Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hillary TV: Volume 10

Hillary HQ hasn't done an edition of "Hillary TV" since before voting began (it's been too crazy to keep up!) but now seems like a good time for another one.

We begin with yesterday's awesome homecoming rally at the Apollo in Harlem, New York City:

Madison, Wisconsin speech and q&a on the Supreme Court - 3/28:

Conference on gun violence in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 3/29:

Purchase, New York rally - 3/31

Rachel Maddow two-part interview - 3/30:

Hillary Clinton and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discuss terrorism, homeland security and the importance of engaging communities - 3/24:

And finally, after the jump, six clips from Hillary's appearance last week on Jimmy Kimmel Live! I wish there was just one long clip, but there doesn't seem to be one. Nevertheless...enjoy!

Hillary News & Views 3.31: New York New York, Maddow Show, New Endorsements, Wisconsin

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally at the Apollo Theater in New York, Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

Guest post by rugbymom

Welcome to another guest edition of Hillary News & Views, while regular writerLysis is on vacation. Aphra behn will be hosting tomorrow, and Lysis is expected back on Monday. Thanks also to the enterprising volunteers who are now hosting open threads in the afternoon (“Hillary Hangout”) and evenings, which have attracted lively (and friendly) comments and conversation.
The two major events from yesterday were a speech in Harlem and an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s show. The Harlem speech was at the landmark Apollo Theater, one of the preeminent venues of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and beyond, which hosted such musical greats as Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, and Aretha Franklin, and the TV show “Live from the Apollo.” Clinton was introduced by fellow New York Senator Chuck Schumer, and welcomed as a homecoming celebrity and long-time friend of the community. What struck me listening to clips from the speech was her skill and comfort with the call-and-response cadencing associated with the African-American preaching tradition, with waves of “yes” or “amen” to carry the speaker along and hold her up.
The full video of the speech is available at the bottom of floridageorge’s diary. There’s also an extensive report in the New Yorker.
Clinton was then interviewed by Rachel Maddow (as was Sanders). Floridageorge did a full diary that includes the full video, a link to the full transcript, and excerpts, so I won’t repeat that here. There was also considerable liveblogging in last night’s open thread (warning: lengthy comment thread). Clinton looked confident, prepared, and articulate. She did a full-throated smackdown of Donald Trump’s comments about punishing women who have abortions (which even he has since walked back), and nicely tied Trump to the other Republican candidates and the Republican program for the past several decades. She also said Trump was “dangerously wrong” and “in over his head” on foreign policy proposals such as abandoning NATO and disengaging from East Asia.

Clinton also has her first ad up in New York, which also goes after Trump, and promotes her contrasting message of inclusion and uplift:
Clinton received another crucial New York endorsement yesterday, from District Council 37, the largest labor union in New York representing 121,000 public employees and 50,000 retirees:
We are proud to endorse Secretary Clinton as the next president of our great nation. We supported her first run for office back in 2000, when she was elected to the U.S. Senate. We know her serious commitment to public service and her history of fighting for others, especially children and working families. She can count on this union to work diligently to get out the vote for the April 19 Primary in New York.
The endorsement was made after a vote at the union’s monthly meeting of elected representatives. DC 37’s parent union, the the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), has also endorsed Clinton; having the local endorsement puts thousands of phone-bankers and canvassers to work for her. Bill Clinton will speak at a rally at DC 37 headquarters today.

