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From a Broad to a Dame

There’s a point when a broad becomes a dame—and Hillary Clinton has just earned her shoulder pads.

She’d been anointed a broad some time ago by circumstances. She was fighting with the boys on their turf—the Presidency. She dug in her pumps and rolled up her sleeves to expose a designer watch and a diamond ring. Just like the men, she could wear her fortune like a uniform. She wasn’t afraid of money; she knew the good it could do. She said, “Yeah, I’ve got it, and now I wanna give some to you.”

She didn’t say this to the boys, mind you. She said it to the spectators, to the hoi polloi sitting in the nose bleed seats on high, or the ones with their noses pressed to the canvas, they were squeezed in around the ring so close. She wasn’t making her case to the referees, she was making it to the hard-working masses who came to the match every four years to watch. She was a petite broad in a suit, and she looked so out of place—but the words, the words were right.

Those sweaty-faced line-workers turned their strained ears on high and listened to the woman with the boys swinging punches at her like crazy, and missing. They listened and they felt that thing lost in hard times. They felt hope. They liked this sassy lady and her proud belly laugh. They liked that she wasn’t too fussy about a low-blow here and there. They liked that she didn’t talk down to them even though she stood on a platform. They liked her a little because she’d married a man with their roots. They liked her a lot because she’d chosen their roots for her own.

Well, that broad took off her designer coat and the boys realized that she was getting comfortable while they were getting worn-out. They didn’t like it, this “girl” in their territory. The disdain didn’t stem only from her sex, but from that realization that she was setting the bar, and that bar was climbing far too high for them to reach, even on the very tips of their toes. So, they did what animals do when their territory is threatened. They banded together—and they attacked.

Twelve long months of practice rounds went by, with the broad in question no worse for wear. The scoreboard—the polls—said that she remained lengths ahead of her competitors. Still, they swiped and dug. Like mad dogs, they snarled about her clothes and their mates sneered at her husband. Some outside commentators went so far as to attack her child. This broad, while a classy lady to be sure, wouldn’t take that lying down. She struck in earnest for the first time and landed a knockout punch.

The boys inside the ropes winced, imagining when that delicate fist would land them on the cement, and withdrew, cowed by the femme in fuchsia. She could win this. She could take them out. It made them uneasy, made some afraid. Most jumped ship. A single one stayed.

This one thought he had something. While the lady spoke knowingly to the citizens below wavering from the long wait—and laboring still under enormous strain—he had sauntered slyly to the referees. They were predisposed to the broad. She and they went way back. But it was a hard time in the world and it didn’t take more than a few dollars for the refs’ whistles to go silent at the most inopportune times. Sold out for a whisper and a payday.

Hillary Clinton never stood a chance. It was when she realized that, when she saw the referees and the coaches of her opponent smugly nodding as she went down, that she became a dame. She could’ve stayed down after the first big fight was lost. Iowa was a blow, and one could say it set the stage for the rest of the Shakespearean affair.

However, giving up wasn’t in the blood of the working-man that flowed through her veins. Her father hadn’t made her a trampled rose, but a resilient one. The count went to 3 and she got back up, dusted off her pantsuit, and put up her dukes. New Hampshire was her round and she took it to the mat.

Super Tuesday was a draw. He got up at the five-count, she got up at the seven—but she got up at all, and that made the difference. She fought her heart out in every match after that. Oh, you should’ve seen the March 4th round—it was beauty and history all made up in a bow. Rhode Island—sucker punch. Ohio—upper-cut. Texas—rock ‘em, sock ‘em right on the chin. He got a kidney shot in—Vermont. She smiled, bold and fearless, like the great dame that came before her, Joan Crawford. For all her backbone, there was a bit of vulnerability inside, but she’d be damned and buried before she let it be seen. That title belt was made for her. Should’ve been hers that day, but the refs—the refs said, “not enough” and made them go another round.

May 5th, she stood in North Carolina and held out her hands to the people that came to see her. She looked like a president standing on the back of that pick-up truck, more so, she looked like a champion. In her Carolina blue, pin-striped suit, she traded the mantle of dame for Southern belle and it looked good on her. She knew it was a match not made for her shelf, but she came for the hopeful. She came to see them, because they, in their lesser numbers, wanted her to be their broad. She came, she saw, she inspired. And that night, though there was foul after foul perpetrated against her, she walked away with another match. This one, Indiana.

