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Beyond politics: learning from Hillary Rodham Clinton

(crossposted from Heidi Li’s Potpourri)

Yes, I would feel better about the country and the world were Hillary Rodham Clinton about to be inaugurated our next President. Millions of primary voters shared my view. Meanwhile, I sincerely hope that President-elect Obama lives up to the highest hopes of his wisest supporters. Something larger even than the Presidency of the United States is at stake though, when one considers Hillary Rodham Clinton. What is at stake is the question of how to live a life.

I have learned from watching Senator Clinton pursue her career.  I have learned that she processes what might be a permanent setback for a different sort of person, and then looks at the options available to her, picks one, and puts her talent to work for her as she retrains her focus. Some of being able to do that is just having the temperament to keep on keeping on – but we can all work to be that kind of person. And we can look to Senator Clinton as an example of just what one person can accomplish when she does. Because I am a student of the Nixon years, I followed Senator Clinton’s career before she moved to Washington D.C. I knew of her post-law school involvement in the effort to prosecute Richard Nixon. I know that whatever Senator Clinton expected of herself or foresaw when she addressed her classmates at Wellesley or when she graduated from Yale Law School, most of what has happened in her life and career could not have been within her scope of vision at those junctures. Moving to Arkansas? Improving the schools for millions of Arkansans children?  Moving into the White House? Putting the idea of universal health care at the heart of public, political discourse? Addressing personal difficulties in the glare of the harshest public spotlight? Becoming a U.S. Senator? Winning more votes in a primary season than any other Democratic Presidential contender, yet having to deal with a party power structure that refused to even permit an open and honest convention roll call vote? Campaigning in the general election harder for a rival than any other politician has ever done? Choosing to give up the relative safety of her Senate seat to accept, if confirmed, the position of Secretary of State in that rival’s administration?

Most people’s lives turn out to include twists and turns that they could not have foreseen in their early twenties. But most people’s lives are not, for better or worse, lived out as publicly as Senator Clinton’s has been. And because her life has been so public it is easy to focus on a particular triumph or a particular setback. Today, as I listened to the confirmation hearings regarding the Secretary of State appointment, I realized that Senator Clinton’s life is one that supersedes politics. Whether you agree with her political positions or you do not, you can observe her powers of concentration, her tenacity, her buoyancy, her steadiness. These excellences see a person through the unforeseen circumstances, bad or good. Because Senator Clinton is public servant, we, her countrywomen and countrymen, will derive instrumental benefits from her competence. More importantly, though, because Senator Clinton is a public figure, we, her fellow members of humanity, can look to her life and the dignity and wisdom with which she conducts it. From Hillary Rodham Clinton, we can learn how to tackle the unforeseen in our own lives. That is a legacy that transcends politics. It is the legacy of true leader.

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101 Responses

  1. omg, I am wiping tears from my eyes. There will never, ever be anyone better than Hillary. She was and always will be the best. And I am so sad for the horrible year of 2008, glad it is over.
    Hillary Clinton. A damn good leader, and beautiful too.

  2. Great post Heidi. *gives lots of hugs and kisses*

  3. Inspiring post, Heidi. I’ve spent the day being inspired by Hillary Clinton, and your post expresses my feelings perfectly.

  4. She is truly an inspiring person. Thanks, Heidi.

  5. Beautiful post, Heidi Li. Hillary is a truly inspiring person, and I’m proud that I voted for her.

  6. I just thought we needed a thread where we could rejoice in the person have supported, even when we’ve not approved of every choice she’s made. And also a chance to realize that even for us who are not larger than life, we have things in common with somebody who is.

  7. Wonderful post, Heidi. That’s been exactly my reaction to
    watching her skill at human interactions today, many with
    hostile or stupid people, with the whole world watching.
    One thing that struck me especially is her generosity.
    I am thinking that “generosity” may have to become the
    watchword of our time if we are to survive. I’m thinking
    Israel and Gaza, but everywhere else, too. Instead of me
    me me it can be about you too.
    The Bush administration, Repubs in general, Reagan,
    Bush 41, all were the antithesis of generosity. I guess the
    closest word is selfishness, but generosity connotes more
    than the opposite.
    I think there’s a sense of being taken advantage of in
    the Repub philosophy – can’t help others too much(welfare,
    health care, etc.) Of course for those in power it’s about
    greed.
    But it filters down to all of us so people feel
    stupid about their generous impulses. In case someone
    undeserving takes advantage of it. So we all learn to
    hold on, to protect ourselves from giving too much.
    Hillary, in her praise of all, even her enemies, her lack
    of defensiveness, her openness and kindness, compassion,
    is an example of the world she envisions. She leads by
    inspiration and example.

