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We’re just one day out from the final fundraising deadline of this primary, and after a long, tough fight, we have a presumptive nominee who’s going to be a terrific president: my friend, Hillary.

I’m proud to endorse Hillary, and I’m grateful you’re part of her team — our whole country is counting on you to make sure she wins this November. President Obama and I are going to be hitting the campaign trail hard to help out as much as we can — and we hope you’ll join us.

With a big deadline like the one the campaign is facing tomorrow and a 250,000 donation goal to hit, every $5 helps — can you chip in right now?

I’ve known Hillary for a long time — from the time she was First Lady, Senator from New York, and our Secretary of State. She is a force of nature. She’s tough, she’s brilliant, and she genuinely loves serving this country. Hillary is the kind of person who, at the end of the day, wants to help people and make their lives better. That’s who you want as your president.

That’s especially true when your other option is Donald Trump.

Donald Trump’s politics of fear and intolerance have no place in America. He won’t solve our problems — he’ll make them worse. Because let me tell you denigrating our allies isn’t a foreign policy. Telling the world the United States can’t be counted on to pay our debts isn’t an economic policy. And attacking the ethnicity of a federal judge violates everything we stand for — and believe — as Americans.

I’ve always believed this nation succeeds best when we come together as one America. But everything about Donald Trump’s campaign is determined to divide and pull us apart.

There’s no one I trust more than Hillary to lead the fight against Trump, and I’m hoping you’ll come through as part of her team again and again. She needs you. We all do.

I hope you’ll chip in $5 before tomorrow’s critical deadline — I can’t thank you enough for being part of the fight to keep our country moving forward:

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Thank you,

Joe

US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smile as US President Barack Obama welcomes South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2011. Obama hosts his South Korean counterpart for a full day of official State ceremonies, including a State Dinner. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smile as US President Barack Obama welcomes South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during a State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2011. Obama hosts his South Korean counterpart for a full day of official State ceremonies, including a State Dinner. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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He was never actually in, but today Vice President Joe Biden made it official that he would not pursue a path to the presidency.  Flanked by President Obama and his wife, Jill, Biden made the announcement in the White House Rose Garden today. Family, friends, and colleagues were all gathered for the announcement that came as a surprise to the press corps and made for a bit of drama in the afternoon.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says he will not run for president in 2016, ending months of suspense and easing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's path to the party's nomination. Linda So reports.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says he will not run for president in 2016, ending months of suspense and easing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s path to the party’s nomination. Linda So reports.

Long time friend and former colleague, Hillary Clinton gave him a call and offered this statement.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) during the funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) during the funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)

 

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Hillary Clinton Statement on Vice President Biden

Joe Biden is a good man and a great Vice President.  Serving alongside him in the Senate and then the administration, I saw first-hand his passion for our country and our people.  Like millions of others, I admire his devotion to family, his grace in grief, his grit and determination on behalf of the middle class, and his unyielding faith in America’s promise.  As Vice President, Joe has been by President Obama’s side for every pivotal decision.  He helped save the auto industry and pull our economy back from the brink of depression.  He continues to fight for higher wages, safer communities, and a more peaceful world.  It’s a record to be proud of, defend, and build on.  And I am confident that history isn’t finished with Joe Biden.  As he said today, there is more work to do.  And if I know Joe, he will always be on the front-lines, always fighting for all of us.

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Covering topics from Benghazi to Syria, from The Donald to the Dems, and from health care to the economy,  Hillary Clinton sat down with John Dickerson for a Sunday morning in depth one-on-one.  She was detailed, authoritative, and unhesitating in response to a wide range of questions and thoroughly relaxed in her signature warm and personable way.

Hillary reminded the audience that when Benghazi was under attack other embassies also were being threatened, i.e. more than one mission (anywhere from 12-18) was under some form of assault.  Benghazi was one of these.

She also spoke of her efforts early to to prevent the crisis we see today for the Syrian people – efforts that have been outlined here many times before.

While she faulted Donald Trump in particular for fostering a toxic, biased atmosphere, and Republican candidates in general for attacking policies and programs from Planned Parenthood to Obamacare, she refused to make any statement about Democratic opponents declared or otherwise.  She made it crystal clear that the battle right now is between the major parties and not among Democrats.   She also made it clear that she considers Bernie Sanders to be under the latter umbrella. “I want this to be about ideas and about policies.” She stated that she has no interest in attacking Bernie. (I hope everyone on her side of the campaign heard that loud and clear.)

As for persistent declarations that her persona is inauthentic, she laughed it all off rather musically.  That is the real Hillary, folks!

Below is the full video.

Here is the full transcript >>>>>

CBS slideshow>>> Pics of Hillary with Rand Paul backstage>>>>>>

Here are some highlights from Face the Nation‘s website.

Hillary Clinton: U.S. should take 65,000 Syrian refugees

Last Updated Sep 20, 2015 10:58 AM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Sunday that the United States should accept 65,000 refugees from Syria to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis created by the war there.

“We’re facing the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II and I think the United States has to do more,” the former secretary of state said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000 and begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in.”

