Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hillary News & Views 10.13.2016: Bill and Michelle, Inspiration, Millennials, Chefs #WithHer

Hillary Clinton boards a plane, Oct 11, 2016 Florida (photo by Barbara Kinney/HFA)

Guest post by aphra behn

Hello Hillary-supporting community! Welcome to your daily roundup of positive Hillary Clinton news!
Looking at the current schedule, there are many upcoming events today with Hillary’s best surrogates: Bill, Chelsea Barack, Michelle, and Joe B.
In Iowa yesterday, Bill Clinton urged voters to “rise above” the worst of the campaign. Jason Noble reports for the Des Moines Register:
Clinton, the former president and husband of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, never mentioned Trump by name but argued that his campaign promise to “make America great again” amounts to a pledge to “make America like it was 50 years ago.”
That’s an impossible goal, Clinton said, and one the country shouldn’t aspire to anyway.
Clinton, 70, said he recognized Trump’s campaign promises in his own Arkansas roots, telling the crowd “I grew up in the culture of what is now Hillary’s opponent’s base” and implying that the Republican’s rhetoric mirrors the language and perspective of the Jim Crow-era South.
“We have been down this road a long time,” Clinton said. “I’m a white Southerner. I remember what it was like when somebody said they were going to ‘make America great again.’ They basically said here’s your tobacco, here’s your shotgun, you’re in charge.’”
Krissah Thompson and Scott Clement at the New Zealand Herald have some reporting on Michelle Obama’s campaigning for Clinton:
In the past month, the first lady has held five rallies, four of them on college campuses. Her crowds, which skew toward young voters, have often been larger than those attracted to Clinton's solo campaign events, and the enthusiasm in the audiences is high. In Raleigh, students and faculty members lined up before 8 a.m. to hear her speak at 3:30 p.m. One young couple drove more than an hour from Durham: It was her first political rally, and he came because he wanted to see the first lady in person before her husband left office.
"She has a kind of informality that comes off as very natural, and in a generation that is searching for authenticity and connection, I think that helps," said political scientist William A. Galston, a former aide to President Bill Clinton who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
...Erin Banks, 37, the director of a student diversity initiative at North Carolina State University, said she left the rally energized. A 2008 Obama volunteer, she stood in line for six hours for this speech.
"I just wanted the opportunity to see her," Banks said. She had been planning to vote for Clinton but said Obama's speech persuaded her to do more. "I may not be 100 percent in it like I was with Barack, but I am going to go vote and try to motivate others."
Anne Gearan at the Washington Post reports that the Clinton campaign is looking at expansion in Utah, Arizona, and...Georgia:
“We're always looking at those states to see if it is worth" spending money on television advertisements and other mobilization efforts, Palmieri said. "Obviously, our biggest goal is to get to 270, and that is what we designed the campaign to do, but we are looking at these other expansion states, as we refer to them — Utah, Arizona, Georgia — to see if there’s opportunity there.”
Vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine will do news interviews in Arizona and Utah in the next few days, Palmieri said. She did not rule out a visit by Clinton to either state.
"It's a little early to tell how competitive we can be there, but we're taking a look at it," Palmieri said.
Speaking of which… over at Shareblue, Melissa McEwan has a piece on Clinton’s ground game:
“The core of organizing is building relationships, and our organizers have been on the ground for months building real relationships with voters in diverse communities across the country,” said Addisu Demissie, National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Director for Hillary for America, in a statement to Shareblue. “There’s no substitute for a person who knows the barbershop or the bodega where people go to congregate, who has broken bread with community leaders and influencers, and who has been in the church basement meetings to listen to the issues that the neighborhood most cares about.”
Having more field offices does not guarantee a victory. It does, however, provide a significant edge, when those field offices are operating effectively. And this is not Clinton’s first time at the rodeo.
Her campaign has built an impressive infrastructure, and she is using it in the best possible way: To win, but to win by communicating to voters that she will be a president who listens, who is responsive, and who does not take them for granted.
By the way, Shareblue has a new partnership with Benchmark Politics Check out the new collaboration! The probability bar currently has Clinton at 90% chance of victory. If you’re a polling junkie, be sure to take a look!
The latest in Trump-trolling from the campaign: “The Making of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,” which lets users see a year by year comparison of the two candidates’ histories. Pretty cool stuff! For example:
Hillary Clinton co-founds the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, which helps single parents afford higher education.
Trump promises his new Atlantic City hotel is “truly going to be an incredible place.” It ultimately files for bankruptcy, harming countless small businesses in the process.
Yes, I’m familiar with all the arguments against Hillary as inspirer-in-chief. She’s part of the establishment. She’s laden with potential conflicts of interest. Her judgment during the whole email thing was poor. She seems, to many observers, wooden and robotic. Fine. The fact remains that Hillary stood onstage and calmly and persuasively made the case for her candidacy while her looming, lurching, lunatic opponent attempted to humiliate her in front of the entire world. If Hillary can do that, then the rest of us can do whatever we put our minds to.
Put yourself in Hillary’s shoes for a moment. You’re 68 years old. You have spent decades—decades—in the public eye, absorbing criticism from every possible angle. Your opponent is an impulsive, amoral ignoramus with a long history of humiliating women. He has made it his strategy during this debate to dredge up what are probably the darkest moments of your personal life—your husband’s affairs and alleged sexual assaults—as evidence of your failures as a wife and as a woman. He has brought three of these women to sit in the front rowduring the debate in an attempt to throw you off guard and cow you into submission. He literally tells you to your face that he will imprison you if he wins the election.