  8. A perfect note to close out a trying day. Hillary is all those things. A role model, a leader, and when you think about it, just someone you want to make proud. I adore her for that, respect her for leagues more.

    I’m glad we’re in this together. Makes the future look brighter in one way, if not in every way.

  9. Speaktruth: You speak incontrovertible truth yourself. She does that. She opens herself up to the worst criticism and attack because it’s what’s absolutely right. That takes a different type of person than who normally tries for power.

  10. Hillary is amazing, brilliant, more than capable. But check it out: CNN is running a banner on their coverage of the confirmation hearings that says “Clinton’s Grab For Power”.

    What alternate universe does the press live in? Oh, never mind. They live in white-boy land. I suppose that Cafferty and Blitzer both had their legs crossed during the entire hearing.

    Sigh. Will I be this angry for the rest of my life?

  11. Heidi- steadiness is a definite trait of Hillary’s and a difficult one to always have, particularly when confronted with inanity and unfairness. It is so easy to become impatient, overwhelmed and overcome by righteous indignation. She had many opportunities to do so, but chose steadiness, an underrated quality.

  12. staunchwoman, on January 13th, 2009 at 6:13 pm Said: Sigh. Will I be this angry for the rest of my life?

    If your feelings are as intense as mine, you may be. Good news is that you can use those feelings to inspire action that you might not otherwise take.

    Gah, Hillary is fucking powerful by being alive. Whatever with the power grabbing.

  13. I suppose that Cafferty and Blitzer both had their legs crossed during the entire hearing.

    Sigh. Will I be this angry for the rest of my life?

    staunchwoman – you might be angry but this made me laugh 🙂

  14. Heidi Li!!!!!!!

    Yay!

    Thank you for this wrap up post. I’m very proud to wear my Hillary Supporter scars. She is a thoughtful, precise, Liberal, honest-to-the-core policy-genius. A true inspiration for all of us to follow.

  15. I’m bursting with so many emotions – pride, sadness, anger. A politician like Hillary Clinton comes once in a generation and I pray for our nation that we get another woman as strong, intelligent, and classy as HRC to heal our nation. I’m still holding out hope that Chelsea will go into politics and continue her mother’s legacy.

  16. Disenfranchised! How ya doin???

    There is no doubt Chelsea has the best training for a future in world leadership.

    Rise, Chelsea, Rise!

  17. Regency, on January 13th, 2009 at 6:10 pm Said:

    A perfect note to close out a trying day. Hillary is all those things. A role model, a leader, and when you think about it, just someone you want to make proud. I adore her for that, respect her for leagues more.

    I’m glad we’re in this together. Makes the future look brighter in one way, if not in every way.

    The history books will be filled with who she was and what she did. People may be too stupid to see it now, but we can

  18. Welcome back, sm77. Besides preparing to isolate myself from the rest of the world on Inauguration Day, I’m doing well.

  19. LI: Should we start writing the history book now or wait?

  20. lililam, on January 13th, 2009 at 6:16 pm Said:

    Heidi- steadiness is a definite trait of Hillary’s and a difficult one to always have, particularly when confronted with inanity and unfairness. It is so easy to become impatient, overwhelmed and overcome by righteous indignation. She had many opportunities to do so, but chose steadiness, an underrated quality.

    she’s like pebble in a stream of negetivity. But still glittering and beautiful, and staying right where she is against that horrible, wicked current

  21. SM,

    I have missed you so much!! But I just knew you’d be back. I’m so sorry that you have been sick. If I were you, I’d definitely wait on the getting your tonsills out. They are there for a reason. Wait till you get over the crud. They may turn out to be OK.

  22. We are writing it now, Regency, my friend.

  23. yeah, you were gone for a long time SM! Its nice that you’re back!

  24. I sincerely hope that President-elect Obama lives up to the highest hopes of his wisest supporters.

    Not me. His wisest supporters quite rightly don’t expect all that much from him.