About this time, the “little people” in the mud around the ring, began to notice something strange. They noticed how the other guy’s gloves were heavy, how they hung low. In spite of looking like a washed out has-been, he still swaggered around the ring and roared after countless beatings. Their populist dame looked radiant for her part. Instead of winding down, she was getting fired up. She was sweeping matches. The twinkle in her eye was not to be ignored, but they could not help but feel a slight catching in their breath whenever the referees made a call. The call was always wrong when it was their girl, but there was no call against the cool, young kid without a title worth having to his name. This was fixed, this was rigged. This was cheating.
Their mama told them, that if they had to cheat to win, they hadn’t won.

The lady with the blonde hair stood poised for the title belt. It was narrow and petite—just right for her. She won another match by miles—West Virginia. She smacked him down in Kentucky, splitting the day’s difference when the kid took Oregon. She beat him again in a foreign ring. Puerto Rico had bowed down before the impressive dama and raised a Presidente in a bottle in her honor. On the final night, a night that was promised to be devastating to her cause, she rose one last time to the challenge of the championship. She owed the folks in the cruddy seats, who had waited eight years to watch someone give a damn. She came to the fight and she showed her stripes. She walked away with half the victory that night.

The kid had the title belt bestowed upon him by the sponsors of the match as the refs stood proudly by. Well, not the title belt, but one of them. This one had a woman’s name on it and was made with a woman’s figure in mind. He’d get his later, at the big ceremony, months away. But for the moment, he looked a terrible fool in an arena filled with screaming aristocrats, holding a prize above his head inscribed with someone else’s name.

On another stage, in another town, a triumphant dame that used to be just a broad with an attitude stood with a microphone and raised her arms up high. There wasn’t a belt in those hands, but there was something greater: the prayers of an entire body of people—and their belief in her. Their votes, their cheers, had been the saber that knighted her and made her a royalty of her own lineage. Not because she was better than them, but because she was just like them.
She was their street fighter, their protector, their advocate, their tried and trusted friend. She was their choice, however overruled.

That kid was gonna have a mighty pair of shoulder pads to fill. He was a fading mimic, a weak copycat, so half-hearted in his efforts to imitate his better that he was hardly recognizable as her least fit twin. He’d bounced around the ring and talked a lot of trash while she’d kept mostly stationary and checked for weaknesses. She’d been too tasteful to hit him where it hurt, but do believe she knew where that would be.

Still does.

The dame lingers in graceful repose while the rookie flounders on his feet. She can wait. She will wait.

There’s still the coronation.

32 Responses

  1. Beautiful post, Regencyg. What Hillary did exceeded all my expectations. What she endured is a National shame. The way she lost will be a permanent stain on the Democratic Party if it is not rectified. In fact, it may end up killing the party.

  2. Yeah, I agree great job. She’s a fighter and someone I always want on my side. She’s someone I know who will always have my back. This just ain’t right.

  3. Mourn the end of Roosevelt’s DNC, come to terms with the fact that its lamp was extinguished from within by those who crave power, bury it and bid adieu. Its corpse rots in the summer sun for anyone with eyes to see. It is denied a proper funeral by party leaders who hope their calls for unity will touch the naïve hearts of those who deny themselves the truth. .

    Chicago-style politics instead of the will of the people has decided the outcome of the party’s election process. Clinton victories include AR, AZ, CA, FL, MI, NH, NV, NJ, NY, MA, PA, PR,SD,TN and WV, but the neo-Dems have forced the end of her campaign and hooked their wagon to the unvetted Obama star. Clinton won the popular vote and earned more primary votes for President than any Democratic candidate in this country’s history, but the new DNC will have none of it. Before its Denver convention, it has decided to consolidate its party machinery with Obama’s campaign and move its offices from Washington DC to Chicago. Thus, the convention is nothing more than a celebration not of the party but of Barack Hussein Obama and whatever he believes.

