginning.  The God Reagan wanted to tear down the government from the inside and his plans have only partially been implemented.  We only see the lack of toy safety inspectors and meat inspectors.  Unless you've broken a law you don't see the private prisons, the next step being a private FBI.  A private and profitable IRS.  A privately run FAA accepting real time bids for priority landing rights at La Guardia.

They are building the Fascist Corporate State with a cunning twist.  This time around it isn't based on anti-religious Nazi thugs.  This time the front is Christianity itself.  

I do not want to live in a Christian version of Iran.  

The only Democrat who will fight them tooth and nail is Hillary.  The only Democrat with the thick skin of 20 years is Hillary.

The Democrat I trust to do right by us once elected is Hillary.

In our representative democracy trust is what matters.  We hire those we trust then send them to DC to do the job.  

I trust Hillary Rodham Clinton with my future and my children's future.

Qouted from my previous diary with my permission:

The Hillary I know went straight from Law School to Fall River, Mass. to work for the Children's Defense Fund.  Not to the high paying corporate jobs she was offered, but to where she could help the most helpless of our society.

As a law student, Hillary represented foster children and parents in family court and worked on some of the earliest studies creating legal standards for identifying and protecting abused children. Following graduation, she became a staff attorney for the Children's Defense Fund.

The Hillary I know worked to bring down the most corrupt presidency in American history.  She was still young and may have made a mistake or two, but she was on the side of the good guys.


After serving as only one of two women lawyers on the staff of the House Judiciary Committee considering the impeachment of Richard Nixon, Hillary chose not to pursue offers from major law firms. Instead she followed her heart and a man named Bill Clinton to Arkansas. They married in 1975 and their daughter Chelsea was born in 1980.

The Hillary I know continued to work for children after her marriage.

Hillary ran a legal aid clinic for the poor when she first got to Arkansas and handled cases of foster care and child abuse. Years later, she organized a group called Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. When she was just 30, President Carter appointed her to the board of the United States Legal Services Corporation, a federal nonprofit program that funds legal assistance for the poor.

The Hillary I know took on the mantle of the Woman's movement and worked tirelessly around the world to bring the horrible treatment of women into public awareness.

When her husband was elected President in 1992, Hillary's work as a champion for women was recognized and admired around the world. She traveled the globe speaking out against the degradation and abuse of women and standing up for the powerful idea that women's rights are human rights.

The Hillary I know spoke in 1995 to The UN Fourth World Conference On Women, Beijing, China

I want to speak up for mothers who are fighting for good schools, safe neighborhoods, clean air and clean airwaves . . . for older women, some of them widows, who have raised their families and now find that their skills and life experiences are not valued in the workplace . . . for women who are working all night as nurses, hotel clerks, and fast food chefs so that they can be at home during the day with their kids . . . and for women everywhere who simply don't have enough time to do everything they are called upon to do each day.

If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, it is that human rights are women's rights . . . And women's rights are human rights.

The Hillary I know spoke once again at the 5 year follow-up to the Beijing meeting.  When she finished her speech the 1000's of women at the U.N. began to hold hands and sing the anthem of freedom, “We shall overcome”. This is an inspiring woman and republican's don't like that.

The Hillary I know is in it to win.  She's in it to win the nomination and she's in it to win the Presidency.

Quoting Markos:

What's more, Clinton was the only top-tier candidate to refuse the ultimate Iowa and New Hampshire pander by removing her name from the Michigan ballot. That makes her essentially the de facto winner since Edwards and Obama, caving to the cry babies in Iowa and New Hampshire, took their name off Michigan's ballot. Sure, the DNC has stripped Michigan of its delegates, but that won't last through the convention. The last thing Democrats can afford is to alienate swing states like Michigan and Florida by refusing to seat their delegates.

So while Obama and Edwards kneecap their chances of winning, Clinton is single-mindedly focused on the goal.

The Hillary I know has an awesome record in the Senate.  She came to the Senate, rolled up her sleeves and learned the ropes better than most Senators ever do.  She's worked across the aisle more than any and she has fought the rethug controlled Senate to keep our progressive agenda out front.

The Hillary I know has not only fought the wrong wing smear machine for 20 years, she knows how to successfully stand up and fight their crap now.

Once again quoting Markos:

Clinton, by far. No one has taken more shit from the VRWC, not by a long shot. Edwards earned valuable campaign experience in 2004. It makes me wonder why he'd go through it all again a second time, but still, it's something. Obama has never had a competitive race against a Republican. His best experiences comes from winning primaries. But he's never been in the crossfires of the GOP. Maybe that's why he can pretend that he can move beyond partisanship. Because he's never had to run a partisan race.