What would you do? If I were Hillary, I would blubber incomprehensibly through my rage-tears for the duration of the debate, if I lasted onstage that long. What did Hillary do? She stood tall and looked comfortable. She listened carefully to the voters who were asking her questions and offered them empathetic, intelligent, and articulate answers. She serenely and thoughtfully enumerated the character faults that make Trump unfit for office. She laughed it off when Trump insulted her in the most personal of terms. And at the end, she complimented him on his children. Never mind that his children don’t really deserve that compliment—Hillary responded to undeniably sexist personal attacks that are unprecedented in the history of modern American politics with an inspiring level of grace and poise.
Writing over at PopSugar, Aaron Loeb makes a powerful argument against Johnson, Stein, and for Clinton, aimed at Millennials: Someone You Love May Be Alive Because of Hillary Clinton:
As stated above, Johnson is worse on nearly every front economically than Trump. He would get rid of all income taxes and implement a European-style VAT of 23 percent, which would essentially eliminate taxes on people like Trump and push it all down to the rest of us. A rich person can only consume so much more stuff than the poor and middle class. In addition, he would eliminate regulation on nearly all industry and end all federal programs such as medicare and Obamacare. So, when the food you eat poisons you because industry is no longer regulated, you'll have no safety net to pay for the hospital stay. He'd be a disaster. Luckily for us, he can't win.
On the other hand, you may like Jill Stein's economic proposals, which include universal guarantees of healthcare, education, housing, child care, food and employment. You may even believe, if elected, she could get such programs through Congress. However, she also can't win. Really. Practically. She's not on the ballot in Nevada or North Carolina, meaning her only path to 270 electoral votes requires winning Florida, Ohio, or Pennsylvania (this assumes she pulls off miracles and wins the entire Northeast and West Coast and discounts the possibility of her sweeping the deep south or the Great Plains states, which don't seem inclined to vote for her admittedly Socialist policies). Stein is polling one percent in Florida and Ohio and three percent in Pennsylvania.
If you are in your early 20s, one in 12 of the people you've ever met who are your age or younger had healthcare because, after getting her ass handed to her by Congress, Hillary Clinton kept fighting and got CHIP through. Think about all of your friends in gradeschool, highschool, college. One in twelve of them were able to see a doctor when something went wrong because of her.
Over 20 years ago, Hillary Clinton stood up for this fundamental pocketbook issue for all Americans. Millennials are the first generation to have reaped the rewards. She was fighting for millennials since before many of them were even born, and she's won some of the most important battles. I'm excited to see what more she can do as president.
Bethany Jean Clement at the Seattle Times has a feature on female chefs #WithHer:
A group of Seattle chefs and restaurateurs don’t view Hillary Clinton as just the only viable alternative — they’re vocal supporters. And they happen to be women.
Howell envisions “the change in minds” of a new generation that President Hillary Clinton would bring, for those who “will have the privilege of growing up seeing a black man in the White House — with a beautiful, healthy black family — and then a woman.”
Howell, whose forward-thinking work centers on vegan Plum Bistro, believes a Hillary Clinton presidency “will propel this nation to its feet, creating the change we have been dreaming of since the Emancipation Proclamation and the dawn of the feminist movement.” It’s heady stuff, among the present mire, to turn to the progress possible.
For women in the restaurant industry in this election cycle, the personal is the political. Cupcake Royale’s Jody Hall points out that Clinton has championed gay rights along with those of many other vulnerable populations. Angela Stowell, partner in Ethan Stowell Restaurants, says, “Ethan and I want our sons to grow up in a world where they never think that a woman is less worthy of a job than a man.”
It’s a great story—read the whole thing!
And in even more food news, Chefs for Hillary release election recipes! Per Us Magazine:
These chefs are with her! Hillary Clinton's Chefs for Hillary campaign, which showcases Hillary-themed recipes from some of the best chefs across the country, just released 10 new recipes on their Pinterest board.
..."Hillary has spent her entire life fighting for children, minorities and the disenfranchised,"[Tom] Colicchio, who shared instructions for his Barnstormin' Bacon Wrapped Figs, tells Us Weekly. "I believe that her progressive policies will move this country forward."
More new recipes sure to trump your average dinner include Make Gazpacho Great Again by Made In Spain's José Andres, Play the Woman Card-amom Roasted Cauliflower by Tapestry's Suvir Saran and Nacho Average Election by Food Matters NYC's Tricia Williams. Check out the full round-up of recipes at the Chefs for Hillary Pinterest board.
Here’s one to get you started: Nora Pouillon’s Star Spangled Sizzled Shrimp:
2 ½ lb large shrimp
½ c EVOO or less
6 garlic cloves sliced with mandolin or knife
1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes or more if you like it spicy
1. Rinse and pat dry the shrimp
2. Heat oil.
3. Add garlic cloves to oil and saute until they begin to brown.
4. Skim them out and reserve.
5. Stir the pepper flakes into the oil.
6. Add in shrimp and cook over medium heat 2 minutes while stirring.
7. Shrimp should be just cooked through and pink in color.
8. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt.
9. Scatter reserved garlic over the shrimp and garnish with fresh herbs.
(originally posted at Daily Kos)


  1. Great, thanks for posting! I read Trump might be abandoning VA, which means he's counting on wins in PA and NH. It's whatever is way beyond "Hail Mary".

    1. That's right about VA! Gonna write about it today.