Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hillary News & Views 10.6.2016: Surrogates, Debate Prep, Endorsements, "Women's Work," Supergirl

Hillary and Chelsea at Haverford PA Oct 2016. Photograph by Barbara Kinney, HFA.

Guest post by aphra behn

Hello, Hillary-supporting community! It’s great to be here with you today. This late edition of the HNV is brought to you by a needy beaglemix dog.
While Hillary focuses on debate prep, she has some great surrogates on the trail for her. Kaine will be in PA and NV today. Chelsea will be in Minnesota. Al Franken will be in California. And Bernie Sanders will be in Michigan. Speaking of Bernie,  hecampaigned for Hillary in Wisconsin Wednesday:
Sanders spent a half-hour encouraging a crowd of about 1,200 to vote for Clinton and Feingold, after introductions from Feingold and environmental advocate Tia Nelson. He tied his argument to a long list of progressive causes including voting rights, raising the minimum wage, pay equity, health care access, college affordability, immigration reform and maintaining Social Security. 
..."We have struggled too hard, too many people have died in these struggles, have gone to jail to say America is moving in the direction of a nondiscriminatory society, to go back to a candidate that has made bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign," Sanders said.
He will be in Michigan today, and New Hampshire and Maine Friday.
Abbie Phillip at the Washington Post has a fascinating piece about Clinton debate preparations:
Clinton and Kaine had a larger goal in mind than winning the debates themselves: to create a series of compelling sound bites that they planned to weaponize for the reminder of the campaign. They logged scores of hours of preparation. They recited laundry lists of Trump’s faults. Their clear objective: to record him and his running mate embracing, denying or evading controversial positions that Trump has taken in recorded speeches.
And that’s exactly what the Clinton campaign did. Shortly after the debate Tuesday, the Clinton campaign tweeted out a glossy new site The site highlighted dozens of moments “mentioned at the debate,” most of them by Kaine, with citations to back them up and the “share” button never too far away.
By Wednesday morning, a new video was blasted: a 90-second super-cut of Pence’s denials. “At the VP debate, Mike Pence seemed to discover he was Donald Trump’s running mate,” the video said.
The cast of the hit show Empire endorsed Hillary Clinton yesterday. According to Daniel White at Time:
The minute-long spot finds the actors, all of whom are African-American, pondering the stakes of the 2016 election before offering Clinton their approval.
The ad was directed by Empire creator Lee Daniels, who spoke highly of Clinton during a speech at July’s Democratic National Convention, calling on young voters to turn out at the polls for the “most important election of our lifetime.”
Daniels again urged voters to go out and vote in Wednesday’s ad. “So many women and men died for us to have the right to vote,” he said. “Every time we sit out, we dishonor their sacrifices.”
It’s a powerful ad. Have a look:
In a move of historic importance, The Atlantic magazine has also endorsed Clinton—only the 3rd endorsement in its history. There’s a lot to read (I encourage you to check out the whole thing) but here are some highlights:
These concerns compel us, for the third time since the magazine’s founding, to endorse a candidate for president. Hillary Rodham Clinton has more than earned, through her service to the country as first lady, as a senator from New York, and as secretary of state, the right to be taken seriously as a White House contender. She has flaws (some legitimately troubling, some exaggerated by her opponents), but she is among the most prepared candidates ever to seek the presidency. We are confident that she understands the role of the United States in the world; we have no doubt that she will apply herself assiduously to the problems confronting this country; and she has demonstrated an aptitude for analysis and hard work.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. He is easily goaded, a poor quality for someone seeking control of America’s nuclear arsenal. He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read.
In a more news-related story, The Alaska Daily News has a fascinating feature, written by Michelle Theriault Boots and Erica Martinson, about Hillary’s summer job in Alaska, summer 1969:
In 1969, canneries sometimes put the young, seasonal workers up in primitive bunk houses, fed them and offered access to the occasional shower that never quite washed off the fishy smell. Often workers camped nearby. It wasn't uncommon for college kids to come up from the Lower 48 for the chance to make more than $60 a day. Some would work 12- to 16-hours shifts before heading back to school in the fall. Hillary Rodham has said on many occasions that she was one of those young seasonal workers.
There are, however, some prominent Orthodox supporters of the former secretary of state. For example, Jack Bendheim, former deputy chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, hosted a fundraiser for Clinton in April. And Shlomo Werdiger, chairman of the board of Agudath Israel of America, has publicly endorsed her.Few, however, have made the Orthodox case for Clinton stronger than New Jersey’s Rabbi Menachem Genack. (Genack is CEO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher division and teaches at Yeshiva University, but, like Bendheim and Werdiger, he expresses his political views only in his personal capacity.) Following up on his pro-Clinton op-ed in The Jewish Week, Genack says he’s working with other Clinton supporters in Florida to “make the best case for Hillary” specifically to the Orthodox community.
It’s not only Clinton’s personal concern for Israel that makes her the right choice, Genack says, but also her view of America’s place in the world. “What Israel needs more than anything else is a strong America, respected in the world, that protects Israel’s interests — an America engaged in the world. That’s what Hillary represents,” he said. “An isolationist America, which is what Trump advocates — hiding behind a wall, dismantling 70-year-old alliances like NATO — for the Jewish people, that, historically, leads to disaster, just like it did in the 1930s.”
Backstage in Portsmouth NH. Photograph by Barbara Kinney, HFA.

