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Hillary in Nashville

Emily and I went to the town hall meeting last night with Hillary Clinton.

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It was in the main auditorium at TSU campus and the place was so full the fire marshall quit letting people in.

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Our friend Elaine took this one of me from across the room. Really bad hair day as you can see. We were dressed for an hour wait outside to get in but as it turned out they were prepared for the crowd and we went right inside. The temperature was in the 30’s so that was lucky for us. The cold didn’t keep many away.

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The press was out in full force. Nice to see the bloggers with a little more respect these days. Several were sitting among the camera and newspaper folks typing away on their laptops. Could someone please explain to me what good those light boxes do up there? These guys are all the way across the auditorium from Hillary.

I went to one 4 years ago for Wesley Clark when he was running but this seemed to have more excitement and definitely a much larger crowd. This a shot of some of the lines waiting to get in. This was only a tiny segment of it. It snaked up and down the halls, lobby and out the main door to the sidewalk.

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This is a shot of the TSU marching Band playing before she came on.

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This was taken about a half hour before it started. The room was beginning to fill up but a huge mass of people came and stood on the floor near the speaker right before it began. We had to stand up on the bleachers to see her at all.

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She answered a lot of questions from the audience after her speech and got the crowd going a few times. One when she mentioned something about replacing those two oilmen in the whitehouse.

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Nice to see Democracy in action here in Tennessee. I think any one of the democratic candidates could do a whole lot better than what we’ve had the last 7 years but I hope we pick Hillary this time. She smart, she’s tuff, she’s had plenty of experience fighting the right wing spin machine and she already knows the games the republicans will be playing. There’s a giant mess that whoever gets in is going to be left to clean up. There’s no time to stop and figure out the game. She would hit the ground running I think. We need Zena…I’ll take Hillary.

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Hillary’s new video targeting younger voters

UK Article about women turning out to support Hillary in New Hampshire
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections08/hillaryclinton/story/0,,2239617,00.html

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Gloria Steinem on Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House

I found this in today’s new york times…

New York Times Op-Ed Contributor
Women Are Never Front-Runners

By GLORIA STEINEM
Published: January 8, 2008
Correction Appended

THE woman in question became a lawyer after some years as a community organizer, married a corporate lawyer and is the mother of two little girls, ages 9 and 6. Herself the daughter of a white American mother and a black African father — in this race-conscious country, she is considered black — she served as a state legislator for eight years, and became an inspirational voice for national unity.

Be honest: Do you think this is the biography of someone who could be elected to the United States Senate? After less than one term there, do you believe she could be a viable candidate to head the most powerful nation on earth?

If you answered no to either question, you’re not alone. Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life, whether the question is who must be in the kitchen or who could be in the White House. This country is way down the list of countries electing women and, according to one study, it polarizes gender roles more than the average democracy.

That’s why the Iowa primary was following our historical pattern of making change. Black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot, and generally have ascended to positions of power, from the military to the boardroom, before any women (with the possible exception of obedient family members in the latter).

If the lawyer described above had been just as charismatic but named, say, Achola Obama instead of Barack Obama, her goose would have been cooked long ago. Indeed, neither she nor Hillary Clinton could have used Mr. Obama’s public style — or Bill Clinton’s either — without being considered too emotional by Washington pundits.

So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one? The reasons are as pervasive as the air we breathe: because sexism is still confused with nature as racism once was; because anything that affects males is seen as more serious than anything that affects “only” the female half of the human race; because children are still raised mostly by women (to put it mildly) so men especially tend to feel they are regressing to childhood when dealing with a powerful woman; because racism stereotyped black men as more “masculine” for so long that some white men find their presence to be masculinity-affirming (as long as there aren’t too many of them); and because there is still no “right” way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what.

I’m not advocating a competition for who has it toughest. The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together. That’s why Senators Clinton and Obama have to be careful not to let a healthy debate turn into the kind of hostility that the news media love. Both will need a coalition of outsiders to win a general election. The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that.

I’m supporting Senator Clinton because like Senator Obama she has community organizing experience, but she also has more years in the Senate, an unprecedented eight years of on-the-job training in the White House, no masculinity to prove, the potential to tap a huge reservoir of this country’s talent by her example, and now even the courage to break the no-tears rule. I’m not opposing Mr. Obama; if he’s the nominee, I’ll volunteer. Indeed, if you look at votes during their two-year overlap in the Senate, they were the same more than 90 percent of the time. Besides, to clean up the mess left by President Bush, we may need two terms of President Clinton and two of President Obama.

But what worries me is that he is seen as unifying by his race while she is seen as divisive by her sex.

What worries me is that she is accused of “playing the gender card” when citing the old boys’ club, while he is seen as unifying by citing civil rights confrontations.

What worries me is that male Iowa voters were seen as gender-free when supporting their own, while female voters were seen as biased if they did and disloyal if they didn’t.

What worries me is that reporters ignore Mr. Obama’s dependence on the old — for instance, the frequent campaign comparisons to John F. Kennedy — while not challenging the slander that her progressive policies are part of the Washington status quo.

What worries me is that some women, perhaps especially younger ones, hope to deny or escape the sexual caste system; thus Iowa women over 50 and 60, who disproportionately supported Senator Clinton, proved once again that women are the one group that grows more radical with age.

This country can no longer afford to choose our leaders from a talent pool limited by sex, race, money, powerful fathers and paper degrees. It’s time to take equal pride in breaking all the barriers. We have to be able to say: “I’m supporting her because she’ll be a great president and because she’s a woman.”

Gloria Steinem is a co-founder of the Women’s Media Center.

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Huffington Post: Question for the FCC: Where are the Women?

Posted October 19, 2007 | 09:38 AM (EST)
Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-jenkins/question-for-the-fcc-whe_b_69059.html
Instead of looking for ways to help three or four giant, male-owned, male-run companies get even larger, the FCC should be spending its time assisting women and minorities in participating in our publicly owned airwaves.

Yesterday, the report that FCC Chair Kevin J. Martin was rushing into a vote on media consolidation, loosening the rules on cross-ownership of television stations and newspapers, was alarmingnd wholly unacceptable. We cannot allow control of the media, especially our publicly owned airwaves, to be held by a handful of men.

Article written by Carol Jenkins

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