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Hillary spent a day or two out and about in and around Chappaqua before heading to the hills upstate for a few days as 2016 comes to an end.

At the Botanical Gardens.

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Here she is with my pal Ronni Diamonstein.

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With sundry guests at the upstate resort.

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It’s nice to see her having fun!

Heading into the final stretch, while the commentariat kept circulating the bogus story of an enthusiasm gap, Hillary met ardent audiences everywhere she went.

At the Pasco-Hernando State College East Campus in Dade City, Florida, Alicia Machado introduced Hillary Clinton to a wildly enthusiastic audience.

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She said “No, no, no, no!”  Mr. Trump will not get her first vote as a U.S. citizen.

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At the Sanford Civic Center where she held a canvass kickoff rally, she was on fire!

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Hillary’s last stop in Florida that night was a rally in Fort Lauderdale.  She was just as energized there as she was at her first event of the day in Dade City.

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Before boarding her plane to take her campaign to Nevada and Arizona, Hillary greeted early voters in Lauderhill, Florida. Hillary had some very enthusiastic support in the largely Caribbean neighborhood!

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Hillary Clinton rallied early voters at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Training Center in Las Vegas.

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Hillary’s last western stop yesterday was in Tempe, Arizona. She held an early vote rally at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex.  The crowd was huge and enthusiastic.

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Hillary’s campaign circled back to the battleground state of North Carolina.  She rallied voters at Pitt Community College in Winterville.  Eleanor Holmes Norton and G.K. Butterfield introduced her.

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At the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, Pharrell, Bernie, and Hillary fired up voters in the battleground state.

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Mark Cuban introduced Hillary in Pittsburgh where she rallied Pennsylvania voters at The Great Hall at Heinz Field.

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Hillary rallied voters at the Eastern Market in Detroit.

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Here are highlights from Hillary’s “Get Out The Vote” event with Beyonce and Jay Z at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

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Hillary ran between the raindrops in south Florida.  She greeted early voters in West Miami,  stopped by a field office in Miami, and visited Little Haiti.  Then she went on to a rally in Pembroke Pines where Randi Weingarten warmed up the crowd and Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, greeted her.

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At the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Katy Perry and Madeleine Albright rallied voters for Hillary. Earlier in the day, Hillary sat down with supporters at Reed/s Coffee and Tea House.

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Hillary attended Sunday morning services at the Mt. Airy Church of God.  After services, she stopped off at the Cedar Park Cafe. Then she was on her way to Ohio for a rally in Cleveland.

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LeBron James brought in J.R. Smith and his little daughter to introduce Hillary at a GOTV rally in Cleveland. Of course the Cleveland crowd loved it.

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Even when Hillary was onscreen talking about her issues and plans, media displayed partisan or ambiguous tickers (see photo above) echoing the opposition’s preoccupations. The meme that Hillary participated in a nasty campaign is a lie.  At every stop, Hillary spoke to issues she had accrued while listening to voters for a year and a half.  While televising her speeches, the MSM often ran damaging tickers on the screen distracting from her words. In the end the same media sources would say it was a campaign of attacks. That is true in the sense that Hillary was attacking the issues. The media and the GOP were attacking her.

Gold Star dad, Khizr Khan, introduced Hillary at a rally in Manchester where James Taylor gave a special performance.

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The last day on the trail and that was sinking in for Hillary’s traveling press corps who took pictures with her on the tarmac in White Plains before taking off for Pittsburgh.

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Hillary published an op-ed that final day of the campaign summarizing her reasons for running and the objectives she developed with our input – all of ours. This document flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that she never figured out why she was running.  Hillary has never done anything without a reason.  She deliberated long and hard before entering this contest and had very solid reasons for running that she could not ignore or she never would have done it.

Hillary’s final rally in Michigan was held at Grand Valley State University in Allendale where she met up with Debbie Stabenow.

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If ever there could have been a reminder of the republic that was at stake in this election, it was the optics of the rally in Philadelphia. The crowd filled the space where the Declaration of Independence was first read to a crowd not quite so large.  The place where Benjamin Franklin, when asked what form of government was established, said, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it,” hosted Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea and President Bill Clinton, in that order, Michelle Obama, President Obama, and finally, the woman of the evening, Hillary Clinton who apparently stunned Hollywood fashionistas in her scarlet pantsuit.

Those of us who had followed her through the day knew that she had not changed her attire for this event.  She looked fresh as a rose, and her busy day was not ending there!  She moved on to a late night rally in Raleigh after Barack Obama played Hillary to Hillary’s Bill and escorted her offstage at the end.

