King Me

Obama is pronounced the winner, day after day, on talk shows, in editorials, on blogs, his every campaign stop, talk, and plane interview a topic of excitement.

On March 25, 2008, NY Times columnist David Brooks wrote:

Second, Obama’s lawyers successfully prevented re-votes in Florida and Michigan. That means it would be virtually impossible for Clinton to take a lead in either elected delegates or total primary votes.

Now I just don’t get why preventing millions of voters from having their say would be a yay moment, and reported as a successful winning strategy without questioning it?

What happened to reporting the news, fair and square? Oh right, FoxNews does that. Every pundit is a star. Face it, I tell myself, he’s a phenomenon, and they’ve helped make him one. We’ve been so starved for a smart, charismatic leader to pull us out of the Bush dumb hole.

Wow, can you imagine a scenario, see if you can get a picture of it in your mind, where Democratic big Whigs pronounced daily for six months–actually two years, including getting into the race–that Obama should quit when he’s in a statistical (1 percent) dead heat with his opponent? Just listen: Can you hear the roar of the furor that would cause and the implications that would be mined by the media?

Yet Hillary is described as divisive for doing what candidates do: staying in the race and fighting. She said this week that the big boys club is trying to bully her around. I’m sorry, guys, but the men just look like they’re gloating right now. It seems so obvious to me.

As a nation, we could be learning so much more about the issues and candidates if the media would pose some real questions instead of playing with themselves. But of course, conflict, intrigue, back-biting are what they think sells, their allegiance pledged to the almighty dollar. This is the very same media that sold us the war in failing to do their job as the fourth estate with the responsibility to investigate stories in-depth. In that case, they were beholden to fear and bandwagonism, which is extremely dangerous.

Hill Can’t Buy a Thrill — What a Week It Was!

I’m feeling bad for Hillary, no really. Whatever she does this week, she just can’t buy a thrill. She began on Monday with what was billed as a major policy speech, which was drowned out by her Bosnia gaffe and Obama’s intro by Mayor Bloomberg, followed by his appearance Friday on the View. Gosh, Sherri Shepard declared her allegiance — well, that she’d voted for Hillary, but since “the speech” has switched to him, and together with Elizabeth Hasselbeck, gushed that they were ready to hit the Obama campaign trail on the weekends. Meanwhile, Hillary’s major policy speech about the economy and housing market didn’t even make it to the evening news.

All this and more: Easter weekend featured Bill Richardson all the time. Then there was James Carville. Come on, Judas? That’s a little strong, don’t ya think? Hmm, not that Hillary is Jesus, but Gov. Richardson did turn around and bite his unwitting colleague in the butt — really hard. Then . . . we had the purported letter from Hill’s camp urging Super Delegates to consider who could win the general election, and to not abandon her.

Then there was Thursday’s retaliation by Nancy Pelosi, whose distaste for Clinton was publicly evident a couple of weeks ago in her turned up nose answer to hopeful idealists who wondered, “Will there be a dream ticket?”

“I don’t think so,” she replied. Sigh, I’ve really liked Nancy for a long time, but that just came off way too cold.

And then to cap off the week, we have two more stalwart Dems, Dodd and Leahy, calling for Hill to throw in the towel. It’s Larry King’s favorite question, and spreading around like wildfire on all the shows. The final cherry on top: late Friday, and under the category of “with surrogates like these, you don’t need opponents,” Governor Rendell said that both Hill and Barack were great candidates, but PA has a lot of white conservatives who wouldn’t vote for a black president. Now the black PA community is pissed. Wow! Bill and Hill must be feeling the sting of all those slaps right about now.

I don’t know, am I just blind, stupid, or what (don’t answer that) to be clinging to my faith that Hillary would be a really good President? She’s really smart, has the will and desire, and she definitely has as much to prove in office as Obama. I’ll tell ya, she’s got more cojones than any of the sissies who can’t take the heat and are now jumping out of the frying pan.

According to the DNC, Hillary has 13,464,305 votes to Obama’s 13,568,526. If FL (where neither spent money, which is how I think it should be everywhere) were counted, she would have 14,321,249 votes and he 14,137,456. But Obama is blocking all efforts for a solution to have FL and MI count. Then DNC Chair, Howard Dean, whose brother works for Obama’s campaign, mocked the whole process instead of trying to act more Solomon-like in order to broker a deal.