Clinton also was endorsed by an impressive list of political leaders in the Capitol Region.  
A new Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows Clinton leading Sanders in New York 54-42 (or, as they put it, “Adopted Daughter Thumps Native Son”). While this is tighter than previous polls, it still gives her a significant lead — but not without continued hard work and organizing by staff and volunteers.
Clinton confirmed to Maddow that she will be returning to Wisconsin this weekend, squashing the media speculation that she had abandoned it and was essentially conceding the state to Sanders. A new poll (Marquette), blogged more fully by First Amendment, shows Sanders slightly ahead there (49-45), within the margin of error. She received an endorsement yesterday from the “Fair Wisconsin” PAC, the electoral arm of Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, reading in part:
In the U.S. Senate, Clinton championed hate crime legislation, fought for federal non-discrimination legislation to protect LGBT Americans in the workplace, and advocated for an end to restrictions that blocked LGBT Americans from adopting children. As Secretary of State, she advanced LGBT rights abroad and enforced stronger anti-discrimination regulations within the State Department, declaring on the global stage that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.
The group went on to detail Clinton’s extensive platform showing how she would promote LGBTQ rights as President.
Finally, a few words about my home state of Rhode Island, which votes in the April 26 Northeast Cluster. There are reports here, as in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, of more extensive than usual party-switching in advance of the March 27 deadline. (RI is a semi-closed primary; unaffiliated voters can ask for either ballot, but anyone registered to one party — including Green and Moderate — can only get that ballot.) It’s not entirely clear who is switching and why, but it makes an already too-hard-to-call election even more difficult to predict. (It hardly matters; we have only 24 delegates, and the Clinton’s 538 target here is only 11.) I’ll be heading off later this morning to volunteer at a fundraiser with Rep. Joaquin Castro at a beautifully restored 18th century bank, now a private residence.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New York

This ad is as good as it gets, and should make us all feel incredibly proud to be supporters of this amazing and historic candidate. Bravo!

Make no mistake: New York loves Hillary, and she's going to win it big on April 19th. In fact, it's going to be the state that basically secures her the Democratic nomination in 2016...and how appropriate is that?

This ad is also a nice preview of what a winning Clinton general election campaign will look like against either Trump or Cruz. And if they aren't terrified, they damn well should be.

Hillary News & Views 3.30: Gun Violence Prevention, More WI Stops, Enthusiasm

Guest post by swiffy

I am bringing you Hillary News & Views this morning as superstar regular diarist Lysis enjoys a well deserved break. Today’s edition begins with coverage of Clinton’s continuing Wisconsin campaign trip in advance of the April 5 primary there. After visiting Madison on Monday, she attended events at Milwaukee, La Crosse, and Green Bay on Tuesday.
Hillary’s first event was to participate in a Gun violence prevention forum at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Milwaukee's north side.
The church's reverend introduced Clinton to the crowd, saying he is glad gun violence is being talked about on the national stage -- and on the campaign trail. Additionally, Clinton was flanked on the stage by Congresswoman Gwen Moore and parents who are very aware of the impact of gun violence.
In 2015, there were more than 140 homicide victims in Milwaukee.
"We lose, on average, 90 people a day from gun violence. That is 33,000 people a year," Clinton said.
Clinton said she read about the homicide rate in Milwaukee -- and referenced baby Bill Thao, killed when a bullet entered a home where he was playing, and 10-year-old Sierra Guyton, shot and killed while playing on a playground. Clinton also referenced the death of Dontre Hamilton, who was shot and killed by former Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney in Red Arrow Park in April 2014.
Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney
"In addition to training about how to de-escalate situations, we need to help our law enforcement officers understand more about mental health problems," Clinton said.
The Guardian also has more coverage, and the full video of the forum is below.