    I hope he lives up to the highest hopes of his stupidest supporters, though of course that’s impossible.

    I also hope we don’t spend the next few years as we spent the last eight – that is, lamenting more and more that the wrong person was chosen to lead.

  25. Heidi:
    Thanks for a good, and inspiring post.

  26. This post gets the *BAM!* Stamp of Excellence!

  27. Did anyone mention on the picture on the last thread in the background I noticed the future Senator from New York…and future President Clinton…Miss Chelsea?

    She looked as radiant as her mother I can see why Hillary and Bill are so proud of Her!

    I hope she remembers the name of every person who screwed her mother out of the nomination!

    I hope she makes sure that when she is president they are sent to a “special” nursing home. A place where they will be forced to listen to pampers old speaches and sit in adult diapers that are only changed weekly and forced to eat arugula and tofu!

    Oh and in Nancy’s P’s and Donna B’s shared “suite” there will be a pink princess phone that only rings busy!

  28. BB: Well, my throat testicles are there still (lol!) I can’t afford to get them out! I didn’t even qualify for the county insurance. Oh well. All I know is that THANK GOD I healed. It took a while, but bottom line, I just have to take better care of myself. My defenses were way low, and the anemia/strep combo knocked me out. So I’m doing a Capt Spaulding and eating liver & broccoli & drinking horse vitamins (with fava beans and chianti..thththth! – sorry for the Lecter moment). I was also studying too, still am, trying to get that state certification – I’ll blog about that later.

    I’m thrilled to be back!

  29. staunchwoman: We are all going to be angry for the rest of our lives, but if we are smart we won’t ONLY be angry. Senator Clinton gets angry – she made it clear she was annoyed – without flipping out – when the gnat-like Republicans were harping on extraneous or already explained issues about the CGI.

    Anger can be galvanizing and that’s how I hope we can use ours. As Regency said, we may not always be in everything together, but our feelings and our thoughts (including all the emotions and ideas so many people posted on the threads below and already on this one) are binding us together now, and we ARE going to change the world.

    Warranted anger is fine. One doesn’t want it to be the only emotion one feels but it is a perfectly acceptable emotion – and one women are, all too often, told not to feel.

    As for CNN and the rest of them: they just put up whatever they think will make them money. They don’t lead, the follow they follow their greed.

  30. SM,

    I never had my tonsils out. They are there to filter out backteria. Yours are probably all inflamed because of the strep. Keep taking lots of vitamins and get lots of rest. You’ll recover. You’re a very strong woman.

  31. AP(for immediate release)

    Today in a bold move to ease the European gas shortage Prezzy ellect Pampers has asked that methane gas produced by the flatuence of the american news media be collected and compressed and sent to europe!

    It is estimated that the gas produced at MSNBO alone could heat France Spain and the BENELUX countries!

    Moneys raised from the sale of this vital and wasted resource will go to the Rham Emmanuel Legal Defense fund and the Tony Rezko Pardoning Committee!

  32. Anger is energy!!

  33. Ugh. I got home and after months of MSM boycott, I wanted to see how the news covered HC’s confirmation process. Big mistake. It’s true that after a break from it, watching it is like having a bucket of dirty water thrown on you. What a bunch of morons. First, ABC didn’t even mention the confirmation hearing in their intro, so I switched to NBC. Andrea Mitchell–one of the most detestable of CDS reporters covered the story. Well, of course the ENTIRE story focused on the doubts about Bill’s GCI, and it made them look guilty. Very little about her intelligence, aplomb, and mastery of material. Switching back to ABC, because I couldn’t listen to Mitchell, they did the same thing. Well, that’s my 30 seconds of MSM for another 6 months. Totally worthless.

  34. DisenfranchisedVoter, on January 13th, 2009 at 6:19 pm
    I’m still holding out hope that Chelsea will go into politics and continue her mother’s legacy.

    Needed to post this again. It is usually the son expected to continue the father’s legacy, isn’t it?

  35. SM: so good to see you back on the threads. When is that darn test?

  36. As I sat and watched these hearings, I found myself chocking up. This woman, I believe, was “America’s Hope!”

    I am proud to have volunteered for her. I am proud to have voted for her!