Has anyone ever run for class president? School president? Imagine hitting it day after day just to win a few votes. Now imagine if you’d run and nearly 14 million people voted for you: Wouldn’t you feel an obligation to stay in and keep representing those people? What if nearly 1 million more people voted for you, which would push you into the winning category, but the school board said it couldn’t count? Then your opponent, who said he was for “the people” refused to let those votes count or propose a way for every person to vote, and blocked solutions that would reflect the actual vote where neither candidate advertised. Wouldn’t you stay in and fight? There are 10 states left, and 14 million people are pulling for that one.

Governor Rendell Goes Head to Head with Charlie Rose

God bless you, Ed Rendell, for speaking about your newfound realization and appreciation of how women feel about Hillary’s mistreatment by the media, and about our culture’s invisible misogyny. Case in point: On Monday, what was billed as a major policy speech was completely drowned out by the Bosnia landing strip gaff. Details, information, anything at all? Clinton’s plan to help the nation’s housing market and financial situation wasn’t even covered on the evening news. To say that the media who repeatedly predicted her demise and said she was running a negative campaign, even after she’d win a state, is biased against her because she’s a woman, is the understatement of this election cycle.

He could barely spit it out without being challenged by Charlie Rose three or four times, “What makes you say that Obama has been given a pass?” “State where Obama has been given a pass”? Charlie, you would have been better off to ask for examples regarding Hillary’s treatment, but instead you went for the questions that appeared to be Obama-defensive. Ahem, exactly the point.

I’m not the most photogenic person — in fact, I look lousy on camera, always stiff, or like a little old lady — I’ve always been that way, even in grade school class photos. But darned if the Governor didn’t have a piece of saliva sticking being stretched between his top and bottom lip with each word for the first half of the show. For you baby boomers who might remember, it was the real live equivalent of a classic Rosanne Rosanadana riff by Gilda Radner. I got so grossed out, I had to turn away and just listen to Gov’nr Ed, thinking, can’t someone tell him in his earpiece to just use his handkerchief? Oh gosh, I’m smiling now, but really, it’s not a great way to get those young people on board for Hillary. I mean who wants to see that? Oh, I joke. Okay, now who’s being shallow?

The Media to Gloria and Geraldine: “Okay, You Want to Take a Stand? We’ll Show You!”

The Fawning Media, as if to say to two of our most outspoken women, “Okay, you want to speak out? We’ll show you!” Under their collective breath: “Onery women!”

The most recent flaps, first Gloria Steinem’s on-air utterance that John McCain’s war prisoner status made him no more viable as a candidate than Hillary. Whoa, did that raise the official patriotism meter! Perhaps I should say, arouse it. I think her point was that war experience is not necessarily a qualification for creating peace.

Then there was Geraldine Ferraro. I’ve just been laying low, not writing too much here, in my very own first blog entries, watching this tennis match, engaged, surprised, sometimes not believing what I see or hear. Here’s how covered this story after Ferraro had to justify her statement, made at a private event, that Obama is where he is in the 2008 Presidential race because he’s black:

“I got up and the question was asked, ‘Why do you think Barack Obama is in the place he is today?’ ” She alluded to her own position 24 years ago as the first female candidate for vice president.

She said Wednesday that her comments about the impact of Barack Obama’s race on the electorate were taken out of context and that she stands by her words.

She says in an interview, “It’s the guys sticking together. . . . If he were a woman of any color, we wouldn’t be voting for him right now.” Just as when she was a Vice-Presidential candidate in 1984: she claims she would never have been picked were she not a woman.

I think that’s true. She’s talking about experience, and that the black community is turning out for Obama simply because he’s black. Geraldine says she’s the first to admit that she was only picked for her gender. I think she’s brave–basically stating that race is an issue, as is gender. Isn’t that why many people are voting for Hillary–because she’s a woman? I admit, it’s part of why I am, so I can’t hold Obama supporters in any more judgment than that. They have to make a choice, it’s just a shame, based on the Clintons’ lifelong support of civil rights and the black community. How come now they’re the bad guys, and their entire contribution is called into question? Oh that? Well yeah, I’m sure, for some people.