Hillary next made a stop at Western Technical College in the city of La Crosse, where she discussed her education plans and the benefit to the middle class economy. The Tribune reports: 
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on La Crosse County voters to support her plan to rebuild the middle class through education, promoting a green energy economy and expanding access to health care.
Clinton exhorted supporters to imagine “a fairer economy.”
“We have to restore the potential of America’s dream for everybody,” she said. “I don’t want Americans giving up on themselves.”
Clinton spoke to about 400 people in an unfinished wing on the fourth floor of Western Technical College’s new Integrated Technologies Center, where she outlined her plan to provide debt-free college education for middle- and working-class families, which she said she would pay for by taxing “wealthy people, while also working to reduce existing college debt.
She brought this message to the Green Bay rally and also talked about the disastrous policies of Scott Walker and Republicans in government, as WHBL reports.
The former Secretary of State opened by touting the backing she's received from union groups and promised to improve life for middle class families.
"The economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House," said Clinton. "Here's what I will do, more infrastructure jobs, roads, bridges, tunnels, ports, airports, good union jobs for people."
"You have a governor who has been taking a wrecking ball to the rights of workers, to the rights of women, to the rights of Wisconsinites who deserve a better future," Clinton stated to loud cheering.
She also echoed economic policies put into place by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, like raising taxes on wealthy Americans. But Clinton says she will help make it possible for middle and lower income families to send their kids to college without having to incur massive debt.
Gallup polling recently captured in sentiment numbers the enthusiasm for Clinton that is putting her over a million votes ahead of any the other candidate this primary season.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton's supporters are more enthusiastic than Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters, 54% vs. 44%.
Visit Gallup’s story for a full chart and more detail. Amanda Marcotte explained further at Salon.
If you give it a moment’s thought, that Clinton would be such an inspiring figure to her supporters makes perfect sense. She has spent two and a half decades in the spotlight, enduring huge amounts of sexism as every single man in the country who feels threatened by smart women or powerful women projects all his anxieties on her with the passion of a thousand burning suns. But she hasn’t stopped striving. She eats haters for breakfast and keeps smiling, all while more haters are telling her she doesn’t smile enough.
For supporters, especially female supporters, who are sick to the teeth of all this sexist nonsense and sometimes wonder how they are going to keep on fighting another day, Clinton’s resilience is the stuff of legends.
Bonus tweets:


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Birdemic? Clinton Gains Ten Points in One Day in Reuters/Ipsos Poll

When a little bird landed on Bernie Sanders' podium on Friday evening, the reactions ranged from "Aww, that's cute!" to "Surely, this bird is a tad divine...a heavenly sign that the turning point in the Democratic race is upon us!". My reaction initially resembled the former, because it's always heartwarming to see a big smile on the face of a known grump...but it turns out that the latter reaction may have been the correct one, though not in the way that Sanders supporters hope.

Legend has it that when a wild bird flies into your house, it is actually a portent of bad luck. And unfortunately for Bernie, this is exactly what happened at his indoor rally at the Moda Center in Portland. Thus, there are initial indications that as adorable as that tiny bird may have been, it may have in fact been an omen signaling the upcoming demise of his presidential run.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll, Hillary Clinton has gained a whopping 10 points  (+12 to +22) among likely Democratic voters in the space of just one day post-bird. This doesn't just happen, folks. This means something.

Or does it? Maybe it was just a random bird, and birds are everywhere. And maybe it's just another predictable poll fluctuation and the race will generally remain as steady as it has since New Hampshire.

Obviously the jury is still out, but rest assured that we'll be following up with more in-depth pre-bird and post-bird polling analysis next week.

PPP National Poll: Clinton 54% Sanders 36%

The new national poll from PPP is out, and Clinton leads Sanders by 18 points:
On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton continues to have a resounding lead with 54% to 36% for Bernie Sanders. Clinton leads within every gender, race, and age group except younger voters and her supporters are also more committed- 84% say they will definitely vote for her compared to 61% who say the same for Sanders. Democrats generally perceive Clinton to be a moderate- 45% think she is compared to 37% who think she's a liberal, and 9% who think she's a conservative. Among Clinton's own voters 53% think she's a moderate to 36% who think she's a liberal, so to her own base being a moderate is not a bad thing. 67% of voters consider Sanders to be a liberal to 13% who think he's a moderate, and 10% who think he's a conservative.
Did you catch that last part? 10% of all Democrats and Sanders' own supporters think he's a conservative (see pg 42). That simply defies all logic...but it might explain why some of his supporters might vote for Trump when Clinton is the nominee.

And check out how much more committed Hillary supporters are compared to Bernie (84%-61%)!

