Hillary’s Defeat is Still a Complete Triumph

May 19, 2008

A front page story in today’s New York Times wonders whether Hillary Clinton’s flagging run for the presidency is “a historic if incomplete triumph or a depressing reminder of why few [women] pursue high office in the first place.”

Let me quickly weigh in with an unequivocal vote for “historic if incomplete triumph.” And the only thing I find depressing is that the answer is even in doubt.

I have regularly criticized Clinton over the course of her campaign (and long before it, starting with her vote to authorize the war), but there is no question that she has forever altered the way women running for president will be viewed from here on out. In the words of the Times, Clinton has established “a new marker for what a woman can accomplish in a campaign — raising over $170 million, frequently winning more favorable reviews on debate performances than her male rivals, rallying older women, and persuading white male voters who were never expected to support her.”

She has also forever demolished the question mark hovering over the issue many (wrongly, in my opinion) have felt would be a woman candidate’s biggest weakness: the ability to be seen as a plausible commander-in-chief.

It is to her great credit that very shortly into the ’08 race, when you saw Clinton on television, you didn’t think, “Oh, there’s the woman running for president.” That is no small feat for a woman trying to break into a male-dominated arena. So the next time a woman — or two or three — runs for president, it won’t be seen as a novelty act. Because Hillary certainly wasn’t.

But the greatest triumph of Clinton’s campaign — a complete triumph — is the example she has set for the next generation. And not just for young women; her dedication, perseverance, and indefatigable drive make her a role model for young men as well.

Much has been made of the generational divide in the Clinton-Obama battle, with older women rallying to Clinton and younger women drawn to Obama. But the impact of her candidacy transcends this division. I’ve seen this very clearly in the reaction of my oldest daughter.

She voted for the first time in this year’s California primary, casting her ballot for Obama. Yet hardly a day passes without her speaking with admiration, almost awe, about Hillary Clinton — how she manages to get up every morning, no matter how hard things get for her, and keep following her dream.

I’ve written a lot about fear and fearlessness, and how fearlessness is not the absence of fear — it’s the mastery of fear. It’s all about getting up one more time than we fall down. Has any public figure embodied this more powerfully and compellingly than Hillary Clinton?

The rest of this article can be read @ The Huffington Post

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DNC Sues To Stop McCain Heist

April 15, 2008

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With all the divisive fighting between Clinton and Obama McCain is slowly creeping from the top bedroom window with the jewels in his sack. OK, perhaps it’s not quite that nefarious but this story is pivotal. After eight horrific years of the American people being stonewalled and lied to (regularly) by its leader(s) this year’s elections are about Change (which translates to TRUTH). This year the American people would like to insert a leader that can hold a little accountability.

 

The DNC is not asking for an indictment, they do not claim to know all the facts. The DNC is asking for all the facts. The DNC’s official statement from the DNC’s Executive Director Tom McMahon on CNN reads; “Despite Sen. McCain’s apparent belief that the reforms he championed apply to everyone but himself, there is a compelling public interest in determining whether Sen. McCain agreed to participate in the matching funds program so he could get a loan for his campaign, then violated the terms of that agreement so he could ignore the spending cap and raise unlimited money from lobbyists and special interests…”

 

The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) MUST investigate the going’s-on with John McCain. If, he in fact broke laws or even bent them to his liking, he should be held accountable before he manufactures false data to justify a war. His lack of candor or perhaps even his honesty will be indicative of his Presidency should he win the nomination. And crooked, manipulated facts are plentiful and served up regularly by its leaders here in the United States, a little truth and honesty would serve us all better now and in the long run. So McCain, drop the jewels and come clean NOW! Leave the double talking, truth bending egregious BS to our current Commander-In-Chief.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/04/14/dnc.mccain/index.html

 

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