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Mulling it over two days later

In the immediate hours after the election, I was reeling and I wrote something I regret. I realize it’s not true:

It’s over now. It’s over for Hillary and for many of her contemporaries who fought so hard for civil and women’s rights and were finally closing in on the unattainable prize. That cohort may not live to see a woman in the White House.

It’s never over. Hillary won’t be president, but she’s not going to stay home and bake cookies. She never has. I am confident she will continue to serve.

As for her contemporaries, they’re not staying on the sidelines either. It’s time to plan for the next election. Elizabeth Warren, where are you?

As for the rest, be active and get involved! That’s how you make a difference.

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Election 2016: Cup count poll predictions

Hillary or Trump?

The Monogram Shop in East Hampton has its own poll to predict the winner. The shop makes cups for presidential elections, one boosting the Republican candidate and the other, the Democrat. Whichever candidate’s name sells the most cups will  take the White House.
Cup sales predictions

It’s worked before:Cup sales

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Dem debate #1: impressions


Hillary Clinton showing her appreciation to Bernie Sanders after he exclaimed that the American people are “sick and tired of your damned emails! Enough!” Let’s talk about the real issues, he said.

What a difference! In this first Democratic debate, the candidates were polite, even warm, and always civil to each other. So used to Republicans’ bad-mouthing Hillary and Obama, ripping into each other and telling outright falsehoods (Carly Fiorina and Planned Parenthood doctored video). By contrast, last night’s Dem debate was for the most part optimistic and forward-looking.

The candidates were focused mostly on the issues, each trying to show how (s)he parted ways from the others. Yet they were not hesitant to agree with and even support each other. There was only one antagonist in the room, and that was the Republican obstructionist party. Yes, they attempted to score points, most notably Clinton remonstrating Sanders for not being strong enough against guns. (Do you agree with Sanders’ position on guns, the moderator asked her. “No. I don’t,” she rejoined.) The disagreements were sometimes direct, sometimes implied, but always cordial, not offensive. They were in agreement about the issues — guns, climate change, income inequality, the toxic effect of Citizens United — but they differed in their approaches.

I liked Martin O’Malley. He came across as well-informed and experienced, serious but easygoing and optimistic, especially in contrast to Bernie Sanders. The senator from Vermont was gruff, angry and exasperated. He is authentic and clearly cares deeply about problems of the middle class, income inequality, corporate greed and climate change, but I think he will antagonize voters who don’t already back him. Hillary Clinton was polished and well-prepared, articulate and perfectly at ease. When asked if she wanted to respond to a criticism from Lincoln Chafee, she simply said, “No.”

There were, however, two sour notes.

Chafee’s excuse for voting to repeal the Glass Steagall Act in 1999: “It was my first vote. I’d just arrived in the Senate, and my father had just died.” Challenged by moderator Anderson Cooper, he whined again. It was pathetic. He was looking for sympathy and garnered scorn.

Jim Webb complained at every opportunity that he wasn’t being given as much time as everyone else, that he had to wait 10 minutes before being given a chance to speak and was cut off too soon. When he was in the spotlight, he conveyed his discomfort at being on that stage with his rivals, all of whom were more progressive and relaxed than he was.

Chafee and Webb will surely drop out before long. They came in with poll numbers that scraped the bottom and didn’t do themselves any good. I’d like to see O’Malley keep going, but Hillary’s performance surely secured her place as the favorite with Bernie close behind to keep it interesting.


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Hillary demonstrates how to deal with a mansplainer

Using clips from Hillary’s testimony at the Benghazi hearings, Zerlina over at Feministing has put together a marvelous tutorial starring Hillary Clinton. For example, here are the first two steps in “How to deal with a mansplainer”:

Step 1: Raise your hands up like, “Whoa you guys you can’t be serious.”

Step 2: Make sure to emphasize your points by counting with your hands so that simple tea party Senator mansplainer understands.  Mansplainers like visuals.

See the rest at Feministing.

Mansplainer: A man whom by virtue of the authority and privilege vested in him by society feels entitled to preach or explain how the world works. Bonus, if he is speaking to women, whom he perceives to be naive and ignorant, about problems and concerns with which women have real life every day experience, and the man has NO fucking clue what he is talking about. This is usually done in a patronizing insensitive manner.

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Ron Johnson accuses Hillary of faking tears

During the Benghazi hearings, Secretary Hillary Clinton expressed several emotions. In the morning, before the Senate committee, her voice cracked, and she seemed to fight back tears. With difficulty she managed her evident pain as she recalled the experience of receiving the flag-draped caskets of the Benghazi casualties at Andrews Air Force Base together with mourning family members.

The following day, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), whose badgering prompted an indignant response from Secretary Clinton, attempted to smear her again. Among other accusations, Johnson charged Clinton with staging a feigned emotional reaction when she choked up:  Continue reading

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Hillary kicks ass on the Hill

After hours of thoughtfully responding to legitimate questions about the Benghazi attack, including security at the consulate, the military’s defensive actions and State’s communication about the event to the American people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was confronted by a belligerent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). As Clinton attempted to answer his questions and refute his accusations, Johnson repeatedly interrupted her, cutting her off in mid-sentence and imposing his onslaughts over her voice.

“When you’re in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on —” Clinton began.  Continue reading

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Rand Paul fires Hillary Clinton

During a full day of grilling and questioning, Hillary responded knowledgeably, patiently and forcefully to both friendly and hostile senators and members of Congress. Democrats thanked her for her service and slyly alluded to her expected run for the presidency in 2016.

Republicans, on the other hand, attempted to discredit her preemptively. They snidely referred to her recent health problems following her fall. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) did that and more: he also placed blame for the four American lives lost at Benghazi squarely on her shoulders and imputed her retirement from the prime post in the president’s cabinet as an admission of “culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11.” To ensure that no one would mistake his accusation for a rhetorical flourish, he added, “And I really mean that.”  Continue reading

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