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This past week, there has been talk about Obama “closing” out the nomination. Reporters are calling on him to start looking for a VP, and they’re deaming Hillary as “crazy” (typical) for staying in the race. But, to  my surprise, on page A19 in the “Commentary” section of Friday’s Philadelphia Inquirer… a glimmer of hope.

There appears an article entitled, “In most inclusive count, Clinton has the numbers.”

Interesting.

Columnist Jonathan Last evaluates the various ways you can count the votes of the Democratic nomination. He basically says there are six different ways of looking at this, and nobody knows for sure what will come of this. If you look at the most inclusive way to count the votes (popular vote plus Florida, Michigan and the caucuses) Hillary is actually winning.

Here are the six ways to look at this:

1) The popular vote of sanctioned contests
2) The total of sanctioned contests, plus the caucuses: Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington
3) The popular vote plus Florida
4) The popular vote plus Florida and caucuses
5) The popular vote plus Florida and Michigan
6) The popular vote plus Florida, Michigan and the caucuses

The sixth way is the most inclusive. If you look at THESE numbers, Clinton leads Obama by 71,301 votes.

Now, despite what the  media is telling everyone, THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION IS NOT OVER. Obama is expected to lose in the remaining contests of Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota. As Jonathan says, “It is quite possible that Clinton can take the lead in ALL of the popular vote tabulations.”

Jonathan then goes on to say that the reason there is a “chorus calling for Clinton’s withdrawal” is because they’re actually scared that she can pull this out.

Clinton is staying in the race is becuase she is trying to win the popular vote. If she does this, the delegates will have to answer the question as to why the popular vote doesn’t matter. (If you think back to the previous Presidential election, many people wonder why George Bush was elected, yet Al Gore won the popular vote).

So this race could go on for quite some time, despite all the crap that everyone is saying about her needing to drop out.  HILLARY IS STILL WINNING STATES. This fact CANNOT be ignored. 

It’s only fair that Howard Dean and the other leaders of the Democratic party allow Michigan and Florida to participate in the convention. They are part of this country, too. It’s time for our country (and our Democratic party) to stop whining and grow up. Everyone’s voice must be heard in order for this to be a truely just nomination.

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This week is a pivotol one in the history of journalism (AND, sadly, in the history of feminism). I could not believeMarie Cocco my eyes. In the past two weeks, there was not one, but TWO articles in the Washington Post about how sexist this Democratic Presidential nomination actually is.

In “Misogyny I Will Not Miss,” Cocco gives an excellent recap of what it’s been like for Hillary (and Hillary supporters) as we endure the oh-so-wonderful sense of humor of the media and American public. Here are some of my favorites:

I will not miss seeing advertisements for T-shirts that bear the slogan “Bros before Hos.” The shirts depict Barack Obama (the Bro) and Hillary Clinton (the Ho) and are widely sold on the Internet.

I will not miss walking past airport concessions selling the Hillary Nutcracker, a device in which a pantsuit-clad Clinton doll opens her legs to reveal stainless-steel thighs that, well, bust nuts. I won’t miss television and newspaper stories that make light of the novelty item.

But perhaps it is not wives who are so very problematic. Maybe it’s mothers. Because, after all, Clinton is more like “a scolding mother, talking down to a child” (Jack Cafferty on CNN).

I won’t miss reading another treatise by a man or woman, of the left or right, who says that sexism has had not even a teeny-weeny bit of influence on the course of the Democratic campaign. To hint that sexism might possibly have had a minimal role is to play that risible “gender card.”

You can read the article for yourself. Excellently written, adequately described and tragically true. If only there could be more. But then — there was another one. Today in the Washington Post -“The ‘Not Clinton’ Excuse.” Same author. (kudos!)

This article beautifully bashes those who fear another “Clinton dynasty,” and articulates the urgency for the public to see that THIS woman needs to be elected NOW (as opposed to other powerful female politician hopefuls who have entirely too many limitations to actually have a chance in this generation).

There are two key parts to this article which really hit home for me (and, in my opinion, are the key ingredients to a great piece): the introduction and the conclusion.

(The introduction:)

“A woman? Yes. But not THAT woman.

It is the platitude of the moment, an automatic rejoinder to any suggestion that Hillary Clinton has struggled so desperately — and so far unsuccessfully — to grasp the Democratic presidential nomination in some measure because she is female.”

(The conclusion:)

“Clinton cleared the hurdles often cited as holding American women back, yet she is unlikely to surmount the final barrier. So you have to wonder.

