Thursday, June 12, 2008

Musing on the good news

As someone determined to knock some sense into the D.N.C. and to make sure we have Senator Clinton's back, this week has been more of a rollercoaster than almost all the other weeks and months since the beginning of the primary season. Today alone had more than its share of highs, lows, and wild curves.

But as the evening winds down, I realized that on the whole there's plenty of good news:

  • It is inspiring to see the success of Just Say No Deal, which in a one alone week has garnered major attention and is rapidly becoming an oasis of solidarity and information.
  • Donations to retire Senator Clinton's debt are coming in, not only via my site but via other spots on the blogosphere as people come to realize the power of donating for that cause. In one such place the creator of a great video wrote something worth quoting here:

"Hillary Clinton is Not for Sale- Help Retire Her Campaign Debt and keep her pledged delegates.

I created this short video as a fun way to motivate people to help retire Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt. (The idea was suggested by a reader of my blog: Come A Long Way. ) The scene is from the movie, “Baby Boom.” Hope you enjoy it and it motivates you to DONATE.

If she can pay off $10 million a month, she will get it all paid off by Denver and that will be a strong message to the Superdelegates." (emphasis mine)

  • Finally, my own respect for Senator Clinton continues to grow. In the course of a discussion of why Senator Clinton has chosen to work with Senator Obama and the D.N.C., a path that has puzzled and angered some of her supporters I found myself writing:
Let me be perfectly clear: there are many ways of fighting. At the moment, Senator Clinton still aspires to being the nominee to run against John McCain this election year, as a Democrat.

But she was put under enormous pressure by various backers - e.g. Charlie Rangel, a representative from NY - to show unity. Senator Clinton does not want to sacrifice her Senate career fighting with people who have shown they are not willing to go to the mat for her. So, she is being gracious - and there is a big difference between grace and wimpiness - and volunteering to help the Party, which is in trouble, and even Senator Obama, who she knows is in trouble. This grace IS a form of fighting. It is not outright overt aggression. It is a form of winning, or trying to win, by being better than those who have been bad to you. Mahatma Gandhi understood this. So did MLK Jr. So did Nelson Mandela. This is pretty good company to be in.
Indeed it is. I am proud to be associated with Senator Clinton, a person and a Democrat who I can hold in such high esteem. (Note to a kind reader: I am not proud of the Democratic Party right now and certainly not proud of the D.N.C.: there is one particular Democrat of whom I am especially proud: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.)

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Anonymous hill4pres said...

Heidi, very intersting observation, thanks for that.

are you of the opinion that Hillary still wants to be the nominee? or that she has thrown in the towel?

Thanks for your insights.

June 12, 2008 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger LVDEM4HILL said...


A wonderful post, as usual. Only I disagree that anyone should be proud to be a Democrat right now. I am no longer a Democrat, because right now it is the Un-Democratic Party. How can you be proud of anything that this gang of thugs has done recently. May 31st was a day that comes to mind about how unproud I was to be a Democrat. And then you can add on the continued slap in the face of Hillary that they do daily...the VP vetting, the demand for her delegates so he can be unanimously crowned, the rumor that they want to do away with The Denver Convention, and today the article stating that they are moving the DNC to Chicago and that it will be run by the FRAUD. I see no reason for anyone to be a proud Democrat so now I am a proud Independent and will not vote Democrat for the first time in my 37 years of voting.

June 12, 2008 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Medusa said...

I'm so glad you've stayed true to Hillary.

Did you see this? It's true! The rumor is true!

June 13, 2008 at 12:05 AM  
Anonymous kanaughty said...

this is a great post. i saw it on bitterpoliticz and had to come over here and thank you for it. i donated 50.44 today because of that video by geeklove. it made me think that this not donating because i was scared bo was getting the money, was actually a myth, scare tactic set up by bo camp and dnc themselves so that hillary would feel like she had lost support. so i donated... i just got my stimulus check yesterday and who better to donate to than the best american born/made candidate out there... thanks again heidi

June 13, 2008 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Piper said...

Hey HLF! I'm glad to see that you've joined the PUMA movement at Thanks for your tireless work on behalf of Senator Clinton.

Let's retire her debt so that she doesn't have to be beholden to anyone but us voters.

Quick question: Can Hillary use any of the money that she put towards the General Election to satify her campaign debt?

Thanks! Look for me over at!

June 13, 2008 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are also being quoted at We are trying to put some major emphasis on this. It is also posted at

June 13, 2008 at 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Linda C said...

There is debate about what to do with the money in the GE fund.It can't go to the primary debt because that would leave some individual donors over the legal limit. Let the attorneys figure all of that out.

From my little perch this is more about the power struggle within the DNC similar to the take-over in the RNC. Their train ended up off the track and they took the entire country with them. This primary season has very little to do with electing the best candidate for the entire party or the entire country.

Whether or not Hillary Clinton ends up being the nominee really depends on extreme extenuating circumstances between now and August. However, the main goal, as I see it, is to prevent the overthrow and hijacking of the party.

Using what happened in the RNC as an example, the Neocons and the rich gained power via the social conservatives. The Neocons had really no interest in the social fabric of the country and where highlighting the agenda of American Roman Empire, enriching their friends, while the social conservatives were happy to create misery for the rest of us.

So what is this strange coalition that Obama has between the foreign policy support and the social agenda support. Do you really think that Meeks, McClurklin, Jakes and Farrakhan aren't going to demand some concessions for delivering their block vote? Obama is making an outreach to conservative evangelicals in secret meetings and republicans as his main agenda.

June 13, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


But figure many here will find it of interest.

NYT:Media Charged With Sexism in Clinton Coverage

"But many in the news media — with a few exceptions, including Katie Couric, the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” — see little need for reconsidering their coverage or changing their approach going forward. Rather, they say, as the Clinton campaign fell behind, it exploited a few glaring examples of sexist coverage to whip up a backlash and to try to create momentum for Mrs. Clinton."

TRANSLATION: The MSM STILL doesn't get it...and seems to need education in that matter...(as in feedback, etc.)

A must-read article for anyone whose blood was boiling over misogynist media coverage...and dared to hope they learned something...and now can discover THEY DIDN'T!!!!!!!

June 13, 2008 at 3:26 PM  

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