What a day it was when I went to the mailbox to pick up more of our signatures from people all over the state…I especially love the ones from my hometown Coos Bay!
Regardless of your political preferences….this note isn’t about our initiative…this note reminds us that the work for women’s equality in general is not done…not even in America.
We are simply part of a very large group of people who have for so long tried to provide women’s equality through the Equal Rights Amendment.
The ERA has been introduced in Congress for 91 years…through the roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, wars, man’s first walk on the moon, 911 and we continue today. The majority of our own Oregon Congressional delegation is sponsoring ERA bills today!
Twenty-two states have a state ERA…with your help Oregon will be next!
As Alice Paul said ‘Equality is not complicated.”
When Hillary was in Portland, she was asked about the Oregon ERA initiative and she said it will have impact beyond it’s borders.
The Nation magazine profiled our initiative on Jan. 1, 2014 along with their top 5 goals for America…the ERA was one of them.
Thank you to so many of you who are truly leaders!
Let’s do the right thing and place the ERA in the Oregon constitution!
Thank you so much for your support, Leanne and Team VoteERA.org
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Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York, will keynote the World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 14th annual International Speakers Series on Tuesday, April 8. The Series will continue on with Khalida Brohi (date to be confirmed), founder of Sughar Empowerment Society, followed by Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate, on May 8. The 2014 season will conclude with Hung Huang, CEO of China Interactive Media Group, on May 27.
Women Changing the World Each year, the Series brings influential world leaders and global experts to Portland to address the most significant issues of our time. This year’s theme, ‘Women Changing the World’, highlights the work of four women who are addressing issues of global importance. “Not only are these women remarkable individuals, but they are also examples of what is possible for women around the world,” said Maria Wulff, President of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. “To harness the momentum of this exceptional Series, we will be organizing many additional events around the Women Changing the World theme, from an educator conference and film screenings to a community study group and a video contest.”
Secretary Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Earlier, as First Lady and Senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls.
The 24-year-old Brohi is the founder of Sughar Empowerment Society, a nonprofit social enterprise in Pakistan providing tribal and rural women opportunities and skills to launch and sustain rural businesses. Brohi was named one of Newsweek magazine’s 25 under 25 and was given the Woman of Impact Award by the Women in the World Foundation.
Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate, and a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Gbowee’s leadership brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003. Gbowee, mother of six, is the co-founder of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, which promotes cross-national peace-building efforts.
Often referred to as ‘the Oprah Winfrey of China’, Hung is a Beijing native who was educated in the US and is now CEO of China Interactive Media Group. She is a publisher, actor, entrepreneur, and one of China’s most popular bloggers. In 2011, Time magazine selected Hung as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.
By KATIE GLUECK | 1/12/14 8:59 AM EST Updated: 1/12/14 9:27 PM EST
Hillary Clinton warns in a new book that the “clock is turning back” on women across America and offers a passionate argument for prioritizing the advancement of women and girls.
Clinton, the former secretary of state and possible presidential contender, is one of a slew of high-profile contributors to a new report set to be released Sunday compiled by author and activist Maria Shriver and the liberal Center for American Progress.
“[Fighting] to give women and girls a fighting chance isn’t just a nice thing to do,” Clinton writes in “The Shriver Report: A woman’s nation pushes back from the brink.” “It isn’t some luxury that we only get to when we have time on our hands. This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live in — and the country we all love and cherish — will not be what it should be.”
Clinton’s essay is part of the book’s broader examination of working women and the economic challenges many confront, a cause she champions in many of her public appearances.
“I think of the extraordinary sacrifices my mother made to survive her own difficult childhood, to give me not only life but also opportunity, along with love and inspiration,” Clinton writes. “I’m very proud of my own daughter, and I look at all these young women I’ve been privileged to work with or know through [daughter] Chelsea, and it’s hard to imagine turning the clock back on them. But in places throughout America large and small, the clock is turning back.”
Clinton points to a wide range of issues, from pay equity to work-family balance to life expectancy, as areas where women in the United States still face problems, though she also nods to gains in “business, academia, government—you name it.”
Contributors include pop star Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and basketball star LeBron James.
The report comes as Democrats have intensified their focus on addressing income inequality issues, starting with the unemployment benefits extension currently under consideration in Congress.
