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Hillary is Awesome in Asia

20 Feb

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is winding up a tour of Asia that has captivated crowds and wowed women everywhere. NPR’s Day to Day has a great story about her travels called “Clinton’s Brand of Diplomacy“. It’s a great listen and/or read. Enjoy!

Here is what I learned:

Clinton is a team player who understands an envoy of qualified people working in concert are needed to address the worries of the world.

Clinton said she’s a real believer in using envoys.

To me, this is how I like to operate,” she said. “I think it enhances my ability to actually be effective globally. I don’t think that one person in this world — given the complexity and intensity — could possibly handle all these portfolios without doing injustice to them.”

“I don’t think there is any way to say ‘this is how it is going to work,’ ” she said. “It is more like jazz. You’ve got to improvise. You’ve got to have people who are great individuals and ensemble players.”

Hillary is a superstar who can wield that ‘celebrity’ power to promote important messages

Clinton’s forte, though she says she doesn’t want to overplay it, is her celebrity. And she says it is her role to reintroduce America to the world.

Her personal diplomacy was on display throughout this swing through Asia, whether it was strolling through a poor neighborhood in Jakarta or taking part in a town hall meeting like one at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, the largest women’s university in the world.

The 3,000 people in the auditorium jumped out of their seats to applaud Clinton, who told them that promoting women’s rights will be a central mission for her as secretary of state.

Women’s issues are a top priority because Hillary has deemed it vital for security

“I view this not only as a moral issue but also as a security issue,” she said. “I think it is imperative that nations like ours stand up for the rights of women. It is not ancillary to our progress, it is central.”

People love Hillary and see her as a person not a politician

It was a very personal town hall, covering issues that included her childhood dreams to be an astronaut, her relationship with her daughter, Chelsea, balancing work and family — and her love life.

One student asked her how she knew her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was and is her love.

“You know I feel more like an advice columnist than a secretary of state today,” Clinton said, laughing.

She went on to describe Bill Clinton as her best friend, saying they have an endless conversation and never get bored.

Hillary is using her considerable campaign mojo for the good of America

It was vintage Hillary Clinton — working the crowds and still campaigning in a way — only this time, campaigning to improve America’s image.

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Hillary Speaks for Women Everywhere

13 Jan

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Our foreign policy must reflect our deep commitment to help millions of oppressed people around the world, and of particular concern to me is the plight of women and girls who comprise the majority of the world’s unhealthy, unschooled, unfed, and unpaid.

If half the world’s population remains vulnerable to economic, political, legal and social marginalization–our hope of advancing democracy and prosperity is in serious jeopardy.

The United States must be an unequivocal and unwavering voice in support of women’s rights in every country, on every continent.”

Hillary Clinton (1/13/09)

Oh how I’ve missed seeing her in action. Go Hillary!

 

Kennedy Clan Urging Caroline To Seek Senate Seat

6 Dec
In this April 20, 2008 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa. The Kennedy clan wants to see their Caroline in the Senate seat soon to be vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton. The family just needs to convince her to do it, and New York Gov. David Paterson to put her there.

The 2012 Ticket?

Further confirmation of Caroline Kennedy’s intention to seek Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat has come from inside the Kennedy camp today. Her cousin, Robert Kennedy Jr., the lone Kennedy who chose to back Hillary instead of Obama during the dem primaries, has confirmed the Caroline Senate story.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he and the rest of the powerful Kennedy clan are urging Caroline to seek the New York governor’s appointment to the Senate seat now held by Hillary Rodham Clinton — and added she is ready and seriously considering it.

“I know she’s interested,” Robert Kennedy, who himself was prominently mentioned for the seat, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday. “She spent a lot of her life balancing public service with obligations to her family. Now her children are grown, and she is ready to move onto a bigger stage.”

Once Clinton, in line to become secretary of state, is confirmed to President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet, New York Gov. David Paterson will appoint someone to fill the seat for two years.

The Kennedy family’s connections and history cannot force Paterson to choose Caroline, but the family’s strong support could increase pressure on him to pick her over lesser-known contenders. For Caroline Kennedy, seeking the Senate seat would be a significant departure from the life she has lived until now, protecting her family’s privacy — and her own.

Robert Kennedy said his extended family would come out en masse for her if she does get the appointment and has to run for election in 2010.

“If she runs, you will see more Kennedys than you have ever seen in your life,” he said.

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There are many ways that Caroline could contribute to causes and advocate for issues as a private citizen. Political service is one way to make an impact in this world, but it is hardly the only way. With the Kennedy name behind her, Caroline could achieve much without having to pull the seat out from under other candidates who have more experience and wanted the Senate seat too. The name ‘Kennedy’ should not be a free pass to cut ahead in line of others who have worked for years to establish themselves through hard work and effort.

