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Chelsea Clinton was asked to pen a remembrance of her father’s 1992 campaign — which kicked off in October 1991, 20 years ago this month — and she authored this essay, “My Dad for President” as part of that commemoration.
The 1992 Clinton presidential campaign was actually the first presidential campaign I ever took part in, but it wasn’t to help Bill Clinton or the Democrats…it was to help First Lady of Arkansas Hillary Clinton become the First Lady of the United States…so she could take the first steps towards becoming President Clinton herself.
I was 15 years old at the time, in a Catholic high school in the suburbs of Cleveland, with Brandon Walsh (decidedly not Dylan McKay) sideburns and a respect for Hillary Clinton earned my freshman year, a full year before most of the country had ever heard of her, when I researched Hillary’s work as Arkansas’ First Lady for a debate in Ms. Habrat’s speech class. Oddly enough, I also researched Tipper Gore for the same class, but a different debate — that one on music censorship. I found Tipper to be, largely, an irrational nut and think the same to this day.
Hillary Clinton, however, intrigued me for being a woman people forever accused of being behind all sorts of ridiculous things and seemingly having magical powers with which to thwart her enemies. When the Clintons emerged on the national scene, and both the Left and Right started maligning her, I followed her exploits with even greater interest.
In life, I’ve always had a natural affinity for people who not only take punches well, but punch back even harder. I can’t stand wimps. I don’t like people who are forever too afraid to fight and have no interest in ever supporting anyone who I don’t trust to do what she or he thinks is best no matter what the establishment wants her or him to do instead.
I remember the 1992 campaign because both of my grandmothers were thrilled to see Hillary on the national stage, and cheered every time she took a stage and socked it to her critics. Both grandmas hoped they’d live to see Hillary as president herself, but both died before Hillary announced her 2008 campaign.
The night the Clintons won in 1992, and emerged from the statehouse in Arkansas for Bill Clinton to make his acceptance speech, my grandmothers and I all promised together we’d do everything we could to help Hillary Clinton win the White House herself in the future. Since I was all that was left of that pact in 2008, I tried to do everything I’d imagine my grandmothers would have done, and then some, to elect Hillary Clinton.
HillBuzz.org was started as a Hillary Clinton campaign site inspired a little by the round-robin telephone trees and Ladies’ Guild newsletters my grandmothers relied on in their time to communicate with like-minded people and work towards goals, like electing favored candidates to office. Though they could have never imagined something like a website existing to help Hillary, I hope they would have enjoyed the site my friends and I created for the campaign…and that I continued, and evolved, with friends old and new in the years since.
It still kills me a little every day that I couldn’t think up the magic strategy that would have defeated Obama in the primaries. I feel I failed my grandmothers because I didn’t save the day and win the nomination for our HRC.
I know Hillary Derangement Syndrome runs strong in a lot of you who read this site now, and I learned long ago that I am never going to convince anyone to change their firmly established perceptions of this woman. My boyfriend Justin, in fact, was raised to hate Hillary Clinton (though he can never clearly tell me why) and his parents honest-to-goodness believe Hillary stole a “heart attack ray” from NASA and uses it on her enemies (like Tim Russert, whom Justin’s father, a veterinarian, seriously believes Hillary murdered during the 2008 presidential campaign. He also thinks Hillary murdered someone he calls “Vince Vaughn”, so you can imagine why I have never deigned to argue with this man or challenge his perception of HRC).
There are ENORMOUS lessons for conservatives to learn from what the Obama campaign did to Hillary Clinton and her supporters in 2008, but in the three years and change I’ve been writing HillBuzz.org, I have never been able to convince Republicans to put their Hillary hate to the side long enough to see that everything the Left did to Hillary in the primaries was a dry run for what the Left will do to the Republican nominee in 2012.
John McCain, for whatever reason, didn’t really want to be president and never truly challenged Obama. McCain was the “it’s his turn” nominee, and ran a lackluster, meandering campaign that he actually suspended at one point and talked about just giving up. The only thing this man did right, in fact, was introducing Governor Sarah Palin to the national stage and launching her on a path to become the first female President herself.