“There’s just a lot of facts that are driving this conversation,” said Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress and longtime adviser to Clinton, in an interview. “Wages have been down, we have the level of inequality that we do, people kind of feel like they’re falling behind … Those concerns are really highest amongst this group of women who are working and still aren’t able to get their heads above water.”
Through her family’s foundation, Clinton has launched “No Ceilings,” an initiative designed to promote women around the world, and a theme that comes through in the essay.
“Hillary has had a focus on the condition of women literally throughout her career, from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s to today,” Tanden said. “I’d also say she’s had a particular focus on the economic concerns women face … so having Hillary make the case, she does it from the global perspective of why empowering women at all levels of the economic strata, is usually helpful to the debate. People see her as a champion for women.”
Clinton has indicated she could decide about a 2016 presidential bid by the end of this year.
The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) recently named eight Democrats who might run for president in 2016. The surprise in their calculations is that four of them are women.
Hillary is still the woman at the forefront.
Hillary Clinton has long been assumed to be the front-runner, and that hasn’t changed in the CSM‘s opinion. According to a CNN poll, 65% of Democratic primary voters want her to be their party’s nominee. However, in politics, nothing is a given. A couple of the possible women candidates listed by the publication are younger and less experienced than Clinton, but are steadily climbing the ladder of accomplishment and recognition.
Elizabeth Warren isn’t far behind.
The next strongest woman candidate would be the current sweetheart of leftists, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. While she professes to be uninterested in running for president, Warren once took the same position in regard to running for senator. And look where she is now! Last year, the Washington Post had already included her on their list of the five Democrats most likely to end up as the nominee in 2016.
Both publications currently cite a Quinnipiac University poll, released in August, as a reason for having Warren on their lists. Pollsters told respondents that, as they were read the names of politicians, they should rate them according to the following instructions. “You can choose any number between 0 and 100. The higher the number, the warmer or more favorable you feel toward that person, the lower the number, the colder or less favorable.”
Chris Christie came in first with a ‘warmness’ score of 53.1, Hillary Clinton was second at 52.1, and Elizabeth Warren was third at 49.2. In contrast to the previous two, 51% of voters didn’t know enough about her to rate her. However, in the estimation of the Washington Post, Warren’s score is a reflection of the depth of passion her supporters feel toward her. Her greatest strength is that she is a true champion of the people. Combine that with her willingness to take on Wall Street and the big banks and it’s easy to see the source of voters’ passion.
Kirsten Gillibrand is a woman on a mission.
The third woman to make the CSM list is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Gillibrand is making a name for herself as a defender of women’s rights. Like a dog with a bone, she’s tackling the issue of sexual assault in the military. Her solution is in defiance of the Pentagon. She insists that military prosecutors, not commanding officers, need to decide who to try in sexual assault cases. The senator’s determination comes from cases where prosecution has been halted or guilty verdicts dismissed when left to the military chain of command.
Gillibrand is not only popular in her state, but she ranked fifth in the Quinnipiac ‘warmness’ poll of national politicians, with a score of 47.6. When she took Hillary’s vacated seat in the U.S. Senate, she also began adopting more progressive issues and making them her own. This is a change from when she was a U.S. Representative from a rural district. Gillibrand supports limits on gun trafficking, is looking for a moderate stance on immigration, and is a prolific fundraiser.
The dark horse candidate is from Minnesota.
The final woman on the CSM list actually got an honorable mention from the Washington Post last year as well, even though she’s a true unknown to most of the nation. She is Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Rank-and-file Democrats may not be familiar with her, but she has apparently been on the radar of the party’s leadership for some time. She won her second Senate term last year with 65% of the vote. And she keeps showing up at events in the early caucus state of Iowa.
Klobuchar is a former county prosecutor with a reputation for toughness. She was the first woman Minnesota ever sent to the U.S. Senate. In that chamber, she’s known for her ability to reach across the aisle to make a deal. Minnesotans see her as a hands-on politician who travels to every county in the state each year to hear their concerns. Basically, she earned status as a populist who, like Elizabeth Warren, is ready to go to bat for the little people
So, are we going to have a woman president in 2016? You betcha. The country is ripe for the change a woman would represent. The Democratic field is surprisingly rich in potential candidates. And we women are rolling up our sleeves, determined to make it happen!
