Over the 12 days prior to New Year’s Day, the tradition here has been to provide a retrospective of the past year. 2016 was a busy year. It was a campaign year. It began with a lot of hope and celebration. That’s going to make this a painful endeavor down the line. (Please see the note at the bottom of this post.)
In January, the primary campaign, after a holiday hiatus, kicked off 2016 in Derry and Concord, NH.
Next it was on to IA. Davenport.
DesMoines and Cedar Rapids
Osage and Sioux City, and an appearance on Hardball.
Next stop Nevada: Henderson and Las Vegas
The Nevada State Democratic Dinner
Hillary launched an outreach to Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
Back to IA. Davenport
The Brown and Black Forum in Des Moines
Jim Clyburn’s Fish Fry
Democratic Debate in Charleston
Martin Luther King Day in Columbia, SC
At the Iowa City campus of the University of Iowa with Demi Lovato
In Indianola and Vinton IA
In Rochester, NH with Jeanne Shaheen
In Davenport a “Hard Hats for Hillary” event followed by the Scott County Dems “Red, White, and Blue Banquet.”
Hillary Clinton joined Cory Booker for brunch in Cedar Rapids
Des Moines, Knoxville, Oskaloosa
Democratic Presidential Town Hall at Drake University
Final Get Out the Caucus rallies. Decorah
Family Fun Center in Adel
Every Child Matters Event in Newton
GOTC in Des Moines
Dubuque and Davenport
African American festival in Des Moines
“Get Out the Caucus” rally at Iowa State University in Ames
All the Clintons in Cedar Rapids
Last pre-caucus rally in Des Moines
On TV in January
January Endorsements: NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Seafarers Union, Anthony Foxx, Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, Sybrina Fulton, The Brady Campaign, UFCW (food workers), IATSE (stage managers), U.S. Black Chambers, The Human Rights Campaign, National Treasury Employees Union, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Lilly Ledbetter, The New York Times.
And then we were off to the races.
NOTE: It was after a lot of deliberation that I decided to embark on this project this year. There was so much that was wrong. Even now, pundits deny the degree to which misogyny, sexism, and plain old Clinton Derangement Syndrome (on an international scale) influenced this election, but a review shines a light on the truth. Some of the evolving mythology around the election result is better refuted by pictures rather than a thousand words. So, yes, I decided to do it anyway even though, frankly, it is labor intensive, emotionally draining, and feels like picking at a scab.