The Hillary I know is a progressive whatever that means and a lifelong fighter for our liberal beliefs.

Markos once again:

Clinton isn't horrible on this front, but Obama has made a cottage industry out of attacking the dirty fucking hippies on the left, from labor unions, to Paul Krugman, to Gore and Kerry, to social security, and so on. People think I was being ticky tack with the Gore thing, and in isolation it would've been but a minor non-event. But it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back for me, yet another in a pattern of attacks against Democrats and their constituencies. He is the return of Bill Clinton-style triangulating personified.

The Hillary I know is a funny, likable woman.  She admits she is uncomfortable talking about herself but she can speak to the issues better than any candidate in this race.

Even Markos likes her:

In other words, I'd have a beer with any of them. But I do love the idea of breaking a new barrier this year, whether it's by having a woman president or an African American one.

The Hillary I know is a Woman.  She is the best spokesperson the woman's movement has ever had and republican's don't like that either.  Women, over 50% of the population, may not always like her policies but they respect her and admire her fighting spirit.

The Hillary I know is the greatest threat the GOP has ever faced.    Why have they relentlessly attacked her for all these years?  Because they know what will happen to the GOP if Hillary is nominated for the Presidency of the United States.

Women.  Single mothers.  Working women. Feminists. Housewives. Women.  Bartenders, Convenience store workers, mill workers.  Women.  Hookers, Strippers, Black Jack Dealers. Women.

Women. who have never voted.  Women. who have voted Republican.  Women. who are independents.

The Hillary I know when nominated will unite these women into the greatest force for freedom that the world has ever seen.

The Hillary I know when nominated will cause the largest voter registration the country has ever seen.  All those women voters standing with their sisters to see the first Woman President will be registered as Democrats.

If you are not threatened like republican's are, you will support this incredible woman.

The Hillary I know is the greatest threat the GOP has ever faced.  She is a Woman.

Hillary, Maya’s Poem and the NH Primary

Cross posted from Daily Kos with the permission of the author, masslib.

The Observer Unlimited reports Maya Angelou has recently penned a poem for Hillary Clinton.  For those of you who do not know, Maya Angelou is a renowned poetess and author of National Book Award winner, autobiographical novel, I know why the caged bird sings .  The poem borrows from an earlier work of Ms. Angelou, her iconic classic, Still I Rise .  Hillary can take great honor in Maya’s use of the imagery of that poem as it is an important work, and indicative of her great love for Hillary that she made her “family” in her heart that way.  Maya’s poem really struck a chord with me after my experience volunteering for Hillary in Southern NH, and I would guess it was written in that time period.  I was campaigning for Hillary from hours before she lost Iowa until hours before she won NH.  My story and the poem below the fold.

Maya recently remarked on her commitment to Hillary saying:

I made up my mind 15 years ago that if she ever ran for office I’d be on her wagon. My only difficulty with Senator Obama is that I believe in going out with who I went in with.

I can relate. I was seventeen when Hillary became First Lady and she was incredible.  I think I was more excited about her becoming FL, than Bill becoming President.  She was just a powerful, exciting female voice in a political landscape for which there were few.  When I arrived in NH, I met a young man from my home state named Ray.  Ray had only decided two weeks previous that he would support Hillary.  He is an executive of what I think is called the Young College Democrats.  I was explaining the roots of my long support for Hillary when he said, “You knew she would be the first woman President.”  He hit the nail on the head, though I wavered over the years.  I was uncertain at the beginning of this primary race if I was still on her wagon.  But, she won me over pretty quickly and it’s probably because, like Angelou, I had made up my mind so long ago.

I volunteered for the week, and drove up to NH on a whim.  I just knew Hillary wouldn’t win Iowa, and I didn’t want to be stuck, perched at my laptop, watching her lose.  That first night was something. We were devastated by the loss, but within fifteen minutes we were deep in our work, and maybe because of the loss, and our not wanting to think about it, we worked nearly through the night.

