Hillary Clinton


U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses attendees during a campaign rally at Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses attendees during a campaign rally at Saint Mary’s Park in Bronx, New York March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTSD35E

Great article by Ron Fournier:  http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/the-business-of-disrupting-politics/479172/

Change is going to come.

I think we have a critical mass here.  Where the electoral process – establishment politics – is not sufficiently acknowledging one-person-one-vote.  We need a national special-election:  an independent party primary between Sanders and Trump.

Awesome photo from The Atlantic.  “Kuhdoos” to the photographer:  Lucas Jackson.

I really hope the disenfranchised Hillary supporters aren’t as simple-minded as McCain presumes they are -if picking a woman is a maneuver on his part to capture these votes. If I were one of this group of voters, I’d be seriously insulted: after my candidate, a seasoned politician, a worthy contender, lost the nomination and was passed over for VP, to be presented, by the McCain camp – perhaps waiting in silent expectation to capture my vote – with a who-be, who sort of fell into politics a couple years ago, probably selected just because she’s a woman and they think that’s all my vote is about.

I have to admit her comment gave me the chills. I think she’s just tired. She knows she’s working in a system of sound bites and incendiary media and that comment was grossly cavalier. I don’t judge her for it though. I work in a male-dominated field (although I’m not sure what field isn’t male-dominated) and I’ve witnessed and experienced how women are undermined and its effects.  I still think she’s great.

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The democratic primary IS the general election. McCain doesn’t stand a chance. All this twittering we’re hearing over Obama having a better chance to beat McCain than Clinton presumes McCain is viable and it’s a media ploy to hold the democratic primary and the “election in general” in a state of tension. Although such projection is based on exit polls, remember that exit polls cast John Kerry as winning the last general election before W’s team fixed that crisis. Exit polls are irrelevant.

What I feel is driving this is the MAN: the white-male controlled media and the older white-male vote. The media’s interest in holding the political scale steady between Obama and Clinton is they’re gaining audience – it keeps us tuned in as viewers, listeners, readers, to glean the language and the argument as to why our favored candidate is viable. And let’s face it, THIS is the real power structure: the white-male owned media: audience pays the MAN. Older white males in this country are not evolved enough to accept women in positions of seniority. This is still a glass-ceiling nation. Case in point, David Geffen debriefs to Maureen Dowd: “…I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms.” There’s no doubt in my mind he’s picturing cigar smoke (…and sometimes a cigar is NOT a cigar). And so, with a similar bristling as Geffen, the tendency of the older white male voter is to keep Clinton out of the presidency. Additionally, the fear tactic used is: Obama can carry the vote in the general election against McCain, Hillary can’t – why? because of the older white-male vote. Despite this, Hillary is holding her own in the primary.

rosie.jpgUltimately, if you ignore the vapid, double standard by which Clinton is criticised (“shrill”, “wrinkled”, “I can’t stand her” (do you live with her?)) She really is the more seasoned of the candidates. She knows the playing field (which has carried her in the primary) and she’s not campaigning on the youthful idealism of “change” when stability hasn’t even been achieved yet. With America at war and entrenched in recession, W is once again the “decider”: “it’s the economy, stupid” and the Clintons know how to fix it.

Obama? My vote is yours in 2016! Hail to the Chieftress! says me!