Read Meryl Streep’s introduction of Hillary Clinton during the recent 2012 Women in the World conference:
Two years ago when Tina Brown and Diane von Furstenberg first envisioned this conference, they asked me to do a play, a reading, called – the name of the play was called Seven. It was taken from transcripts, real testimony from real women activists around the world. I was the Irish one, and I had no idea that the real women would be sitting in the audience while we portrayed them. So I was doing a pretty ghastly Belfast accent. I was just – I was imitating my friend Liam Neeson, really, and I sounded like a fellow. (Laughter). It was really bad.
So I was so mortified when Tina, at the end of the play, invited the real women to come up on stage and I found myself standing next to the great Inez McCormack. (Applause.) And I felt slight next to her, because I’m an actress and she is the real deal. She has put her life on the line. Six of those seven women were with us in the theater that night. The seventh, Mukhtaran Bibi, couldn’t come because she couldn’t get out of Pakistan. You probably remember who she is. She’s the young woman who went to court because she was gang-raped by men in her village as punishment for a perceived slight to their honor by her little brother. All but one of the 14 men accused were acquitted, but Mukhtaran won the small settlement. She won $8,200, which she then used to start schools in her village. More money poured in from international donations when the men were set free. And as a result of her trial, the then president of Pakistan, General Musharraf, went on TV and said, “If you want to be a millionaire, just get yourself raped.”
But that night in the theater two years ago, the other six brave women came up on the stage. Anabella De Leon of Guatemala pointed to Hillary Clinton, who was sitting right in the front row, and said, “I met her and my life changed.” And all weekend long, women from all over the world said the same thing:
“I’m alive because she came to my village, put her arm around me, and had a photograph taken together.”
“I’m alive because she went on our local TV and talked about my work, and now they’re afraid to kill me.”
“I’m alive because she came to my country and she talked to our leaders, because I heard her speak, because I read about her.”
I’m here today because of that, because of those stores. I didn’t know about this. I never knew any of it. And I think everybody should know. This hidden history Hillary has, the story of her parallel agenda, the shadow diplomacy unheralded, uncelebrated — careful, constant work on behalf of women and girls that she has always conducted alongside everything else a First Lady, a Senator, and now Secretary of State is obliged to do.
And it deserves to be amplified. This willingness to take it, to lead a revolution – and revelation, beginning in Beijing in 1995, when she first raised her voice to say the words you’ve heard many times throughout this conference: “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights.”
When Hillary Clinton stood up in Beijing to speak that truth, her hosts were not the only ones who didn’t necessarily want to hear it. Some of her husband’s advisors also were nervous about the speech, fearful of upsetting relations with China. But she faced down the opposition at home and abroad, and her words continue to hearten women around the world and have reverberated down the decades.
She’s just been busy working, doing it, making those words “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” into something every leader in every country now knows is a linchpin of American policy. It’s just so much more than a rhetorical triumph. We’re talking about what happened in the real world, the institutional change that was a result of that stand she took.
Now we know that the higher the education and the involvement of women in a culture and economy, the more secure the nation. It’s a metric we use throughout our foreign policy, and in fact, it’s at the core of our development policy. It is a big, important shift in thinking. Horrifying practices like female genital cutting were not at the top of the agenda because they were part of the culture and we didn’t want to be accused of imposing our own cultural values.
But what Hillary Clinton has said over and over again is, “A crime is a crime, and criminal behavior cannot be tolerated.” Everywhere she goes, she meets with the head of state and she meets with the women leaders of grassroots organizations in each country. This goes automatically on her schedule. As you’ve seen, when she went to Burma – our first government trip there in 40 years. She met with its dictator and then she met with Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman he kept under detention for 15 years, the leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement.
This isn’t just symbolism. It’s how you change the world. These are the words of Dr. Gao Yaojie of China: “I will never forget our first meeting. She said I reminded her of her mother. And she noticed my small bound feet. I didn’t need to explain too much, and she understood completely. I could tell how much she wanted to understand what I, an 80-something year old lady, went through in China – the Cultural Revolution, uncovering the largest tainted blood scandal in China, house arrest, forced family separation. I talked about it like nothing and I joked about it, but she understood me as a person, a mother, a doctor. She knew what I really went through.”