Anyway, this 18-point margin matches last week's result from Monmouth, suggesting that the race is settling as we enter the home stretch.

Bottom line: No magical bird is going to change the minds of our nation's Democratic voters.

Hillary News & Views 3.29: SCOTUS, Wisconsin, New York, California

Clinton speaking March 28 at Mary Ryan Boys and Girls Club, Milwaukee, WI

Guest post by rugbymom

          As most of you regular readers know, regular Hillary News & Views writer Lysisis on vacation until April 4, and we have a rotation of other writers subbing in, each in our own voice and style. As a result of the HNV comment threads getting too long and unwieldy, over the past couple of days enterprising volunteers have set up open threads in the afternoon (“Hillary Hangout”) and evening so there’s more room for good conversation — so check those out as well. The ground rules on civil discourse are the same as in this series. It seems to me we are getting more Sanders-leaning folks venturing in, most with genuine good will and an interest in finding common ground as we begin the slow turn toward the general election, and I’d like to extend a cordial welcome to you as well.
          Today’s edition of Hillary News & Views begins in Wisconsin, the next contest, where all the candidates are spending time this week. After a fundraising brunch in Chicago, Clinton traveled first to the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison for a speech on the pending Supreme Court nomination. The full speech is available here (the sound is dicey for the first few minutes but gets better). Here’s a brief clip:
Clinton also tweeted out key portions of her remarks, including this chart:
          Significantly for Wisconsin voters, Clinton highlighted that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), facing a tough reelection campaign against progressive hero Russ Feingold, is one of the Senators responsible for the obstruction. She also called out Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is obviously part of a coordinated push to make the GOP pay for their behavior in key Senate races around the country — and Clinton’s interest in promoting down-ticket races. As NBC News points out,
The nomination is an issue where Clinton appears to have the electorate on her side; polling - including our own NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll out earlier this month - has consistently shown that a majority would like to see senators take up the nomination rather than punting to the next administration.

Five women (two in SEIU union t-shirts) in front of Hillary sign, Milwaukee, WI, Mar. 24, 2016
Milwaukee volunteers

From Madison, Clinton moved on to a series of GOTV rallies highlighting, as her campaign put it, “why she is the best candidate to raise Wisconsinites’ wages and incomes and break down the barriers that hold too many families back.” She spoke late Monday at the Mary Ryan Boys and Girls Club in Milwaukee.
          Later today she’ll hold similar events later today in La Crosse  (at Western Technical College, Integrated Technologies Center) and Green Bay. This morning she is hosting a “Community Forum on Gun Violence Prevention” at Milwaukee’s Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American congregation. (Milwaukee itself is 40% black, a contrast to most of the rest of the state.)  
          I’d like to add the tribute that one Milwaukee participant wrote on the Milwaukee for Hillary Facebook page:
There is nothing quite like seeing a candidate in person. At tonight's event, I felt grateful that I had the opportunity to listen to Secretary Clinton speak and hear her lay out her ideas and solutions.
She is unlike any other politician. It's hard to describe it. She doesn't stop once she says what the crowd wants to hear. She covers every issue. She is thorough. She is dedicated to each issue.
Every great politician brings something to the people that is unique. With Hillary it might be hard to put your finger on it. It's not easy to pin down what makes her so special. It can't necessarily be put into words. But you know it when you see it and she has it.
          Meanwhile, everyone has one eye glancing over toward delegate-rich New York, which votes on April 19. The big debate right now is, well, whether there will be another big debate in NY before the primary. Yesterday Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benensen told CNN that right now, given the negative attacks from their opponent, the campaign wasn’t interested in discussing adding a NY debate, although he didn’t completely rule it out:
Joel Benenson repeatedly dodged questions from CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour" regarding Bernie Sanders' call for scheduling a debate just ahead of the New York primary April 19th and he tried to turn the pressure back on Sanders.
    "She's done well in the debates. The debates have been very good," Benenson said. "But Sen. Sanders doesn't get to decide when we debate, particularly when he's running a negative campaign against us. Let's see if he goes back to the kind of tone he said he was going to set early on. If he does that, then we'll talk about debates."
              Beyond New York looms California, with more than 10% of all delegates. The LA Times published a new poll showing Clinton leading Sanders by 45-37 among all Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, and a slightly better 47-36 among those who said they were likely to vote in the June primary. Those numbers are essentially consistent with previous polls. El Mito has a full diary on the California poll.
              Finally (h/t etatauri), The Guardian has an opinion piece by former New York Times Jill Abramson entitled “This may shock you: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest.” Kevin Drum at Mother Jones then chimed in with “Hillary Clinton Is Fundamentally Honest and Trustworthy,” lamenting that the pervasive — but false — “untrustworthiness” narrative seems to be one major hurdle for Clinton in attracting support from younger voters.
              That should give us enough to chew on in the comments. Swiffy will be hosting tomorrow’s HNV, I’ll be back on Thursday, and aphra behn on Friday to close out the week.
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    Monday, March 28, 2016