Hillary had amazing supporters in NH.  Just to mention a few; our own New Hampster; Ann, a woman who works on Hill’s health policy (she’s a real firecracker.  I wish I could remember her last name because then I could link to her wiki page.  She won Jeopardy, and apparently there is a fan club); Caroline, a college girl at a nearby school (she’s great, exactly the kind of young woman Hillary should have speaking for her at college campuses around the country), originally from Long Island; and Eric, Hillary’s former Director of Events (?) in NY.  Eric is awesome.  He was up from California.  Had done all of this before so he knew stuff like we’re just volunteers so we can skip out for a while and go to the rallyies, or go get Margarita’s with Caroline and watch the debate, that sort of thing.


 Eric told me some interesting things.  First, Hillary and Obama are quite friendly.  Eric had arranged a fundraiser for Hillary for Obama.  Second, he knew she would win NH.  He could tell by her performance, past performance, what was happening on the ground, and other signs in NH.

Everyday more and more people showed up; a bunch of folks from New York, the Arkansas Traveler’s, etc.  It was great.  We worked hard days, going door to door in brutal weather. Nights were spent making calls, entering data, and drawing signs.  Older women came in every evening with hot casseroles, and trays of sandwiches.  The support in my part of the state seemed to fall completely on socio-economic status, Obama in the rich sub-rurals, Hillary in the working class towns.  

Initially, I shied away from the phone duty.  But as time pressed on, I wanted Hillary to win, and I wanted to be a part of it.  The phone banking became something to behold, everyone was speaking so passionately about Hillary, not going by the script at all, but giving detailed, issues based, even personal reasons, why the person on the line should support Hillary.

Every day I felt more support for Hillary.  But the process was emotional.  And, as we would drive from site to site for our canvassing, they would drone on and on, on NPR about how Obama was ahead by double digits, and with no sleep, in the freezing weather, it became almost unbearable.  Eric and I went to two of Hillary’s rallies.  One was at a highschool where I realized there really was alot of interest in Hillary.

The line was thousands of people long.  I went into that event to find myself standing next to Chris Matthews.  He got there early, and stayed long after Hillary was done speaking, done answering questions, and after even I had left(I know this because apparently there was some sort of altercation between the two at that point).  And, let me just say, he IS obsessed with her.  Here he was right next to me and I wanted to tell him how biased and cruel he had been in his coverage of Hillary, but I froze.

For her part, Hillary was excellent. She was finally doing what I thought (and actually suggested over the summer to Ann Lewis) she should do.  She was just taking tons and tons of questions.  That’s Hillary’s gift.  She shines in Q&A, which is especially unique for a politician, and Eric was sure that strategy would lead to a win.  Hillary went anywhere where there were two undecided voters and took their questions.  She was at dunkin donuts at 4:30am talking to voters on primary day.  Work horse, that’s Hillary.

The night before the primary, Caroline and I drove around in her very sweet  BMW with our heated seats turned up, and our windows rolled down(which I am convinced gave me bronchitis), passing out door knockers a little, but mostly listening to music from the ’60’s and ’70’s.  We were melancholy.  Our girl wasn’t going to win.  Despite everything we were seeing on the ground, the media kept telling us she would lose.

Primary day, I was overcome.  I had been so disappointed with Iowa.  Particularly that she had lost the women’s vote.  How could this be?  I was tired.  I was just plain at my end. So I was sent to stand at a precinct with this sweet teenage girl, very involved, not old enough to vote, and a local supporter, her daughter, and a former Hillary staffer (she was her aging policy person.  Apparently, Hillary is one of the only Senators to have a policy department devoted to aging).  And, that’s when I lost it.

We were standing there in the cold, thankfully I was not holding a sign nor did I have sticker or pin or any campaign stuff on, when Sean Hannity appears on the scene.  First, he attacks the two young girls, even asking them about Monica Lewinsky, the pig.  Frankly, I agree with Maya on that matter:

When he had his brush with Ms Lewinsky, the whole world was looking under Mrs Clinton’s bedclothes. Many people expected her to fall or to become as hard as a rock,’ she has said. ‘She did neither. I love that about her. She didn’t pretend she wasn’t hurt and she didn’t become a virago.

But I digress.  Then, he lunges at the local supporter.  “What has Hillary accomplished as Senator in the last seven years”, he sneers. “She expanded health coverage to reservists, not on”-He cuts her off.  “She failed at health care,” he yells.  So at that point I chime in and explain the expansion of Tricare she and Lindsay Graham worked on.  He says I like the cameras.  Minutes later, he’s attacking my friend again. “People hate her, she’s divisive.   Why do they hate her? Why does everybody hate her?”  He demands.  And, I know better than to talk to the press, but still I blurt it out.  “Maybe it’s because she’s a strong woman and the first woman with a credible shot at the White House.”  I tell him.  “Oh, because she’s a woman.”  He’s sneering again.  “That’s not what I said.”  He leaves.  