After everything that has happened with a relatively unknown Barrack Obama exploding onto the national stage and becoming President- elect within his first Senate term, I shouldn’t be surprised that Caroline Kennedy could walk into a Senate seat because she woke up one day and said she wanted it.

Welcome to the new democratic party brought to you by political thugs from Chicago and orchestrated by the democrats own Rovian team of Axelrod and Brazile. The new democrats include such illustrious members as: Obama, Al Franken, Chris Matthews (you know he’s eye a PA Senate race of his own), and now Caroline Kennedy. It’s all in the name and connections.

Richard Nixon always claimed that one day Caroline Kennedy would become the first female President. I thought about that today. I thought about how a path could emerge that would take Caroline from Senator to White House in 2016. It’s actually very easily mapped out if she becomes a Senator now, replaces Biden as VP in Obama’s second term, and runs for the president once Obama’s second term ends (if he were to win a second term of course).

It’s not that far fetched if you factor that Biden will not likely run for President himself in 2016 as he would be 75 years old at that time. Plus, Biden who has already had several aneurysms, could have further health issues over the next 8 years. Needing an heir apparent for the dem party after Obama’s reign is over, will make someone an insider favorite well before 2014 when the 2 year pre election campaign efforts begin.

As a VP, Caroline would have a tremendous platform to mount a campaign while also sidestepping the ‘experience’ question nicely. She has already demonstrated her ‘loyalty’ to Obama. They’ve worked together well when she helped on the VP selection committee.

As the first black president, he could make even more history by bringing along the first female VP to office and then helping her become the first President too.  He wouldn’t do it for Hillary, but Obama owes the Kennedy’s a lot, he finds Caroline likable enough, and it would buy one more historical footnote to the Obama legacy- why wouldn’t he do it?

As much as it breaks my heart to think it, if Caroline were to become a Senator, it’s likely she could be in a position to outmaneuver Hillary in a presidential bid in 2016. Heartbreaking isn’t it?

Maybe that was the Kennedy plan all along? Knock off Hillary to push forward one of their own. No one was in position to make it for this election, but the stage is set for a few years down the road. I predict we’ll see a Kennedy on a national ticket in 2012 and then again in 2016. Biden better gird his loins. There’s a Kennedy kick coming his way soon.

Obama Team Wants to Control Bill if Hillary is Sect. of State

19 Nov

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According to sources like Political Punch, the Obama people would like tighter control of what Bill does and says in the future and the Clinton folks are not comfortable with restrictions they deem ‘severe’.

The view from Camp Clinton is that the Obama Team would too severely restrict what Bill Clinton is able to do to simply make a living. One source says the Obama Team seems to think it can demand that the former president abide by the restrictions put on a general government official, which just isn’t tenable.

There has even been talk of the Obama White House wanting to approve every speech the former President Gives gives, or any new source of income.

And while the former President’s team says he’s willing to disclose that information ahead of time, they aren’t willing to submit each speech opportunity for approval.

George H.W. Bush had no similar restrictions while his son (George W.) has been President, Clinton advocates say. Why would Bill Clinton have to stop doing what former presidents do — traveling the world, giving speeches, raising money for charitable works — when his wife is a mere Cabinet official?

This seems like a valid point. If former President Bush was not restricted from saying any darn thing he wanted while his son George W. has been President, why should Clinton have to submit every single speech and every single speaking invite for approval because his wife is a Cabinet official– not the President- just someone who works for the President?

The view is that this is the portfolio of a former President; to eliminate it — especially when Hillary Clinton still has more than $6 million in debt from her campaign — is unreasonable.

The Obama Team wants approval over how Bill Clinton earns an income if Hillary were to accept the job as Secretary of State. That does not seem reasonable at all. 

If Bill were approached to speak at Harvard, he’s have to ask the Obama team if it was OK. If a publisher wanted Bill to write a book, he’d have to get the OK from the Obama White House to accept the offer. If Bill wanted to sell something on Ebay (hey with the economy the way it is, you never know) he’d have to get approval by the Obama Team. Do you see how absurd that is? You can’t reasonably ask the spouse of someone you hire to seek permission from you everytime they have a job opportunity for themselves.

In addition, the Clinton people note that Hillary’s outstanding campaign debt is still an issue. The Obama camp pledged to wipe out Hillary’s campaign debt but has not done it. To think Bill Clinton would agree to let the Obama Team determine what income opportunities he could accept in the future while that debt is still on the table is just silly.

The reports all seem to agree that while this is an issue, it’s not an insurmountable issue. It’s just a sticky point that needs to be resolved, not a deal breaker. I have faith in Hillary to consider all the facts and make the decision that feels right and will help many Americans. Go Hillary!