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What we knew before the crowd at the North Carolina State William Neal Reynolds Coliseum knew it was that Bon Jovi was on the plane with all the Clintons when they left Philadelphia for the very last rally in Raleigh.

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What none of us knew was that Lady Gaga would be at the rally. In a nod to Madeleine Albright, she sported a big, beautiful pin on the jacket of her pantsuit.  She spoke and then she performed with total Gaga gusto.

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And then it was D-Day.

Shortly before 4 a.m. EST Hillary Clinton’s campaign plane touched down at Westchester Airport for the last time. Press and staff deboarded, and a huge hometown crowd was on the tarmac awaiting and cheering her.

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Only a few hours later, the Clintons were at their polling place where once again they were greeted by a large turnout of their neighbors.

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And then it all went sideways.  We watched the returns in disbelief. The next morning, she conceded, graciously with her chin up.

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“… to the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook, even in secret, private Facebook sites – I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward.”

Many of us never hid, were never secretive, and always posted publicly no matter what the cost. Many of us have always been loud and proud. We continue to be.  Some of us posted our thank-yous to Hillary here.

There were tributes.

Hillary was not the honoree at this award event.  Christine LaGarde was, but she joined in praising Hillary who wasn’t even there.

Introducing Hillary, Marian Wright Edelman noted her overwhelming lead in the popular vote and called her “the People’s President.”  Hillary admitted that making this appearance was not the easiest thing for her.  She said she wanted to curl up with a good book and her dogs and never leave the house again.  But she said she got up and dusted herself off because Marian exemplified that for her.

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There have been Hillary-sightings, several of these in the woods, leading to some interesting new Twitter accounts. Her hometown has rallied around her, of course.

Toward the end of the month, the campaign responded to the many calls for a recount or an audit.

Hillary made a surprise appearance at the UNICEF Snowflake Gala where her fervent supporter, Katy Perry was honored.

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November ended with the campaign requesting assistance with the recount which Hillary’s campaign had not initiated. Protocol allows and common sense dictates fair representation of all sides no matter where the recount request originates.

November began on an optimistic note and ended with Hillary’s team still shaking our heads and not quite sure what happened except that we were pretty certain Comey’s October 27 letter did damage as did the wikileaks gusher of campaign emails. Trump’s Russian ties and vile tweets and remarks somehow got passes. More than three weeks after Election Day, many Hillary supporters were still down in our cups and dealing with shock, loss, and grief. But we will never be sorry for the run. It was glorious. We are proud of our Hillary and will defend her to the end.

Here is the archive for November 2016 >>>>

 

 

Donald Trump came in second behind Obama.  Bill Clinton joined Bill Gates, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Dalai Lama in a four-way tie for sixth place.

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1. Barack Obama 22 17 19 16 30 17 22 30
2. Donald Trump 15 5 * * 1 *
3. Pope Francis 4 5 6 4
4. Bernie Sanders 2 3 *
5. Rev. Billy Graham 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
6t. Benjamin Netanyahu 1 * 1 * * * * *
6t. The Dalai Lama 1 1 * * 1 1 1 *
6t. Bill Clinton 1 1 3 2 1 2 4 1
6t. Bill Gates 1 2 1 1 * 1 2 2
10. Mike Pence 1 *
Ben Carson 1 1 1 * *
Stephen Hawking 1 * 1 * * * *
Warren Buffett 1 * * * * 2 * *
Joe Biden 1 * 1 * *
Elon Musk * 1 *
George W. Bush * 1 2 4 2 3 5 4
Jimmy Carter * 1 * 1 * * 2 1
George H.W. Bush * * 1 * 1 1 * 1
Prince William * 1 * * * *
Mark Zuckerberg * 1 *
Michael Jordan * 1 * * 1
Mitt Romney * * 1 1 2 1 * *
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Michelle Obama came in second behind Hillary, and, do my eyes deceive me? Melania Trump is nowhere on that list.

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1. Hillary Clinton 12 13 12 15 21 17 17 16
2. Michelle Obama 8 4 3 5 5 5 5 7
3. Angela Merkel 3 2 1 1 1 1 * 1
4. Oprah Winfrey 3 4 8 6 4 7 11 8
5. Ellen DeGeneres 2 1 1 * 1 2 * *
6. Queen Elizabeth 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2
7. Malala Yousafzai 2 5 5 2 2
8. Condoleezza Rice 2 1 4 2 3 3 2 2
9. Elizabeth Warren 1 1 1 * 1
10. Sarah Palin 1 1 2 5 2 4 12 15
Dolly Parton 1 * * *
Princess Kate 1 * 2 1 1 1 *
Carly Fiorina * 2 *
Barbara Bush * * 1 1 1 1 1 *
Madeleine Albright * * * * * 1
Sonia Sotomayor * 1
Aung San Suu Kyi * 1 * 1 1 1 *
Laura Bush * * 1 1 * 2 1 1
Angelina Jolie * * 2 1 1 1 1 1
Friend/Relative 12 11 9 13 13 12 11 8

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Hillary began the last full month of the campaign in North Carolina. She visited the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte for Sunday services.

