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Every year, the U.S. Department of State issues a Human Rights Report based on data collected from sources operating in U.N. member states and countries receiving U.S. assistance.  Upon the release of the 2009 Human Rights Report, Hillary Clinton announced that the United States would be added to the list of countries under review.  Republicans and conservatives did not take this news well.

Human rights are universal, but their experience is local. This is why we are committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves. This year, the United States is participating in the Universal Periodic Review process in conjunction with our participation in the UN Human Rights Council. In the fall, we will present a report, based on the input of citizens and NGOs, gathered online and in face-to-face meetings across the country attended by senior government officials. Assessing opportunities for progress and soliciting citizen engagement is one way that we demonstrate our commitment in word and deed to the basic principles that guide us toward a more perfect union and a more peaceful world.

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The U.N. also reviews human rights conditions among member states.

It should be no secret to readers here that an organization exists that formulates legislation to be put forth in multiple states. If you were watching MSNBC in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killing, you saw Karen Finney unveil ALEC.

One example of  Karen’s  effect at MSNBC was her unmasking of ALEC  (American Legislative Exchange Council) behind the Stand Your Ground laws in many states, including Florida, in the wake of George Zimmerman’s fatal attack on Trayvon Martin.  No one, in my experience of viewing multiple hours of MSNBC,  had ever mentioned ALEC.  But after Karen filled in for Bashir that day, it seemed that not an hour went by without some anchor bringing up ALEC.

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This comes as disturbing news.

The UN Has Stepped In To Issue A Severe Warning To GOP After Their Plans To Strip Americans Of Freedoms Is Exposed

If you thought your rights are protected in the USA, think again. There are lawmakers who are working hard to under-handedly take them away. Sixteen states have proposed bills that would criminalize peaceful protests. This is a worrying trend that may result in fatal blows to our rights and freedom to peacefully protest, assemble, and express our opinions and voices.

It is so concerning, that even the United Nations has weighed in on the trend. In an unprecedented move, representatives from the UN have sent a letter to the US government offering a strong condemnation for proposed legislation in sixteen states that is meant to limit peaceful protest.

The letter, penned by David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, claims that if passed, these bills would be “incompatible with US obligations under international human rights law.”

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There is a link to a PDF of the 19-page letter in the body of the article. I encourage you to take a look. At the end of the letter, there is a link to the U.N. Human Rights website.  Please also see that. Here are the letters sent regarding the U.S. in 2017 according to that page.

United States of America

  • 9 May 2017 – Intensified screening of travellers at the US border based on their religious affiliation – OL USA 6/2017

United States of America

  • 1 May 2017 – Intensified social media screening of travellers at the US border – OL USA 7/2016

United States of America

  • 27 March 2017 – Draft bills on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression – OL USA 3/2017

Those are the letters sent this year.  Further down the same page is a list of  all communications sent since 2011 divided by country. Here are the letters sent to the U.S.

United States of America

  • 30 September 2016: Proposal to request travelers’ social media information on immigration forms – USA 9/2016.
  • 20/04/2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement –USA 4/2016

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There is a danger of rapid erosion of human rights afoot. The U.N. is watching. It is not clear the degree to which such pending legislations will make their way into the State Department’s Human Right Report for 2017.  The easy out for this administration would be for DOS to exclude the U.S. from that report as it had been until Hillary Clinton included us.

The multiple pending legislations are most likely the work of ALEC. When you look at the menu bar on their website,  you see a “more” category.  There is a drop-down where you can access their “free speech” position.  The proposed curtailment of protest rights appears to be tied to recent protests against right wing speakers on university campuses.

This is going to become a matter of framing as our friend George Lakoff often reminds us. We need to make sure that protest remains framed as freedom of expression and not as the enemy or abrogation of someone else’s right to speak. That, from what I see on their page, is how they plan to frame these legislations.

While it is encouraging that the U.N. Human Rights folks are looking out for us, it also raises concerns that our own local governments are working formally to curtail our rights. The federal government, specifically the State Department, could potentially stand down on reviewing and reporting on rights violations within our borders. Lastly, and most dangerously, this administration, already inimical to the U.N. having its headquarters here, could move to exit the U.N. altogether.  I know that sounds far-fetched, but we ought to keep that in mind. Though I doubt it would ever pass, there are factions in our country that despise the U.N.  We need to be vigilant.

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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The award gala was pre-recorded  on Friday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and aired on BET tonight.  Hillary introduced Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond.  She said the gathering was a rebuke to systemic racism.

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Hillary’s Senior Communications Director, Karen Finney also attended!

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If watched the show, you know that sisterhood is powerful.  Hillary tweeted this a short time ago.

