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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-30-07 10:11 PM
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Activist/candidate Diana Peterson-More: How I Became A Hillary Supporter
I came late to the "Hillary for President" party. In part, this was due to having been the female John Edwards delegate for the 29th Congressional District in 2004, and I continue to admire him and what he stands for, and because like so many, I think the junior senator from Illinois, Barak Obama, has something distinctive to offer.

While I was still undecided, my 25-year old daughter and two of my grandmotherly friends were firmly in the Hillary camp. I continued to waffle when I attended a Westside event for Hillary in April, where Dolores Huerta and Judith Licthman provided compelling reasons to support her. The former, a noted civil rights activist, spoke to Hillary's long-standing record on human rights citing line and verse Hillary's good deeds over her lifetime; while the latter, founder of the National Partnership for Women and Children, reminded us all that the first bill President Clinton signed into law was the Family Medical Leave Act. Over 30 million working Americans - men and women - and their families have benefited from the law. Judith credited Hillary for having played a major role in its enactment.

In May I read Susan Estrich's book, "The Case for Hillary Clinton," which, along with other epiphanies, provided me with the compelling reasons I needed to become a committed Hillary supporter. Estrich, a USC law professor and former Dukakis campaign manager, cited "acts and facts" to make the case. Estrich described herself as a Bill Clinton friend and supporter who wasn't inclined to support Hillary.

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Second and aligned with this view, is that for women to even consider competing, we have to outflank the male competition in every conceivable measure - education, work experience, background, looks, demeanor, kindness, empathy and strength. In short, we hold our own to higher standards than we do to men. Case in point, I haven't heard so much as a peep about Obama running for president after only two years in the Senate, even though he said on the night of his senatorial election victory in '04 that he would not run for president in 2008. Can you imagine if Hillary, who made the same pledge to New Yorkers on her victory night in '00, had changed her mind and run for president in 2004? We would have heard about it endlessly and, sadly, she would doubtless have been considered "unqualified" and not up to the task.

Before I closed the loop on my own thinking about who to support for president, I realized that I was succumbing to the seduction of very things I just railed against! So, for all of the reasons stated - for her great intellect, her great compassion, her great accomplishments, her great ability to deliver, her leadership, and because she is the most qualified candidate who just happens to be a woman, I solidly support Hillary Clinton for president in 2008 - and encourage all of you to do so, too.

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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-30-07 11:28 PM
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1. Nobody Is Doubting Her Qualifications
Edited on Sat Jun-30-07 11:29 PM by AndyTiedye
but when 52% will never vote for Hillary Clinton no matter what, there is simply no way she can be elected.

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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-01-07 08:21 AM
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2. do you really think a poll taken this far out
means that much? A single poll ?

To unequivocally state "there is simply no way she can be elected" strikes me as.... a foolish thing to say. Say it a week before the election, with the same numbers, and a Republican leading in the polls, and I might listen.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-01-07 08:33 AM
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3. let me quote TPM
Edited on Sun Jul-01-07 08:55 AM by wyldwolf
I think this Mason-Dixon data is getting a little too much play. A few days before these results were published, a national Newsweek poll showed Clinton (and other top-tier Dems) with healthy leads over all of the leading Republican presidential hopefuls. In each instance, her support topped 50%. (In a hypothetical match-up against Romney, she's at 55%.) There are other recent polls showing similar results.

Obviously, something is askew. Either a majority of Americans have ruled out backing Clinton under any circumstances, or a majority of Americans are prepared to support her against a GOP rival. It can't be both. And given that there are more polls for the latter than the prior, I'm not necessarily prepared to write her off as a viable general-election candidate quite yet.
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