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At a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio, Hillary delivered a speech addressing broad economic plans contrasting her proposed policies to those of Donald Trump.

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Hillary held a voter registration rally in Akron, Ohio at Goodyear Hall and Theater. She laid out plans to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.  She also urged Ohioans to register to vote and to vote early.

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Hillary and Chelsea sat down with Elizabeth Banks for a town hall in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

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At Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, Hillary Clinton held an organizing event.  She urged Pennsylvanians to register to vote before the October 11 deadline.

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The same week that the U.S. government confirmed that hacking of DNC accounts was ordered by top Kremlin officials, a hot mic video of Donald Trump discussing sexual assaults on women surfaced.  As we know now, the predator won out.

Presidential Town Hall – I almost get sick looking at these. How on earth did he win? Oh, wait! Those hacked emails.  Of course!

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The Mussolini face.

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Hillary was at Wayne State University in Michigan rallying a wildly enthusiastic audience and encouraging them to register with volunteers in the venue if they had not already done so.

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In battleground Ohio today for a rally in Columbus on Columbus Day!

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Hillary and Al Gore, who “used to be the next president of the United States,”  teamed up to talk about climate change in Florida – a state at high risk with a coastline of 1,350 miles.

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At the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Hillary rallied voters.

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Hillary held a Get Out the Vote rally at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

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At a fundraiser in San Francisco

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Hillary flew into Boeing Field and held a fundraiser at the Paramount Theater where Macklemore sang.  She visited her campaign headquarters and spoke to the volunteers and staff before taking off for home.

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The stars came out on Broadway for Hillary.

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The last presidential debate

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The 71st Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, held at the Waldorf Astoria, is an annual fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities.  It is sponsored by the foundation and hosted by the Archbishop of New York.

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At Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Hillary rallied voters.

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Hillary and Tim rallied voters at the Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh.

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Hillary and Tim held an outdoor rally at the University of Pennsylvania’s Dunning-Cohen Champions Field at Penn Park.

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In Durham and Raleigh NC – Hilary began her day at Sunday services.

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At Belk Plaza, UNC Charlotte

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With Liz Warren and Maggie Hassan for a Manchester, NH campaign event

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Hillary rallied voters at the Coconut Creek Campus of Broward College.

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In Lake Worth, they sang Happy Birthday to her.

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Hillary shuttled to Tampa to continue her stump through Florida. Angela Bassett participated, and Hillary was introduced by chef José Andrés who would have been with Trump officially opening his D.C. hotel. Andrés pulled out of locating his restaurant under Trump’s umbrella, and chose to stand with Hillary at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park event instead.

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Michelle Obama and Hillary teamed up at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Hillary held a campaign event in Cedar Rapids to rally early voting in Iowa.  News of the Comey letter broke just as the plane was landing.  The campaign issued a statement, but  Hillary did not refer to it in her remarks.  Just 11 days before Election Day, FBI Director James Comey released a letter to eight Republican chairs saying additional emails had been found. Hillary’s campaign responded, but this was unprecedented and was certain to have an effect.

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Hillary’s second Iowa event that day was a rally in Des Moines.  After the event, she held a brief presser during which she urged Director Comey to clarify the issues and release the materials in question.

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Hillary was all smiles in the Sunshine State.

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J-Lo’s get out the vote rally for Hillary

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She began her day with a “voting brunch” at an Irish pub in Miami,  went to Sunday services at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale,  joined supporters for a bite to eat at Betty’s Soul Food, greeted supporters in Pompano Beach, and, finally, rallied voters at The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors, Florida.

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Hillary ended the month with a swing through Ohio and a few swipes at James Comey for not telling everyone the FBI was investigating Trump’s Russian relations.

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In Cleveland and Cincinnati

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October TV appearances:

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October endorsements: Union Square Ventures, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Christine Todd Whitman, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Washington Post The Miami Herald, Latina Magazine, The Kansas City Star, The Lexington Herald Leader, Vogue, 70 Nobel Laureates, The New Yorker.