    Take stock of what has happened; don’t deny the truth. This is about much more than Hillary Clinton; it is about country, family, friends, neighbors, principles and beliefs, and what will happen to that we hold most dear if this nation elects another untested incompetent to the highest office in the land. This is about the role of our leaders and their responsibility to citizens in a democracy.

    David Gergen thinks we’ll have group aphasia in November, but I am writing it down lest we forget the actions and words of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse of FDR’s Democratic Party- Kennedy, Kerry, Dean and Brazile- who were once trusted keepers of the flame and who used that trust to foist an inexperienced, untested candidate on the American people in these serious times:

    Donna Brazile:”My momma taught me to play by the rules and respect those rules. My mother taught me, and I’m sure your mother taught you, that when you decide to change the rules, middle of the game, end of the game, that is referred to as cheatin’.” (http://ascrivenerslament.blogspot.com/2008/05/donna-brazile-insults-whites-hispanics.html)

    Howard Dean:“I need them to say who they’re for starting now. They really do need to do that. We cannot give up two or three months of active campaigning and healing time. We‘ve got to know who are nominee is. There’s no reason not to know after the last primary on June 3rd.” (http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/04/top_hillary_fundrasers_rip_int.php)

    John Kerry: “Barack Obama can be, will be and should be the next president of the United States…. I believe more than anyone else, Barack Obama can help our country turn the page and get America moving by uniting and ending the division we have faced…. Some have suggested in this campaign that Barack is guilty of raising ‘false hopes.’… My friends, the only charge that rings false is the one that tells you not to hope for a better tomorrow.” (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22590831/)

    Ted Kennedy: “I feel change in the air…. I believe there is one candidate who has extraordinary gifts of leadership and character, matched to the extraordinary demands of this moment in history. I am proud to stand here today and offer my help, my voice, my energy and my commitment to make Barack Obama the next President of the United States…. Now, with Barack Obama, there is a new national leader who has given America a different kind of campaign—a campaign not just about himself, but about all of us. A campaign about the country we will become, if we can rise above the old politics that parses us into separate groups and puts us at odds with one another. With Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion. With Barack Obama, we will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, and straight against gay….I know that he’s ready to be President on day one….” http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/01/28/edward_kennedys_endorsement_of_barack_obama

    Remember in November these keepers of the flame and all the others we foolishly trusted; never forget that the untimely death of FDR’s DNC was deliberate and orchestrated. Do not allow old memories to cloud your reasoning.Write it in your journals, let it become part of our history and repeated to our descendants that in 2008 trusted Democratic leaders worked together to circumvent the will of the people and empower an inexperienced, far-left candidate with questionable friends and associates. It must be remembered that others in high position allowed it, did nothing to stop it, and by their silence condoned it. We must be diligent and never forget that there are forces that want to dilute or even dissipate our collective power.

    The neo-Dems think we’re fools who will eventually do their bidding. Remember in autumn the events of June 3rd and the voters of both Michigan and Florida, administer tough love, and remind the neo-Dems that actions have consequences. They do not deserve nor have they earned both Congress and the Office of the Presidency. Like the Republicans, they cannot be trusted.

    We must have a President who will ensure the checks and balances of power that are founders valued. Clearly, if they will not allow Clinton, then it must be McCain in 2008.

    Remember in November; it is time to take our country back.

  4. 🙂

  5. Nice post!!!! Hillary is truley one of the people and she has proven that she is not a sell-out. Those working class roots run deep in her veins and she has never forgot it!!!!! God bless Hillary Clinton. The democratic party’s highjact and sexist theft of the nomination has ruined the party. I will not vote for Obama and will do anthing I can to make Coward Dean fail!!!!

    Hillary Clinton has created a new movement and she is our street fighter, our advocate, our protector and our LEADER!!!!!!

  6. To me, Bill Clinton has been the most amazing politician of modern times. The only Democratic 2 term winner in 63 years, since the death of FDR in ’45.

    He has been the only Democrat with the combination of intelligence, dedication, acquired sophistication, real-life experience, and toughness, we have had.

    Until this primary! ….Then along came Hillary Clinton!

