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.


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.



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


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



At the MSNBC/NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum


Charlotte – a campaign event at Johnson C. Smith University


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


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.


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.



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.

She sent this a few day later.


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


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


UNC Greensboro


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


The first presidential debate.


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.


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.


At the Sunrise Theater Fort Pierce, FL


In Coral Springs, FL


TV appearances in September: 



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,




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,


Still 4 Hill


With the general election campaign in full swing, Hillary brought her message to Nebraska with an introduction by Warren Buffett who said he is happy to take a hit on taxes to better balance the economy.


Campaigning in Colorado at the  Knotty Tie Company, Hillary discussed small businesses and homemade American goods.


Governor John Hickenlooper introduced Hillary at Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado.


Hillary toured the Mojave Electric Co. in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to a rally at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Hall where she was introduced by Harry Reid.


The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists welcomed Hillary Clinton.


Hillary’s neighbors in Chappaqua held a Hillapalooza.


Hillary was animated and fierce speaking at a rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL where she also toured a brewery.


Hillary spoke at the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Hall in Kissimmee.


Hillary returned to Des Moines, IA  for a Democratic Party rally. She also visited Raygun, a printing and design company.


After touring the Futuramic Tool and Engineering facility in Warren, MI, Hillary delivered remarks addressing her plans for the economy.


With Joe Biden in Scranton.


Voter registration rlly in Philadelphia.


Hillary toured the John Marshall High School in Cleveland before she delivered an address on the economy.



At the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Hillary Clinton met with law enforcement officials from several metropolitan departments from around the country.


In Provencetown with Cher


Hillary delivered a searing speech in Reno aligning Donald Trump with Alt-Right elements and using his own words and actions to expose the landmark shift he represents in the Republican Party and in the history of presidential politics in the United States.


Hillary spoke at the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.


August TV appearances:


August endorsements:  Michael Morrell, All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG), The International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Here is the archive for August 2016 >>>>

These photos made the rounds over the weekend.


Date night


Fresh bob and purple manicure


Christmas Eve services


Out for a stroll

We’ve seen her in this coat from time to time. It’s one of her favorites around the winter holidays. Most memorably, it is the coat she was sporting when she landed in Afghanistan in November 2009.  This photo got a four-column spread on the front page of the New York Times on November 19, 2009.


Hillary Rodham Clinton

Here is Hillary’s holiday message – tweeted this afternoon.

The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. Let’s rejoice in this season & look forward with renewed hope & determination. -H

Hillary clinched the nomination in early June.  July was the month when both President Obama and Bernie Sanders came out to campaign with her.

Hillary was back on the trail in D.C. right after the holiday addressing the NEA.


The same day, Hillary and Barack Obama campaigned together in Charlotte.


Hillary spoke on the famed and fabled Atlantic City boardwalk in front of a defunct and abandoned Trump casino.


Hillary spoke at the African Methodist Episcopal church national convention in Philadelphia.

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Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton on July 12 before an enthusiastic audience in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Hillary Clinton returned to the Old Statehouse in Springfield, Illinois to address divisions in America and how to bridge them.


At the League of United Latin American Citizens Convention in Washington, DC


Following her appearance at LULAC, Hillary stopped by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where she laid a wreath with New York Rep. Joseph Crowley and them went to Capitol Hill where she met with Senators for lunch and posed for pictures with Senate pages.


Hillary met up with Tim Kaine for a campaign event at the Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia.


At the 107th Annual NAACP Convention at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati


Hillary at the AFT Convention in Minneapolis


In Las Vegas, she spoke at the AFSCME convention and also attended a voter registration event at UNITE HERE which endorsed her.


In Orlando, Hillary participated in a roundtable discussion and visited the Pulse nightclub.


Hillary announced that Tim Kaine was her running mate at a rally in Tampa on July 22.


They made their debut together the next day in Miami.


At the Charlotte Convention Center, Hillary delivered a speech to the 177th VFW Convention.


In Charlotte, Hillary held a campaign event with enthusiastic supporters.


Then, finally, came the convention in Philadelphia.




The Clinton/Kaine team hit the trail immeduately following the convention with a rally in Philadelphia first and then a road trip.


At the KNEX factory in Hatfield, Pennsylvania


In Harrisburg


In Johnstown






Sunday services in Cleveland


At the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus, Ohio


And there the bus tour and the month of July came to a close. Low lights of the month included Trump surrogates threatening Hillary with execution for treason and Trump himself inviting Russian hack Hillary’s emails.

July TV appearances:

With Charlie Rose


On the eve of the opening gavel of the Democratic National Convention, Hillary and Senator Kaine sat down with Scott Pelley for a joint interview.


On Fox News Sunday



July endorsements: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, General John R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps Ret., Michael Bloomberg

Here is the archive for July 2016 >>>>

Just before Christmas six years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rushed to the Capitol to see the Senate vote and ratify the New START treaty.  The treaty was the result of hard work and long cooperation between her and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and their teams. Here is her statement from that day.

Senate Approval of New START


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 22, 2010

Today the Senate took a great step forward in enhancing our national security by providing its advice and consent to ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation. I congratulate the Senators of both parties who worked tirelessly to ensure that New START was approved, and I thank all the Senators who voted for this treaty for their commitment to our national security.

Once this Treaty enters into force, on-site inspections of Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons facilities can resume, providing us with an on-the-ground view of Russia’s nuclear forces. The information and insight from these inspections forms the core of our ability to “trust but verify” compliance with New START. A responsible partnership between the world’s two largest nuclear powers that limits our nuclear arsenals while maintaining strategic stability is imperative to promoting global security. With New START, the United States and Russia will have another important element supporting our “reset” relationship and expanding our bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues.

President Obama and Vice President Biden have been unwavering in their dedication to this treaty to both strengthen our domestic security and reduce the international threat of nuclear weapons. This day would not have been possible without their leadership or the efforts of Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen. I also thank President George H.W. Bush and all the former Secretaries of State who added their support to this Treaty and worked to see New START approved. I and all my colleagues at the State Department look forward to working with our Russian partners to conclude the approval of New START in Russia, bring the Treaty into force, and deliver the global and national security benefits of New START.

It was a wonderful Christmas present for all of us.  It is a treaty and is in place.

Thank you, Hillary, for this important agreement between the U.S. and Russia. We live in a safer world because of your work. Amicable relations between our countries rely on respect for treaties which both leaders have signed and both governments have ratified more than they do on congratulatory notes and mutual admiration between leaders.

The Senate ratification was the final step in a long process.

(Read more about what it took to arrive at this treaty here >>>>)

Mme. Secretary, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.  Thank you for all of your hard work and this legacy of success in protecting us. Thank you for the effort you put into your campaign. We are grateful and are always here for you and with you.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, keeps her fingers crossed as she comes to see the vote on the New START Treaty. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, keeps her fingers crossed as she comes to see the vote on the New START Treaty. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves after the vote on the New START Treaty, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves after the vote on the New START Treaty, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks past the exit to the Senate floor after the Senate ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty at the US Capitol in Washington, December 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks past the exit to the Senate floor after the Senate ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty at the US Capitol in Washington, December 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets people just off the Senate floor after the Senate ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets people just off the Senate floor after the Senate ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

Happy Holidays to everyone here at Still 4 Hill!  Thank you for all of your hard work this year, too!

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