Posted: 08/31/15 06:15
by Dave Mindeman
The most famous e-mail server on the planet.
I guess that is what Hillary Clinton's campaign has become. She does have a strong and viable campaign. She talks about issues. She works on building an organization. She is a solid candidate.
Yet, the questions and the rehash keep coming and coming.
At the DNC, I think Hillary Clinton gave her best speech of the year. She talked about the '90s economy and how we all grew together...not just those at the top. She said "paying for college should not be the hardest thing about going to college"....she talked about institutional racism and proclaimed loudly that "Black Lives Matter" to a standing ovation.
She said she is "not going to sit by while good people die"...and that means an end to gun violence with common sense gun reforms. She lamented that the party of "Lincoln has become the party of Trump."
She took on the Republican field calling the rest of them "Trump without the pizzazz and the hair." And she confessed publicly that her "hair is real but the color isn't."
And she accepted the GOP challenge on the gender card. She said if "equal pay and women's health is playing the gender card, then DEAL ME IN."
Her words were powerful. Her policy ideas sound. Her manner was confident and determined.
And she accepted the challenge to make this election not just about winning the Presidency. She promised to work to build the entire party. To make the next round of redistricting a Democratic advantage. To take back the Senate...take back the House...and work even harder to fill the state legislatures with Democrats. That is what we need to hear. That is what we need to do.
It is the kind of challenge that all of the candidates should work toward.
After that powerful moment, she goes to the press conference....and guess what the first question was? Yes, it was about her e-mail server.
I realize that this is the political issue of the moment. Republicans need to exploit it. The press feels compelled to press on it. But you know what? The public doesn't care.
I watched Ms. Clinton take that first question on e-mails and you could tell from her body language that she is tired of the explanations and the insinuations. But she gathered herself and calmly and directly gave the explanations. She mentioned for the hundreth time that she wishes she would have done it differently looking back. She stated for the thousandth time that none of those e-mails were classified when she sent them to her server. She went over for the millionth time that classifications differ from department to department. It is all in the hands of the state department and the FBI....and nothing new will happen until they make their reports.
Once we got through that obligatory exercise, Ms. Clinton noted some other things of more interest.
She talked about her campaign strategy...noting that she learned from her mistakes in 2008 and is now focusing on accumulating delegates and placing more importance on caucus states. She has a large lead in super delegates and is not taking anything for granted this time.
She detailed some of her thoughts on immigration....noting that, in this regard, the "small government" party wants a massive government solution regarding the undocumented. Her plan will mimic the Senate plan that passed several years ago...a plan she voted for and a number of GOP Senators also voted for.
She also noted that she will publicly testify (again) on another "Benghazi" hearing. Which she believes to be the 8th one?...and hopefully the last.
Hillary Clinton is always a target. Yes, the e-mail situation is a very big distraction, but her campaign is about a lot of other very important things. Her and Bernie Sanders are pushing for similar progressive agendas. They have some differences and maybe emphasize different policy, but they want the same thing for America.
A lot is made of her "unfavorables" but what other candidate could take the wall to wall scrutiny and attacks...and still be considered a heavily favored front runner? It is not like we do not know where she stands or don't have her life examined inside and out.
For the record, I have been "Ready For Hillary" for some time. I have nothing against the other candidates....and they may even have some unique qualities which may make them more appealing as this race goes on.
But to me, this is Hillary's time. She has earned her place. She attracts the negative attacks because she is so formidable. She makes the best candidate to take on, what has become, the Party of Trump. She is building a top quality organization.... and most important to me, she understands this has to be a full bottom to top campaign....with all party candidates supported and all party candidates given the chance to win.
In 2016, it is not just about winning the Presidency - although that is vital - it is also about the future and the strength of the Democratic Party moving forward.
Will Black Lives Matter in a GOP Presidency? Will Latino families fare well with Republicans in power? Will the middle class survive at all with Republican policies the norm? I think we know the answer to that. And we need to have our strongest candidate and strongest organization leading the way.
Taking everything into account, I think Being Ready for Hillary means being Ready to Win.