It still hurts my heart that Hillary Clinton will never be president, but I see in retrospect her year to run was actually in 2004. She could have been the nominee, if she hadn’t listened to the Democrat establishment that told her to wait her turn and that “2008 would be her year”. I have it on very good authority that Ted Kennedy himself told Hillary that, and she foolishly believed him, being a good and loyal Democrat who decided to respect the establishment’s wishes and postpone her own ambitions so John Kerry could run the establishment-approved campaign in 2004…while the establishment geared up to backstab Hillary Clinton the next election by deciding, as early as 2004, that Barack Obama would be the 2008 nominee. The Democrat Party hates women, but knows it needs blacks to keep blindly voting Democrat, so having the first black president was always more important than running a candidate who would have made an excellent president.
During the 2008 campaign, I saw just how vile the Democrat Party really is. In truth, I’d always been uncomfortable being part of a Party that relied to heavily on union thuggery and that worked so hard to keep black people and Hispanics so poor and dependent on government handouts so they would keep blindly voting Democrat forever. I also hated the identity politics that drives the Democrat Party, and the corruption endemic to every major city that’s under complete Democrat control.
I would have probably become a Republican 20 years sooner if it wasn’t for the Clintons, because while Bill and Hillary Clinton were the heads of the Party, at least I felt the Left was kept somewhat at bay and such an entity as a conservative Democrat could actually exist. I learned my lesson at around 5pm or so on May 31st, 2008 when the Democrat Rules & Bylaws Committee actually stole Delegates from Hillary Clinton and awarded them to Obama, to secure the nomination for him.
I was there, in DC, when the actual decision came down. It was pouring rain that day. I will never forget a slight, bespeckled, Asian woman in a pink rain coat with a Hello Kitty umbrella who stood outside the hotel the RBC was meeting in holding up a sign that read “Count every vote, every vote counts!”. The rain had warped the letters and the paper was falling to shreds, but there she stood, crying because it was so clear to her the fix was in and the Party had decided on Obama no matter what the voters wanted.
That was it for me in terms of the Democrat Party. I will never in my life vote Democrat again, and I hope in some small way I can use my life to help metaphorically burn the Democrat Party to the ground for so embracing voter fraud, thuggery, Alinsky Methods, and everything else the Left employs to glorify Obama and keep him in power.
I came out as gay during the 2008 campaign because the Clinton campaign here in Chicago needed someone to fundraise and recruit volunteers in Boystown. I soon found myself on TV and the radio and doing interviews with the media. It was the scariest thing I’d ever done, and I was terrified there was no turning back ever, but I did it because Hillary Clinton needed it to be done and I couldn’t do it unless I came out. I got to meet a great many of Hillary’s friends here in Chicago, and got to know a few of them very well. They knew the sacrifices I made for the campaign and were a better support team than I could have ever dreamed I’d have in coming out. I got to know Chelsea Clinton a little by working several events with her and had the shock of my life one day in February when she actually called me on the telephone to thank me for organizing a small dollar fundraiser for her mother.
There were stretches when I’d get to speak to Hillary herself in person several times a week. My family pretty much disowned me and was embarrassed by me for coming out, and in talking with her Hillary learned this and actually tried to intervene to mend these fences for me. I was just a campaign worker in Chicago, with the little website my friends and I ran, running my little volunteer efforts here, and the woman who was in the fight of her life against Obama and the Left actually remembered what I was going through every time I’d see her and she’d take a moment to check in and encourage me to stay strong and to know I made the right choice in coming out.
I still get hatemail here at HB from people who say how much they hate Hillary Clinton and go on about how evil she is or how she killed “Vince Vaughn”. I forward those last ones to my boyfriend Justin with a note saying, “Tell your dad to stop writing me!”. I will always treasure the experiences I had on the 2008 campaign because a former First Lady of the United States, a former United States Senator, and the current Secretary of State is a person who showed me such incredible kindness right when I needed it most and who made sure I knew how much she appreciated what I went through in trying to help her campaign.
So, the Clintons will always mean something to me on a very personal level. When Justin is mad at me and wants to be a jerk, or just wants to get my goat because he’s still at that point in his 20s when he thinks everything he does is HILARIOUS, he’ll forward me a picture of Hillary looking terrible somewhere while traveling around the world and attach a message of “Your gal’s not looking so hot these days”. I just ignore him, because his Hillary Derangement Syndrome will never allow him to take a step back and appreciate how much Hillary’s personal kindness to me will always mean, no matter what he, his parents, or anyone in conservative ranks says about her.
