Music From Big Pink

We will be posting and updating our side pages soon. We will pay particular attention to the page devoted to the wonderful and effective Hillary Team.

The revisions to the Hillary Team page should be done by this weekend. In the meantime we do not want to miss reporting the big story in yesterday’s Washington Post highlighting some of the women working to help elect Hillary Clinton president.

The Women Supporting Hillary

“Fifteen years after Clinton first brought these women together at the White House, the “board” has officially reconvened to help map her unprecedented effort to follow in her husband’s footsteps. They are acutely aware their work is making history. Once seen as a tight little sorority, today the group — happily self-described as “Hillaryland“– is at the center of a front-running presidential campaign. Never have so many women operated at such a high level in one campaign, working with a discipline and a loyalty and a legendary secrecy rarely seen at this level of American politics.”

We laughed last night while watching a cable show talker who did not like the Washington Post article. Too many women, he said. This respected Washington talker clearly did not read the Washington Post article before pontificating about it. If he would have read it he would have understood that the focus of the article was on the women working to get Hillary elected. There are many men working towards the same goal. One article comes out focusing on women in top positions and that is deemed one story too many. Sad.

We will revisit this story often as we write individual portraits of the Hillary Team members during the following 17 months.

Another story we do not want you to miss is from yesterday’s The Hill newspaper. Hillary Clinton Is Wearing Well is a great response to the haters, and to Democrats who fear the haters. These fearful Democrats who fret and whine would abdicate the choice of the Democratic Party nominee to Ripublicans. No way.

“The candidate keeping people interested is, surprisingly, the one who has been in the public eye the longest. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has shown an ability to run a nuanced, balanced and well-paced campaign. There was never any doubt of her obvious advantages in this race. She has the name, the money and the organization. But many questioned whether her “inevitability” would lead to voter fatigue — if her team had been at this so long they wouldn’t be able to maneuver in this new environment of the endless campaign and 24/7 exposure.”

Having raised the “Sally Field” question the article proceeds to answer it:

“She’s showing she can handle it. The most recent example is her campaign song video series. What initially looked like an awkward attempt at getting people involved in her campaign online has proven to be deftly executed. Hillary showed her sense of humor in the initial call for entries by promising not to sing her campaign song in public, with a clip of an out-of-tune rendition of the national anthem. Then she nicely defused criticism of her contest by sharing negative comments posted on blogs or e-mailed to her campaign. She closed the miniseries this week with a spoof of the “Sopranos” finale that was chockablock with “significant” messages. Her husband, the president, appears in a supporting role. Daughter Chelsea also makes a brief appearance (at least, the rear tire of her car does). Hillary, playing the head of the family, displays a disarming sense of humor. We are left with the message that she is strong enough and confident enough to play around a little. She’s not taking herself too seriously. She is very much in tune with what is going on in the world, if you will pardon the pun.” [N.B. Read our goofy take on Campaign Songs.]

We wrote on Wednesday Hillary Leashes Mudball’s Chris Matthews. We noted how this was the second time Hillary had matched Ronald Reagan in demonstrating her command of the stage in “I paid for this microphone” moments. The Hill tends to agree:

“In another example of relaxed confidence, candidate Clinton bested television’s toughest questioner since Sam Donaldson at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Democratic Candidates forum this week. Chris Matthews of “Hardball” asked Hillary if she thought Scooter Libby should be pardoned. The obviously partisan audience objected to what it thought was a loaded question; Hillary played deftly to those sentiments. She suggested that Matthews ask “a question that’s really about the people in this audience and not what goes on inside of Washington.” The crowd loved it. The normally unflappable Matthews was suddenly on the defensive. Score one for Hillary and every voter who thinks Washington, D.C., is far too obsessed with inside-the-Beltway gamesmanship.”

Hillary is sounding a lot of beautiful notes.


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