Women who, like me, didn't want to see the first woman candidate taken out by old-fashioned sexism may have been motivated to vote for her by the combination of her newly humanized campaign and backlash against the media pile-on. Whether or not she was actually calculating enough to plan that narrative, Clinton certainly knew enough to ride it. All I can say is, yuck.
Ruth Conniff is the Editor of the Progressive Magazine. A native of Madison, WIsconsin, she first joined the magazine when she was hired as a summer intern by the late Erwin Knoll after her sophomore year at Yale. Shortly after graduating from college in 1990, she came to work as Associate Editor for the Progressive, becoming Washington Editor and opening the Progressive's Washington, DC, office in 1997. During the 1990s, Conniff covered welfare reform in Wisconsin and around the country, as well as the drug war in Colombia, and other topics, including women's sports (an avid runner, Conniff coached her old high school track and cross-country teams at Madison East High School for many years).
In Washington, Conniff became a regular on TV pundit shows on CNN, Fox News, and PBS. She still appears frequently on PBS's To The Contrary and on the Ed Schultz Show on MSNBC.
Conniff was the recipient of an "Editor's Choice" award from Madison Magazine for her coverage of the Wisconsin Uprising in 2011. Her Progressive Magazine feature story on school privatization is a chapter in the book "It Happened in Wisconsin" recently published by Verso.
Today Conniff lives in Madison with her husband and three daughters, who marched on the Capitol with their teachers from the Madison Public Schools.
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Let's call the focus on Hillary's brief teary-eyed moment what it is: pure sexism. Running for President is now an extreme sport, with all the cattiness of American Idol thrown in. You would be on the verge of tears, too, if you were going through all that and it looked like you were about to lose.
Deadly toys are largely the result of U.S. companies moving production to countries with little or no safety standards.
Alan Keyes was back, and boy was he mad! And Ron Paul said, "End the war. Bring home the troops. Become diplomatically credible. No more preemptive war. Not threaten anyone. Not threaten Iran." And now that we know that Iran, like Iraq, is not building a nuclear weapon, "turn the Navy around."
In the first 20 minutes of the NPR Democratic Debate in DeMoines, the candidates tackled Iran and the news that sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies released a report concluding that that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
There were lots of fireworks at the debate--mostly at Mitt's expense (the conventional wisdom is that since the actual frontrunner, Giuliani, is too rational on the loony-right issues: abortion, guns, and gays, to make it out of the primaries, Romney is the real frontrunner). Romney didn't fare too well.
For those of us who don't have any stake in the outcome but a better country run with better policies, picking the candidate who agrees with you might just be your best move.
The debate's weirdest moment: When Mitt Romney said he'd have to ask his lawyer whether the President needs to ask Congress to authorize an attack on Iran. That's why we have Ron Paul. "This idea of going and talking to attorneys totally baffles me!" he declared hotly. "Why don't we just open up the Constitution and read it!"
Union and management have a better option than cutting benefits and shifting the burden onto employees.