Yes, Virginia, there is a Clinton standard

Much more than a double-standard, there is a Clinton standard that no other candidate, past or present, is being held to.

Eric Boehlert:  Speech Transcripts: The Press Finds A New Hoop That Only Clinton Must Jump Through

As journalists continue to press Hillary Clinton to release the transcripts from all the paid speeches she made as a private citizen, including those made to Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs, it’s helpful to keep in mind how unusual the request is. Reading the coverage you might think the transcript demand is routine for all candidates. (i.e. Why won’t she just do it already?) But it’s not the norm. In fact, it’s the opposite of normal.

Once again separate rules have been created for Clinton, although the coverage and commentary on the transcript story is usually careful to leave that part out.

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Still, journalists seem focused about uncovering the transcripts for a series of speeches Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs, the idea being that the Wall Street powerhouse would only pay Clinton big bucks because they expected something in return.

But Goldman Sachs regularly brings in a wide array of speakers, including clergy, athletes, researchers,journalists, and entrepreneurs. Is Clinton the only one who received Goldman Sachs speech paychecks and was then expected to deliver favors to the company?

The whole idea that paid corporate speeches are built around the expectation of favors returned doesn’t make much sense. “Paying a former secretary of state for giving a speech is what companies and associations do when they want to feel important, not when they want to influence legislation and regulations,” noted Paul Waldman at the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, The New York Times spoke to someone who attended one of those speeches [emphasis added]:

Mrs. Clinton mainly offered what one attendee called “a tour of the world,” covering her observations on China, Iran, Egypt and Russia. This person said Mrs. Clinton also discussed the dysfunction in Washington, how to repair America’s standing in the world after the government shutdown and also talked a bit about the Affordable Care Act, which had had a difficult rollout.

Politico reported one attendee remembered a Clinton Goldman Sachs speech as “mostly basic stuff, small talk, chit-chat.” (That person thought the optics of the speech might not look so good today.)

And note that in 2014, Clinton addressed the Ameriprise Financial conference. According to a Boston Globeaccount, Clinton urged political compromise and delivered a populist message about income equality:

“We have the feeling growing in our country that the deck is stacked against the middle class, and those fighting to get into the middle class,” Clinton said, adding that the country is hobbled by “rising inequality, growth that hasn’t really picked up yet, and the feeling that many Americans now have that somehow the system seems rigged against them.”

Clinton’s clearly being held to a new standard. The press thinks that’s fine and even celebrates it.

“He wanted me to be here…”

After guiding traffic at our caucus site yesterday, I turned to head into our room which was left side of the gym, sealed off from the right side by a divider. Just outside our caucus room door, a woman who appeared to be about my age, was leaning into the wall, her cell phone pressed into her ear. She was clearly disturbed by the conversation she was having. She was getting bad news, it was clear to me.

Due a large number of people who were in line by noon, and the huge number of new voter registrations, we didn’t get started until about an hour after the doors officially ‘closed’ at noon.  Our caucus goers were getting restless. Understandable.

At some point, during the alignment process, the woman on the cell phone came up to me. She didn’t ask when we were going to be through. She told me, “My dad is dying.”  She didn’t tell me she had to leave, though I would not have even dreamed of talking her out it. She stayed. She stayed until the alignment was complete.

And then she came up to me once again and simply said, “My dad is dying.” The question behind it: Do you need me to stay?

“Go,” I said.

“Thank you. I know he wanted me to be here.”



The double bind

Deborah Tannen:

But the question we face is subtler, more complicated and harder to address than “Do I vote for her because she’s a woman?” Rather, it’s “Can I be sure I’m judging this candidate accurately, given the double bind that confronts all women in positions of authority?”

A double bind is far worse than a straightforward damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t dilemma. It requires you to obey two mutually exclusive commands: Anything you do to fulfill one violates the other. Women running for office, as with all women in authority, are subject to these two demands: Be a good leader! Be a good woman!

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The trickiest thing about the double bind is that it operates imperceptibly, like shots from a gun with a silencer. “It has nothing to do with gender,” I heard recently. “It’s just that she’s shrill.” When is the last time you heard a man called shrill? “She should stop shouting,” another critic advised. How is a candidate to be heard over the din of a cheering crowd without shouting? Both these comments came from women. Surprising? No. Women are just as likely, if not more likely, to react this way. After all, it’s from peers that girls learn to play down their power lest they be ostracized for being “bossy.”

This last statement got me. We swim in this. My own example: I don’t know how many times I’ve been instructing people, either in groups or one-on-one and I’ve jokingly apologized for being bossy. Yep, I use that word. Why? Because I don’t want them to dislike me for telling them what to do, even though I am the one who is directing things. I should just be able to direct traffic without disparaging myself. But I do it, because I’ve been TOLD I’m bossy. And to be a bossy woman is bad, bad, bad.