    538-0? Sounds Good To Me!

    Hillary News & Views 3.28: Caucuses, Gun Violence Op-Ed, "Strong Woman," and Supportive Words

    An honor from Puyallup tribal leaders

    Guest post by aphra behn

    Greetings Hillary Clinton supporters! Welcome to the HNV, where I am filling in for Lysis while he is on vacation. Tomorrow and Thursday, Rugbymom will take up the call, while Swiffy will head things up Wednesday. I’ll be back Friday.
    In today’s lineup we have some caucus analysis, an op-ed from Clinton herself, a reminder about misogyny, an honor from the Puyallup tribe, words from black women backing Hillary,  some herstory, a recipe, and some more individual stories, including a long-lost childhood fan letter to Hillary Clinton.
    First: sympathies to the survivors and families of victims in yesterday’s terrorist bombing in Lahore.  Clinton offered  her prayers and thoughts on Twitter:
    Bernie Sanders won big in Saturday’s caucuses. Congratulations to Senator Sanders and his supporters! His campaign worked very hard in those states, and it shows. The state of the race, however, leaves Clinton plenty to feel good about:
    The high-turnout, big-percentage wins are a momentum boost to the Sanders campaign, although Clinton still maintains a large lead in the pledged delegate count.
    That lead means even the victories Sanders has been raking in this weekend might not change the overall delegate math much. Heading into the day, he needed to win about 58 percent of all the remaining pledged delegates to clinch the nomination.
    Based on AP's current count, Saturday's wins shifted that must-win percentage to 57.
    Washington state hasn't yet allocated all of its delegates. But based on the delegates divvied out so far, Saturday gave 55 delegates to Sanders and 20 to Clinton.
    That brings the pledged delegate count to 1,243 to Clinton and 975 for Sanders. Their totals with the so-called super-delegates takes Clinton to 1,712, with 1,004 for Sanders. It takes 2,383 to win the nomination.
    The most recent polls were good for Clinton in upcoming races in Wisconsin and New York:
    The most recent statewide poll, taken by the Emerson College Polling Society March 14-16, Clinton held a daunting lead, 71%-23%. The automated survey of 373 likely Democratic primary voters, taken only of landline phones, has a margin of error of +/- 5 percentage points.
    In Wisconsin, an Emerson poll taken March 20-22 showed Clinton with a narrower lead, 50%-44%. The survey of 354 likely Democratic primary voters has an error margin of +/-5.2 points.
    Although she spent a quiet Easter weekend with her family, in an op-ed published in the New York Daily News on Sunday, Clinton promised to take concrete steps to stem gun violence as president:
    An average of 90 people a day are killed by gun violence in the U.S. Thousands of parents every year have to bury their children. Imagine it. You pour your heart and soul into raising your kids, teaching them about the world, listening to every worry, cheering every victory, and encouraging them to dream big dreams and doing everything you can to help them achieve them. And then one day, a distant siren, an unexpected phone call, or a breaking news alert on TV could mean that someone with a gun has taken all those dreams away.
    It's time — long past time — that we do what it takes to put a stop to it.
    Not just in some neighborhoods or some cities — but in every corner of this country where guns continue to destroy innocent lives.
    … First, we need to repeal the law that gives the gun industry sweeping liability protections, so companies that make and sell guns can be held accountable when their products kill people. When the NRA pushed that misguided law through Congress, they said that preventing lawsuits was their top legislative priority. Now it's making it harder for families who lost children in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, to sue Bushmaster for marketing its AR-15 assault rifle to civilians. As President, I'll stand with the families victimized by guns, not the corporations that profit from them.
    Second, we should implement comprehensive background checks. President Obama recently issued several executive orders designed to strengthen this federal system. Surveys have shown that even 85% of gun owners favor these checks. And it's hard to believe that we still allow people on the no-fly list to purchase firearms. I think it's pretty simple: If it's too dangerous for you to be allowed on an airplane, it's too dangerous for you to own a gun.
    Third, we need to close the so-called "Charleston loophole." Right now, a person with an arrest record can walk into a gun store to buy a gun, and if their background check isn't completed within three business days, they can walk out with a firearm. It makes absolutely no sense. More than 55,000 gun sales that would otherwise have been blocked have been allowed to proceed because of this loophole. One of them was the gun bought by the white supremacist who murdered nine parishioners at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston last year.
    My friend and blog-colleague Liss McEwan reminds us that racism and misogyny are alive and well and coloring some white men’s preference for Trump over Clinton:
    Trump exploits these resentments—and, further, he routinely unleashes racism and sexism that appeals specifically to white men who treat rights as a zero sum game in which there are winners and losers, and who are gravely concerned about Clinton talking to and about people who are not white men.
    And that's all she's doing—she's making explicit appeals to marginalized people. She's not saying terrible things about white men; her alleged sin is, in fact, not saying anything about them at all.