But then, of course, the public got offended, went ballistic. In all the TV discussions nobody spoke of why that was happening. I think that Ferraro’s comments seemed insensitive, but were actually made purposefully with seasoned knowledge of the political system and electorate. She was trying to make a point. The sticky part was that people listened to her as meaning Obama didn’t deserve, or work to get where he is. Her statement didn’t seem to acknowledge the talent that he has and how he motivates and inspires others–people feel him.

So Hillary’s move in all this was to disavow both stalwart women who made inflammatory statements, as opposed to going more deeply into their actual meaning, and then using the breakdown as a way to open a discourse. Perhaps she could have taken a page out of Barack’s book this week: He turned all that Preacher Wright flap into a fantastic major speech on Race in America. Now that was some fine lemonade he made. It’s been wall-to-wall Obama, all channels, all week.

I know our girl’s been just a bit busy, flying lightning speed around the country, but what would have happened had she faced these issues and gone deeper into them? Could she have revitalized the debate about how the media and other women are treated? She likely thought of those topics as diverting her current message, which is true, and perhaps felt like we’re not ready for the fem conversation yet–just like half of the electorate seems to prefer a less experienced black man than a more experienced white woman. Oh, you’re remembering the part about, “she’s just not likable, she’s cold, I don’t trust her, she’s ambitious. If it were any other woman, I’d vote for her, it’s just her.”

Even the book I bought, thinking it would give me fortitude, after skimming it at B&N, “Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary,” edited by Susan Morrison, has been too frustrating to read. Half the essays trash and super-analyze her, and the other half provide analysis that helps me understand why the first half is trashing her. Of course, they’re interspersed, and I can feel my stress level rise as moods pass through me making me feel like I’m going to rip the book in half, throw it away, or perhaps sell it right after I’m done. Sometimes I feel like I don’t want anyone else to even read it and destruction or trash might be best. Like when I go online, for instance to daily kos or the Huffington Post, or various news outlet blogs or comment sections, and Hillary haters are spewing. As a sorry few have commented about the language used to describe Hillary and her campaign, if people talked about Barack Obama in that way, it would be considered racist. After several Saturday Night Live skits, the media actually discussed it for a week. I was happy to see that, but they’ve since moved on and are back to their old ways.

Sigh. I’m just amazed. Hillary Clinton is such a fighter.

Seat Our Delegates Petition

I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I’ve recently signed:

“Seat Florida and Michigan Delegates NOW!”

I really think this is an important cause, and I’d like to encourage you to add your signature, too. It’s free and takes less than a minute of your time. (They also don’t keep your email or send further communications, except for a confirmation and forwarding email.)

Letter sent to Howard Dean, Chairman, DNC, 3/6/08

Dear Dr. Dean,

I’ve been reading your emails over the years, so I hope you’ll somehow read this very first of mine to you.

Why, why, why would you cling to process and disregard the voters of Florida and Michigan? People’s votes don’t count? Again? Can you say, “Hanging chads, anyone?” And now perpetuated by Our Side?

I think it’s arrogant to think that the rules made by politicians and a Republican governor would disenfranchise two entire states of Democratic voters–citizens who had absolutely no say in whether their right to vote would be taken away by their own party!

Why do you take what appears to be an “I told you so” stand on this? You appear to be smirking when you bring the attitude of “oh well, you’ll just have to figure it out for yourselves. See what happens when you’re bad?”

What does it matter if the candidates and party operatives knew but the voters didn’t? Who could have predicted that we’d have such an amazing race, bringing in millions of new Democratic voters? Why risk turning off all those new voters by giving them reason to become cynical?

I’m sure you’re trying to figure it out at this very moment, I’m just saying that HOW you play your role could help, and I feel that instead it’s hurting.

Here’s my request: Can you play it differently? Can you please be more like a peacemaker, broker, negotiator in trying to solve this — for the sake of the voters, and Our Party?

Surely you’ve encountered medical situations where the heart must be part of the decision-making process and following the rules will take you just so far.

