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Chesapeake Energy's Ken Lay perhaps?

Hill's Group: Hillary Clinton proceeds with caution on Super Tuesday


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is proceeding with caution on Super Tuesday, declining to make any bold predictions about how she'll perform across the 13 states and one territory that vote Tuesday.

"I don't know," Clinton told reporters who asked her about where she expected to win Tuesday during a campaign stop at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. "We are working hard everywhere, and I know it is hard and all we can do is help people turn out for the primaries and the caucuses and we just want to do as well as we can."
Additionally, an NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released Tuesday showed Clinton with a double-digit lead over rival Bernie Sanders, 51 percent to 41 percent.

Pundits have been predicting trouble for Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, ever since Clinton trounced him in the South Carolina primary, winning by nearly 50 points. Asked whether Sanders will have a path forward to the Democratic nomination if he performs poorly Tuesday, Clinton said, "I am not going to comment on that."

Good tactic. It's never over until the votes are in.

Hill's Group: Will gay men deliver for Hillary Clinton on Super Tuesday?


According to a new unscientific poll of Scruff users released last week, Clinton is the clear favorite of gay men who use the app. Clinton’s support is more than double Sanders’ and she would win the gay vote in every Super Tuesday state except for Sanders’ home state of Vermont. The poll surveyed nearly 15,000 Scruff users in the United States.

63% of respondents indicated they prefer Clinton over Sanders who garnered 31%. Nine times as many respondents (72%) identify as Democrats as versus the 8% who affiliate with Republicans. Donald Trump was the clear favorite of Republicans with 39% of respondents choosing the former reality show star.

While the limits of the poll are obvious since the hookup app only polled gay men who use their service, it’s still worth a second look. Why would respondents so clearly choose Clinton over Sanders by a larger margin than the general population?

While Clinton has a mixed history on LGBT issues, in recent years she’s become a champion of LGBT rights. Formerly opposed to same-sex marriage, she has now “evolved” on the issue and has always supported LGBT nondiscrimination protections. As Secretary of State, she famously declared that “gay rights are human rights” in a speech to the United Nations and pushed for greater acceptance of LGBT people worldwide.

More at the link. I found this article interesting because at least some DUers have excoriated Hillary for her statements about and record on LGBTs and have cited them for their refusal to support her.

Hill's Group: Rep. Joaquin Castro: Hillary Clinton’s Vision for America Is About Inclusion

I'll be casting my vote with my grandmother, mother and daughter in mind.


When I go to the polls on Tuesday, I’ll be thinking about my grandmother. Around 1914 she left Mexico to live with family in the U.S. She was 6-years-old, her sister was 4, and both were orphaned. My grandmother never had a formal education, so she took what jobs she could as a maid, a babysitter and a cook. She worked hard to take care of her only daughter, my mother Rosie.

I’ll be thinking about my mother, too—the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. She went on to fight for voting rights in Texas and even ran for office herself. Her early activism inspired my own path to public service, and my brother, Julián’s, too. Our mother supported us so we in turn could get a college education, attend law school and follow our dreams.

With these two women in mind, I’ll be casting my vote on March 1 for Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Of all the candidates, she can best ensure that a third woman (to-be), my 2-year-old daughter, grows up knowing she can accomplish anything, even becoming President of the United States.

For Clinton, opportunity begins with security. As Senator of New York, she represented employees at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11. She then worked across party lines to help prevent future attacks—in New York and across the country. As Secretary of State, Clinton met with global leaders to rein in climate change, fight terrorism, and—of importance to parents of daughters everywhere—protect women’s safety worldwide.

More good stuff at the link.

The Highest Glass Ceiling

Book Review: http://www.arcamax.com/entertainment/books/bookreviews/s-1803909

This is a tale of soaring female ambition in America, and so it must be as inspiring as it is enraging. For every one brave woman willing to run for president, there are countless men ready to thwart her.

And this is long before America had ever heard of Hillary Clinton.

In "The Highest Glass Ceiling," historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the compelling stories of three women who preceded Clinton's quest. Feminist Victoria Woodhull, a rich and beautiful self-declared spiritual medium, ran in 1872, nearly 50 years before women could even vote for her. Republican Sen. Margaret Chase Smith made a name for herself taking on her boorish, witch-hunting colleague, Joseph McCarthy, before running for president in 1964. Democrat Shirley Chisholm was the first female African-American member of Congress, and as a presidential candidate she made it to the Democratic Convention in 1972. Her success so enraged Richard Nixon that two high-ranking officials in his administration composed a fake press release on stolen Hubert Humphrey stationery alleging that a "hostile and aggressive" Chisholm, dressed "as a transvestite in men's clothing," had spent time in a Virginia mental institution for schizophrenia.

Fitzgerald is a worthy biographer, offering a rich, amply footnoted story of these quick-witted and resilient women. In a world where women were expected to demur, they lived large - and paid the price. One finishes the book believing they wouldn't have had it any other way.