On days when I was so sick I almost couldn’t get out of bed or have felt so attacked and defeated I just didn’t want to live anymore, I swear I thought about Hillary Clinton standing in the rain in Pittsburgh, PA back in 2008…refusing to cancel a campaign rally…and delivering an electrifying speech to the crowd as lightning flashed above her head and I marveled at her tenacity from the sidelines.
I never thought another person on Earth would inspire me like this, but then emerged Governor Sarah Palin who has the same tenacity and determination, even if she’s in a different party and is on a mission to take down the establishment in a way Hillary Clinton never did.
It’s actually been really hard for me to come to terms with this, but I had to accept a long time ago that even though Hillary was betrayed by the Democrat establishment (in both 2004 and 2008), it’s just not who she is to bring these people down. Maybe that comes with being a former First Lady, or from having been in the Senate and lived in Washington for too long. It was never in her 2008 campaign to take down the establishment…but at the time, I didn’t even know back then this is what America needed to do to survive.
I know in comments people will rehash all the old anti-Hillary, hateful remarks that I’ve seen and responded to thousands of times at this point. I also know I’ll be asked “how can you support Palin now after being such a strong Hillary supporter”. I hope regular readers will answer this stuff for me because I just don’t have the strength to repeat myself on this again. Though, I will say that in 2008 the best choice for President was Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, who would have never done to this country what Obama did because she would have never allowed the Left — or anyone alive — to dictate the course of her presidency.
The best choice for President in 2012 is Governor Sarah Palin, because I believe she has the same tenacity and fight inside her that Hillary Clinton did in 2008…but with the realization that the permanent political class needs to be fought tooth and nail, in a way that Hillary didn’t see clearly when she was in a position to have done so herself.
I grew up knowing the strongest fighters and the best Americans around me were the moms, grandmothers, and aunts I knew back in Cleveland who took care of me and all of my friends and who always rose to the challenge when they needed to…when too often the men that I knew in life slinked off to play golf or go on vacation when the going got tough.
I think America’s going to be saved by moms, grandmothers, and aunts in 2012. I think a lot of these women — and the men who will stand with them — were Hillary voters in 2008 who will back Governor Palin in next year’s election. From Hillary to Sarah so many of us will go, with many never imagining in a million years they’d make a transition like this.
It’s sure been a strange journey for me, and for everyone from the Team Hillary days who’ve continued with me here on HillBuzz.org for all these years.
This post ended up being much less of a nostalgic look back at the 1992 campaign than Chelsea’s reminiscence that started it…but while I’ll never forget the past and will always cherish its part in me, I can’t help but set my sights on the future and the people I know are best to lead America through the tough times ahead.
The 45th President of the United States will be a woman, but she won’t be named Clinton and despite the personal feelings I have for the Clintons, I have to say yet again that the next president has to be — HAS TO BE — someone who is willing to absolutely destroy both the Left and the Cocktail Party GOP establishment if America is to recover from what Obama has done to the nation.
The only person alive who can do this is Sarah Palin.
I seriously pray every day she answers this call. I know if my grandmothers were still here they’d be praying the same thing, as are millions of us Hillary ’08 vets who are willing to get back into the trenches again and fight Obama and his minions under Palin’s banner this time.
In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens wrote a piece that summarized Obama’s presidency…alphabetically. It’s a wonderful and clever article and really spotlights what an abysmal failure this administration has been and why we need to get him out of office in 2012….before it’s too late.
Here’s a few of my favorite “letters” from the article…I encourage you to read the entire thing.
A is for the Arab world, and our standing in it: This year, Zogby International found that 5% of Egyptians had a favorable view of the U.S. In 2008, when George W. Bush was president, it was 9%. ( and Obama was going to be the US spokesman to the Arab world. Ha!)