Isn’t this states situation similar? Weren’t the states doing the best they could to insure that their voters would be counted–this time?

Be nice! Please! Be a lover not a hater. Make love not war!


Goodbye To All That (#2) by Robin Morgan, 2/2/08

Goodbye To All That” was my (in)famous 1970 essay breaking free from a politics of accommodation especially affecting women (for an online version, see

During my decades in civil-rights, anti-war, and contemporary women’s movements, I’ve avoided writing another specific “Goodbye . . .” But not since the suffrage struggle have two communities-joint conscience-keepers of this country-been so set in competition, as the contest between Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) and Barack Obama (BO) unfurls. So.

Goodbye to the double standard . . .

-Hillary is too ballsy but too womanly, a Snow Maiden who’s emotional, and so much a politician as to be unfit for politics.

-She’s “ambitious” but he shows “fire in the belly.” (Ever had labor pains?)

-When a sexist idiot screamed “Iron my shirt!” at HRC, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted “Shine my shoes!” at BO, it would’ve inspired hours of airtime and pages of newsprint analyzing our national dishonor.

-Young political Kennedys-Kathleen, Kerry, and Bobby Jr.-all endorsed Hillary. Senator Ted, age 76, endorsed Obama. If the situation were reversed, pundits would snort “See? Ted and establishment types back her, but the forward-looking generation backs him.” (Personally, I’m unimpressed with Caroline’s longing for the Return of the Fathers. Unlike the rest of the world, Americans have short memories. Me, I still recall Marilyn Monroe’s suicide, and a dead girl named Mary Jo Kopechne in Chappaquiddick.)

Goodbye to the toxic viciousness . . .

Carl Bernstein’s disgust at Hillary’s “thick ankles.” Nixon-trickster Roger Stone’s new Hillary-hating 527 group, “Citizens United Not Timid” (check the capital letters). John McCain answering “How do we beat the bitch?” with “Excellent question!” Would he have dared reply similarly to “How do we beat the black bastard?” For shame.

Goodbye to the HRC nutcracker with metal spikes between splayed thighs. If it was a tap-dancing blackface doll, we would be righteously outraged-and they would not be selling it in airports. Shame.

Goodbye to the most intimately violent T-shirts in election history, including one with the murderous slogan “If Only Hillary had married O.J. Instead!” Shame.

Goodbye to Comedy Central’s “Southpark” featuring a storyline in which terrorists secrete a bomb in HRC’s vagina. I refuse to wrench my brain down into the gutter far enough to find a race-based comparison. For shame.

Goodbye to the sick, malicious idea that this is funny. This is not “Clinton hating,” not “Hillary hating.” This is sociopathic woman-hating. If it were about Jews, we would recognize it instantly as anti-Semitic propaganda; if about race, as KKK poison. Hell, PETA would go ballistic if such vomitous spew were directed at animals. Where is our sense of outrage-as citizens, voters, Americans?

Goodbye to the news-coverage target-practice . . .

The women’s movement and Media Matters wrung an apology from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for relentless misogynistic comments ( But what about NBC’s Tim Russert’s continual sexist asides and his all-white-male panels pontificating on race and gender? Or CNN’s Tony Harris chuckling at “the chromosome thing” while interviewing a woman from The White House Project? And that’s not even mentioning Fox News.

Goodbye to pretending the black community is entirely male and all women are white . . .

Surprise! Women exist in all opinions, pigmentations, ethnicities, abilities, sexual preferences, and ages-not only African American and European American but Latina and Native American, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Arab American and-hey, every group, because a group wouldn’t exist if we hadn’t given birth to it. A few non-racist countries may exist-but sexism is everywhere. No matter how many ways a woman breaks free from other discriminations, she remains a female human being in a world still so patriarchal that it’s the “norm.”

So why should all women not be as justly proud of our womanhood and the centuries, even millennia, of struggle that got us this far, as black Americans, women and men, are justly proud of their struggles?

Goodbye to a campaign where he has to pass as white (which whites-especially wealthy ones-adore), while she has to pass as male (which both men and women demanded of her, and then found unforgivable). If she were blackor he were female we wouldn’t be having such problems, and I for one would be in heaven. But at present such a candidate wouldn’t stand a chance-even if she shared Condi Rice’s Bush-defending politics.