I think what I said is very controversial, and I instantly worry it will be all over Fox News.  “Hillary volunteer blames sexism for Clinton loss in NH, film at 11.”  Now mind you, I wasn’t referring to any outcome in NH, only this stuff about how “hated” he insisted she is, but I know the media. So then I really lost it.  I really worried I had harmed her campaign.  I felt sick.  I got a ride back to the office, then the house I was staying at (a wonderful couple, Phil and Linda put me and another volunteer up in their lovely home), and I demand my husband come and get me.  They kept saying on the radio, Obama was going to win by double digits.  As my husband drives up, I’m totally exhausted.  I feel like I have not done enough.  Phil comes home and we talk a bit, but I’m like, so emotional.  I’m tearing up.  I want Hillary to win, and they keep saying she won’t.

On the way home, I call my Dad, a political scientist by education, and a political junkie, he says even a loss here, won’t stop Hillary.  I start to plan for after NH, thinking out the scenarios.  Because I know she will rise again, bound to stand another day.  Later that night, I watch in amazement as she wins the NH primary.

Maya’s poem speaks to me.  It speaks to my experience with Hillary and her campaign in NH.

State Package for Hillary Clinton

 By Maya Angelou

 As first published in the Observer Unlimited…

State Package for Hillary Clinton

       You may write me down in history

       With your bitter, twisted lies,

       You may tread me in the very dirt

       But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

       This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits’ end, but she has always risen, always risen, don’t forget she has always risen, much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.

       Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that you do not give up on her.

       There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you’re born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.

       She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.

       She means to rise.

       Don’t give up on Hillary. In fact, if you help her to rise, you will rise with her and help her make this country the wonderful, wonderful place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious piety and without crippling fear

       Rise, Hillary.


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Mary is in labor and the republicans fear the Gender Card

Cross posted from my daily kos diary with my permission.

Yes, I’m here to tell you (oh no it’s not PC), that this race is about gender.  If you don’t want to hear my analysis then please go elsewhere rather than shooting me for something you haven’t even read.  I mean, why read when you can just blast away at the nasty, woman supporting hillbot who is playing that gender card thing?

Frankenoid at dKos did a hilarious great job giving us the inside scoop on Mary’s labor woes.

But Mary Mother of Jesus and Virgin Wife of Joseph is not who the republican’s fear.

They fear the lowly, Mary Magdalene.

They know that the day a woman is nominated for President millions upon millions upon millions of Marys will register to vote for the first time in their lives.  

We Democrats need to win.  We need to keep republican hands off the Supreme Court, we need to end the war, we need to dump the deficit, we need to care for each other through universal health care, we need to create American jobs.

Do you agree?

I thought so.  Well, Karl Rove and his beady eyed researchers down in his computer room in hell don’t want us to win.  And they figured out one very important Fact.  If ever there is a woman nominated, 1/2 of the population will go absolutely bonkers crazy with joy.

Did I mention I might get slapped around for saying sexist crap?

Sex Sex Sex.  People do it so get over it.  I’m a man.  I also know that woman are not men.  Woman think differently, look at problems differently and generally work their butts off solving the screw ups of us men.

So, in a previous dKos diary I reported on my stripper research in Las Vegas.  The synopsis being that through a tough few nights of hard work I polled the strippers of Vegas.  I wore my Hillary button everywhere I went and girl/woman after girl came up to me to say how much they loved Hillary and the thought of a woman president was cool.  They also told me that in their job, with children and as single mothers Hillary was the only one running who understood and cared about them.

Two of them happened to mention that they registered to vote for the first time, just so they could vote for Hillary in the primary.

Now I know, strippers might say anything for $20.  But honestly, I think they were being sincere.

Invisible women, hookers and strippers.  Hotel union members and convenience store cashiers.  Single mothers, struggling to provide for their children. They see in Hillary their chance to finally break through.  They see this not as Hillary’s race, they see it as Their race.  They see it as their chance for the equal rights some still deny them.  They see it as a fight for their children and the hope of a better world under a mother’s guidance.

The days and months after Hillary is nominated will see the greatest voter registration the country has ever known.  There may not be enough forms available.  The Republican men will be living in divided households and discovering the wonders of porn.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the greatest threat the GOP has ever faced.  She is a Woman.