She said there should be a focus on admitting the most vulnerable, like persecuted religious minorities, or those who had been brutalized, like the Yazidi women.

Clinton also said, “I want the United States to lead the world,” and said the United Nations Secretary General should call for a meeting at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly meeting in which countries make specific commitments about to provide money and aid.

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Hillary Clinton: I’m not preparing for Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton said she and her team are not taking steps to prepare for a possible late entry into the Democratic presidential primary by Vice President Joe Biden.

“This is such a personal decision and the vice president has to sort this out,” Clinton said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “He’s been so open in talking about how difficult this time is for him and his family and he’s obviously considering what he wants to do including whether he wants to run.”

“I just have the greatest respect and affection for him and I think everybody just ought to give him the space to decide what’s best for his family,” she added.

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Like Hillary Clinton, I had the immense privilege of seeing the great Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience on Broadway not long ago.

Helen Mirren pokes fun at the Clintons

Peter Morgan’s tour de force for Mirren speculates upon conversations between HRM Queen Elizabeth II and eight of 12 Prime Ministers who have served under her reign so far.  These regular audiences occurred every Tuesday, were informal, and not minuted.   Thus, all dialogue is of Morgan’s invention (with a Mirren ad lib thrown in here and there).  Dame Helen’s trepidations upon meeting Her Majesty  have, a few times,  centered on whether they “got it right.”  Once after the film The Queen, also penned by Morgan, and again after the stage portrayal.

At an award ceremony not long ago, Prince William welcomed Dame Helen to the stage asking whether he should call her “Granny.”  We can guess that the Crown was not displeased with the opus or the performance.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had regular Tuesday meetings,  published on her daily schedules,  usually at 7:30 a.m.  They were breakfast meetings with VP Joe Biden at his residence.  Whenever Hillary was in town and not traveling, these breakfast meetings took place.  As far as we know, these breakfasts were also private, informal, and not minuted.  If you were around these pages in those days you might remember them.  They were the object of fevered speculation before they became commonplace Tuesday occurrences.

Because this is a Hillary blog , and not an Obama or a Biden blog, it has not been noted here that the POTUS and VP have a similar weekly tradition. They have a regular Monday lunch.   Today was Monday.  They had lunch.

No one but those two people knows what they talked about today or last week or any of the Mondays going back.  To pretend to is to take on the speculative robes of the playwright and spin a tale as Peter Morgan has of the Queen and her PMs.

What is newsworthy about two people who work together having lunch, especially when they do so regularly, is unclear at best.  That it should whip up a frenzy borders on the ridiculous.  But then, the same thing happened when Joe and Hillary had – what???  Had breakfast together  – again – a little more than two years ago.

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to Reprise Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club – For Tomorrow Anyway

July 29, 2013

Before everyone goes full-throttle into “what-does-it-all-mean” mode, allow me to remind long-time readers here that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State,  early morning breakfasts at Joe Biden’s residence were a regular feature on her Tuesday schedules from the State Department when she was not traveling.

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Well, make of it what you will.  Maybe you can construct a Tony Award-winning play of all this.  What you really cannot do,  unless you have met some fly that was on the wall or picnic table, is say what Joe Biden and Barack Obama talked about today.  Oh yes, we all know.  Biden met with Elizabeth Warren yesterday (we do not know what that was about either),  and the daily presser was largely devoted to the plummeting markets except when Josh Earnest was pressed to speculate.  He refused to perpetrate fiction.

Take a deep breath.  Take some advice from the Brits.

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The Blitz is yet to come, and if you thought Hillary Clinton got into this race thinking it was going to be a cakewalk, you do not know Hillary Clinton.  Long before she finally announced, she thought of every possibility and has promised to earn every vote.   We will not be seeing Hillary Clinton making any mistakes like this,  and it will not be a “coronation.”

It isn’t even the stormy season yet. Keep calm. Keep on.  Keep going.

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Panic and frenzy are a distraction and a waste of good energy.

 

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It was so huge that it had to be held in an arena rather than in the nearby Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church where the massacre occurred.  Thousands filled the TD Arena as well as the streets around it.  The service was beautiful.

President Obama delivered the eulogy … but it was  so much more than that.  Somehow, it seemed to be the speech everyone has been waiting for over so many years.  Maybe it was a matter of this being the right place, time, and mood.

After the service, the many dignitaries were not whisked away hastily, but stayed around to offer their support to the families and friends.