I was celebrating the pivotal power at last focused on African American women deciding on which of two candidates to bestow their vote-until a number of Hillary-supporting black feminists told me they’re being called “race traitors.”

So goodbye to conversations about this nation’s deepest scar-slavery-which fail to acknowledge that labor- and sexual-slavery exist today in the U.S. and elsewhere on this planet, and the majority of those enslaved are women.

Women have endured sex/race/ethnic/religious hatred, rape and battery, invasion of spirit and flesh, forced pregnancy; being the majority of the poor, the illiterate, the disabled, of refugees, caregivers, the HIV/AIDS afflicted, the powerless. We have survived invisibility, ridicule, religious fundamentalisms, polygamy, teargas, forced feedings, jails, asylums, sati, purdah, female genital mutilation, witch burnings, stonings, and attempted gynocides. We have tried reason, persuasion, reassurances, and being extra-qualified, only to learn it never was about qualifications after all. We know that at this historical moment women experience the world differently from men-though not all the same as one another-and can govern differently, from Elizabeth Tudor to Michele Bachelet and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

We remember when Shirley Chisholm and Patricia Schroeder ran for this high office and barely got past the gate-they showed too much passion, raised too little cash, were joke fodder. Goodbye to all that. (And goodbye to some feminists so famished for a female president they were even willing to abandon women’s rights in backing Elizabeth Dole.)

Goodbye, goodbye to . . .

-blaming anything Bill Clinton does on Hillary (even including his womanizing like the Kennedy guys-though unlike them, he got reported on). Let’s get real. If he hadn’t campaigned strongly for her everyone would cluck over what that meant. Enough of Bill and Teddy Kennedy locking their alpha male horns while Hillary pays for it.

-an era when parts of the populace feel so disaffected by politics that a comparative lack of knowledge, experience, and skill is actually seen as attractive, when celebrity-culture mania now infects our elections so that it’s “cooler” to glow with marquee charisma than to understand the vast global complexities of power on a nuclear, wounded planet.

-the notion that it’s fun to elect a handsome, cocky president who feels he can learn on the job, goodbye to George W. Bush and the destruction brought by his inexperience, ignorance, and arrogance. Goodbye to the accusation that HRC acts “entitled” when she’s worked intensely at everything she’s done-including being a nose-to-the-grindstone, first-rate senator from my state.

Goodbye to her being exploited as a Rorschach test by women who reduce her to a blank screen on which they project their own fears, failures, fantasies.

Goodbye to the phrase “polarizing figure” to describe someone who embodies the transitions women have made in the last century and are poised to make in this one. It was the women’s movement that quipped, “We are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” She heard us, and she has.

Goodbye to some women letting history pass by while wringing their hands, because Hillary isn’t as “likeable” as they’ve been warned they must be, or because she didn’t leave him, couldn’t “control” him, kept her family together and raised a smart, sane daughter. (Think of the blame if Chelsea had ever acted in the alcoholic, neurotic manner of the Bush twins!) Goodbye to some women pouting because she didn’t bake cookies or she did, sniping because she learned the rules and then bent or broke them. Grow the hell up. She is not running for Ms.-perfect-pure-queen-icon of the feminist movement. She’s running to be president of the United States.

Goodbye to the shocking American ignorance of our own and other countries’ history. Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir rose through party ranks and war, positioning themselves as proto-male leaders. Almost all other female heads of government so far have been related to men of power-granddaughters, daughters, sisters, wives, widows: Gandhi, Bandaranike, Bhutto, Aquino, Chamorro, Wazed, Macapagal-Arroyo, Johnson Sirleaf, Bachelet, Kirchner, and more. Even in our “land of opportunity,” it’s mostly the first pathway “in” permitted to women: Representatives Doris Matsui and Mary Bono and Sala Burton; Senator Jean Carnahan . . . far too many to list here.

Goodbye to a misrepresented generational divide . . .

Goodbye to the so-called spontaneous “Obama Girl” flaunting her bikini-clad ass online-then confessing Oh yeah it wasn’t her idea after all, some guys got her to do it and dictated the clothes, which she said “made me feel like a dork.”

