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OPEd: Why we can't quit on Hillary Clinton now!
by Paula Xanthopoulou
News yesterday that John Edwards and NARAL had endorsed Barack Obama
made me sick...This morning, I contributed $100 more to Hillary Clinton.
We must continue to support her, and I hope you can take the time to
1) Senator Hillary Clinton still is the most qualified to be president, and I admire her ability/willingness to
continue putting herself and her policies on the line in spite of daunting delegate math. She has waged one
of the most incredible presidential campaigns in history, and I hope that she does not drop out until the last
state votes and we get a final tally for 2008. Not incidentally, this campaign is also about the future of
women running for higher office. Call it symbolic, call it pride, call it ambition -- I call it a HUGE step forward
for a women, and an amazing performance by one of the most amazing women of our times.
2) As you well know, HRC has waged her campaign in the face of ongoing sexism - including the criticism
of how she has run her campaign and that senators generally have no executive experience. No one
mentioned this while one-term Senators Obama and Edwards were prancing in the limelight yesterday, nor
has John McCain come under similar criticism even though his campaign imploded and went broke last
summer. McCain got this far because his competitors were sketchy. Hillary Clinton keeps coming back in
the face of Obamamania and 101 ridiculous reasons to not like her. (Had the Democrats
used-winner-take-all rules like the GOPers to divide up delegates instead of proportional apportionment,
Hillary Clinton would now be the Democratic nominee!)
3) The NARAL announcement was not only cruelly-timed, but reminded me immediately of Connie Morella.
You may remember that in 2000 NARAL endorsed, supported, and applauded Democrat Chris Van Hollen's
win over Maryland Congresswoman Morella -- having been convinced that this would help the Dems take
back Congress, which it did not. Ms. Morella was a strong, loyal pro-Choice Republican who had been
endorsed by NARAL in previous cycles. Mr. Van Hollen is now the zealous chair of the DCCC, and has not
championed any sort of program to elect women to OPEN SEATS. DNC rules can be changed to negate the
votes of Democrats in Florida and Michigan, but they apparently cannot be changed to accelerate the
election of women to Congress...Women's issues will only be seriously addressed when a critical mass of
women are elected to higher office - a concept that has never been grasped by women's groups like
NARAL, which continue to endorse/support men in a misguided effort to be major political players instead of
focusing on empowering women. Women will vote for Barack Obama if he is the nominee because Hillary
Clinton will ask them to, NOT because NARAL made this endorsement while she was still a candidate.
4) MOST IMPORTANTLY: If Senator Clinton continues on to come close if not win, this increases her political
power/leverage going forward -- which can effect VP choice, cabinet appointees, party platform, convention
protocol, even help retiring her debt, etc. There a many ways that Hillary Clinton can still make our voices
heard and forward her policies. Some people will say that these inside baseball issues are all about her,
but I for one truly believe in her 30-year deep commitment to public service and women. In any case, we
need women at the highest levels of political/government decision-making. We should applaud and support
the women who can play politics on par with the boys, not denigrate them -- otherwise, back to square one.
That's why I continue to support Hillary Clinton, both with my hard-earned dollars and however else I can. If
you do, too, please do go to www.hillaryclinton.com/contribute/UQM4 and give what you can today - it's
critically important that we don't quit now either.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PAULA XANTHOPOULOU (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paula was born and educated in Stockton, California, attending the University of the Pacific and majoring in
International Relations. She spent ten years as a teacher and administrator at the American Farm School in
Thessaloniki, Greece -- followed by consulting and working for non-profit organizations when she returned
to the U.S. and a 6-year stint managing opera singers for her own company. In New York City, Paula was
involved in a myriad of community efforts, which has also been the case since moving to Miami in 1994.
She headed the Miami Shores Brockway Memorial Library Building Fund and serves on Executive
Committee of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Paula served two terms as president of the
National Women's Political Caucus of Florida (2001-2005). During that time, she worked on the Janet Reno
for Florida Governor campaign and later served as Deputy Campaign Manager on the Carol Moseley Braun
for President campaign based in Chicago.
In 2002 Paula was a Miami-Dade "In the Company of Women" honoree for her work and was honored with
the NWPC/FL 2005 "Elaine Gordon Leadership Award."
As a writer and commentator, she is a committed advocate for the creation of a real power base for women
by electing many more women. Paula also publishes and maintains her own website
(www.equalrepresentation.org) as a hub for strategies like "Every OPEN SEAT A Woman's Seat" and related
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