D is for—what else—the federal debt, which grew to $14.3 trillion this month from $10.7 trillion at the end of 2008. D is also for the dollar, which has lost almost half its value against gold since Aug. 2008. (and if we don’t take back the White House and the Senate …that $14.3 trillion will continue to climb)
H is for Hillary Clinton, who—I can’t believe I’m writing this—would have made a better president than Mr. Obama. ( I LOVE this one. So true)
I is for Israel, a Middle Eastern country the president claims to support even as he routinely disses its prime minister, seeks to shrink its borders and—why not?—divide its capital. (Attention all Jewish voters…Obama is NOT your friend. He is your enemy so stop voting for him.)
J is for jobs. In November 2008, president-elect Obama promised he would create 2.5 million jobs by 2011. By October 2010 the economy had shed 3.3 million jobs. ( I think this will be the number one thing that will lose him re-election in 2012.)
O is for ObamaCare, which goes far to explain B, D, J as well as the Greek part of G. ( Obama’s signature legislation will become one of the worst bills in history. His legacy will be defined by this and that ain’t a good thing.)
T is for taxes, which Mr. Obama would like to see raised for “millionaires and billionaires”—curiously defined as people making $200K and up. ( Average Americans are wising up to his deceiving language about who will have their taxes raised and they don’t like it.)
W is for the Dubya, whose presidency now looks like a model of spending restraint. ( We miss George W. Bush. Once the punching bag for the left, W is beginning to gain back the respect that he deserves.)
Z is for zero, which is the likelihood that one of the current GOP hopefuls will defeat Mr. Obama in 2012. (hmmm…I hope he’s wrong on this one but perhaps he’s saying that Governor Palin should jump in and get the job done
What are your favorite letters?
How awesome is this?
UPDATE: Here’s another take on this for you to pick from, with slightly different angles and lighting corrected in Photoshop in an effort to come as close to realistic as possible.
Thanks everyone for your support with the poster I created. Palinpatriot is a very brave person to do what he did, in San Francisco, and it really is like going into the belly of the beast.
Kevin asked me if I’d send in a Ground Report about using creativity and art to irk the left. So, here goes…
First of all, a little about myself. My background is in event production, design, and marketing. So, I’m all about selling the experience. In my professional career I often take historic themes and turn them into event designs. One of the ways I do it is to take authentic documents and turn them into menus. For instance, an original menu from an Alcatraz prison guards’ Christmas dance becomes a dessert menu. I think you get the idea.
So, I’m used to tweaking things and making familiar images not like they seem.
With the poster I designed for Palinpatriot, I wanted to take a well known iconic image of Harvey Milk and make it all about Sarah. The look is the same so it may pass unnoticed for a while, (which is a good thing because once it’s discovered it won’t last long), also, once it is noticed it will really flip some people out. Since it’s a cheerful, upbeat image, we aren’t being hateful or vicious.
I believe that there is little that can be done to turn the true believers. However, in a city like SF there are a lot of people who are basically apolitical who just “go along to get along.” It’s those people, particularly the thinking ones with a sense of humor that we want to reach. At least that’s how I feel about it. There’s also the element of really annoying the true believers, which is a great way to get them to expose their hypocrisy.
My philosophy about this is that we need to keep things fun and upbeat. I don’t want to go down the “Hate Obama” road. It accomplishes nothing and only exposes us to being called hateful and vicious, with reason.
One of my major peeves about conservative art is that so much of it is unsophisticated and kind of hokey. There’s nothing wrong with the Walmart crowd and their enthusiasm for the red, white, and blue. But, in a lot of urban areas that kind of art is not taken seriously. We need to beat them at their own game by bringing more sophisticated, subtle, and less “in-your-face” patriotic art to the masses.
So, whatever we do art -wise should be fun and clever. If there are iconic images in your area, use them. Just twist them to suit your purposes. For many years the left has “owned” the art world, so let’s turn their “art” against them.
This is a perfect example. A popular image out here is the silhouette of Brian Wilson’s beard. If you don’t follow baseball, he is the SF Giant’s closer, with a beard that inspired the motto “Fear the Beard.” If we take that idea and twist it, we can get this:
Same concept, different meaning.
Same with the famous Che Guevara poster. Change the background to pink, add Sarah, and a little pink star.
These are just examples of the kinds of things you can do.
Remember, however, the big boogeyman in the world of art….copyrights! If you use someone else’s image and tweak it, (like the poster above), you can get away with it if it’s used for a “guerilla art attack.” Odds are, it won’t stay up long, and you can get away with it being “parody” as long as you don’t try to make any money off of it.
