Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hillary News & Views 4.19: Empire State of Mind Edition


Today’s Hillary News & Views is a short and sweet, New York Minute edition.

This morning, I will vote for Hillary Clinton for the sixth time. I never expected to have that opportunity again, and I am thrilled beyond belief.

So today, I’m keeping the HNV positive, skipping over yesterday’s drama and celebrating the voting that I will do today.

Once again, Melissa McEwan has penned a brilliant essay on Hillary Clinton for Blue Nation Review.
One of my best and oldest friends lives in Park Ridge, Illinois, so I’ve spent a lot of time there. It is the place where Hillary Clinton grew up. Perhaps because my friend and I talk politics a lot, or perhaps because we reminisce a lot, the way two friends who forged a lifelong friendship in the fire of becoming adults together tend to do, I’ve found myself thinking about the young Hillary, who came from that place.
I think about who Hillary might have been, as a girl striving to be a good student and make her parents proud; as a girl learning about the world, and the people in it, outside the borders of her safe Chicago suburb; as a girl encountering sexism for the first time, and the second, and the third, and being overcome by the dawning realization that the rules were different for her.
That even though there were people who may have told her that women have achieved equality to men, that we can be anything we want to be, it wasn’t true.
I think about when it was that she started figuring out that there were different rules for girls and women, what her formative experiences might have been. I wonder if, like me, she ever overheard men asking her father if he was disappointed that she wasn’t a son, or was scolded by a minister for inquiring why women couldn’t be ordained.
I wonder what her earliest barriers were, before she’d even heard the word “feminism,” and when it was that she realized that they were just the first in what would be a lifetime of encountering them.
To be in a girl in a world that believes girls to be less-than is to be discouraged, over and over again. To become a woman who has achieved what Hillary has achieved, and who continues to fight for access to the most exclusive men’s club on the planet, is to be indomitable in the face of that discouragement, to confront it over and over again.
McEwan discussed the above essay at Shakesville:
The scariest part of submitting that piece for me is that there are no caveats. No obligatory "I know she's not perfect" or "I don't agree with her about everything." These things are true, but I wanted to be able to write one damn piece where I can say I'm fond of and grateful to her without apology. Because I am tired of having to reflexively say that my candidate isn't perfect, in a way no one else is obliged to do for their candidate, just because the candidate I support is a woman who is held to unreasonable expectations of perfection.

Even when I include caveats, I get bad faith criticism. I'm a shill; I'm uncritical in my support; I only support her because we're both women; whatever. So fuck it. I'm not going to keep breathing life into the idea that there must be special disclosures to signal support for Clinton.

If people don't know or believe by now that I'm not a mindless cheerleader, they're never going to. And obliging me to constantly acknowledge her failures in order to defend myself, as the cost of saying anything positive about her, doesn't serve either one of us. That's a game I no longer want to play.

The Schenectady Daily Gazette endorses:
You could sit around all day and bat about adjectives to describe Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
But there's a single description on which Democratic voters should focus Tuesday when it comes to Clinton and her quest to become the party's nominee for president of the United States.
"Most qualified."
Clinton visited the popular Breakfast Club radio show in NYC.

