Friday, August 14, 2015

Hillary News & Views 8.14: A Big Primary Endorsement, but Focus Remains on the GOP

Today's Hillary News & Views kicks off with a major endorsement out of Iowa. Writing for the Des Moines Register, veteran Senator Tom Harkin has endorsed Hillary Clinton:
As Iowans and as a nation we fought back from a terrible recession, but we are making progress. Now it’s time for a president who can create a stronger future. As Democrats, we’re fortunate to have a slate of candidates that are all fine individuals, but we need a fighter who has a record of getting things done and the vision for the future that will build on the progress we’ve made. For my wife, Ruth and I, that candidate is Hillary Clinton.
Hillary has devoted her career to championing the needs of children. She has been a tireless advocate for women and families since I first met her. As First Lady of the United States she was instrumental in advancing the idea that health care should be a right and not a privilege. As my colleague in the Senate and as Secretary of State, she made women’s rights and economic opportunity central to American foreign policy. Hillary has never forgotten who she is fighting for.
Harkin declined to endorse a candidate in 2008, and endorsed Howard Dean ten days in advance of the 2004 Iowa caucus.

Despite a competitive primary, Clinton's campaign continues to pass over friendly fire in favor of annihilating the opposition party. Her campaign offshoot The Briefing used the 80th anniversary of Social Security to remind voters of GOP candidates who want to weaken the program:
They also got a sharp dig in at Jeb!, who had the audacity to blame Iraq on Clinton and Obama without mentioning his brother at all:
And fired back on Scott Walker's false defenses of his record on higher education:
Meanwhile, Clinton's New College Compact is garnering positive feedback from the Kansas City Star:
Clinton’s $350 billion plan borrows some of the best ideas from both the left and the right. Whether a President Hillary Clinton could deliver the plan without a Democratic Congress — or even with one — is an open question, but she is certainly promoting some worthwhile ideas.
On the right, Clinton’s plan would encourage more innovation and accountability on the part of colleges and universities to raise graduation rates and hold them liable for a portion of student loan defaults.
On the left, she would increase federal spending in the form of grants to the states designed to significantly lower tuition at public universities. Colleges would only qualify for the money if they set tuition rates low enough for students to afford them without borrowing money.
Shakesville has an essential piece up on Clinton's meeting with #BlackLivesMatter activists:
It sounds to me as though the activists had hoped primarily for two things from Clinton: 1. Personal accountability for the policies she's championed that have resulted in disproportionate state violence against black people; 2. To be heard.
They got the latter, but the former not so much. Politicians reflexively substitute policy for personal accountability, partly because it's a deflection for uncomfortable questions, but also because they're genuinely not used to being asked for personal accountability. The media fails utterly to hold politicians to personal account for failed and harmful policy. Even when politicians are asked about failed foreign policy votes, they aren't usually asked how they feel about it, even when their support resulted in people dying; they're just asked if they can admit they were wrong.
I hope Hillary Clinton gets that they were asking for personal reflection and accountability, and I hope she's thinking about how to talk about that, outside of and wholly separate from policy.
And I want to close the week out with a few tweets from Clinton, as this roundup didn't include any direct quotes from the candidate. This is her answering a question about cyberbullying, and she makes some cogent points about adults on the internet as well:
And here she is contrasting the two parties on higher education:
Correcting the record for Jeb!:
Celebrating the ACA:
And supporting young women:
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