When Vera Stremkovskaya, a lawyer and human rights activist from Belarus met Hillary Clinton a few years ago, they took a photograph together. And she said to one of the Secretary’s colleagues, “I want that picture.” And the colleague said, “I will get you that picture as soon as possible.” And Stremkovskaya said, “I need that picture.” And the colleague said, “I promise you.” And Stremkovskaya said, “You don’t understand. That picture will be my bullet-proof vest.”
Never give up. Never, never, never, never, never give up. That is what Hillary Clinton embodies.
Sorry, folks, this race is over. Conservative Myra Adams lists the many reasons Hillary will win the White House in 2016—from gross media bias to groupthink and barrels of money.
By the standards of “political time,” where in one day a candidate can go from frontrunner to underdog, the 2016 presidential election is decades away. But from this vantage point, all signs point to Hillary Clinton coasting to the Democrat Party nomination and winning the White House.
As a lifelong Republican, I am not pleased with my own prediction—nothing would thrill me more than if a conservative were to win back the presidency. But my political reality instincts lead me to believe the following. (And I’ve been right before: in January 2011, I cowrote “12 Reasons Obama Wins in 2012.”)
Unless there is a radical change of circumstances within the Republican Party and its crop of presidential wannabes, or some unforeseen cataclysmic national event that dramatically alters the current economic and political landscape, or a serious deterioration in her health, Hillary has it locked up.
Here are 16 reasons why Hillary Clinton is poised to be elected the next president of the United States, in order of importance.
1. Madame President: A Great Social Movement in the Making
A great social movement to elect the first Madame President is gathering wind and will reach sustained hurricane strength on November 5, 2014—the day after the midterm elections and the “official start” of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Akin to the movement that elected the first African-American president in 2008, the “Madame President movement” will be propelled by the mainstream media, Hollywood, and social media. Together they will build momentum and coalitions across all platforms, while reveling in their awesome social and cultural significance. You will hear the “triumph of the ’60s feminist movement.” You will hear that you will be “voting to make history.” And you will hear that your vote will be used as a “hammer to break through the glass ceiling of the Oval Office.”
Warning: Prepare for the onslaught, because it is coming your way.
2. The Media Is Ready to Crown a Queen
Hillary, the first female presidential nominee of a major party, will be anointed by the media, Hollywood, and pop culture—just as they anointed the junior senator from Illinois in 2008. The only difference between then and now is Obama was hailed as the messiah, and Hillary will be the queen ready to ascend to her royal throne. Already NBC has announced a Hillary miniseries set for air before the network has to steer clear of FCC equal-time regulations. (In other words, right before Clinton officially announces her candidacy for maximum ratings.)
3. Groupthink: It’s Her Time, and She Deserves It
Between now and 2016, listen as political pundits exclaim, “It’s her time,” or “She deserves it.”
Long-suffering Hillary, who was publicly humiliated by her cheating husband and then triumphed over adversity by being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000. Long-suffering Hillary, who was defeated by her own party for the presidential nomination in 2008, and then further rejected by Obama to be his running mate.
Triumph came later when “Hillary the team player” became the globe-trotting secretary of State and despite a lack of any real accomplishment, eventually earned international respect and higher approval ratings than the team leader himself.
Therefore, because of her highs and lows, the “unholy alliance” of cultural and media forces truly believes that it’s her time, that she deserves it.This groupthink will make for a toxic punch of media bias that the Republican presidential candidate will be forced to drink on a daily basis.
4. Organization the Obama Way
Hillary’s campaign-in-waiting, the Ready for Hillary PAC, is readying itself to turn into her official campaign as soon as Madame General signs the battle order.
Some top-notch Obama campaign talent, Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart, have already been hired to build an organization similar to President Obama’s two nearly flawless, state-of-the-art campaigns. It would be nearly impossible for the Republican presidential candidate to quickly build and match what will then be a huge national campaign organization with a three-year head start. For even the Republican challenger, it would appear as if Hillary were the incumbent.
5. Barrels of Money
For the 2012 presidential campaign, both candidates eventually raised a billion dollars. But Obama had the advantage of early money and put it to great use, negatively defining and attacking Romney throughout the spring of 2012.