Jezebel reports:
At the start of the interview, after Clinton gave Charlemagne a proper New York pound, Yee mentioned that “we didn’t know this was gonna happen, because your team vetted Charlemagne a lot, because he has given you ‘Donkey of the Day,’” essentially a daily jackass award for media gaffes.
Clinton pulled that fact out cheekily later when the group is talking about Trump, who Charlemagne calls “the Antichrist.” “I think he’s the Donkey of the Decade,” she quipped, deadpan.
From the interview:
Charlemagne: We mentioned the “superpredator” thing. We’ve had discussions about that; the phrasing isn’t what bothers me, I think what bothers me is when people talk about the superpredators but don’t talk about the system that created the superpredators... how do we address the system for that?
Clinton: Well, first of all, I’ve said, I should not have used that word, and you know, I was talking about drug gangs and traffickers and cartels, but it was a poor choice of words. But that’s why the very first speech I gave in this campaign, I went up to Columbia with David Dinkins, someone I really like and admire, because he broke down a lot of barriers.... Let me just make a few points: we need criminal justice reform, and it’s not enough to just have body cameras, although we should have that. We’ve gotta retrain police, we’ve gotta rebuild respect between the communities we’re sworn to protect, and I think President Obama’s policing commission lays a good foundation for that, and I’ve said I will absolutely follow through on it... There is systemic racism that has to be called out and addressed, and I believe I’m in a position to be able to build on the work that Eric Holder, President Obama and others have done by saying this, Look: white people have to recognize that there is systemic racism. And we have to not only address it in the criminal justice system [...] we have to address it in jobs, health care, education, everything else. Because there is such ongoing discrimination, and a lot of white people say look, that’s over with, right? We had the Civil Rights Movement, President Obama, what’s the deal? So therefore I think I’m in a good position to say wait, there’s a lot more we have to do.
Salon looks at Clinton’s long embrace of peppers and hot sauce:
So there are a couple of possibilities. One is that Hillary Clinton really does like hot sauce and carries it around with her so she can season her food. The other is that she’s been building an elaborate long con over hot sauce – because she’s been talking about it at least since 2008. A New York Times piece got at Clinton’s love of hot peppers, based on a “60 Minutes” interview:
“I eat a lot of hot peppers,” she told CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who had asked her how she maintains her stamina on the campaign trail. “I for some reason started doing that in 1992, and I swear by it. I think it keeps my metabolism revved up and keeps me healthy.”
Apparently she kept 100 bottles of hot sauce when she was in the White House. In 2012, she told Conde Nast Traveler about bringing red pepper and Tabasco on her trips as Secretary of State. And late last year, she and her staff talked about peppers and farm stands.
The campaign spotlights an ice cream shop as an intersectional focal point:
Mikey Cole never planned on being an ice cream man. But when he was arrested, his entire life changed. 
“I spent six months in Rikers,” he says, referring to New York City’s massive prison complex on Rikers Island. “Marijuana possession with intent to sell. It was a dark time in my life. I’m not proud of it.”
When Mikey was released—“on good behavior, with eight years probation,” he adds, smiling—he had a difficult time getting back on his feet.
“I couldn’t get a job. Every job application has this little box that you have to check if you’ve ever been incarcerated. And I know when I check that box, that’s it. I’m not getting that job. One day I stopped and said, ‘why don’t I just start my own business and do this on my own?’”
Mikey was one of the millions of former prisoners who are closed off from opportunities by “the box.” 
When former prisoners try to re-enter the job market, many discover a new hurdle: Job applications will often require them to check a box disclosing that they have criminal record. And sometimes, job applicants that check that box are automatically written off by employers.
“The box” creates a huge barrier to reentry for former prisoners—and not just because of the effect it has on employment: the box appears on many housing applications, too, making it difficult for some former inmates to even find a place to live.
That means black men like Mikey, who live at the intersection of being both African American and formerly incarcerated, are at a steep disadvantage when seeking employment.
Eventually, Mikey became so fed up with being turned down for job after job that he decided to go around it–by starting his own business.
After discovering a family recipe for vanilla ice cream, Mikey handed out samples to his friends and neighbors. When they told him that the ice cream was good—really good—he decided to start selling it out of his apartment. It was an instant success, and before long, Mikey didn’t have to worry about being turned down for jobs.
And I spotlight again the endorsements of Clinton that have mattered the most to me. When I last voted for Clinton, I was still a young man in my late twenties. Today, I am the proud father of a son of color, and the joys that come with that are accompanied by the fears of the world that he must navigate.

These women are standing with Clinton, and Clinton is standing with them. That they will have a direct line to the White House under a Clinton presidency is, for me, the most important strand of continuity that she will continue from the Obama administration. It gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, a better world can be built for my son.

Associated Press reports:
It wasn't a giant rally with screaming supporters, celebrity friends and a feisty candidate. But the small gathering on behalf of Hillary Clinton in a Brooklyn church still reverberated with emotion.
Sitting in the airy chapel at Mount Ararat Church in Brooklyn, the crowd heard from five women who had lost their children to gun violence or after contact with the police, including the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner. One by one, they shared stories of loss and grief and argued Clinton was the candidate best prepared to take on gun violence and reshape the criminal justice system.
"She was the only candidate that reached out to us," said Sybrina Fulton, whose 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012. "That showed us that our tragedies were important." She said: "It's important that we let our voices be heard and you absolutely can do that at the polls."
More than a dozen of these women have dubbed themselves the "Mothers of the Movement." They met privately with Clinton and each other last year at a Chicago restaurant, pouring out their stories while the Democratic presidential contender took notes. Though Clinton didn't directly ask for endorsements at the time, the women decided to get involved and have campaigned for her in South Carolina, Wisconsin and Ohio. Clinton's campaign pays their travel expenses.
They spent the weekend before Tuesday's New York primary at churches and block parties around New York City, pushing for strong turnout from black voters, who heavily support Clinton and could give her an edge.
"Fill your car up with people," Fulton said. "Just make sure you're taking someone with you...It is so important. It means everything to us. It means everything to our community."
And with that, I’m off to vote. Happy New York Primary Day, everyone!