You know what? I’m just going to lose that. Not gonna do it any more.

Happy Day!

Hillary wins Nevada!  In my precinct we went 2/3 for Hillary, 1/3 for Bernie.

Caucuses are challenging, and I’m happy to report that both Clinton and Sanders supporters  at our caucus site jumped in to help the Democratic Party volunteers to speed check-in and guide people to their caucus rooms. Yeah, that’s called being grown-up.  I took this selfie with the Bernie Precinct Captain in 6109 who was standing next to me guiding caucus goers. I regret I didn’t catch his name.


I’m doing a happy dance tonight! Now off to the victory party!

Getting caught up

Liss’ take on the February 12th Democratic Debate. Her take-aways echo mine. Especially #2 and #4

2. Sanders is not merely passionate about wealth inequality; it is virtually all he cares about. His opening statement, his closing statement, and any answer to any question that could possibly be answered thus were dedicated to wealth inequality. Even when he is asked to speak about racism or sexism, he talks about wealth inequality. He does not seem amenable to embracing an intersectional analysis at all. Racism? Solve it with jobs and education! Sexism? Solve it with jobs and education! The thing is, he was standing onstage next to arguably the most privileged woman in the world, who is also subjected to arguably the most relentless misogyny in the world. She doesn’t need a job or a free college education. She needs her whole humanity respected, and breaking up the banks won’t make that happen.

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4. I found Sanders’ general demeanor extremely unappealing, particularly his snide snipes at Clinton. They only had this debate because he wanted more of them (probably assuming Clinton would say no and he could use that against her whooooooops), and I’m not sure that people seeing more of this act is going to work in his favor.

Hillary Clinton’s close was stellar.



Hillary Rally in Reno!

rally-me2Today I had the honor of kicking off Hillary Clinton’s rally in Reno at Truckee Meadows Community College.  Here are my remarks as they were written (I riffed the delivery a bit). It was great getting the crowd fired up!

When I was asked speak to you today, I was at once thrilled and terrified. I want so much to honor Hillary Rodham Clinton and her life’s work, and to make sure you know why it is so important that all of us turn out to support her in the caucus on February 20th.

There is no one running to be the President of the United States who has the depth and breadth of knowledge to deal with the many challenges facing our country as Hillary Clinton. No one.

I know that when she is in the White House I won’t have to worry about national and world affairs. I know that she has the ability and the intelligence to handle what comes her way.

And I know that she is wicked smart. She is a doer. She is a problem solver. She doesn’t wring her hands and point fingers. She gathers the best minds she can, and works to find common ground and solutions that will benefit as many people as possible.

But there’s a reason why I’ve been volunteering for her since May, why I have made hundreds of phone calls, knocked on hundreds of doors, opened my home, and given up my weekends.

It all comes down to this:

I trust her to fight for us in the things that matter most for us. The kind of things that, indeed, keep us up at night.

I trust her to fight for women and children.

I trust her to fight for the right of women to make their own reproductive choices.

I trust her to fight for equal pay for equal work.

I trust her to fight to make college affordable for all.

I trust her to fight for universal health care.

I trust her to fight to end the stigma of mental illness.

I trust her to fight for veterans.

I trust her to fight for the Dreamers.

I trust her to fight to reform our criminal justice system.

I trust her to fight inequality in all its forms.

I trust her to fight for us, not because she says she will, but because she’s been doing it for decades.

I trust her to fight for us, because she IS a fighter.  No matter how much is thrown at her, she’s keeps standing, and faces it with grace and a smile.

For these reasons, and many more, I will be standing for her at my precinct caucus next Saturday.  If you want to see Hillary Rodham Clinton taking the oath of office next January 20th,

We need you to do two things: 

#1: CAUCUS: Get to your caucus on Saturday, February 20th.  Get your family and friends to caucus for Hillary too.

#2 VOLUNTEER: There are only 5 days until the caucus, and we need your help today to turn out Hillary’s supporters to the caucus. Volunteer to be a Precinct Captain. There is no more LATER. There is only NOW. And let’s make Hillary Rodham Clinton the 45th President of the United States. Let’s do this!

The Quiet Revolution

This 17-year-old has something to say about her experiences with the Hillary Clinton campaign and women helping women. Worth a read. (Link)

At every campaign event, I have met women of diverse backgrounds who have inspired me. From these women I’ve received helpful tips, offers of internships, and compliments on my skills. I didn’t know such experiences existed, and yet, here I am, being pulled into a network of women who support other women. Women — yes, younger women, too — support Clinton because she’s building for us what men have always had: the networks and guidance we need to be successful, and the vision that women can help one another.

The media may not want to cover this type of revolution, of women who really care about other women. They prefer to pit young women against older, and declare that young women hate feminists. However, the real story is that of politically minded young women who don’t want anger and the loudest shouts ruling the day.