Congrats to on winning Wisconsin. To all the voters and volunteers who poured your hearts into this campaign: Forward! -H

Yes, forward!  Onward – to victory!

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Hillary was in Eau Claire today with Tammy Baldwin.  According to CNN’s Dan Merica, Hillary decided it was time to pull her voter registration card out of her pocket and pull rank. Good for her!

In Wisconsin, Clinton says Sanders is a Democrat-come-lately

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Updated 7:11 PM ET, Sat April 2, 2016 | Video Source: CNN

Eau Claire, Wisconsin (CNN)Hillary Clinton wants voters in Wisconsin to know that she has been a Democrat for much of her adult life. Why? Bernie Sanders hasn’t been.

Clinton said her near-lifelong membership to the Democratic Party was “important” in the nomination contest while campaigning here on Saturday, two days ahead of Wisconsin’s Democratic primary.

“I am also a Democrat and have been a proud Democrat all my adult life,” Clinton said. “And I think that is kind of important if we are selecting someone to be the Democratic nominee of the Democratic Party.”

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“I am not a Democrat and have no intention of becoming one,” Sanders wrote in a letter to an academic as mayor of Burlington in 1988.

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There is video of Karen Finney discussing the debate debate and negative campaigning in that article as well.  No that is not a typo.  The camps are debating about the next debate.

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, walks to the stage during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump's remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, walks to the stage during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump’s remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, right, is joined on stage by Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump's remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton; Tammy Baldwin

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, right, is joined on stage by Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump’s remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton; Tammy Baldwin

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, right, and Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, wave during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump's remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton; Tammy Baldwin

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, right, and Senator Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, wave during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump’s remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton; Tammy Baldwin

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump's remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump’s remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump's remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, U.S., on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Clinton used Donald Trump’s remarks about punishing women who have abortions if the procedure were outlawed to level a double-barreled attack on the Republican front-runner as well as her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Hillary Clinton

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It has been quite a week!  The YUUUGEST collective Democratic gasp escaped when the Republican front-runner said women should be punished for seeking abortions. More shockingly (if possible), he went on to assert that the male partner should not be held accountable.

Hillary Clinton fired back.

The worst lesson we learned from this segment is that Trump must have cut school the day they taught separation of powers.  The guy running for CEO of the executive branch of the most important and powerful government on the planet has no idea who legislates or exactly what the judicial branch does.  Listen to him here.

In a damage control effort, the campaign threw water on a grease fire.

His spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said Trump meant that abortion laws won’t change until he’s president. “Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn,” she said.

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If ever there was a moment for Democrats to assess the gravity of the 2016 election, now is the time.

Not only is the White House at stake, and the Supreme Court (as Hillary has eloquently asserted), but we need to break up the legislative gridlock.  The best way to do that is to elect Hillary Clinton our nominee.  She has the better chance of bringing down-ticket Dems into Congress on her coattails. She is also the only one committed to raising funds for down-ticket Dems as Bernie Sanders told Rachel Maddow this week that he has not decided to do so.  He said “We’ll see.”

(On a side note, has anybody noticed the similarities between Bernie’s rhetoric and Trump’s?  While “I don’t know” and “We don’t know” dominate Trump’s verbiage to the point that his supporter who punched and then threatened to kill a protester parroted those words,  there is also a heavy dose of “We’ll see” and “We have to see” in there.  Bernie uses the same dodges.)

We need all three branches working together.  We have an advantage among Democrats since Hillary has a strong history of working across the aisle and of getting things done, and her endorsements by Super Delegates speak for themselves.

On Hillary’s side of the fence, the campaign came home to New York , and the Sanders camp, out of the box, demanded a New York debate and then pretended Hillary didn’t want to debate him there.

So much for that one.

When you have a singularly qualified, experienced, and prepared candidate running a campaign filled with policy speeches, you would expect the media to notice the positions the candidate is taking on the issues and the rationale behind each position.

Since Hillary so overwhelms the media with her flowing stream of policies (two major policy speeches¹ this week while the others simply stump), they appear to have chosen to focus exclusively upon the briefest and least representative moments in her day and amplify them.

 ¹ Major policy speeches this week: the SCOTUS speech and yesterday’s “Make it in America” speech at Syracuse University.

Hillary’s loyal neighbors in Chappaqua take exception to this unfortunate habit.

How Some Coverage of Hillary Clinton Lacks Basic Respect

By Bobbi M. Bittker
Photos by Grace Bennett

I realized there was a problem when my husband said, ‘how was your rally? I heard on the news Bernie supporters interrupted it.’ What? That’s what was reported?! Read on…

Commentary on yesterday’s Hillary rally at SUNY Purchase from someone who was actually there:

Why am I reading myriad articles reporting on the 40 minute speech with headlines, ‘Hillary Clinton rally interrupted by 20 Bernie supporters’ as if this is THE story? It’s not even A story.