If you want to print T-shirts and sell them you must get written consent from the original artist to use their image for re-sale, and you will have to pay them for the rights. As a professional artist I have no problem with someone using one of my designs like Palinpatriot did. However, I wouldn’t like it if someone snatched my design and made money off of it. It’s theft, plain and simple, and as an artist I’d like to make sure that my image is used as I intended. If someone were to take one of my pro-Palin images and make it anti-Palin and also make a profit doing it….that would be adding insult to injury.
So, to you artists out there, remember to have fun. Keep whatever you create upbeat and positive, it will drive the angry left crazy.
For those of you who want to use artists’ images, be respectful. Don’t steal them for your own profit, and make sure you have their permission for whatever your “mission” is.
It’s time that conservative artists make a stand, and have fun doing it!
NBC’s Bay Area affiliate is covering the pro-Palin positive posters that PalinPatriot popped over the nasty anti-Palin posters the Left has been smearing the Governor with.
If you are a creative person, start thinking about posters you could create that showcase the Governor in a positive light. Make them something you would be proud to show the Governor and have her autograph…something Todd would like so much he’d want to get a copy of to frame and hang in their home.
Whatever you do when creating anything related to the Governor, please keep that in mind: always have it be something you would want her to be proud of, not have to defend or be embarrassed by.
As things heat up in the race against Obama, emotions will flare up and things are going to get wild and crazy, but if from Day One we use our creativity in a responsible and measured way, always remembering we need to help the Governor and put her in the best light possible, then our efforts will always be positive.
The Left will screech and howl, because we’re being effective, and they hate being beaten in creative realms because that’s supposed to be “their turf”.
Not anymore, folks.
Welcome to awesomeness: President Reagan's postage stamp to be released after his centennial anniversary
Best news I’ve heard so far today.
It’s a great portrait of President Reagan.
Another person I did not appreciate while he was alive, but someone who carried out the duties of president with immense respect for America, her people, and the office of the presidency.
Those crisp salutes.
The boldness in staring down our enemies and telling them what to do, no apologies given.
Those impressively fast, cuts-to-the-bone, retorts and rejoinders.
I am a child of the 80s who grew up with the image of Ronald Wilson Reagan on the TV every night, as my concept of what a “President” should be.
Though I grew up as a Democrat, and my family didn’t vote for Reagan, I don’t remember a bad word about Reagan ever being said. There wasn’t really much of an effort ever made to defeat him, either, from what I remember. I bet everyone in my house voted for Mondale in 1984, but nobody lifted a finger to campaign for him (Dukakis, either…both too liberal and creepy).
The Clintons were another story, where we went all in back in Cleveland.
But, it was comforting, even to Democrats in Cuyahoga County that when Reagan was president America had a champion in the White House who could stare down foreign threats and give the Soviet Union a swift punch to the gut.
We need a president like this again…but this time America, and the entire West, is up against the lunatic would-be global caliphate of Islam, and all the evils that it brings. It’s worse than communism, and the current “president” we have is worse than Jimmy Carter.
Which means we need someone more take-no-prisoners and kickass than Ronald Reagan was against our last great threat.
Hear that, Governor Palin?
It’s the sound of millions of postcards headed your way to Wasilla come 2011…with Ronald Reagan’s portrait affixed as postage…asking you to humbly take up his mantle and fight for us when we need you most.
There are some people I really wish were personal friends, and Professor Jacobson is one of them.
In this article he gives the Cocktail Party GOP blue blood establishment what we used to call a “come to Jesus moment” back in Cleveland.
Here in Chicago, the Cocktail Party GOP elite are in all out war against Governor Palin.
Mittens Romney controls all GOP operations in Illinois.
The GOP state chair Pat Brady and Cook County chair Lee Roupas are both Romney guys. They both expect big jobs in a Romney 2012 campaign. Both were politically damaged beyond repair earlier this year in both the Jeremy Rose sex scandal with the Chicago Young Republicans and their subsequent assault on whistleblower Eloise Gerson…the woman who went to the press with the things Brady and Roupas covered up to protect Rose, who is another one who brags of what Romney is going to do for his career.