    Imagine, for a moment, if Hillary spoke about white men the way Trump speaks about women. Imagine if she called them dogs and pigs, said they were ugly, said: "You've gotta treat 'em like shit."

    If she did, white men might have a valid complaint. But a failure to center white men is not the same as being attacked, and it is not the same thing as being hated.

    If you want to know what it might look like if Clinton actually did attack and hate men, all you need to do is look at how Trump talks about and to women.

    White men desperately need to learn the difference between being attacked and simply not being catered to.
    And yet somehow, this is still supposed to be Clinton's fault. She is expected to magically find a way to uplift people who are not white men, while still centering white men. That is simply not possible
    Rugbymom mentioned this, yesterday, but I thought it deserved another mention. In Washington, Clinton met with 19 tribal leaders from around the state, and received a moving honor:
    During the meeting, Hillary heard from Tribal leaders on a range of issues—from cleaning up Puget Sound, to the future of the salmon in the Northwest, to what we can do to improve health care and education in Native communities.
    But before the meeting began, Hillary was honored by the Puyallup Tribe with two powerful gifts: a blanket and a Lushootseed name.
    Connie McCloud, the culture director of the Puyallup Tribe, explained what the blanket represents. “It will heal you. It will give you strength. It will help you to continue on your path … that you’ve embarked on,” McCloud said. Hillary also received a Lushootseed Indian name: tsiwələx̌ʷi. Pronounced “tsee-wuh-luh-x̌wee” which means “Strong Woman.”
    Catherine Lucy reports on African-American women’s support for Hillary Clinton, highlighting her connections and the work of outreach director LaDavia Drane:
    From the pulpit of an African-American church in Detroit not long ago, Bishop Corletta Vaughn offered a rousing endorsement of Hillary Clinton that went far beyond politics.
    With a smiling Clinton sitting a few feet away in the purple-walled Holy Ghost Cathedral, Vaughn said she had seen Clinton “take a licking and keep on ticking.” Alluding to Bill Clinton’s past infidelity, she added: “I’m not talking about politically. I’m talking about as a wife and a mother. That’s when I said: I love that woman. She taught so many of us as women how to stand in the face of adversity.”
    ...These efforts have been headed by LaDavia Drane, who joined the campaign last year as director of African-American outreach. She has sought out female pastors like Vaughn for Clinton’s church visits. She organized the meeting between Clinton and the mothers impacted by gun violence. And she has worked to establish grass-roots networks for black women such “Heels for Hillary” in cities around the country.
    ...Evelyn Simien, a professor at the University of Connecticut who studies black voting patterns, said Clinton’s outreach has been savvy. But she also stressed that black women have long been active Democratic voters and they know Clinton far better than Sanders. She said this year’s support is not just about personal connection, but that “it comes down to politics and the issues.”
    And now, a brief break from our regular Hillary Clinton programming...