    We suddenly see the best we have had replicated in feminine form. She turns out to be as amazing as he is. She astounds us all, even those of us who felt we already knew how capable she was.

    Naturally, as you vividly point-out in your article, this drives all of the Bill Clinton want-to-bes, yet will-never-bes, nuts. She makes them all look like exactly what they are, losers and pretenders, showing all that gender is not a factor. Heart, mind, and soul are the determinates.

    Naturally, they must gang-up in a losers cabal (media and political) to try to defeat her. They have not defeated her, and they know it. They have stolen from her, berated her, demeaned her, but they have not defeated her.

    No matter what they do. no matter what so-called victories they claim, they all know they are still losers.

    This primary will forever be infamous for the machinations perpetrated upon Hillary Clinton, and the far-left’s insane, power-mad desire to take over and control the Democratic Party.

    They became so obsessed with total domination , and the coronation of their chosen candidate, that they also resorted to demeaning, ridiculing, threatening, and ultimately abandoning decades -long party loyalists and their heirs. Why?, because of our steadfast support and admiration for Hillary Clinton and a fair nominating process.

    However for me, to the detriment of all of the losers, the most telling aspect that has emerged is that the Democratic party actually has two, and truly only two, modern day politicians capable and astute enough to be true winners.

    They both are named Clinton!

  7. Her dignity stands in a stark contrast to his lack of it.

  8. correction: Nobama’s lack of it.

  9. Nice post. Hillary is truley one of the people and she has proven that she is not a sell-out.

  10. great article. it’s a shame that she and we were cheated. this will be the end of the democratic party and i for one am glad to be a new puma democrat. blog.pumapac.org

  11. Senator Clinton put some very large cracks in that glass ceiling the political leadership in this country, from both parties is so intent on maintaining.
    She also helped to shine a very bright light on the misogynistic society that is America.
    Some may believe that electing Obama will somehow magically cure this country of being racist. What nonsense.
    Others see, all too clearly that when women wanted the same rights and freedom as men, they were smeared, reviled, and sent to the back of the bus. History will not judge this primary kindly. And women who accept this treatment and murmur about someday, deserve their seat in the back. If you accept, you enable.

  12. Now that the chorus has preached to each other, my friends what can we do to change the tides and right this wrong.

  13. We must go to Denver in a huge display of support and commitment to Hillary being the better candidate. They must never be given the opportunity to say that Hillary’s supporters came home and voted for BO!

    The news has been talking about Hillary campaigning with BO this Friday. That will be very painful to watch. I know she is doing this because she said she would and unlike BO, she keeps her promises.

    Perhaps seeing Hillary having to support this incompetent, scary fool, will be the impetus that brings the masses of Hillary supporters to Denver to speak out against this injustice and to make it know that we are not coming home to the democratic party to support this fraud.

    A vote for BO will be a vote against ourselves and all that Hillary showed us we could believe in.

  14. Good morning everyone took a little time off to spend with the nieces and vist mom who poped into town. Hope all the dads had a wonderful day. specially all the Hillary loving dads.

    Well I was wondering how the PUMA/justsaynodeal confrence call went yesterday?


  15. Lovely writing, regencyg.

  16. I just heard George Carlin died.


    Carlin told Playboy in 2005 that he looked forward to an afterlife where he could watch the decline of civilization on a “heavenly CNN.”

    “The world is a big theater-in-the round as far as I’m concerned, and I’d love to watch it spin itself into oblivion,” he said. “Tune in and watch the human adventure.”

  17. What a beautiful piece of writing – it made me weepy at the end, especially this:

    “There wasn’t a belt in those hands, but there was something greater: the prayers of an entire body of people—and their belief in her. Their votes, their cheers, had been the saber that knighted her and made her a royalty of her own lineage. Not because she was better than them, but because she was just like them.”

  18. At first the framing of this post seemed a bit odd, and then I realized it fit perfectly. The woman fighting in the man’s sport, and almost winning. Excellent job, Regency.

    I’m not too hopeful for the immediate future, and I very much doubt anyon is going to remember Hillary long after she (and we) are gone. She failed, you see? And Americans don’t remember failures. So it’ll be brushed under the rug and 100 years from now, when the Democrats finally elect a woman President, or 25-50 years from now, when the Republicans elect a woman President, noone’ll remember her.