Here is the archive for October 2016 >>>>

Oh PLEASE!

Oh please! Can we not all go swooning and sobbing over Rebecca Traister’s passive-aggressive treatment of Hillary and her campaign?

Clinton stood alongside Barack and Michelle Obama before a crowd of 33,000 people outside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the spot where the architects of the nation had endowed its citizens with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — as they built their new country on the backs of enslaved African-Americans and subsidiary women.

The founders did not “endow the citizens.” Traister takes the Republican deification of the founders to an even higher level. The document says “all men are created equal.”  We chose to interpret that generic “men” as “people,” and that is fine, but nationality and citizenship are not specified.  The proper interpretation is “all people” (on earth) are “endowed by the Creator” with these inalienable rights. Americans are not endowed by America’s founders with these rights. They are among God-given human rights (the implication is that there are other rights as well), according to the document.

The enormity of the upset came at the end of what had already been a traumatic election for the women and immigrants and people of color to whom Clinton was trying to appeal, and who had spent months being derided, threatened, groped, caricatured, insulted, and humiliated by Donald Trump and his supporters.

I don’t know about the groping part, but what was most dramatic at his rallies were the actual physical attacks on people, male and female, who were, usually quietly, protesting Trump and his policies in some way.

Clinton was surely a flawed candidate; but Trump was a catastrophically awful one. The disparity is enough to make one wonder if she ever really had a chance.

This is a meme. In what way was Hillary a flawed candidate? All candidates have flaws. No one is perfect. If Hillary were a man, would she be called “flawed?” This meme had been repeated so often by Election Day that many simply accepted it, and clearly Traister has bought into it.  Hillary is not perfect and was not a perfect candidate, but she was as close to perfect as we are likely to see for a good long time.

In debates, when attacked as a member of the corrupt global oligarchy, Clinton would bleat about being a woman, a grandmother, different from literally everyone else ever to have been on a general-election presidential-debate stage, yet her claims never really landed.

Excuse me? “Bleat?” Words mean things. The metaphor here is that of a nanny goat. Insulting.

White women voters have consistently marked their ballots Republican since the 1970s: 56 percent of them voted for Romney over Obama in 2012, 53 percent for McCain over Obama in 2008, 55 percent for George W. Bush over John Kerry in 2004.

Not sure what the point of this is. It explains nothing. Romney and McCain lost. Bush won. What is the point?

“Crying as if someone died” is a text message I received from more than one friend last week. And it is as if someone died: a dream of what we could have been, of the president we could have had. And about the loss of one of the most inspiring (and sure, flawed, but good God am I tired of having to always acknowledge that she was flawed) leaders many of us will know.

And she doubles down on the “flaw? meme.

The media narrative about the wretchedness of her political skills has obscured the fact that Hillary Clinton was a pretty great candidate for the presidency. Not a magnetic or inspiring speaker, no. The bearer of way too much awkward baggage, yes. But also: steady and strong and strategic and smart. Despite being under investigation by Congress and the FBI and the media, despite having her State Department emails made public, despite having her campaign staff’s emails hacked, despite being married to a man whose legislative and personal history made him deeply problematic, and despite the rolling waves of sexism directed at her and the racism directed at her predecessor and political partner Obama, she literally won the popularity contest.

“The wretchedness of her political skills,” the media meme Traister does nothing to banish. Hillary did everything she was supposed to do, and she did it all thoroughly and assiduously. She listened to the people. She took note of their concerns. She did her homework. She worked out solutions with expert advisors.  Let’s completely ignore that the purpose of the investigations was to do exactly what they accomplished: tarnish her image politically, hobble her, defeat her bid for the highest office in the land. There was never a legitimate reason for Benghazi – come server – come email investigations. The purpose was #NeverHillary. They accomplished that.

Let’s leave WJC out of this.  He was not running. She was.  He did leave office with a 60% approval rating, so what was the point there?

Why this November 14 New York Magazine article is suddenly circulating today is beyond me.  Like every post-mortem so far, it is a balloon-drop of possibilities with no solid conclusion. Back in May 2016, Traister told us how she came to Hillary slowly, and judging from some of her TV appearances, a little grudgingly.  We can see this opus as a glass half full: we are glad she got there at all.  Or we can view it as half-empty: setting up the article within the frame of the founders-as-demi-gods meme.  This stands as a premise she does nothing to shatter.

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To circulate this uncritically as “read-cry-share?” Sorry. Traister needs to shed a lot more of her hidden anti-Hillary baggage before I would do that.  Read it, by all means, but do so with your virtual red pen not with a box of tissues.