From Harvard University Press: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674088931

In The Highest Glass Ceiling, best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick tells the story of three remarkable women who set their sights on the American presidency. Victoria Woodhull (1872), Margaret Chase Smith (1964), and Shirley Chisholm (1972) each challenged persistent barriers confronted by women presidential candidates. Their quest illuminates today’s political landscape, showing that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign belongs to a much longer, arduous, and dramatic journey.

Hill's Group: Adorable 10-Year-Old Hillary Clinton Volunteer Rips Donald Trump

"Number one, he doesn't have any experience, at all."


A 10-year old Hillary Clinton volunteer named Lexi had some words of wisdom about real estate mogul Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination who appears well positioned to sweep Super Tuesday contests on March 1.

When The Huffington Post's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani asked for her thoughts about Trump Saturday, Lexi gave the brash businessman a piece of her mind.

"Number one, he doesn't have any experience, at all. And he sits there and thinks, 'Oh I'm Mr. Donald Trump, I know everything,'" which is sort of like my brother," Lexi said at Clinton's South Carolina headquarters, where she was phone banking on the day of the Palmetto State primary. "He's just rich, a lot of people just vote for him because they think they'll get some money, too. But that's not it. You think you're going to get the money, but that's not the case."

More at the link. From the mouths of babes ....

Hill's Group: Bernie Sanders Stands Alone as Hillary Clinton Gains Senate Endorsements


WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders may find himself mobbed as he moves about the nation stoking the flames of all those feeling the Bern. But back here in the Senate, his embers are cold.

About 40 Senate Democrats have lined up behind Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Not one has come forward for Mr. Sanders.
Democrats say they find Mrs. Clinton — the former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state, who has raised millions of dollars for them over the years — simply more qualified and more electable. Their position is underscored by Mrs. Clinton’s 47 ­percentage­ point trouncing of the self ­described democratic socialist in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
Mrs. Clinton prevailed in three of the first four primary states.

“Before I endorsed Hillary I spoke to Senator Sanders out of respect,” said Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware. “I think he is passionate about income inequality. I just think that Secretary Clinton has a unique set of experiences and insights to be the next president.”
In at least some cases, senators are able to cite specific issues that have drawn them to Mrs. Clinton. Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, who has devoted his career to gun control legislation since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, specifically cited Mrs. Clinton’s record in an op­-ed article in The Hartford Courant.

“We need leaders who don’t simply check the right boxes on the issues we care about, but who are champions day in and day out in the fight against gun violence,” he wrote. “By that measure, there is only one presidential candidate who qualifies.”

"unique set of experiences and insights to be the next president" and "leaders who don't simply tick the right boxes on the issues ... but who are champions day in and day out" certainly describe the candidate we support.

Hill's Group: Sam Wang's Open Thread from the SC Primary


No comments are nasty. There are some realistic assessments of both Hillary's and Bernie's chances on Super Tuesday.

Hill's Group: Hillary Clinton's Campaign Organization Could Overshadow Enthusiasm For Bernie Sanders

The stakes are high for the Vermont senator to perform well in early March caucus states.


Sanders’ losses in both Nevada and Iowa increase the value of states like Missouri and Kansas, where he seeks to run up his delegate totals. Missouri will hold its primary on March 15, while Kansas holds its caucuses, which require a major investment in time and resources, on March 5. Both Democratic campaigns are operating in high gear to turn out as many voters as possible in a short time frame.

“As organizers, you feel nervous to enter a state with 15 days left to identify support,” said Shelby Iseler, who is Sanders’ Kansas state director and previously served as a deputy field director in Iowa. Iseler, along with six other paid staffers in Iowa, were redeployed to the Great Plains the day after the first-in-the nation caucus.
Clinton’s team seems to be using a different strategy in Kansas this cycle, vowing not to repeat the mistakes of 2008, when the former secretary of state suffered a devastating loss to Barack Obama in Kansas and other caucus states.

While there has been grassroots organizing throughout the state as well, the Clinton campaign began deploying paid staff in November 2015, two months before Sanders’ campaign staff were on the ground. Former Clinton staffer Pat Rynard said that could make a difference.

“The campaign strategy is night and day,” said Rynard, who organized for Clinton in Iowa and Kansas in 2008 and has witnessed both campaign operations on the ground in several Midwestern caucus states this cycle. “They are investing the staff that they need in order to win delegates or mitigate delegate losses in states that Sanders might win.”

Hill's Group: Hillary Clinton in Birmingham: Visit starts Alabama's big Super Tuesday campaign week


Hillary Clinton visited downtown Birmingham this morning prior to a speech at Miles College, kicking off a big campaign weekend for Alabama in the final days leading to up to the Super Tuesday primary.

The visit by the Democratic front-runner is one of five Alabama stops planned by primary candidates between today and Monday.

Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump are also visiting Alabama between today and Monday, as is former President Bill Clinton.

The campaign said Clinton "will lay out the case for why she is the best candidate to raise Alabamians' wages and incomes and break down the barriers that exist for too many families." She will presumably also mention Birmingham's decision to raise the minimum wage.
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