Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hillary News & Views 8.19: Exhibit A, Equal Pay, and an Arctic Nay

Today's edition of Hillary News & Views kicks off with a video the campaign shared of an interaction with a single mom:
Clinton was asked about equal pay for presidents at yesterday's Town Hall in Nevada:

Clinton announced her opposition to President Obama's Arctic drilling policy on Twitter yesterday...
...but her campaign was also quick to note that she will defend the steps he has taken to protect the environment when she's in office:
Also on Twitter, the Briefing Room continues to keep the pressure on Republicans. Here they are quoting the first female Secretary of State:
And a sharp dig at Scott Walker:
Bloomberg has an amazing graphic timeline that tracks the progress of the Women's Rights movement alongside Clinton's individual journey:
While covering Clinton's trip to Nevada, the New York Times reports on the extensive campaign infrastructure already in place in the early primary state:
Ms. Marshall is one of several local Democrats supporting Mrs. Clinton. Early on, the Clinton campaign made Nevada a priority. The current campaign manager, Robby Mook, served as the state director in Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid when she narrowly won the caucus against Senator Barack Obama, her only caucus victory in the prolonged contest.
Emmy Ruiz, the campaign’s current state director, previously worked under Mr. Mook and then led President Obama’s 2012 re-election efforts in Nevada, where he defeated Mitt Romney by nearly seven percentage points.
The Clinton campaign has 22 full-time staff members in Nevada and had 70 volunteer fellows this summer, compared with 47 paid staff members in Iowa. The Nevada operation has contacted nearly 28,000 voters, held 1,136 one-on-one meetings and traveled the state to target Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and African-Americans.
"It’s a microcosm of the rest of the country,” Ms. Ruiz said.
Clinton's Town Hall in Nevada featured some memorable moments, as the New York Daily News reports:
The town hall concluded with a full-throated endorsement from an exuberant 72-year-old woman who called Clinton "big mama," said she is "better than Superman" and has "got the balls that the men don't have" — eliciting cheers and whoops from the crowd.
Clinton drew big cheers from a crowd that was at least one third African-American when she declared that "Black Lives Matter" and won strong applause when she promised to fight for more gun control.
"I am not afraid of this fight. I am not backing off from this fight. Because it has gone way to far in one direction and we need to get back to some balance," she said.
The most powerful moment came from the mother of a transgender child:
"Healthcare doesn't cover my child's genetic issue. She was born in the wrong body and it's not her fault," the woman said. Clinton responded by saying "the whole country is learning a lot more" about transgender issues.
"I will certainly do my part, the best I can as President, to make sure that no child, no young person is refused the care that he or she needs," she said.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports on other issues Clinton covered during the Town Hall, including the affordability of college and health care:
"College should not be just for those at the top," she said. "It should continue to be a ladder of opportunity."
She also took a swipe at the crowded field of 17 Republican candidates running for president. She said the recent debates had "not one word" about college affordability, equal pay for women, or reforming the criminal justice and incarceration system.
"Instead we heard out-of-touch, out-of-date policies and over-the-top rhetoric," Clinton said.
Clinton took questions about a variety of topics including high prescription drug costs, mass incarceration rates and government assistance for low-income people.
"Nobody who works full time in America should still be in poverty," Clinton said, noting that the recession has left many people working part-time jobs to survive.
On prescription drug costs, Clinton said pharmaceutical companies don't negotiate their costs with Medicare and there's no law to do that.
"We need to do a better job negotiating the costs of drugs," Clinton said.
Over at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum pours water on the theory that Clinton's campaign is in trouble:
In the early stages of primaries, people get nervous about candidates all the time and start tossing out bizarre ideas (Hillary will get indicted, maybe Joe Biden should run, etc.). But even strong candidates never win all the votes or cruise to victory without any problems. With the exception of incumbents running unopposed, you should expect that no candidate will get more than 60-70 percent of the vote.
The fact that Bernie Sanders is polling at 30 percent or so isn't a sign of Hillary Clinton's weakness. It's a sign of a perfectly normal campaign.
The Washington Post ran a similar story:
Perhaps Republicans will get their wish, and we’ll learn that Clinton sent an email ordering the attack on Benghazi to cover up the fact that she’s the leader of an Al Qaeda sleeper cell whose goal is to enslave all Americans into a satanic Alinskyite death cult. If that happens, I’m sure some other Democrats will declare their candidacies.
The other possibility is that the race will have some ups and downs, Bernie Sanders may even win a primary or two, and in the end Clinton will prevail.
That’s not as dramatic a story as a reporter covering the campaign might like. But at this point it’s still the most likely outcome.
Some of the best campaign analysis, as usual, is coming from Melissa McEwan over at Shakesville. Here she is writing about Clinton's meeting with #BLM Boston:
People go into politics because they believe that policy is part (or all) of the solution to social issues. I genuinely don't think Clinton was telling Yancey, Jones, and the other activists that they need to come up with policy to rescue themselves from white supremacy (although I understand why Jones interpreted it that way, and I almost certainly would have done the same in the moment); I think she was saying, "Design the policy you want to see, because my role is a policymaker."
Which is right. But what the activists were asking her is to self-reflect on her role in white supremacist policies of the past, both in order to avoid replicating them, and also so she can use her bully pulpit to talk about her own change of heart (if there has indeed been one) in a way that might reach people, in ways and in numbers, that they never could. They were asking her to amplify their message.
And that can, and must, be the role of a president, too.
And here she is writing about how essential it is that misogynist attacks on Clinton do not go unchallenged:
It's because there are little girls and young women who might want to run for office someday, many of them without the many privileges that Hillary Clinton has, and they are watching. They watch what happens to a female candidate as privileged as Hillary Clinton, and they weigh the costs of following a path not dissimilar from hers.
Feminists will disagree with me, in good faith, about the value of defending Hillary Clinton, and even more about the value of defending rightwing women like Sarah Palin, from misogynist attacks. But the one thing on which I think we all agree is that we don't want to see the next generation of female leaders deterred from politics, or any kind of visible work in the public sphere, because it is simply too hostile a space for their participation.
And surely we don't want to see the attacks levied against Clinton go without censure, thus tacitly condoning those sorts of attacks on all women, most of whom will suffer them in less public spaces, with fewer people willing and ready to step to our defense.
For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out… 

The Hillary 2016 Platform Series  

Part 1: Criminal Justice Reform  

Part 2: Immigration Reform  

Part 3: Voting Rights  

Unfiltered Hillary: The Transcripts

August 14, 2015: Iowa Wing Ding Dinner

July 31, 2015: National Urban League

July 20, 2015: Facebook Q&A

July 17, 2015: Iowa State Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

April 23, 2015: Women in the World Summit

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