    As I watched her speak with dignity, grace and the knowledge we all know she possess’, I was heartbroken that some of my fellow “American’s” saw fit to “Elect” a man that was so far out of her league.

    Today was a sad day for me!

  37. here here Heidi Li

    ….If you are looking for a place to visit during “Coronation Week” Miami is supposed to have sunny weather in the mid 70’s and the Mai Ti’s at the track in Hialea are 2 for 1 during happy hour!

  38. Heidi Li, this is an inspiring and awesome post. Many times over the past months I have taken strength from Hillary’s strength, grace under fire, and tried to emulate her. WWHD? She has an amazing capacity to not just make the best of the setbacks she’s been dealt but to capitalize on them, change their energy. I think she never takes her eye off her ultimate goal, which is to make our country and the world a better, more prosperous, more peaceful place.

    And now, the world is her oyster! She is one of the most admired women in the world for a reason.

  39. Wow this is great, thanks Heidi Li.

    I was on the verge of bittersweet tears all day watching her, now they are flowing. I can’t express just how much I admire her.

  40. But check it out: CNN is running a banner on their coverage of the confirmation hearings that says “Clinton’s Grab For Power”.

    Oh Gawd. How could ANYONE watch that performance today–an exercise in graciousness, intelligence, and savvy complex problem-solving and consider it a “grab for power.” She was asking for RESOURCES to repair our image around the world, and improve national security through aid and development. Where did they see a power grab in any of that?! It’s too stupid for words.

  41. Oh and the russians are playing Hardball with Europe on the Gas issue….the shortages are so bad in some countries that dozens of people have froze to deathin their homes!

    Here comes “SUper(or is it stupor) Obama to save the day!

    Biden said Obama would be tested by an International crisis in his first 6 months? Credit Card Joe not just one crisis I bet Obama wont be able to keep track of all the crisis’ he is going to have to address!

    Well at least Hillary will!

  42. Joe Klein of Time Mag was WoWed by Hill:

    I spent the day at the Clinton confirmation hearings and came away impressed, as always, with the woman’s sheer ability to process information. Not a missed beat, not an “I’ll have to get back to you on that…” It was several hours into the hearing that the full force of the new Administration hit me. Clinton was being asked by Senator Benjamin Cardin whether we could exert our influence on mineral-rich countries to share their wealth with their people. The Secretary of State-designate immediately brought up Botswana’s “excellent work” in this area, the education and infrastructure programs that had been funded. And I thought: Wow. We’ve got people who are really interested in governing–who really love public service, who understand that foreign policy means more than simply issuing threats–coming back to your nation’s capital! Enthusiasm and care don’t always result in wise policy-making, but we’ve seen how fecklessness and carelessness works.

  43. Many of us feel that way RedDragon. I always feel a sense of sadness, anger and loss when I see her, but I also feel a powerful pride and joy, knowing she is representing us.

  44. 1. Thanks to all who felt the post captured something of what listening or watching to the hearing felt like.

    2. fif, on January 13th, 2009 at 6:43 pm Said:
    This is one of the main reasons I don’t get t.v. broadcast into the house. As my husband recently said, if you don’t watch the tv news for a while and then you do, you feel like you are an anthropologist watching a peculiar and allen culture.

    Off for some dinner now.

  45. Hey Heidi!

    I went to 2 cram courses this past week, but I failed the last 2 tests before the state exam. I mean, BOMBED – so I didn’t dare take the state exam until I can pass the last two course tests. The good thing is that because it’s an online course, I can go back to the sections I missed and re-do them – which is where I’m at right now.

    I’m ready at your command to serve the cause!

  46. I love watching Hill and Chelsea interact. There is a wonderful love and sense of pride there that they have for each other – evident for all the world to see.

  47. Hillary passing notes is a story on CNN. It was amusing as hell, let me tell ya.

  48. fuzzybeargville, on January 13th, 2009 at 6:46 pm Said:

    Thanks for the tip, fuzzybear. I have made may evacuation plans, and I am pleased with them! Now, really to dinner.

  49. Heidi, I live near Ann Arbor, and reading your blog during the primaries and after kept me sane. (I know you’re in DC., right in the midst of things.)

    You have stated again, most eloquently, what many of us love, admire, and respect about this tremendous woman.

    She makes us all so very proud.

    You’re not so bad yourself! Thank you for doing what you do. It’s so very much appreciated.