Goodbye to some young women eager to win male approval by showing they’re not feminists (at least not the kind who actually threaten thestatus quo), who can’t identify with a woman candidate because she is unafraid of eeueweeeu yucky power, who fear their boyfriends might look at them funny if they say something good about her. Goodbye to women of any age again feeling unworthy, sulking “what if she’s not electable?” or “maybe it’s post-feminism and whoooosh we’re already free.” Let a statement by the magnificent Harriet Tubman stand as reply. When asked how she managed to save hundreds of enslaved African Americans via the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, she replied bitterly, “I could have saved thousands-if only I’d been able to convince them they were slaves.”

I’d rather say a joyful Hello to all the glorious young women who do identifywith Hillary, and all the brave, smart men-of all ethnicities and any age-who get that it’s in their self-interest, too. She’s better qualified. (D’uh.) She’s a high-profile candidate with an enormous grasp of foreign- and domestic-policy nuance, dedication to detail, ability to absorb staggering insult and personal pain while retaining dignity, resolve, even humor, and keep on keeping on. (Also, yes, dammit, let’s hear it for her connections and funding and party-building background, too. Obama was awfully glad about those when she raised dough and campaigned for him to get to the Senate in the first place.)

I’d rather look forward to what a good president he might make in eight years, when his vision and spirit are seasoned by practical know-how-and he’ll be all of 54. Meanwhile, goodbye to turning him into a shining knight when actually he’s an astute, smooth pol with speechwriters who’ve worked with the Kennedys’ own speechwriter-courtier Ted Sorenson. If it’s only about ringing rhetoric, let speechwriters run. But isn’t it about getting the policies we want enacted?

And goodbye to the ageism . . .

How dare anyone unilaterally decide when to turn the page on history, papering over real inequities and suffering constituencies in the promise of a feel-good campaign? How dare anyone claim to unify while dividing, or think that to rouse U.S. youth from torpor it’s useful to triage the single largest demographic in this country’s history: the boomer generation-the majority of which is female?

Old woman are the one group that doesn’t grow more conservative with age-and we are the generation of radicals who said “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Goodbye to going gently into any goodnight any man prescribes for us. We are the women who changed the reality of the United States. And though we never went away, brace yourselves: we’re back!

We are the women who brought this country equal credit, better pay, affirmative action, the concept of a family-focused workplace; the women who established rape-crisis centers and battery shelters, marital-rape and date-rape laws; the women who defended lesbian custody rights, who fought for prison reform, founded the peace and environmental movements; who insisted that medical research include female anatomy; who inspired men to become more nurturing parents; who created women’s studies and Title IX so we all could cheer the WNBA stars and Mia Hamm. We are the women who reclaimed sexuality from violent pornography, who put childcare on the national agenda, who transformed demographics, artistic expression, language itself. We are the women who forged a worldwide movement. We are the proud successors of women who, though it took more than 50 years, won us the vote.

We are the women who now comprise the majority of U.S. voters.

Hillary said she found her own voice in New Hampshire. There’s not a woman alive who, if she’s honest, doesn’t recognize what she means. Then HRC got drowned out by campaign experts, Bill, and media’s obsession with everything Bill.

So listen to her voice:

“For too long, the history of women has been a history of silence. Even today, there are those who are trying to silence our words.

“It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls. It is a violation of human rights when woman and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution. It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small. It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war. It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide along women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes. It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will.

“Women’s rights are human rights. Among those rights are the right to speak freely-and the right to be heard.”

That was Hillary Rodham Clinton defying the U.S. State Department and the Chinese Government at the 1995 UN World Conference on Women in Beijing (look here for the full, stunning speech).

And this voice, age 21, in “Commencement Remarks of Hillary D. Rodham, President of Wellesley College Government Association, Class of 1969.”

“We are, all of us, exploring a world none of us understands. . . . searching for a more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating mode of living. . . . [for the] integrity, the courage to be whole, living in relation to one another in the full poetry of existence. The struggle for an integrated life existing in an atmosphere of communal trust and respect is one with desperately important political and social consequences. . . . Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have time for it.”

She ended with the commitment “to practice, with all the skill of our being: the art of making possible.”