Melissa McEwan had some amazing comments about this picture. From Shakesville
I could write an entire essay about why I love this photo. This very candid photo of a woman doing her job in an unspecial room, surrounded by scattered water bottles and the cords to various electronic devices and notices crudely taped to a wall.
This photo of a woman whose country has often been unfathomably cruel to her, doing her homework so that she can be prepared to be its leader, because she loves this country even when it doesn't love her back, while its flag pokes into the frame from the corner, a symbol of the history, culture, industry, future of a great and struggling nation, stoically petitioning her from its perch above a dirty carpet in a small room.
This photo of women's work.
This photo of Hillary.
McEwan’s essay sparked an outpouring of responses, which she wrote about over at ShareBlue:
Since it was published, this piece has remained the most highly trafficked at my personal site. Friends have alerted me they have seen it republished in full (with attribution) on social media. I have gotten a number of emails from strangers about it, telling me how much it resonated with them, including a missive from a Clinton volunteer who told me it was one of the most inspiring things he had read this election.
I wondered what it was about this brief, visceral piece that had connected with so many people in such a meaningful way.
...It is remarkably rare to find someone writing about Clinton in a way that neither demeans her, nor tasks her with the colossal obligation to be unyieldingly inspiring. Putting someone on a pedestal, after all, can be just as dehumanizing as kicking them into the dirt.
I do not need Clinton to be on a pedestal. I can see her just fine sitting on a folding chair.
Way back in March, I noted in an HNV the HRC endorsement by Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the iconic 70s tv show. She said about her endorsement:
“It feels so dangerous out there, and I am kind of tired of people promoting all of this divisiveness and fear. I think that’s what kind of led to the Iraq war, was the fear quotient,” Carter, who donned bullet-deflecting bracelets and a golden belt as Wonder Woman, said. “And I’m kind of done with that.”
Well, Carter has been cast as the president of the United States in Season 2 of Supergirl, and she’s looking to Clinton for character inspiration:
She may not have had a lasso of truth at her disposal, but Lynda Carter, television’s Wonder Woman, is impressed with how Hillary Clinton fended off Donald Trump at Monday’s presidential debate.
Carter came to prominence in the 1970s, as the gold-tiara-wearing Wonder Woman on the popular television show. Since hanging up her star-spangled suit, Carter has remained active as a singer-songwriter, and with appearances in the likes of “Super Troopers” and “Law & Order.” She’s also booked a recurring role playing the president of the United States on “Supergirl.” “I used Hillary to prepare,” said Carter. “I saw the way she can be warm and funny and inviting and serious.” Carter admits that comparing Clinton to Wonder Woman might be a stretch, but she hopes the Democratic presidential candidate will have a similar impact on young woman.
“Hillary is much more human than Wonder Woman,” Carter said. “She has flaws, but we are all flawed and we learn from our mistakes. “I think she is a role model in the way she has paved the way for women,” Carter added.
I don't know about you, but I love that Carter gets that Clinton is human, flawed — and still a hero.


(originally posted at Daily Kos)

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