  50. fif CNN and MSNBO are trying to submarine her nomination….

    If they do then Caroline Kennedy doesnt get to be the new Junior Senator from New York….

    I hate the MSM with a Capital “F”!

  51. So glad I’m not the only one all sniffly over Hillary. *sniff*

    Heidi Li is back!

    SM get well soon!

  52. As my husband recently said, if you don’t watch the tv news for a while and then you do, you feel like you are an anthropologist watching a peculiar and allen culture.

    lol! So true Heidi. A very superficial, ignorant and mean-spirited culture.

  53. Jmac: Joe Klien can kiss my voluptuous brown ASS. Screw him. He subscribed to the Obama Porn, now he ADMIRES Hillary – did you see the articles he wrote this past election year? Total Obama Porn.

  54. fuzzy: why wouldn’t CNN & MSNBO want CK to get HC’s senate seat? They drool over anything Obama-related.

  55. Jmac: Joe Klien can kiss my voluptuous brown ASS.

    ROTFLMAO! How did we get by without you these past weeks SM?!

  56. off to steaknight with the Obamabots….It will be good to torment them with hillary’s great preformance

  57. OG: Hillary positively beams when there is any sight or mention of Chelsea. It’s really beautiful. And Chelsea’s pride and adoration of her mother is obvious. Through all the madness, I was so glad Hillary had Chelsea with her through most of it. She is loved by those close to her, and that gives her a buffer from all the idiocy.

  58. Have fun, Fuzz.

  59. FIF: your hubbie is right. It’s like – huh? WTF are these people doing? Being a Gen X’er gave me the privilege to grow up watching David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite & Peter Jennings & yes, even Tom Brokaw. True newspeople who give you the news minus the infotainment histrionics that is just as jaded as American Idol.

  60. sm – I know. Plus didn’t he write True Colors. But that’s the beauty of this to me – Obama lovers have to support Hillary. Her approval ratings are already higher than they’ve ever been. How can Chris Matthews say anything bad about her if he’s determined that Obama succeed?

  61. From Hillary Rodham Clinton, we can learn how to tackle the unforeseen in our own lives. That is a legacy that transcends politics. It is the legacy of true leader.

    *sniff*

    Judge someone by the content of their character…

  62. Catarina: THANK YOU! I’m getting there.

    FIF: Well it happens to be voluptuous.

    FUZZY: give ’em hell !!!

  63. SM: that quote was from Heidi above. I don’t have a hubby.

  64. primary colors. Gag.

  65. I wonder if Obama will make Hillary say “I serve at the pleasure of the President”.

  66. If any of Joe Klien’s musing were true, I would still gag. Has he ever told the truth?

  67. Why did Feinsten have to say that Hillary put her ego aside. This woman knows what really happened during the primary and failed to support Hillary, how dare she talk about egos? I think she encouraged Hillary to step aside for the fraud. I am glad Obama repaid her back in the typical Obama way, feeling any guilt Diane?

  68. Oh, thanks, Primary Colors. I didn’t read it but I did quit Time Magazine when the editor didn’t disclose that he knew who wrote it.

  69. Jmac: THAT’s the key! Obama supporters MUST bow down to Hillary. However, we don’t have to support him.

    Hillary is a testament of TRUE class, humility, BRILLIANCE, Goddess/God given grace and endurance. And GUTS. Big Somalian Pirate Ship boatloads of GUTS. Wow.

  70. fuzzybeargville- how was diner last week when you tormented them about Obama’s flip flops?

  71. Jmac: No, Obama will probably do the “Kneel and swear eternal loyalty to General Zod!”

    You know he acted that out while playing with his Air Force One planes as a kid.

  72. My favorite part of the hearing was when various Senators thanked Hillary profusely for taking the job. They all know Obama can’t possibly do it with out her help. They should have thought of that when they disrespected her at the Convention.

  73. sm conflucians were beside themselves with worry for you
    i heard there were plans to storm your house… 😉

  74. Downticket, on January 13th, 2009 at 7:10 pm Said:
    Why did Feinsten have to say that Hillary put her ego aside. This woman knows what really happened during the primary and failed to support Hillary, how dare she talk about egos? I think she encouraged Hillary to step aside for the fraud. I am glad Obama repaid her back in the typical Obama way, feeling any guilt Diane
    —————————————————————–

    That was Barbara Boxer, the other senator from CA. If you’re referring the the hearing today. Besides that comment about “ego” Boxer was complimentary towards Senator Clinton. Boxer didn’t commit till June 3, although many people felt she was for BO.