Between now and 2016 Hillary could easily raise more than a billion dollars and much of it early. In fact, just this week it was announced that Ready for Hillary had raised over a million dollars in June 2013, without its candidate of course.
This early money will give Hillary the same advantage Obama had to smear whoever emerges as her likely opponent while the GOP primary season chugs along to its conclusion.
6. The Electoral College is Slanted Toward Hillary and the Democrats
Just how much of an advantage will the Electoral College offer Hillary in 2016?
Here are some startling facts:
In 2012 the final Electoral College results were 332 for Obama and 206 for Romney. If Romney had won the battleground states of Florida (29 votes), Ohio (18 votes), and Virginia (13 votes), Obama would still have been reelected but by acloser margin of 272 to 266.
Now, just because Obama won well over 300 electoral votes does not mean Hillary will repeat that achievement. However, the path to 270 is much easier for any Democrat candidate given current and future demographic growth and established voting patterns.
7. Hillary Will Have Either Symbolic or No Primary Opposition
The only reason why ambitious power players like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo or Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley might challenge Hillary to a primary is to increase their own national name recognition with the goal of landing on Hillary’s VP shortlist. (The battle to top that shortlist will be the real Democratic primary of 2016.) Not having a real primary will be a tremendous advantage for Hillary, thus freeing her up to concentrate on the general-election battle while the Republicans are still battling each other.
Meanwhile, Vice President Biden will fall in line and become an avid campaigner and fundraiser for Hillary because he will obey his bosses’ orders—both of them.
8. The Hispanic Voting Bloc Is Hillary’s to Lose
In 2012 the Republican Party was shaken to the core after Romney lost Hispanic voters to Obama by a lopsided margin of 71 percent to 27 percent.
Now remember, the Ready for Hillary PAC has already hired some key Obama managers and field organizers who helped produce those outstanding results. Certainly part of their new job will be to ensure that the fast-growing Hispanic population continues to be a loyal Democratic voting block.
Additionally, Ready for Hillary will be “ready to register” all of those 50,000 Hispanic teenagers who will be turning 18 every month for the next two decades.
9. The African-American and Asian Vote Is Also Hillary’s to Lose
The Republican Party was hardly surprised when Obama won the African-American vote by 93 percent to 6 percent in 2012. But they were surprised that he won the Asian American vote by a wide margin of 73 percent to 26 percent. Will Hillary resonate as well with both these two groups?
I can only take a wild guess about Asian-Americans’ attitude toward Hillary, but I do remember Bill Clinton being called America’s first black president well before we had one.
10. Bill Clinton Will Be a Tremendous Asset to Hillary
“Vote for the First Dude” is a bumper sticker waiting to happen.
During last summer’s Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton convinced America to vote for President Obama in what was heralded as such an eloquent speech that it made Obama seem small by comparison.
At that moment, Democrats and their media allies experienced a tsunami of feel-good Clinton nostalgia that continues to this day, and “Hillary 2016” is the supreme beneficiary. Furthermore, from a pop culture/media perspective, her leaner, non-meat eating, more highly evolved, totally rebranded, well-respected charitable husband (of Clinton Global Initiative fame) will be one of Hillary’s greatest assets on the campaign trail.
The once deadly “Clinton fatigue” that plagued Hillary in 2008 now only lives in the minds of Republicans. And unless Elvis is reincarnated as a Republican, the GOP has no celebrity stars that even come close to “Bubba the Big Dog.” (Don’t even think about Clint Eastwood or his empty chair.)
11. Hillary Will Run for Either Obama’s Third Term or Bill Clinton’s
If Obama’s presidency tanks in its final years, than Team Clinton (with the help of the complicit media) could easily repackage herself to run for Bill Clinton’s “third term.” (Remember that his third term was won by Al Gore in 2000 and then stolen by that evil George W. Bush, or so goes the Democrat folklore.)
However, the trick for Hillary is to still utilizeObama’s ever-likable persona just enough to fire up his loyal base to serve her own purposes. This tactic will achieve success no matter how low Obama’s approval ratings go, because there are always Republicans to blame.
12. The Republicans Have a Weak Bench With Little Star Power
If the Democrats did not have Hillary, or she declines to run, then both parties would have weak benches.