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with mourners after funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney was one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Chruch. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talks with mourners after funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney was one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Chruch. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Barack Obama embraces Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he leaves services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama embraces Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he leaves services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, talks with Gov. Nikki Haley at the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, talks with Gov. Nikki Haley at the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, embraces Gov. Nikki Haley at the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, embraces Gov. Nikki Haley at the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley  (L) hugs U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Clinton after funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney was one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Chruch. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
(L) hugs U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Clinton after funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney was one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Chruch. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, talks with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, at the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, talks with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, at the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) talks with first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama after the conclusion of funeral services for Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney was one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) talks with first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama after the conclusion of funeral services for Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney was one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama looks to Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he and first lady Michelle Obama leave services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena, in Charleston, S.C.. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama looks to Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he and first lady Michelle Obama leave services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena, in Charleston, S.C.. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after  funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney is one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after
funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney is one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama looks to Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he and first lady Michelle Obama leave services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena, in Charleston, S.C.. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama looks to Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he and first lady Michelle Obama leave services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena, in Charleston, S.C.. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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It was a day no parent should have to endure, and it was not the first time Joe Biden has had to bury a child.  At St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Wilmington, Delaware today, both the Obamas and the Clintons were there to show their support and share their sympathy.  President Obama delivered a heartfelt eulogy as did Beau’s sister Ashley and brother Hunter.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and former President Bill Clinton arrive for a funeral for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. Biden, the eldest son of the vice president, died of brain cancer May 30 at age 46.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and former President Bill Clinton arrive for a funeral for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. Biden, the eldest son of the vice president, died of brain cancer May 30 at age 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives before a funeral for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. Biden, the eldest son of the vice president, died of brain cancer May 30 at age 46.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives before a funeral for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. Biden, the eldest son of the vice president, died of brain cancer May 30 at age 46. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (R) attend the funeral of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware June 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (C) and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (R) attend the funeral of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) watch as the casket of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, is taken from his funeral at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware June 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) watch as the casket of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, is taken from his funeral at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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On a gloomy Sunday in the northeast, and gloomy in America at the heartbreaking, untimely loss of a promising young American leader,  I took my own sweet time going through the newsfeeds.  I really just wanted the post about Beau Biden to sit there for awhile.  I added John Kerry’s touching statement and a link at the bottom of the page so readers can sign the White House condolence book and send thoughts to the grieving family.  That was all I did today.  It was a day of shocked mourning for the big-tent Democratic family that probably has not been this united since December 2000.

Republicans, too, felt and shared the grief of this tragedy. From Jeb Bush  to Donald Trump, the sentiments poured in.  Sarah Palin, whose son, like Beau, served in Iraq,  quoted scripture.  I am sure Joe’s former Senate colleagues from the other side of the aisle also offered thoughts and prayers, even if I did not see them.

I did see Maureen Dowd’s latest RPG against Hillary and the Clintons.  Writers can have a “got you when” moment.  Umberto Eco got me when he explained in the foreword of The Name of the Rose  that,  although this foreword is long and tedious, you will have trouble following the story if you fail to read it.  I then pursued him through about 100 encyclopedic pages of doctrine and heresy that years later I still consider the most valuable information in the book.

Writers can also have a “lost you when” moment.  MoDo lost me when she compared Hillary to the Jennifer Jason Leigh character in Single White Female.  I will not link to her op-ed.   If you really want to know who the Bridget Fonda character is in Maureen’s scenario, you will have to go find it yourself.

Amid all the gloom, both meteorological and existential,  of this difficult Sunday, at the close of the day, I found a little gem glimmering at the end of the dark tunnel.  It was this reasoned and encouraging piece by Susan Estrich.  She makes a great point.  I do not share many op-eds here unless Hillary has written them, but this one is worth a read.

Susan Estrich: At a Time of Malaise, Hillary Clinton Brings Out Smiles While Republicans Frown

By Susan Estrich |

It’s “June gloom” in Southern California, that period well known to locals when the sunshine you expect doesn’t show until the end of the day, if at all. This year, the gloom couldn’t wait until June, and so it came in May.

That may also be true for the country

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The Democrats have a one-word answer to the national sense that our cup today is, sadly, half-empty: Hillary.

People smile when they say it. The idea of a woman who has paid her dues and then some and is so clearly qualified for the job finally getting that job is definitely a half-full cup.

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I think Estrich has hit something here.  The idea of Hillary has positive power.   When I attended my county grassroots organizing event I heard 150 people joyfully and confidently share the words they associate with her.  In the small group I learned that they really do not know very much about her – and these are the activists.  Even the facilitator did not grasp that in this listening phase of the campaign there would not be any broad, sweeping messages.  But there was an optimism in the air about Hillary – about the idea of Hillary.

Hillary’s Strategic Communications Adviser and Senior Spokesperson, Karen Finney, has said “People think they know her,  but she’s the most unknown well-known person in the world.”  Most American voters will probably never come to know Hillary the way Karen does.  Getting them to know her that way – or feel that they do –  is Karen’s challenging  job.  Maybe, though, the optimism around her  – the idea of her – is really what the country needs – at least for now.  Look at this.  It is worth 1000+ words and descriptors.

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Many of us know that Hillary is patient, warm. concerned, understanding, dedicated, value-driven, empathetic, generous, sweet, and kind.  (I could go on.)  All of us here also know that she is brilliant, experienced, tested, adroit, prepared, and ready.   No 150 or 1,500 words  can sum up Hillary Clinton or portray her.  Maybe, though, if the idea of Hillary makes people smile  – maybe that, right now, is the important thing.

Susan Estrich is right.  Things are gloomy.  Hillary is the bright spot in a dreary season.  She has been listening.  Another thing we know about Hillary is that the listening continues, even when the listening tour ends.

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