    Roosevelt as UN delegate

    As First Lady, Hillary Clinton often cited Eleanor Roosevelt as an influence. Roosevelt, like Clinton, was an integral, but often independent part of her husband’s administration. Without her advocacy on behalf of Marian Anderson, the Tuskeegee Airmen, and many others, FDR’s America would have been far more conservative in areas of racial justice than it already was. But we do a disservice in thinking of Eleanor Roosevelt as a more-liberal extension of her husband.
    Like Hillary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt broke historic ground in having an extraordinary post-FLOTUS career, one that is all too often rendered as a footnote. In December 1945, Harry Truman asked Elanor Roosevelt to serve as  one of the United States’ six delegates to the newly formed United Nations. Although she had no formal experience in diplomacy, she accepted the appointment and quickly established a reputation as an able and persuasive diplomat. Thrust into a great debate over whether European WW II refugees should be returned to their country of origins or allowed to resettle where they wished, she ably matched wits with Soviet opponents and impressed her fellow representatives. When the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  appointed her to its commission on human rights in 1946, her colleagues unanimously elected her as their chair.
    Over the next two years, Roosevelt led the commissioners in a  long, complex, deeply learned,  and frustrating attempt to formulate a UN Declaration regarding human rights. Were there truly universal human rights? What was the value of a free press, for example, in a  largely illiterate country? Roosevelt found herself frequently bedeviled by Soviet opposition, but used both accommodation and toughness to deal with their demands. As The New York Times wrote in 1988:
    …they pushed for the inclusion of economic and social rights - rights to employment, education, health care - which they said were no less important than political rights. After some discussion, Mrs. Roosevelt persuaded the State Department to accept the inclusion of economic rights. Had not President Roosevelt, after all, framed the postwar goal of ''freedom from want'' - ''everywhere in the world''? Despite this move to meet them part way, the Russians were stonewalling.
    …When a Russian delegate turned to the theme of the plight of black Americans, Mrs. Roosevelt proposed that the Russians could send a team to observe racial problems in the United States if the United States could do the same in the Soviet Union. ''The Russians seem to have met their match in Mrs. Roosevelt,'' The New York Times observed.
    When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights finally came for a vote in December 1948, it was adopted by a  vote of 48-0,  (The USSR and its allies, along with Saudi Arabia and South Africa, abstained.)  And so entered into history the sentiment that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”  (You can read the whole thing here. It’s well worth it!)

