Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hillary News & Views 10.19.16: Debate Prep, Tim, Bill, Bernie, GOTV-GOTV-GOTV

Hillary in Columbus, OH, October 10, 2016 (Getty images)

Guest post by rugbymom

This is the final stretch of the campaign, which sometimes feels like the final week of pregnancy when it’s 90o, you can hardly bear another seven or ten days of discomfort and are just thinking, “Please, let it be over soon.” But sometimes it’s like the last 0.1 mile of a 5K race on a beautiful fall day, on a course that’s downhill at the end so you go cruising in towards the finish line at full speed with your hands raised. 
We can see the activity ramping up all over the country for the final push — unions and other groups canvassing in key states, phone banking, social media aimed at making sure every one of our supporters actually votes.

Hillary herself has been off the campaign trail for several days, preparing thoroughly (of course!) for tonight’s debate in Las Vegas. (She flew west yesterday; Bill will join her today.) Surrogates have been out in force, however. The campaign clearly sees potential in AZ, as the line of scrimmage keeps moving more and more in our favor. (Last Democrat to win AZ? Bill Clinton, in 1996.)

Tim Kaine was in Michigan, not a battleground but not forgotten either, for a speech on economic policy at Focus: Hope, an organization founded by a Catholic priest following the 1968 Detroit riots to fight racism and poverty. The speech, elaborating on the campaign's theme of building “an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top," detailed the Clinton plans for economic development and improving people’s lives. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke before Kaine, and senior statesman (and Twitter wit) former Congressman John Dingell commented from the front row. 
Kaine spoke for close to an hour, speaking from his faith on the importance of addressing poverty as a moral issue:

The bulk of the speech, however, was on economic policy. Per the Detroit Free Press:
Fighting poverty is one of the defining moral issues of the 2016 elections, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine told a group of about 200 people in Detroit on Tuesday. . . .
“In a lot of communities, poverty is hiding in plain sight. Wherever it is, we’ve got to challenge ourselves to tackle it.” He outlined the campaign’s three-pillar attack on poverty, including:
  • Raising incomes for families, which entails raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, investing in poverty-stricken communities with things like infrastructure improvement projects and increasing tax credits for child care.
  • Making sure communities and homes are safe by fighting things like housing discrimination and predatory lending, ensuring the water and air in places like Flint are safe to consume and enacting common sense gun control measures like universal background checks.
  • And improving education by expanding early childhood development and Head Start programs.
Scan has the full video here.
Bill Clinton spoke yesterday at Montgomery County (PA) Community College, in a rural area north of Philadelphia. En route (being Bill), he made an unannounced stop at the campaign office in Bristol to greet hard-working volunteers. Like Kaine, Clinton stressed the campaign’s economic plans, and Hillary’s ability to work across the aisle to get her programs enacted.
According to ABC’s Matthew Claiborne, he closed his speech,
"If you don't want someone to drive a truck off the cliff, do not give them the keys," [Clinton said]. "Give Hillary the keys".
Heading west to new battleground state AZ, Bernie! spoke at two “Early Voting” Rallies. (Voting began there October 12.) The first was at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff (near where he did a large rally in March, during the primary):
The overflow crowd:
Full video (ignore the initial photo, which is from a different joint event):
In the evening Bernie spoke to an estimated 5,000 people at an outdoor rally at the University of Arizona mall in Tucson.
From the Arizona Star:
The Vermont senator championed many of the same issues he talked about in previous speeches in Tucson, complaining about billionaires buying elections, calling for college to be made free for most Americans, and urging an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
He said his message was still the same — the election is not about a singular person but about millions of voters who want serious reform.
“Real change never ever takes place unless millions of people band together,” Sanders said. “Our job is to create an economy, create an America, create a government that represents all of us.”
Sanders then listed the ways in which Clinton had listened to his messages, and adopted some of his ideas into her platform: eliminating tuition at public colleges for families earning less than $125,000 annually, forgiving student loans for teachers, lowering student loan interest rates. He slammed the “billionaire” Republican nominee for flying around in his private jet while avoiding paying taxes, and for promising to “sweep up and deport 11 million undocumented people.”
“On November 8th our job is to defeat Trump and elect Hillary Clinton,” Sanders told the crowd.
The campaign pace doesn’t slow down a bit, even with tonight’s debate. Today Tim Kaine does GOTV rallies in Upper Arlington and Springfield, OH, and Asheville, NC; Anne Holton has an education panel, two rallies, and a debate watch party in IA; Bernie is in Reno, NV; and Chelsea is at Arizona State in Tempe. Thursday President Obama heads to Miami (the event postponed due to Hurricane Matthew), while Fabulous FLOTUS will be in Phoenix, AZ. Hillary will be at the Al Smith dinner in NYC Thursday, in Cleveland on Friday, campaigning with Tim Kaine in Pittsburgh and Philly on Saturday, then on to NC, NH (with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, reportedly), and back to FL. I has the most usable listing of key events, with links to the campaign’s official announcement. They also have good reporting on past events, often with full video. 
We’re seeing a lot of comments from people who have already voted — lucky youse guys (that’s RI-ese). I’ll repeat my suggestion that once you’ve voted, change your avatar to an “I Voted” sticker so we can visually track the wave. (There are several variations in the image library; search on “ivoted,” “ivotedsticker,” or “ivotedbutton.”) Even if your state doesn't advertise early voting, check your Secretary of State or Board of Elections website — sometimes the provision for mail ballots includes what is essentially early in-person voting. Just don’t forget to vote for Democrats down-ticket, and for ballot questions. Once you've voted, you can help the campaign with GOTV, drive neighbors to the polls (early or on Election Day), make phone calls, etc.
Are you (or your friends or social media contacts) worried about disruptions or voter interference on Election Day? Don’t fret, do something. I put my suggestions intoa separate diary, so they’d get more eyeballs.
Finally, an inspirational piece by VT writer Elayne Clift, “The archetypal journey of Hillary Rodham Clinton” (h/t Scan). Clift notes that most writing on archetypes and quests has male heroes, with women assigned subsidiary roles, sometimes Nurturing Mother, sometimes Temptress, sometimes Virgin:
Women have traditionally been denied The Quest or journey to enlightenment. Locked in their castles birthing future kings, or in convents, where they spent the better part of their lives invisible beyond the cloister gardens, they were denied their hunger for a wider world, their intelligence and courage continually hidden from sight and declared non-existent or illegitimate.
But Hillary, Clift posits, creates new possibilities:
But now, in Hillary, we have a new female archetype – a warrior woman equal to, and in this case surpassing, her male counterpart. She is a warrior capable of undertaking the quest, and emerging intact to win the Golden Fleece.
Another key element of the archetypal journal involves entering into and surviving the Underworld, often a dark cave. Hillary Clinton has had to survive the darkest of caves in an underworld full of deranged men and incipient violence. A good many male warriors might have given up in comparable circumstances, but she persevered, intent on making it back to the light. . . .
Hillary Clinton still has some murky waters to wade through, waters that are home to snakes continually lashing out at her. But when she finally gets to the other side of the river and ascends the mountain there is likely to be a rainbow of colors there. Many of us will be standing with her, relieved and hopeful once more, able to see the world as a place of safety and beauty again.

(originally posted at Daily Kos)


  1. one more debate with the icky person, she can handle anyone, but it is wearying, and depressing, and even upbeat Hillary can't bring up the mood, amidst the cloying darkness. And I used to feel sorry for Melania, but she's equally depressing, with the 'I was never friends with her" put down. LIke what an honor, to be friends with Melania?

    I love the season and it's the weirdest ever, but Mr. and Mrs. Trump are depressing people.

    1. I agree with you. I am a pretty upbeat, positive person with a tolerance for a lot of crap but I, too, can't wait for thi election to be over. The Trumps ARE depressing and DOnald Trump to me is the king of darkness and UNcivility. The fact that Hillary has to go through all of this disrespect and vitriol is so unfair. Lord willing, she will be our next president and Trump will fade into the background. This whole election is so weird because the media let it go there during the primary season. This is a sad reflection on our society but hopefully the light will shine through it all somehow. Keep the faith I guess.