Cry Baby Cry

7 Nov

H/T to Hillbuzz

womencountFor the past few days, my phone has been buzzing with calls from devastated volunteers and celebrating friends. In the accelerated world of the blogosphere, writers have begun to rationalize the demographics of the vote and to anticipate the future.

Important new groups like The New Agenda have raised significant concerns about the Obama administration potentially selecting economist Larry Summers, the former president of Harvard as Secretary of Treasury.  Summers resigned from Harvard in the wake of a controversy in which he suggested that women received promotion at a lesser rate in the sciences because they were less qualified. Lynette Long has started a cabinet watch to encourage Obama to appoint women to 50 percent of the positions.

Wouldn’t that be a great thing and real change?

All of this is good and necessary work. I am grateful that others are doing it because I am just not there yet. I will get there again I am sure but I am not there now.

After months of working to promote Hillary Clinton and fair and open elections, after months of examining the issues and making a conscientious and principled decision to move over to McCain, after months of traveling the country, I am not there yet.

I am exhausted and it is an exhaustion that goes far beyond the physical.  It is an exhaustion that permeates my emotional and psychic core. For me, as well as many others, it is tied to the death of a dream.

The dream that we would have a woman president in my life time.
The dream that Hillary Clinton might break from the party, demand justice and a free election and that she would be heard.
The dream that women would act in their best interests.
The dream that men would support women.
The dream that people become journalists because of an aptitude and desire for investigative reporting and passionate commitment to truth.
The dream that the American people would not be seduced by mass media.
The dream that deep friendships would endure over differences of opinion.
The dream that a concern with sexism would share equal space with a concern with racism.
The dream that people would keep their word and that patriotism and honor would prevail.
The dream that if we just worked hard enough, even if we were outspent seven to one and out staffed by far more than that, we would win because we were right.

My dreams have been shattered.

Perhaps they were naïve.  But they were real to me and shared by many, many others.  Hopefully, some of those dreams can come true in the future.  As we can see, there are people and groups who are already working to realize them and they welcome others to join them in these significant efforts.

But I am not there yet.  Because with the loss of my dreams, of our dreams, is a kind of death.

And when death comes, one must mourn.

In the Jewish tradition, when there has been a death of the family, one sits Shiva for seven days.  The mirrors are draped in black to avoid consideration of appearances and business is suspended. Neighbors, friends and family stop by with trays of food and to talk about the departed loved one because there is no more important business than acknowledging the death of that person, and what was lost as well as what remains.

And so it is with us.  Maybe we won’t drill, baby, drill.  But we can cry, baby, cry and acknowledge the gut wrenching pain of what it means to have our dreams shattered.  And especially how it feels to not be able to openly, joyfully celebrate this breakthrough historic presidency as well as the much anticipated end of the Bush administration because it was not come by honestly.

Ironically, the same technology that helped drive the election for Obama has also been our friend throughout this election season as we write and become allies through our exchanges with people we may never have met.

I encourage people to reach out, to talk and share their feelings in whatever ways they can.  Across the blogs and airwaves. On the phone and in person.   I encourage them to not skip past this crucial stage of grieving for the loss of our dreams.

For many  of us, it is only through going to the rock bottom of our pain that we can make space to empty out and thus, reenergize for our shared battles to come.

Cry, baby, cry.

– Joan Lipkin

For more misogyny related articles I refer you to these posts:

The Confluence: Misogyny: A Juxtaposition of Different but Eerily Analogous Events

Tennessee Guerilla Women: Sarah Palin As Jezebel, ‘Wearing Nothing But a Towel’

Hillary Says “Jobs, Baby, Jobs!”

14 Oct

As we inch painfully closer to having either Obama or McCain as President, I keep thinking ‘I wish it were Hillary’. Here’s Hillary out on the campaign trail in Horsham, PA declaring: “America will once again rise up from the ashes of the Bushes!” It would be easier to believe that if Hillary were at the top of the ticket this year instead of Obama.

So Now Obama Really Likes Hillary’s Idea

13 Oct

Oh, so now Obama thinks it’s a good idea huh!? Today Obama rolled out a new set of proposals for dealing with the economic crisis. This new set is strikingly similar to a proposal by Hillary in FEBRUARY and denounced by Obama at that time.

The new plan includes an arrangement with banks for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for many homeowners.

In February, after Hillary Clinton proposed a similar foreclosure moratorium, Obama condemened it:

In San Antonio on Tuesday, Obama said that Clinton’s foreclosure freeze was potentially “disastrous,” rewarding “people who made this problem worse” by benefiting banks that profit from high mortgage rates.

Suddenly, 8 months later, Obama thinks it’s a great idea. Once again Obama is a day late and dollar short.