Posts Tagged 'Hillary Clinton'

Hillary’s Home Run!


9:21 p.m.: Ah, the anticipation! History in the air! It’s so fitting that Hillary is giving her big speech on the 88th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Ooooh, there’s Bill! Just a few minutes ago, I startled myself by actually agreeing with Pat Buchanan, who took Mark Warner to task for not lighting into McCain/Bush/Cheney to rally the Dems. What is the world coming to when I agree with Pat Buchanan!

9:24 p.m.: The camera loves Bill — who cares who’s speaking or being interviewed by Andrea Mitchell? Let’s keep that camera on Bill.

9:28 p.m.: Maybe I need to go back and listen to Bob Casey’s speech again — he’s actually dissing McCain to Andrea Mitchell after all! Somebody’s got cajones after all!

9:43 p.m.: The ovation goes on and on! Did Bill just say, “I love you,” as he got all teary-eyed?!

9:45 p.m.: Way to open, Hillary! She’s going to do it, I just know it! Why didn’t they put her on Monday night to open this whole thing up? Love that “We’re on the same team and can’t afford to sit on the sidelines.”

9:48 p.m.: “No way, no how, no McCain” — she shoots, she SCORES!

9:51 p.m. “My sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits.”

9:56 p.m.: “Were you in it…” powerful.

9:59 p.m.: “We did it before with President Clinton and the Democrats, and we’ll do it again with President Obama and the Democrats.”

10:01 p.m.: Here it comes: “We don’t need four more years of the last eight years.” You go, Hill! Sic him, Hill!

10:03 p.m.: Off the wall with the “Twin Cities” remark!

10:05 p.m.: Oh, the Harriet Tubman quote is priceless. “if you hear the dogs, keep going!” Keep going! I so wish I were there in Denver!

10:07 p.m.: What a masterpiece! Ken O just called it: “a grand slam out of the ballpark across the street”! Amen, brother!

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#4: A Voting Double Dip

Texas Primary Day should be a holiday. Even with record numbers for early voting all over the state, I waited, for I like to cast my vote on the actual day. I warmed up last night by going to the Hillary rally at Burger Center (she was great, by the way; I need to write that one up!). After much soul-searching, I had hit upon a brilliant plan for my own version of the Texas Electoral Two Step (and another Fab First!).

Step One: Around 10 a.m., Patsy Clementine and I walked over to my precinct at nearby Lanier High School. All was calm, and we signed right in and cast our vote. I do like Hillary a lot; and I don’t care what the Obama folks say, Hillary probably does have stronger experience. Plus, this is my first time EVER to vote for a woman for president. So Patsy and I cast our vote for Hillary Clinton; I did get goosebumps when I reviewed my ballot before casting and saw “U.S. President: Hillary Clinton”! One for the ladies and the future! (And that was Patsy’s first vote, but I don’t think she even noticed!)

Step Two: I managed to get some work done while waiting to return for the Precinct 161 Caucus. I arrived around 7 p.m. and joined 150 or so of my neighbors in the cafeteria. By 7:15 p.m., the numbers had swelled to close to 400, a heartening mix of races and ages, men and women. Even though everyone in Texas had known for two weeks that voting turnout was huge among Dems, the party had not planned for such huge numbers at the caucus (our usual turnout was more like 60!). It made me think of my sister Cathy, who had been immersed in the Iowa caucuses; I found myself wishing for an influx of Iowa volunteers to help us Texans figure out how to run our caucus! They’d get it done!

Our beleaguered temporary precinct chair took the stage and admitted to being overwhelmed by the turnout. She tried her best to shout out instructions on how the caucus would work, but that was tough, since she didn’t have a microphone. A few groans ran through the crowd when she announced that the county organization hadn’t sent enough sign-in sheets, so they would have to go make copies. The groans escalated when someone popped up to say copies would have to made off site, because the school library was locked. Fortunately, a woman behind me stood up and said, “I have a key!” She saved the day, bless her! Once the copying crisis was resolved, the chair called for 10 volunteers to help with sign-in; about 30 people rushed up to the stage!

By 7:37, our chair called the caucus to order and the sign-in mob started. Here’s where I launched the second prong of my cunning plan: I caucused for Barack! By 7:47 p.m., I was signed up. A few minutes later the sign-up volunteers are shouting out for more signees and it wrapped up neatly, considering the onslaught of numbers. By then, the crowd easily dropped by more than half.

The counting started at 7:55 p.m. With this being a caucus, we had to total up the number of signees and then apply a formula to calculate how to allocate the 33 delegates from Precinct 161. Unfortunately, my hopes for another 2008 first –– seeing if I could be a delegate to the National Convention –– were dashed by my own timing: The Travis County convention is March 29, but I’ll be in Illinois enjoying an upcoming Fab First (details to follow as the date approaches — I’m sworn to secrecy!). So much for Denver Delegate idea! Even so, I thought I’d stick around and see what transpired. Within minutes, our “temporary” precinct chair and secretary were elected “permanent” officers. We were then divvied up into our respective groups and chose a representative to help count.

8:10 p.m. While waiting on the final talley, I checked in on the caucus’s main competition, the UT-Nebraska basketball game at the Erwin Center. Score: UT 55 and Nebraska 52 with 7:09 left –– whoa! A few minutes later, Texas was up 58-52. Someone announced he had two Obama posters to give away and played “Hickory Dickory Dock” to get down from eight or nine to the two winners. By 8:18, oooh! The Huskers are still in it, down 2 with 2:54 left. Then it’s tied 61 all with 44 seconds to go!!! Some excitement!

8:27 p.m.: The delegate counts are announced: 20 for Barack and 13 for Hillary. And Texas pulls it out 70-66 — dang it! From there, our group chose 20 delegates and 20 alternates. And that was that.

Postscript at 9:45 p.m. Jeffrey Toobin just told Anderson Cooper on CNN, “This is a disgrace, what Texas is doing, making people who voted in the afternoon come back, wait in line … having a primary in a caucus in the same day. … Subjecting people to a system like that and allocating votes for president of the U.S. on such an insane system, I think Texas should be ashamed of itself.” I beg to differ! It allowed me to double dip and vote twice!



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