    Roosevelt with the Spanish language Declaration of Human Rights

    Eleanor Roosevelt was under no illusion that document would become a matter of binding international law; rather, she hoped it would be  touchstone and reference, a sort of “Magana Carta” for all humanity. She regarded it as her signature accomplishment in life; like Hillary Clinton, her significance in  American and global history stretched far beyond her time as First Lady. Although she resigned in 1953, she continued to volunteer to the American Association for the U. N., and was an American representative to the World Federation of the U. N. Associations. President Kennedy re-appointed her a delegate to the United Nation in 1961.
    And now, a recipe. Roosevelt wrote an introduction for The World’s Favorite Recipes: Over 100 Tested Dishes from the United Nations in 1951, expressing hope that it would “better international understanding. Here’s a tasty warm-weather dish from Iran, listed as coming from a “private collection.”
    3 cups yogurt
    1 ½ cups finely cubed or grated cucumbers
    ½ cup seedless raisins or currants
    1 tbsp fresh dill
    3 tbsp minced chives or green onion tops
    ½ tsp salt
    1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly gound.
    Beat yogurt well. Add cucumbers and currants or raisins. Blend thoroughly and add ¾ cup water or more until the mixture is the consistency of cream soup. Add dill, chives, or green onion tops, salt and pepper. Blend well and chill. Serve very cold. For added heartiness use 2 chopped hard-boiled eggs. Yield: 4-6 servings.
    Aaaand we’re back to our Hillary Clinton News and Views!
    I love reading Hillary Clinton endorsements from individuals who speak about how her agenda touches their lives. Here is Florida pediatric transport nurse Sam Ruiz writing about Hillary Clinton’s dream for kids, and how it matches his own:
    People may think it isn't possible for us to give each child a foundation of health and to foster each child's dreams. But as a man who is part of a team that spends our days on medical helicopters caring for critically ill children, I have a very strong sense that if we work together, anything is possible. I believe Hillary Clinton does, too.
    She is ready to work to put the health of our children first. All children. As first lady, Hillary Clinton worked to champion the passage of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health care to 8 million children and has earned the unwavering support of Republican and Democratic governors alike. As our next president, Clinton would build upon and strengthen the Affordable Care Act to make sure more families have better health care coverage and lower out-of-pocket and premium costs. She would take on the huge drug companies who are putting the price of life-saving drugs out of reach for far too many Americans.
    Clinton also would expand access to affordable health care to families regardless of their immigration status — health care families could purchase directly through insurance companies. This is a critical change to the current law, as many Floridians who are undocumented have no health care because employers want to avoid fines and build profits. As a nurse, I can see the health care law is working, but we must do more to address skyrocketing costs for everyone, and Clinton knows our vast and complex health care system well enough to make that happen.
    This is from a  couple of weeks ago, but in the same vein, I love this campaign spot featuring four generations of women in an Ohio family who are supporting Hillary Clinton:

    And finally, at KPLU in Seattle, Arwen Nicks recalls writing letters to “Hillery” Clinton as a 10 year old… and rediscovering one of them:
    I remember a lesson about the elections and the presidents and getting assigned to write a letter to President Clinton. I decided not to write to Bill.
    I wrote to Hillary.
    It was 1993 and America was obsessed with Hillary Clinton -- but nobody seemed to like her.
    I was only 9, but I liked her. Her hair seemed clean and she seemed smart and she also had a cat named Socks and I had never had a cat. I did have a dog that I named Susan Socks.
    So I wrote her a letter asking questions about her cat and a month or so later got a picture of Socks in the mail. There was a paw print signature stamped on it and I thought it was very impressive.

    Arwen’s letter to “Hillery”—full size at link.

    … I wrote Hillary again and this time I included a drawing.
    The letter reads -
    June 10th, 1993
    Dear Miss Clinton,
    I would love it if you would come to Phoenix Aug 1 - 5th because my birthday is on the 2nd and it would be the best day of my life. You are the most powerful woman in the world and I want to be just like you able to be help-full to the world and make a powerful statment. Help kids, help schools and go publike.
    i'll be ten.
    and your in vited to my birthday party.
    your great fan and supporter
    Arwen Nicks
    … My dad got sick and I flew home to see him and he gave me “this adorable thing” he found the other day.
    It was my letter to Hillary.
    I was livid.
    “I can’t believe you didn’t send this!” I could hear that teenage tone in my voice, the tone that seems to be reserved for my father, despite the fact that he may be the only person that has ever really loved me.
    “Honey,” he said, “it was too cute.”
    It really is.
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