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In Madison WI after delivering her SCOTUS speech, we saw Hillary do a little shopping. (Oh yeah!  The other Hillary scandal this week was that while home in NY she stopped off at Bergdorf’s for a really nice cut by master hair designer,  John Barrettwhom she has visited in the past.)

When this photo was taken, Hillary had a clear rationale and plan for the necklace.  She knew where she was going and why she needed this piece.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purchases a necklace in a store in Madison, Wis., Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton purchases a necklace in a store in Madison, Wis., Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Syracuse fans, down to the tiniest, appreciated the team spirit.

Photographer Barbara Kinney offers this awesome behind-the-scenes glimpse at Hillary’s week.

A behind-the-scenes look at March on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton

The busiest month of the Democratic primary (so far), in photos

Historian, blogger, friend of Hillary and pal of her late mom Dorothy, Carl Anthony offered this gem to begin April.  Here’s a little teaser.

Hollywood For Trump Committee Announced Today

In seeking a response to the news, the national media caught up with the leading Democratic presidential candidate in New York, where she is spending three hours delivering speeches on foreign trade, gender equality protection, ensuring voting rights, climate change regulations, the prime lending rate, education investment, and encapsulation her eleven straight hours of congressional testimony of four months ago in ten minutes, an appearance which led Trump to characterize her as “lacking stamina.”

In her statement about the Hollywood for Trump Committee announcement, Hillary Clinton simply remarked, “Another cultural watershed.”

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So!  It has been quite a week as we gear up for Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the big one in New York.

Here’s a little of what’s ahead: Hillary will appear Tuesday April 5th at 11am on The View, and at 8pm that night, when the Wisconsin projections get suspenseful and your nerves can’t take it, she will join Black Girls Rock on BET.

Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance Friday at the taping of Black Entertainment Television’s “Black Girls Rock” show in Newark, New Jersey.

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March went out like a lion this time.  Happy April to all!

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From the Clinton campaign:

Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus. After thorough reporting – and analysis – of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.

Statistically, there is no outstanding information that could change the results and no way that Senator Sanders can overcome Secretary Clinton’s advantage.

– Statement from Hillary Clinton’s campaign

It may be by a hair. but Hillary has always said that this would be a battle.  Anyway, she has pretty hair!  Even in the most stressful and (please excuse) “hairy” situations.

We’ll take it!

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When you went to bed, it might have looked like a dead heat, but our Hillary has claimed the victory.

Thanks go out to the people of Iowa!

Talk about “Bringing it all Back Home!”  Special thanks to Senator Tom Harkin!  

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Everybody worked so hard and did so well!  Hugs all around!

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (L), her daughter Chelsea (2ndR) and her husband, former President Bill Clinton (R), at her caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates with former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (L), her daughter Chelsea (2ndR) and her husband, former President Bill Clinton (R), at her caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Many thanks, Iowa.  Deepest gratitude.  We will never forget how hard you worked! We will never forget what you did!

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For the record, statement from the IDP chair.

February 2nd, 2016 Posted In: News, Press Release

 

DES MOINES—IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire released the following statement on tonight’s 2016 Iowa Democratic Precinct Caucuses:

“Tonight we saw an historically close Iowa Democratic Caucus that featured one of our strongest turnouts ever and passion and energy from Democrats all across our state.

“After a year where Iowans took the time to see candidates, ask them thoughtful questions, and became volunteers and leaders themselves, tonight 171,109 Iowa Democrats came together with their neighbors to engage in a spirited discussion on the future of our country. We saw passionate, engaged Iowans turn out in all 99 counties, and for the first time ever, the IDP ran both a Tele-Caucus and satellite caucus locations, fulfilling our promise to expand participation and improve on an already incredible process.

“The results tonight are the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history. Hillary Clinton has been awarded  699.57 state delegate equivalents,  Bernie Sanders has been awarded 695.49 state delegate equivalents, Martin O’Malley has been awarded 7.68 state delegate equivalents and uncommitted has been awarded .46 state delegate equivalents. We still have outstanding results in one precinct (Des Moines—42), which is worth 2.28 state delegate equivalents. We will report that final precinct when we have confirmed those results with the chair.

“I want to congratulate all of our candidates for running terrific campaigns and thank them for taking the time to travel across our great state to share their visions for the country. In particular, I want to thank Governor Martin O’Malley for the time he devoted to meeting with Iowans and for sharing his vision of continued progress all across our state. His distinguished record as a mayor and governor as well as his plans for continued progress inspired the people of our state, and I look forward to his continued service to the nation and our working families.