And for decades, she’s been learning how.

So goodbye to Hillary’s second-guessing herself. The real question is deeper than her re-finding her voice. Can we women find ours? Can we do this for ourselves?

“Our President, Ourselves!”

Time is short and the contest tightening. We need to rise in furious energy-as we did when Anita Hill was so vilely treated in the U.S. Senate, as we did when Rosie Jiminez was butchered by an illegal abortion, as we did and do for women globally who are condemned for trying to break through. We need to win, this time. Goodbye to supporting HRC tepidly, with ambivalent caveats and apologetic smiles. Time to volunteer, make phone calls, send emails, donate money, argue, rally, march, shout, vote.

Me? I support Hillary Rodham because she’s the best qualified of all candidates running in both parties. I support her because her progressive politics are as strong as her proven ability to withstand what will be a massive right-wing assault in the general election. I support her because she knows how to get us out of Iraq. I support her because she’s refreshingly thoughtful, and I’m bloodied from eight years of a jolly “uniter” with ejaculatory politics. I needn’t agree with her on every point. I agree with the 97 percent of her positions that are identical with Obama’s-and the few where hers are both more practical and to the left of his (like health care). I support her because she’s already smashed the first-lady stereotype and made history as a fine senator, because I believe she will continue to make history not only as the first US woman president, but as a great US president.

As for the “woman thing”?

Me, I’m voting for Hillary not because she’s a woman-but because I am.


Sexism and Why I’m for Hillary

Dear Readers,

I don’t typically advocate passionately for politics. I’m more likely to communicate to you about healing, consciousness, and the arts. And I don’t know where you stand, but I’ve got an itch and need to bitch.

I wasn’t for Hillary at first, until the field narrowed, I saw her heart and emotions, and began to listen to her debate Obama one on one. Little by little, as I heard her voice–coherent, smart, conscious, strong–and learned of her history and dedication, she gained my respect. For the woman to get up day after day — camera, hair, makeup, suit-ready, flying from state to state, city to city — and hit the ground running, answering questions brilliantly, as they’re forcefully and scornfully posed by newscasters and pompous pundits, the more she gains my respect.

I am literally sickened by the language used to describe Hillary versus Obama, and my eyes open more and more to the blatant sexism of the media. So I’ve begun to stand for her. The media bashed her when she was up and continue to nay say and doomsday her when she’s down. It’s truly amazing how nasty they are, in language, tone, prediction, finding and reporting on the breakdowns, disregarding her millions of votes and voters. I’m not the only one who’s noticing. After the second Hillary/Barack debate, I was pleased to read hundreds of comments written to MSNBC’s website pointing out how Hill was treated unfairly by Russert and the follow-up commentators.

Two weeks ago, a new NYC friend told me that his physician brother knows the real scoop about Hillary: She is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of women and children — an amazing assertion about someone who is the only one who’s ever tried to bring multiple parties together to change our healthcare, and who worked for women and children’s defense in lieu of joining corporate America straight out of law school.

I’ve included a courageous piece below: Tina Fey’s hysterical attempt on Saturday Night Live to expose the media bias, and lend support to Hillary. Judging from the comments left by viewers on NBC’s SNL page, she hit it out of the park. If you haven’t seen it, or have and want a keepsake, here you go!

If any of this moves you, do what you can . . . Hillary needs us now! You can make calls from home, or go to a phone bank with other people, and just pitch in. You can sign up here — they’ll be glad to welcome you. Or if you can, donate money.

I think Hillary can do the job of actually uniting all sides in Congress and the country, if people, if women have the guts to support her. Like she said in their last debate: she’s interested in bringing a new voice and way of operating into government, a woman’s way. She’s also ready to fight for it, and isn’t afraid to take a strong stand to protect her baby cubs–her country!

Onward! With love and blessings!

Hello world!

This is my first blog ever! As a lady baby boomer, I’ve become more and more engaged in the unfolding of the 2008 Presidential campaign. Also, for the first time ever in my lifetime, we, as Democrats, have the possibility of electing a President who comes even slightly close to representing our concerns.

How great is this technology that individuals can give voice to their opinions and shout them to the world! Hello!