Day 92 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
Because, despite all the reasons that might exist for various groups to dislike her, they trust her.
The relationship between the presidential candidates and the press is rocky at best. The relationship between Hillary and the press has always been fraught. Not surprisingly (to me, anyway), she is mistrustful and likely views the press as a necessary evil.
That said, for months, they live together, travel together, eat together, attend events together, muck through rain, heat, humidity, snow and spectacular days together. Consider it Stockholm Syndrome if you like, but there exists a bonded relationship between the press and the candidates. It may be as toxic a relationship as the worst families, but the connection exists nonetheless.
On one of the forums I belong to, someone asked who knows the candidates better than the press? Who else sees them tired, energized, beaten, challenged, euphoric, hungry and, very messily, themselves, day in and out? Who has spent more time vetting their words? Questioning their policies? Watching them evade and capitulate? Who sees their bullshit better than the press corps?
So, I respect their opinions. I trust their judgment. I love watching press interview press and looking for the raised eyebrow and pinched lips when asked about the candidates. I’ve learned a lot from those moments.
This year, the press has – nearly universally – come out in support of Hillary. Coming from them, this may be the most valuable and compelling endorsement of all.
UPDATE — I need to amend this. It hasn’t been sitting right with me ever since I posted it. It feels patronizing and doesn’t say what I really want it to say. What I wanted to say was that Hillary got BLM wrong first, going with the neutralizing “All Lives Matter,” which entirely misses the point. But, after being protested by BLM activists, she did what she does and met with BLM activists. Some of the conversations were very uncomfortable and unsatisfying for both sides.
However, she listened. She processed. (Which is what she does.) And she met again. And talked some more. In light of the oh-too-many misperceptions of what BLM is really about and why — yes — Black Lives Do Matter (no qualification required or wanted), and the conflation with Blue Lives Matter, it is challenging for a politician to align him or herself with the movement. Too few people actually get the point, which means, as a talking point, it’s not an easy alignment. Once she understood it, Hillary not only attached herself to the movement, she made a point of bringing some of its issues to light. She massaged some of her policies to address the issues presented to her. And she tried to find a balance so she could say, “Of course I don’t want cop killings, but I’m also tired of us killing our black citizens and we need to remedy the things that make it a too common occurrence.” [The quotations are mine; I’m paraphrasing her position.] ok, carry on.