  75. Obama has chosen an openly gay man, John Berry, to the Office of Personnel Management.

  76. birdgal, on January 13th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Sorry didn’t watch the first half was only reading from the live blog

  77. Maybe Boxer meant Obama’s ego – or was referring to George W.’s. I heard it and thought she meant W.

  78. birdgal, on January 13th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    She said great things about helping women and the pictures which I would like to see but why talk about egos. Why mention it? It is like there are still some people that are angry she didn’t step aside earlier for Obama to take the throne

  79. Jmac, on January 13th, 2009 at 7:29 pm Said:
    Maybe Boxer meant Obama’s ego – or was referring to George W.’s. I heard it and thought she meant W.

    ——————————————————

    That’s what I thought.

  80. bostonboomer, on January 13th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Any video of that?

  81. W allowed his ego to get in the way of making changes in his policy or decision making, which proved to be disasterous ie Iraq.

  82. Downticket,

    I don’t know how to edit down videos, but several of them thanked her for taking the job. I think the Senator from NJ was the one who sounded the most passionate about it. Menendez? He supported Hillary in the primaries.

  83. Anyone who makes every person he appoints stand in front of the camera’s and state “I serve at the pleasure of the President” has an ego bigger than Texas.

  84. Regency, on January 13th, 2009 at 6:10 pm Said:

    A perfect note to close out a trying day. Hillary is all those things. A role model, a leader, and when you think about it, just someone you want to make proud. I adore her for that, respect her for leagues more.

    I’m glad we’re in this together. Makes the future look brighter in one way, if not in every way.

    THIS is what makes us different from THEM.

    WE are in this thing together — and we gain strength from each other and we GIVE to each other.

    HEY — WE are smart ones. Our leaders are the BEST. Heidi Li is one of our leaders as well.

    I’m not happy about Clinton leaving the Senate and being part of HE/HIS/da penis administration — however — if she can make a difference for women and children in this WHOLE world — then perhaps she is wise by taking on this job.

    What I do know is that WE will be watching — we know that Obambi will screw up — that he will fail under pressure — that he will have his crisis and he will freeze — just like his brother bush froze.

    But we won’t be going through this hell alone — we have real leaders and

    Regency what says :
    “I’m glad we’re in this together. Makes the future look brighter in one way, if not in every way. “

  85. Barbara Boxer did not officially endorse either Clinton or Obama, but she said she was going to vote – as a superdelegate – for whoever her constituents voted for. That was Hillary.

    The Senator I’m giving the props to is Bob Menendez, who called all the Republicans on their CF and CGI bullshit. And it’s only fitting that his blasting of them was the last testimony of the hearing. (Aside from Kerry trying to make excuses for Lugar’s behavior, which was officially the last thing we heard.)

    In any case, this is a beautiful post Heidi Li.

    I listened to almost all of the hearing and I’m glad Hillary wiped the floor with that committee. And I will never forget what happened in 2008.

  86. Obama dined today with conservative columnists:

    “He’s dining at the Chevy Chase home of Washington Post columnist George Will with the Post’s Charles Krauthammer and the New York Times’s David Brooks and William Kristol. All three wrote, at times, both kind and scathing things about Obama, though Kristol in particular pushed sharp attack lines against him in the waning days of the race”

    Wonder if he called them sweetie and offered them a kiss?

  87. Heidi Li:
    Thanks for this post. You once again reminded me why I admire this strong, powerful woman. Truly, there is a lot that can be learned from the way Sen ( and now hopefully Sec of State) Clinton conducts herself !

  88. New thread up

  89. DYB, on January 13th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I agree about Menendez. At first I thought he was going to act like the diaper guy but then he started talking positively about CGI. Kerry also did try to help her when the diaper guy just couldn’t stop talking about CGI.

