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In a week when we lost Fr. Daniel Berrigan of the Catonsville Nine, more conflagration.

Father Berrigan, right and his brother Philip Berrigan seized hundreds of draft records and set them on fire with homemade napalm in 1968. Credit United Press International

You may remember that in February, former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, once touted as a possible presidential candidate herself, followed current NJ Gov Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump with this declaration:

… she says she’s planning to vote for Hillary Clinton if Trump gets the nod. She’s keeping her options open, in case we find out something new and horrible about Hillary. But that’s her plan now:

“You’ll see a lot of Republicans do that,” Whitman told me. “We don’t want to. But I know I won’t vote for Trump.”

The morning after a not-so-Super Tuesday with only one measly primary (I don’t mean Indiana is measly, I mean a single primary does not a Super Tuesday make), everyone woke up at the bottom of the rabbit hole with a big “eat me” note signed by Donald Trump.

#ICYMI Donald Trump won the Indiana primary yesterday after, based on a National Enquirer report casting Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael, as a kind of Zelig/Forrest Gump character allegedly seen close to Lee Harvey Oswald in a photo.  N.B. Lee Harvey Oswald was the purported “single actor” in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Prior to 11/22/63 Oswald spent some time working for the “Fair Play for Cuba” coalition in New Orleans and hung with some Cuban refugees at the time.

Outrageous as the story appeared, not to mention the absurdity of a presidential candidate citing the National Enquirer as a source, it not only dominated the news all day yesterday but also served its purpose in that Cruz swallowed the bait and addressed it in a news conference rather than brushing it off as farce.  In the wake of his resounding loss in Indiana last night, and, some speculate, the shady attack on his father, Cruz suspended his campaign leaving Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee.

Then came the dawn … and the inferno.

Republicans burn registration cards and rally behind the #nevertrump campaign as lifelong GOP voters prepare to support Hillary Clinton in a bid to block Trump

  • Republicans are burning their voter cards and rallying behind #nevertrump
  • The billionaire business mogul is now the GOP’s presumptive candidate
  • But he remains deeply unpopular with swathes of the party elite and voters
  • Many Republicans are planning to vote for the Democrats to keep him out

A number of disappointed Republicans have torched their voter cards and declared support for the #nevertrump campaign after the billionaire businessman clinched the party nomination following Ted Cruz’s resignation.

Such is the resentment towards Trump, many are now readying themselves to vote for the Democrats despite being lifelong Republican supporters.

Photographs of them burning their voter registration cards have appeared on social media, while others Breaking newssay they are prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Until a short while ago, the Mathematical Impossibles, Bernie Sanders (who won Indiana by a small margin but has a snowball’s chance in a bonfire of being nominated) and John Kasich (who won a single primary – in his own state of Ohio) remained.  Breaking news is that Kasich will hold a presser from Columbus, OH at 5 pm EDT and will also sing his swan song.

In other news, the New York Times reported yesterday on our first U.S. climate refugees in Louisiana having to evacuate their ancestral home for higher ground – or rather – for ground – as their island is slowly being inundated.  Today, the New York Times reports, an entire town in Alberta Canada is also under evacuation due to “apocalyptic” wildfires.  Climate change disaster is already upon us.  It is biblical. Floods and combustion abound and one viable candidate remaining has a plan for climate change and a long history of battling it.

Hillary Clinton steadfastly maintains that she is not the one to tell Bernie Sanders to suspend his bid since she remained into June 2008.  But, clearly, there are issues.  Hillary is the candidate with the concrete, pragmatic plans.  Even Republicans are flocking to her.

John Kasich, saying his heart is not in this, is listening to his party leadership and exiting. Bernie Sanders, while he runs under the Democratic Party banner, should also withdraw at this point.  It was never his party to begin with, and the stakes are too high for grandstanding.

Disaffected Republicans are not feeling the Bern.  They are burning their Republican registration cards and grabbing the one sensible hashtag: #ImWithHer.  Hillary is the revolution. Bernie is too myopic to see it. He should do his part in the #NeverTrump movement and move aside so that Hillary Clinton can adjust her focus to the real threat: A Trump White House.

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It was not a victory speech, and, as of this moment there is no clear victor, but it was a speech of affirmation and commitment to all of the reasons Hillary Clinton set off on this trail last April.  Hillary thanked Iowa and both Senator Sanders and Governor O’Malley.  She was on fire and fierce in her determination to take this race to the White House.

Nice work, Iowa!  You rock!  Thank you Hillary!

#ImWithHer!!!!