    I agree with holding her up as a role model, wholeheartedly, but the real moral of the story isn’t that we, like she, can be President. It’s that we, like she, can’t be President because we are women. And yet, it’s worth fighting against that, every step of the way. Just like she fought.

    Hmmm, I seem to be a bit dour this morning, my apologies. Got a long day of writing ahead of me and not looking forward to it.

  19. I just read the post on authoritarianism, which strangely was also the topic of my priest’s homily this Sunday. He didn’t point the finger at Obama; in fact, he said, “Don’t let people tell you who to vote for.” In Hillary Clinton, we had no authoritarianism, though MSNBO tried to paint her as “genocidal” re: Iran when all she in fact said was that it was necessary to be unafraid to use power if it is RIGHT to use that power. Obama’s voting for FISA would give him enormous power over us in the unlikely event he became president. I am sure he thought of it. He is authoritarian: formation of a youth group, getting a seal, moving the “capital” of the DNC, holding a convention with no opposition, etc. Hillary was democratic, small “d” and Democratic capital “D.” And I hate to hear that she is campaigning with Obama, because I think this guy is such bad news. She’s keeping her word, and I understand why. I hope Bill never endorses Obama.

  20. The job is not complete until we all are given respect…with Hillary at the head of the line.
    I still do not see respect and I doubt we will.

    Until there is respect, there is no victory. The glass ceiling has not been cracked very much, unfortunately.

    No one will remember any of this unless we make them remember. And at some point, Hillary has to break free from that party and really help the energy coalesce…

  21. Senator Clinton put some cracks in the glass ceiling. I agee they are not big enough. However I’ve had windows with one small crack and over time those cracks widened and spread and soon the window broke. We didn’t so much lose this time as were not allowed to win. Therefore we are angry. And rightly so.
    If we tamely put aside that anger, the disgust with the process and the people that force it upon us and loyally vote for Obama, then we don’t deserve any respect. Senator Clinton earned the country’s respect by fighting. We can do no less.
    If you enable the DNC and the Democratic Leadership with a vote for this empty suit just because he has a “D” after his name then you are a resident of Obamaland.
    We can’t have it both ways. I will be repulsed when I vote for John McCain. I can live with that. What I cannot live with is voting for the man who stands for all the things that are corrupt within the Democratic Party.
    We keep hearing that we will all come home cause we have no where else to go. I say Bull Excrement! If Senator Clinton is not our nominee, then I, for one, vote for McCain.

  22. regency: Again, superb post!

  23. regency, I got goosebumps reading your piece!

    cowed by the femme in fuchsia, indeed.

    and a big rec to this summary from

    What she endured is a National shame.

    The way she lost will be a permanent stain on the Democratic Party if it is not rectified.

    In fact, it may end up killing the party.

    My thoughts exactly.

  24. http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/06/michelle_obamas_strategy_to_wo.html–

    read this is you want to see how MO is “fighting back”.

  25. What they are forgetting is that while we can talk of voters in blocs, they really are individuals and make their decisions so. Nobody has to do anything when it comes to voting. Each of us make our decisions according to our own reasons that seem good to us if not necessarily to anyone else.

    Where I am at this point is committed to downticket democrats. What I do in the fall with my vote is still undecided. I’m inclined, at the moment, to vote for Obama – mostly because Senator Clinton asked for that. It’s possible that between now and Nov. he will earn some enthusiasm from me. It’s possible he will do something that makes it impossible for me to make that vote, even as the least bad choice. We shall see. I can’t vote for McCain, both on policy and character issues. Anyone with that kind of anger management issues should not, to my mind, be in the White House. The Greens are not something I’m familiar enough with. They also have an opportunity this summer, and I will be looking into their policies.

    But my time and my money are committed on the local level. Even if a presidential candidate manages to work up some enthusiasm in me, they’ll have to take leftovers. I am not a big donor. Neither have I been on the twenty-five buck level. This year when it comes to the presidential level, it looks like I’m a no donor. My time donation has been considerable in the past. This year not – not on the presidential level.