In this hypothetical case, the campaign playing field would be roughly equal (except for that growing slant in the Electoral College). But the Democrats do have Hillary, and all signs point to her running, so that leaves only a weak GOP bench and the question, “How can any of the potential GOP candidates possibly win 270 electoral votes?”
13. The Long GOP Primary System Plays to Hillary’s Advantage
On May 30, 2012, Romney finally won enough delegates to win the Republican nomination. And during that month, Obama pummeled and defined Romney as a rich mean man of privilege who fired people like you so he could become even richer. Romney didn’t know what hit him and hardly responded. Some Republican political consultants believe May was the month when Romney lost the general election because he was too busy wrapping up the nomination and building a national campaign organization.
This is only one example of how the Republican primary traveling circus went on far too long, hurting the eventual winner, and was extremely debilitating to the image of the party in the eyes of the general electorate.
Now in 2016 (unless order suddenly comes from chaos), it looks like we are in for another long, heated, Republican primary season while Hillary assumes the Obama-like incumbent position, ready to pounce on whoever starts to emerge victorious.
14. Hillary Will Make the Case That She Is the Only Leader Who Can Bring Us Together
As the potential first woman president and commander in chief, Hillary must prove that she has the capacity for strong leadership and is not afraid to compromise with Republicans in order to solve the problems confronting this nation. And with friends throughout the media singing her praises, this task should be a no-brainer—even with the Benghazi clip of “What difference does it make?” being played nonstop by Republicans.
But the irony here is that by offering herself up as the strong leader that America desperately needs (like she did so well in 2008), she draws an obvious negative comparison with our current leader, who is sadly lacking in this skill set and whose blessings she wants out on the campaign trail.
My guess is the media will gloss over Obama’s lack of leadership while bolstering Hillary’s and they will both get what they want: Obama, a historic legacy and Hillary his office. Because with the media on your side, everything is possible!
15. Calling Hillary ‘Old’ Insults the Old Republican Base
Hillary was born in 1947, making her 66 years young. If elected president, she will turn 70 during her first year in office. But as we all know, 70 is the new 55, so this is not a problem. But the next time you hear a Republican say that Hillary is too old to run (as I do all the time) please have these facts handy:
In the 2012 election, voters over the age of 65 composed 16 percent of the electorate and voted for Romney over Obama by 56 percent to 44 percent—making this age group Romney’s most loyal voting block. Next most faithful were the 45- to 64-year-olds, who constituted 38 percent of the voters and supported Romney 51 percent to Obama’s 47 percent.
So how do these stats help Hillary?
The answer is today’s “old people” do not think of themselves as old but rather smarter, more disciplined, better educated, and more competent than the generations that followed. Romney won older voters because he appeared more competent and accomplished than Obama. Now it is Hillary who will wear the competent and accomplished label more often than black pantsuits.
In addition to the competence factor, older voters (especially aging baby-boom women), relate well to someone like Hillary identifying with her life journey and numerous family struggles. Therefore, old people will carefully listen to her message and give her the benefit of the doubt—since the concept of “it is her time and she deserves it” will have been drilled into old people’s brains by the mainstream media.
16. The GOP Has Weak Arguments Against Hillary
Recently, someone sent me a link with a video from the Stop Hillary.com PAC. The video portrayed her 2017 “inauguration.” The voice-over was Hillary taking the presidential oath of office while the following words were flashed on the screen: Whitewater, Vince Foster, Travelgate, Rose Law Firm, and Benghazi. Then as Hillary finishes the oath saying, “So help me God,” the words “So help us” flash on the screen.
Along with the video, here is the mission statement of the Stop Hillary PAC:
Make sure Hillary Clinton never becomes president! America can’t survive another team back in the White House. In 2016, it will be too late to stop Hillary. we’ve got to hold her accountable right now. Stop Hillary PAC was created for one reason only—to save America from the destructive far-left, liberal cancer created by Bill and Hillary Clinton that’s trying to corrupt America. Stand with Stop Hillary PAC today to take a stand for America’s future and STOP Hillary dead in her tracks.
Now, does any thinking Republican actually believe that dredging up ’90s-era scandals is going to stop Hillary? (Benghazi is different, but unfortunately the mainstream media and general public have lost interest, and by 2016 it will have as much negative impact on her as Travelgate.)