Is it something about Hillary, or something about us?”

I would like to thank the editors of the Washington Post Writers Group for allowing such content to be published. These days, you never know.

I would also like to thank YOU, Marie Cocco, for finally speaking up. Not just as a journalist of this country, but as a woman with a voice. My only fear is that it might be a little bit too late.

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Hillary Clinton

 There are 153.6 million women in the United States.  That’s right, ladies. We outnumber men by about 5 million.  For once in our lives, we hold the potential to create change. It’s right at our fingertips, and we’re letting it slip away.

I strongly believe that participation in sports has allowed me to feel what every young woman should feel: part of something big — and that “something big” turned out to be feminism.

As women, we had to fight to get to where we are today. Because of those who came before us,  we now have the right to a choice when it comes to sex and pregnancy, we have the right to be treated fairly at work, we have the right to run for political office, we have the right to equal funding in education and sports, and most importantly, we have the right to vote.

Despite all of this growth, right now, I am starting to feel that we are our own worst enemies. 

As I sit here and watch the 2008 presidential election, I see a woman who defines feminism in the 21st century. She is powerful, strong, competent, resilient and COMPLETELY CAPABLE of getting the job done.

As women, we have the power to put one of our own in charge of our country, to lead us in foreign policy and healthcare reform. We have the opportunity to put someone in office that will protect us. Someone who will protect our families, someone who will take our fathers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters out of harm’s way in Iraq and bring them home where they belong.

As I sit here and watch – night after night – the news coverage and the debates, I can’t help but feel ashamed of my own country, of our media, but most of all — of our country’s women. When Hillary wins a state’s primary election, the story is always about “how little” of a lead she won by, or “how Obama won a strong number of votes in a particular area.” 

All that critics can say about her is how “bad her hair is” or “how annoying her voice is” or how she is a “hard” or “tough” candidate who has “no emotion,” or “how she is playing the race card.” In the debates, she always gets the first question. She is constantly being put down by her colleagues and peers.

I have never heard or seen so much bullshit in my entire life.  She is trying to make history, and we’re preventing that from happening.

I am completely and totally ashamed of women who support this nonsense, those who don’t see it, those who don’t go out and vote and those who are not outraged like I am. As women on the brink of the twenty-first century, how in the world can we let this happen?

Ladies, are we forgetting that this is the woman who stood up in Beijing at the 1995 Fourth World Conference and said in front of the world, “”It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights.”

Ah, but this was a different time. This was a time when she was referred to as a strong, “Mrs. Clinton,” and not laughed at as “Hillary” with no emotion and bad hair.

I am not only directing this letter toward fellow athletes, but also toward mothers, grandmothers, sisters, white women, black women, Spanish women, Asian women, congresswomen, senators, delegates and super delegates. As women of America, we are powerful beyond measure. And when we have the opportunity to create change, today, we choose to follow the popular crowd.

 “As a lawyer, advocate, First Lady, and senator, Hillary has fought for issues important to women here at home and around the world for decades.  She has expanded access to family planning services, including for low-income women. She spoke out forcefully against the Supreme Court’s April 2007 decision that — for the first time in decades — failed to recognize the importance of women’s health. She has advocated for access to microfinance programs that enable women to start their own businesses and spoken out strongly against the tragic practice of sex trafficking.” – I couldn’t say it better myself.

LADIES, THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT ISSUES.  WHY AREN’T WE PAYING ATTENTION? We NEED someone in the office who HAS and WILL CONTINUE to look out for our health, for our bodies, for our choices and for our families. We need Hillary Clinton. And the time for change is passing us by.

Throughout her entire life she has fought for us. Here we are, years later, and instead of returning the favor to one of our historical champions, we deny her, criticize her, and vote for her opponent. Although a good candidate, he is NOT EVEN IN HER LEAGUE when it comes to championing for women’s health and women’s rights. We need someone who will put us FIRST. It is obvious and it is clear. She is meant to be our leader.

This is not an election about race. If it remains one, we have sold ourselves short as citizens and voters in a democratic society. This is an election about historical change, about choice, and about the future of our families. We need to stand up for ourselves — for feminists of the past and for female presidential candidates of the future.

The future of women and health is now. We have the power to create change. And we’re letting it slip away.

As women of the twenty-first century, you have to ask yourself — if you are brave enough to boldly call yourself a feminist, where do you  stand?

 

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