    I don’t know how many people are making similar decisions. My experience with the political process leads me to the conclusion that the loss of our time and contributions may hurt at least as badly as the loss of votes. Those of us who work are far fewer than those who donate.

  26. Nah, Obama won’t get my enthusiasm. Nor will he get my vote. It won’t happen. He hasn’t earned it and nothing he can do in the future–short of dropping out and abdicating to Hillary–will make him worthy in my my eyes. Hillary is my role model of choice, but she is not my brain. Regardless of what she is forced to ask of us, I can’t follow her lead.

  27. Sima, they’ll remember her, believe you me. She’ll be flapped in the face of every woman in this country frmo now until Doomsday who tries to achieve a little too much.

    The ONLY time women are remembered is when we fail. It’s our successes that are buried.

  28. Regencyg,

    Excellent writing, beautiful prose. I wanted to cry.

    Thank you.

  29. thank you regency for this beautiful article
    read it yesterday and wept at the beauty and truth of it
    i just read it again put it in my favorites to read again
    and again
    whatever happens hillary will always be our choice
    we must be like her and do whats right for america
    hillary or mccain

  30. This post is exactly how I see the primary. She will be remembered, if for no other reason, for the one who got away. America had its chance for a great leader in a time when nothing less than a great leader will do. She has my “forever” support and adoration.

  31. What a great piece of writing Regencyg! I was transferred to thoughts of the personal experience of the Clintons that I have had.

    In the summer of ’92 (or was it ’93?) I was working as an art director in an office across the avenue from Penn Station with a former Democratic senator’s son. He got passes for a group of us to the Democratic Convention at Madison Square Garden in the “nosebleed” section. I was not very focused on politics at the time, but went along for the experience.

    Bill had just been elected and we went over for the celebration. When I saw Bill and Hillary on the stage, my resonance shot up 1000%. I’m sure that all of the screaming and the balloons and the confetti and the dancing helped, but I’d been to many parties and clubs and celebrations and concerts, and this was a whole other level of energy. When they danced on the stage, I felt absolute joy, everything seemed right with the world, and it felt to me that a whole new wonderful time was about to begin for our country. Also, the charisma of both was such that I felt as though I was connected to them, like family. Apparently, not everyone responds to that charisma the way that I did. If everyone did there would not be all of these competitors and wannabes and jealous/threatened self-servers that dislike them.

    Well, this year I have had to be in Northwest Indiana to take care of my mother, and my Clinton experience here during the primaries has been surreal.

    One Saturday evening in April, my Mom’s neighbor called me on her cell phone, very excited because Hillary Clinton’s limos had just pulled up … to the restaurant … in the strip mall … where the grocery store is … on Main Street. I was skeptical, so I called the restaurant and the waitress told me that yes, Hillary Clinton was in the restaurant. I wasn’t able to leave my Mom, but I called everyone that I knew in the area, and many of those people drove out to the restaurant. Some called me from there so I felt like I was within all of the excitement and good energy.

    I went to Hillary’s web site and signed up to do what I could. I did a lot of calling in NW Indiana from my Mom’s house.

    A week later, Bill Clinton came to town and spoke at the YMCA 1/2 mile from my Mom’s, where I had been going to work out since I had been there. It was jam-packed, with people standing outside and all around the building. He was in the only other building in Crown Point where I had spent a significant amount of time. So surreal.

    A week or so later, Hillary Clinton was to campaign at a Fire Station one town over from us. Mom said that she absolutely wanted to go. So we went, wheel chair and all, and it was amazing. Again the crowds were immense and extended up and down the street, but Hillary’s speech was heard by all through a load speaker. The excitement was as intense as at Madison Square Garden in Manhatten.

    I have gotten to see Hillary (and Bill) in both contexts—among the Washington/political crowd, and interacting with the working class people that none of the Washington crowd want to be bothered with. The Clinton’s energy is the same in both environments. They are sincere and emotionally accessible. There is nothing chameleon about either one of them, in my experience.

    Unlikeky as it may seem right now, I absolutely believe that Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States, and will hold that office for eight glorious years… at least!

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