“Finally, I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who helped run our precinct caucus locations all across the state.  And most of all, I want to thank all of the Iowa Democrats who came out tonight to caucus and make their voice heard.”

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One last thing I have to say, just me, personally.  I am proud of my party! I know many who left in 2008 and registered Indy. I have never left. I registered as a Dem for my first election and have always been a Democrat. I am SO PROUD of my party! *Proud Dem* >>>> ME!

And the sun also rises!

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As does Karen Finney! On CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo.

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Hillary knows talent and intelligence when she encounters it.  Very smart of her to encourage this young woman!

Go Karen!  Great job!

#FTR: THIS is not a tie!

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Thank you Ruby Cramer and Chris Geidner as well as Karen Finney.

Justice Department Lawyers: Clinton Had Authority To Delete Personal Emails

In a court filing on Wednesday, the Justice Department argued on behalf of the State Department that there was “no question” Hillary Clinton had the authority to determine and delete personal email without supervision.

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This is a great recollection of that famous day and what led up to the historic speech by Hillary’s Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, Karen Finney.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Hillary Clinton’s Famous Beijing Speech

Hillary Clinton at the United Nations Fourth World Conference On Women, 1995

20 years ago, I got the chance to be part of a moment that would change the world. I was in Huairou, China, a small town outside of Beijing, where representatives from non-governmental organizations who couldn’t attend the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women had gathered. When Hillary Clinton stood before delegates from 189 countries to call attention to women’s rights, it was electric.

Women from every corner of the planet had come to Beijing and Huairou for the conference. Everywhere I looked, I saw women translating ideas across languages and cultures. I remember watching women lift up colleagues in wheelchairs when meeting spaces didn’t have elevator access.

We were all determined to be there.

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Karen Finney is Hillary Clinton’s Strategic Communications Adviser and Senior Spokesperson.  She will be on CNN at 7 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 12,  to talk about Hillary’s launch speech scheduled for June 13 on Roosevelt  Island in New York.

 

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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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Back in February, 2011, I spotlighted Karen Finney in a post at The  Department of Homegirl Security.

Meet Karen Finney

Having introduced,  last night,  the brilliant young woman whom I see as an up and coming leader, a powerhouse,  for the traditional principles of the Democratic Party, I thought I would share a little more about her.  Do not go looking for her on Wikipedia.  She is not there!  I have no idea why not.  But I have seen parts of her story at Mulatto.org.

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The story I found at that website was poignant.  It was sad, challenging, triumphant, sweet, and hers.  The first time I read it, I welled up.

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When I posted that, Karen was appearing regularly on several MSNBC offerings and occasionally filled in as a host for Martin Bashir’s hour.  I was spending all of my TV time then watching cable news (a holdover habit from 2007-2008 and preceding my giving that up for Advent in 2013) and was in a pretty good position to see that Karen was no run-of-the-mill anchor and brought a special brand of mellow fierceness to reportage that I saw in no one else on cable news.  She exemplified the iron fist in a velvet glove with her calm, lovely demeanor as she lit sticks of dynamite.

One example of  Karen’s  effect at MSNBC was her unmasking of ALEC  (American Legislative Exchange Council) behind the Stand Your Ground laws in many states, including Florida, in the wake of George Zimmerman’s fatal attack on Trayvon Martin.  No one, in my experience of viewing multiple hours of MSNBC,  had ever mentioned ALEC.  But after Karen filled in for Bashir that day, it seemed that not an hour went by without some anchor bringing up ALEC.

If you do a search of her name at The Department of Homegirl Security a healthy few pages of preview blurbs come up because Karen never pulls a punch and, as a result, took a few in return.  The homegirls did what homegirls do – we defended and supported her – usually by using her own words which are always right on target.

Finney friends and fans were delighted when she released this news on Facebook last month.  Great news!!! Karen Finney Joins Team Hillary!  We all had long known Karen in association with Hillary, so it was no surprise that Karen was back in Hillary’s office, but,  with the announcement coming from Karen herself,  it did send a coded message to one and all that a bigger announcement was coming as indeed it did just six days later.

Hillary could not have chosen a smarter, stronger, or better experienced person for this job.  Like Hillary, Karen is charming, lovely, brilliant,  and no-nonsense.  So as Karen’s fan and friend, it is with delight that I share Nina Easton’s portrait of her in Fortune.  Thank you, Nina and thank you Fortune!  Well done!

 

Meet the woman who speaks for Hillary Clinton

Go Karen!!! Rock on!!!

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