None of these guys think Romney will be president. They do not believe Romney will beat Obama.
They only want him to be the nominee so he can give them all high paying campaign jobs with fancy titles…because it is Romney’s turn to be nominee and their turn to have those big jobs.
It is widely known that Governor Palin does not like or tolerate men like this.
She surrounds herself with good people…not the likes of Brady, Roupas, and Rose…the Three Stooges of the Illinois Cocktail Party.
So…whenever you read anything about the 2012 Republican race you need to view it in terms of what the entitled worms like Brady, Roupas, and Rose want to get out of a Romney nomination.
You have to look at Professor Jacobson’s excellent take on this and see that in the Cocktail Party’s neverending quest for.individual, personal advancement these myopic fools ignore Governor Palin’s nationwide support because it is an inconvenient fact to them.
Winning the actual general election is not their aim. They just want Romney to be the nominee because he will give them jobs and the Governor will not.
THAT is the reality here.
In one of the radio spots I did this week, someone asked me what I was going to do now that DWTS is over.
I think declaring open war on the Cocktail Party blue blood estaBUSHment and running interferance for Governor Palin would be fun.
What should we do and where should we start?
I have a plan forming, which involves taking down Mitt Romney’s ground team here in Illinois as a start…and then spreading out to hit the Cocktail Party soggy sandwich centers in the rest of the Midwest, too.
I refuse to allow the Cocktail Party and media to work together to take down Governor Palin the way the Left and the media (redundancy alert!) took down Hillary Clinton in 2008.
The Cocktail Party blue bloods are already in 2012 campaign mode so if you are someone waiting until Governor Palin officially announces her campaign in 2012, then you are foolishly keeping yourself out of a battle already in progress.
This is all great Thanksgiving dinner conversation material.
Today I did an interview with a reporter named Megan on Inside Edition regarding the hypocrisy of the media in not caring a lick about voter fraud committed by Democrats in recent elections…but being obsessed with HillBuzz efforts to win Dancing with the Stars for Bristol Palin by encouraging people to “vote like Democrats – early and often and using many aliases”.
Doing these shows is always interesting, and it always starts with a producer calling or emailing to see if I am available. Sometimes there is a phone pre-interview, but this time there wasn’t and the producer just booked a production house here in Chicago for me to be linked up with New York via cameras.
If the show is not for a big broadcast or cable network, these spots are filmed at little video production facilities like this, usually in nondescript office buildings.
I arrived for the shoot and the videographer had a Chicago skyline backdrop set for me and a chair to sit on. He put a mic on me, gave me an earpiece, and we did a quick soundcheck (by counting to ten). Good thing Claire McCaskill doesn’t do too many of these, as she has trouble counting to ten with her shoes on.
The cameraman phoned New York and got them set on the line, while a producer there got the reporter, Megan. Almost all of these people are always incredibly nice…though everyone does assume you have done this before.
If you are someone who doesn’t do things like this often, I bet it would be really scary as it all moves so quickly. I was in and out of the studio in 25 minutes, and I bet the segment is going to be under two minutes.
When Megan asked questions, I tried to talk about Democrat voter fraud, intimidation, and election tampering in every soundbyte, so they could not edit all of that out.
It is not a live feed, but will be chopped up, so every second I was mic-ed I made sure I didn’t say or do anything I didn’t want on camera.
I could not see Megan, but could hear her through the earpiece. I had to just stare into the camera directly.
Megan could see me, though. They setup a split screen for her at Inside Edition.
I talked about George Soros, the Secretaries of State project, Obama’s voter fraud in Iowa, Patrick Murphy’s absentee voter fraud in this last election, and the Black Panthers.
I expect all of this to be edited out, but I did say “vote like a Democrat” a lot, and THAT is what I most want to see in this segment.
If you catch the show and can get my spot on YouTube, please put a link in this thread.
These things are fun to do so I wanted to tell you how it feels to do them so in 2012 when you are surrogate speaking for Governor Palin you will be a pro at them, unafraid because you read what to expect from me.
We have two years to make friends, build networks, and form ground teams in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina so we can win those states for Governor Palin.
Let’s not waste a single day.
What can YOU do, from home, to start making inroads in these three key states?