If these arguments are the best the “Stop Hillary movement” can muster, then it is time for some new arguments.
Because of reasons No. 1 through 16, and in spite of the fact that Hillary is extremely polarizing and travels with a lot of baggage, she is still poised to win in 2016 because frankly, there is no one who can stop her. Unless, as stated at the beginning, there are unforeseen cataclysmic national events that dramatically alter the current economic and political landscape or Hillary has major health issues and drops out even before she gets in.
For the record, I am not in favor of any of the above options. The best I can hope for is that the presidential election campaign in 2016 will be fair, clean, and without the blatant media bias that tipped the scales for Obama in 2008 and 2012.
But since we are talking about Hillary as the first woman president, and a rekindled Clinton media love affair, good luck with all that!
Myra Adams is a media producer, writer and political observer. Her media clients have included national associations, political interest groups and corporations. She was on the creative team with Mark McKinnon that created the now infamous John Kerry “Windsurfing” ad for the Bush 2004 presidential campaign and served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign. Myra’s web site TheJesusStore.com contributes all profits to Christian charity.
Australia’s first female premier Julia Gillard has opened up for the first time on the sexism that plagued her leadership and her famous misogyny speech in her final interview before being ousted.
Gillard, an unmarried, atheist lawyer, was dumped as Australia’s prime minister by her ruling Labor party last month, almost three years to the day since she toppled Kevin Rudd — now reinstated as PM — in a shock coup.
Her time in office was marred by slights on her gender and sometimes violently sexist commentary, including from members of the conservative opposition, prompting a fiery speech about misogyny last year that went viral and earned her global accolades.
The galvanising speech on the floor of parliament saw her become a torch-bearer for women around the world.
Welsh-born Gillard opened up for the first time at length about the sexism she faced in what would ultimately be her final interview as prime minister, telling author Anne Summers you “wouldn’t be human if you had no reaction to it”.
Australia’s first female leader said conservative leader Tony Abbott had tipped her over the edge, portraying himself as “some convert, or someone with a real understanding about what it’s like to face the world as a woman and to feel the weight of that?”
“I just wasn’t prepared to suffer through that in anything that looked like silence,” Gillard said in the June 10 interview published late on Friday, adding that she had been energised by the response to the speech.
“The reaction to the misogyny speech did give me that sense that there are moments when I can talk about it that will have that resonance in other women,” she said.
“However they vote or whatever they think of me, they will actually say, ‘Yep, I know exactly what she’s talking about’.”
Gillard revealed that she had spoken to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the travails of female leadership.
“She said to me that she never really felt that issue about gender when she was a senator. It’s when she put herself forward for executive office that she felt it very acutely, and so she talked about the crack she put in the glass ceiling,” she said.
They had also discussed the loss of privacy that came with public office and an “obsessive” media poring over every detail of their past lives, Gillard said, recalling how Clinton advised her “to stand up to it”.
She also described her affinity with US President Barack Obama, forged in part over their place as “The First” — she Australia’s first female premier; he the first African-American president.
“I think there is a little bit of a spark there about the sense of being ‘The First’ and consequently having to deal with things that someone else who’s in your position has never had to,” she said.
In remarks foreshadowing her fate just two weeks after the interview, Gillard said the constant leadership speculation which ultimately brought her undone had been the worst aspect of her time in office.
“When you want to be getting along with something, something important, but for whatever reason — often associated with the media, sometimes associated with internal Labor dynamics — you feel like you’re being hemmed in by distractions,” she said.
“There are many days when I feel like I could really shout out loud ‘We don’t have time for this. Let’s just get on with the things that really matter’.”
When future generations are asked who Australia’s first female leader was Gillard said that if she lived a normal lifespan she’d “see people get it wrong at quiz nights”, predicting that it will “have passed into being so absolutely normal”.
Gillard will not be standing for re-election when Australia goes to the polls later this year after promising to retire from politics if she lost the Labor leadership ballot. Rudd beat her 57 votes to 45.
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton helped restore America’s standing in the world, but she left office with no signature achievement. If she gets her way, her tenure as the country’s top diplomat will come to be seen simply as a stepping-stone to the presidency.