  90. Joe Klein turned on Bill Clinton when Clinton did not do everything he thought he should. That is why he wrote the trashy Primary Colors as Anonymous and lied to everyone by saying he didn’t write it. He, like Tweety, Fineman, and the rest were really offended that white trash from Arkansas dare think he knew better than they.
    As for Boxer’s remarks about ego, I think she was just referring to the fact that Hillary was willing to work for Obama despite the humiliating way he and the party treated her because she wanted to do what was right for the country. I don’t think it was intended in any way as an insult. Boxer was the one who gave Hillary the opportunity to talk about women’s issues. (Funny how Tweety pretty much ignored that so he could talk about possible “appearances of conflicts of interest” as if that were a bigger issue.) It – Boxer’s questioning – felt like a love fest to me. Which it should have been.

    Of course the media had to look for conflict. Testosterone poisoning.

  91. I listened to her today and I stand in awe of how incredible she responded to every question.

  92. Thank you, Heidi, for this inspirational crit of Hillary. I like it a lot. You express what makes her such a fabulous leader and feminist. Maybe the world can change, just a little bit.

  93. The way Menendez approached his defense of Bill’s charities was actually really smart. He started off by essentially clarifying all the crap Vitter and Luger were throwing out there about it. For a while it wasn’t clear where he was going with any of it because he kept asking Hillary very specific questions all of which she had already answered repeatedly. And then he went off on a tirade about how important CF and CGI are (mentioning that Nelson Mandela thinks highly of them) and that it’s just politics for anyone to bash Hillary and Bill for their very important charitable work.

  94. Wonderful tribute, Heidi Li.

    An Obot friend (who doesn’t hate Hillary) mentioned that she was surprised that Hillary did so well and didn’t get a rougher time in the hearings. We both agreed that Hillary set the tone. Now that’s power.

  95. Hillary was fantastic, inspirational, brilliant.

    She sat through all the grandiose , positioning by the questioners (good Lord – how you ever seen such a bloviating gasbag as John Kerry?) and handled it with grace, humor, sensitivity and overpowering knowledge.

    There wasn’t a question she could not answer, there was no topic on which she could not speak at length.

    She clearly should be president. On the other hand she someday may be. Let us pray that Obama is at least marginally good, and let us pray that Hillary succeeds him.

  96. Once the government returns to governing, we’ll be seeing a lot of Senator Clinton leading the State Department (assuming confirmation). She will be faced with some of the deepest troubles of our time with a media every ready to trash her. Not every one of us will agree with every decision Senator Clinton makes. But one thing we will know is that she is will be using every bit of her grace, poise, knowledge, and superior intelligence to do her best by our country and by the people of the world. I do not believe in the secular beatification of any politician; I do believe that every once in a long while a truly excellent chooses public service and understands the concept: that’s Senator Clinton.

  97. Right on Heidi Li.

    Hillary forever!

  98. bostonboomer said: “My favorite part of the hearing was when various Senators thanked Hillary profusely for taking the job. They all know Obama can’t possibly do it with out her help. They should have thought of that when they disrespected her at the Convention.”

    yes, I also remember that Hillary received a standing ovation when she returned to the senate after the primaries. The senate boys are falling all over themselves to acknowledge her goodness. See — they’re living out a 19th century novel, in which Hillary is the virtuous heroine who sacrifices herself for an unworthy, ruthless rogue of a man. So Hillary is Anna Karenina, Marguerite Gautier, Emma Bovary. Her life is made more nobel because she gave it up for the Rat.
    And Hillary goes along with it because she hasn’t a choice. It’s either that or be cast off as a wh0re.
    It’s an interesting literary trope. In real life, though, it sucks big time.

  99. Hillary did and does what she has to do to survive, whether it means staying with Bill in their marriage, traveling with Obama after he STOLE the primary from her (ick!!!), becoming his Sec. of State. She makes choices from her heart and decides what is the best of a bad situation, and comes out like LEMONADE. She is very mature in that way, much more so than any one else I have seen in Obamaland. Obama needed Hillary much more than Hillary needed Obama. She could have stayed where she was and continued to press for Universal Health Care but instead took on a HUGE challenge which will test her no doubt. Being Sec of State during this time will not be easy, but she is equal to the task and will definitely rise to the occasion as she always does. Hillary always EXCEEDS expectations and will continue to do so I am sure. I am so very proud to be a Hillary supporter, to have never waivered during this past election year in my support and love for the woman. She is a true inspiration for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. The world is watching. All eyes are on Hillary Clinton.

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