  1. this is natural social science, an experiment that will show the character of America, which one hopes will show the people are learning from experience, which will show whether or not we are moving toward reality-based decision making, which we'll need, for example, to save the environment (among other vital challenges) and can choose the most competent and progressive candidate, even when that person is female.

    Bernie has now clearly demonstrated the vacuum at the center of his campaign, and this ought to lead to a huge loss for him, NY voters should definitively repudiate his kind of backward-spoiler narcissism-campaign, the 'if Nadar were only nastier' strategy.

    I watched Barnie Frank, of Dodd Frank, sneered at by Bernie's spokesperson Nina Turner, who did a Bernie debate impression, shouting, shaking her head, looking disgusted, as if proud disrespect and ignorant sanctimony is a virus.

    His entire team seems weird, the complaint his lawyer wrote to the DNC chair about a joint fund-raising agreement that he would know Sanders had also signed, is pure false smear. It is legal for Bernie to lie, but his lawyer supposedly has ethical standards. Seems the entire Sanders team isn't just fact free, it's also ethics free (and may have contracted the Sanders virus too).

    We will soon find out if reason and common sense and common purpose can prevail, if New York sends him packing.

    1. The campaign is desperate because they know they are about to lose. And I know Bernie's awful tone at the last debate rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Thankfully, Bernout is imminent.

      I just can't wait to see the results tonight...and for our party's sake, I hope it's decisive so we can start to come together and win in November as a team.

    2. I saw that exchange last night and Barney Frank was really upset - and rightly so. Both Lawrence O'Donnell and Nina Turner were pretty much smearing Hillary. It was incredulous watching Turner say it doesn't matter if Barack Obama and any other pol raised money from Wall Street - only Hillary. And then to say it was Hillary's job to unite the party if she becomes the nominee. That was good for a laugh. I don't think Turner felt that way 8 years ago. So we have the Vatican caper to "corporate whore" to "Hillary is unqualified", all in the space of a week. I know both sides are a little tense right now, but most of the kitchen sink is being thrown by the Sanders side from what I see. It's kind of ugly - and divisive. It's too bad. I hope Hillary wins big tonight - maybe we can start moving past the ugliness.

    3. maybe it's good, in that it's been there all along, he's been stoking Hillary hate and now he's being spoken of as unhinged. I noticed it very early and greatly disliked it, which is probably why I am lifetime banned from DK, with the dollar throwing it's finally reported that things can have two meanings, and one of them can feed misogynists while allowing them to misunderstand and elevate their desire. Now it's obviously unseemly and while icky to see, it's really there, Bernie didn't invent it, he's just fundraised on it.

  2. well, they are saying Internal polls give it to Hillary and it's a big turnout, I'd called it by 20+, but 40 more minutes at least.

    The bern showed his unattractive side, the glee on Jane's face during the debate wasn't very charming either, as if Hillary is Sharon Stone and Bernie is Arnie on Mars, and shot for for being the false bride.

    Jane's unhinged attacks on claims Hillary make it look like she'd been the designated female who can get away with getting more personal, not a nice look and far from feminist.

    Someone on kos posted a photo of Baghdad Bob, so ridicule is coming to a blowdard who truly earned it (and has been well paid too), for a garden variety fabulist, nothing to see here, move along folks, really.

    Even Casey pointed out he follows the bots to frame his fundraising messages.

    How much is Jane paid, out of the loot.

    We have to save his message which, thankfully, is also the Democratic one and was in her plans before that guy waited to make sure no more powerful men would jump in before he decided his time had come. It is true that the rich own way too much and we have to keep going with the income redistribution, that Barack revived, with ACA (thank you President Obama).

    Eight minutes and counting, we're going to break it this time, we have the best girl on earth, and it's long past our turn.