 

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Recently, a visitor here posed a question along with a few unsubstantiated (and untrue) comments about Hillary Clinton.  The question was, “Why support Hillary Clinton?”  The allegations were, “Hillary only wants to become President to satisfy her own selfish ambitions, and has no sincere intention to serve whatsoever.”  I did not approve the post because of the comment which is evidence-free.

I would turn the question around and ask why Hillary would put herself through this punishing process yet again.  Aside from the grueling schedule of campaign events, there is the substantial homework that comes with the territory and is executed outside the public eye and consciousness.

Like any student attending lectures, Hillary’s campaign style consists of meeting many voters one-on-one in thousands of rope line encounters and hearing  – no listening to – folks with concerns, problems, plights that they hope a candidate might be able to address if elected.  She then must take home all of this raw content and find policy answers for the problems posed in the public arena.

Yes, she has advisors for economic, domestic, and foreign policy to help her wade through the weeds, but the policy decisions are hers.  It is lonely and selfless work done out of the public eye when she is not in front of crowds and is out of camera range.  We do not see her doing this homework.  We do see the results.

Since she announced her decision to run and hit the campaign trail, we have posted her public events, speeches, and her policies and issues on these pages.  Her campaign day typically includes multiple events plus travel.  It is when she is not on the public platform that she attends to the heavy homework schedule of figuring out how she can address the problems posed on the trail. Often the result is a new initiative, a new plan based on research into the problem and how that issue can benefit from a policy proposal.  These plans come integrated with others and with a payment plan.  Hillary does not say what she will do without also telling us how she will do it and how is will be financed.

It is easy to throw accusations and slogans around.  It is easy to dismiss and insult people.  It is harder to put yourself in the boots of another and imagine the burden of caring for a disabled or autistic child, a parent with Alzheimer’s, raising a family on insufficient income, living in fear that your parent might be deported for being undocumented or fired for being gay.

Hillary Clinton’s heart has always been open to the marginalized and voiceless.  When we gather to support her it is because of her diligence.  Hillary Clinton has always been the star student in the class, not just because she is smart, but also because she does not rest on the laurels of being the smartest one in the room.  She respects everyone around her and wants to hear their stories.  She wants to use her gifts to solve the problems and make life a little easier.

Buzzfeed‘s Ruby Cramer has been on the trail with Hillary  from the word “go.” She also does her homework and took the time and trouble to conduct interviews with Hillary and her closest staff. The result, in case you missed it, is this prodigious article.  If you read nothing else published about Hillary Clinton during this primary season, you should read this.

Kieran Kesner for BuzzFeed News

In the early days of her husband’s administration, Hillary Clinton tried to start a national conversation about basic human decency, only to be mocked. In the midst of the most mean-spirited presidential campaign in memory, she talks with BuzzFeed News about the unchanged way she sees herself — and if she’ll ever be able to communicate it.

 
Here is another perspective from a dear friend.

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With Iowa just days ahead, how can you help Hillary win?  Hillary for America has a few suggestions. Join Women for Hillary and be a part of the team!


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Want to get involved? Here’s how:

1. Stay informed. Receive weekly emails from the women’s outreach team!

2. Volunteer. Volunteer in your local grassroots office, call voters in other states from your home, or get a group together and travel to one of the early states to talk to voters. Just a few hours per week could make a big difference!

3. Talk to your friends. Host Women for Hillary house parties, coffees, debate watch parties, or happy hours to introduce the campaign to new supporters.

4. Or, connect us to your friends. Have friends in other cities who want to get involved? Send their contact information here so they can get updates on events happening close to them!

5. Amplify Hillary’s message. Become a grassroots tweeter and we’ll send you the latest tweets, videos, and Facebook posts to share so that you can amplify the campaign’s message during important events like debates. And be sure to post on social media during an event using the hashtags #ImWithHer and #HillSquad.

 


P.S. Do you have questions about what volunteers can and cannot do? The lawyers made us write this. Read the Volunteer Guidelines.

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What better day to commit to vote or caucus for Hillary than the day after her superb performance at the Iowa Town Hall last night?  Hillary showed that she is the one candidate who is prepared on every front, domestic and foreign, to take on the challenges we face.  For the record, she also demonstrated why electing her is so much more than simply the history of electing a woman.   Hillary proved her knowledge, experience, compassion, and ability to reach out and appreciate the contributions of others.  She is the best candidate, hands down!

Go to this page, choose your state, and commit today!

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After you have committed, why not chip in, if you can, and support Hillary’s campaign >>>>

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