 

Moving into September, while we had seen Hillary focusing steadfastly on issues and her proposed solutions, we had seen a blossoming of rumors that Hillary was not well. Trump had long been saying that she lacked stamina which her tireless schedule belied.  We were moving into the last lap, and Hillary put everything she had into it.

Labor Day was kick-off day for the final stretch of this very long campaign cycle. Hillary marked the day by unveiling HillForce One, a 737, that she flew from Westchester to Ohio where it was parked on the tarmac near Trump’s plane.

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Hillary boarded Hill Force One and flew to Hampton, Illinois for the 49th Annual Salute to Labor there.

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Speaking to the press on the plane and at a rally in Tampa

 

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At the MSNBC/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum

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Charlotte – a campaign event at Johnson C. Smith University

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Hillary Clinton greeted supporters at the at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri and spoke to the National Baptist Convention there.

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Another 9/11 anniversary was coming.  Hillary was in New York.  She convened a bipartisan panel of experts on national security at the New York Historical Society.

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Hillary attended the 9/11 Memorial but left part way through s she was ill with pneumonia which she had been battling. Hillary had no intention of letting pneumonia keep her away from this event, but it got the better of her and she had to step away from the proceedings.

 

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She stopped off at Chelsea’s apartment and reappeared later looking fine, but really did need to take care of that pneumonia which apparently had made the rounds in her campaign staff. Chuck Schumer also said he had been through a bout.
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She sent this a few day later.

Hi!

I just wanted to thank you and everyone on this team for all the well-wishes you’ve sent.

And since I’ve been hearing from so many people today, I wanted to tell you personally that I’m feeling fine and getting better. (It doesn’t hurt to be able to spend some time at home with my dogs.)

Like anyone who’s ever been home sick from work, I’m just anxious to get back out there. There’s so much at stake in this election, and we only have 57 days left in this campaign — I want to make each one count.

Thank you for being the warmest, toughest, and most dependable team I could hope for — you’ve lifted me up, today and every day.

– H

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On the 15th, Hillary was back on the tarmac headed for NC.

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UNC Greensboro

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Hillary wrapped up her first day back on the trail at the CHCI Gala in Washington, D.C.

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Black Women’s Agenda 39th Annual Symposium at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

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As the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination, Hillary received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Trailblazer Award.

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Hillary made her case for the millennial vote to an enthusiastic audience of young people at Temple University

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In an afternoon reminiscent of her days as secretary of state, Hillary spent an afternoon in New York meeting with foreign dignitaries in town for the U.N. General Assembly.

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Hillary hopped on her plane in White Plains and flew to Orlando to rally Floridians.

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One Sunday, Hillary dropped in on, “Apple Seeds,”  a kids’ center in the NYC Flatiron district, paid a visit to Chelsea and family, and met with Netanyahu who was in town for UNGA.

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The first presidential debate.

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At Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hillary was greeted with wild enthusiasm by a young  audience very proud of her performance in the debate the night before.

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Hillary and Bernie teamed up at the University of New Hampshire Durham for a panel discussion on the New College Compact. Hillary also met for a bite to eat with some contest winners.

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At the Sunrise Theater Fort Pierce, FL

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In Coral Springs, FL

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TV appearances in September: 

On SOTU

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September endorsements: Four Star Generals, Bob Sennewald and David Maddox, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, 95 retired Generals and Admirals, including a number of 4-Star Generals, Dallas Morning News, William Cohen, Actors’ Equity, Every Voice, NY Times, LA Times, The Arizona Republic, John Warner, Tony Pomerleau, Chicago Sun-Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Desert Sun

Here is the archive for September 2016 >>>>

Still 4 Hill —

Before this year ends, I want to thank you again for your support of our campaign. While we didn’t achieve the outcome we sought, I’m proud of the vision and values we fought for and the nearly 66 million people who voted for them.

I believe it is our responsibility to keep doing our part to build a better, stronger, and fairer future for our country and the world.

The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. So let us rejoice in this season and look forward with renewed hope and determination.

I wish you and your family health, happiness, and continued strength for the New Year and the work ahead.

I look forward to staying in touch in 2017. Onward!

With deep appreciation and warm wishes, I am,

Yours,

Hillary

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Dear Hillary,

We are still here, and we are still with you!  We wish you and your family happiness and continued good health in the New Year and beyond.

We look forward to hearing from you in 2017!  Yes, indeed! Onward!

Proud and appreciative of everything you have accomplished,

Always,

Still 4 Hill

 

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