Let’s tell them why they should vote for a woman in the White House. Let’s tell them we need someone in the White House who understands that when women are safe, healthy, and prosperous, the economy will be healthy and prosper. When women thrive, we won’t need to decapitate our social services programs and we won’t need to waste time legislating against poor people. Let’s talk in these terms.
I’m a Hillary Clinton fan, and a new one, at that. My newness makes me no less devoted, and I can see my candidate could benefit from more vocal support to remain steady after the gauntlet of lies spewing from the media machine, including the previously-considered-venerable New York Times. I also sense the weariness and wariness emanating from long-time Hillary supporters and I can imagine memories of the past bleed into worry about the present. I worry too, which is why I can’t just sit by and wait until the primary to say something.
Here are six ideas that came to me for Hillary supporters, whether new or long-time, that would be helpful to her. I think it’s time to flaunt our Hillary support!
- I don’t know anyone who voted for Barack Obama who is remorseful, so it’s time to end the practice of dissing Obama. Hillary will need President Obama before this election process is over, we should keep that door open. Obama’s focus in these last months will likely be on wrapping up his legacy and since Hillary is going to get a lot of mileage out of that legacy, I suggest we help him put the bow on it.
- While we’re at it, let’s stop mentioning 2008. By moving the focus, and our energy, away from the past and the if-only narrative, we’ll make space for Hillary-now to campaign. We can access the incredible online catalogue of her accomplishments and circulate them on social media. Every time I listen to her China speech, I get chills. Let’s dig into that treasure chest of her personal legacy and share it, otherwise known as move-over-Bill, she’s not a mini-me.
- Speaking of support, show your enthusiasm and excitement. Play up the ways you love Hillary. Do you know what’s missing on my Facebook feed? All the quotes and sayings and the declarations of love that I see from other candidates’ supporters. Hillary’s appearance on Ellen was a good first hint of the emotional content of her campaign. Pssst, Hillary campaign people: Give us Hillary in conversation with women. Give it to us real and raw and we’ll make that stuff go viral. We’re dying and begging for some good, sexy campaign material. By that, I simply mean clean and warm, provoking our feelings so we can gush. We could use more emotional connection, with her and with each other.
- Let’s focus on the big picture and the long term. Let’s not respond to the chatter of distraction. If this letter to the New York Times is any indication, her team is doing a great job correcting the public record. We can, and hopefully Hillary will, repeatedly hammer home the fact that she’s not running against Obama, she’s running against George W. Bush, who left our country in the most dismal state in nearly a hundred years, essentially on death’s door. Even my conservative financial planner voted for Obama in 2008 because he knew the zealous Republicans after Bush would tank the economy. We can imagine Hillary will continue building the economy Obama has stabilized.
- Let’s borrow an idea from Sarah Silverman and the Great Schlep, circa 2008. Like Sarah, who flew to Florida to explain to her grandparents why they should vote for a black man, now it’s time for us to fly to visit the kids and the grandkids. Let’s tell them why they should vote for a woman in the White House. Let’s tell them we need someone in the White House who understands that when women are safe, healthy, and prosperous, the economy will be healthy and prosper. When women thrive, we won’t need to decapitate our social services programs and we won’t need to waste time legislating against poor people. Let’s talk in these terms.
- Finally, Hillary supporters need Obama supporters. I suggest the way to expand our numbers is to generously open our arms and invite potential Hillary voters into the excitement of a new election. These are her issues. This is her time. It’s okay if other voters didn’t get it until now, we don’t need to remind them they don’t understand or tell them it’s about time they came to the party. It’s okay if someone is still undecided. She needs us to show our excitement about her interest in a potential Hillary presidency. New Hillary supporters will be waiting to feel part of the team. Where’s the red carpet?
Hillary will win with the support of her fans. Now is not the time to remain silent and waiting. Obama got re-elected with a lot of silence among his supporters tired of the political games, but he didn’t win because voters sat silently the first time around.
Repeat after me: “I need a President who will take care of me. When I’m taken care of, my family will be more comfortable and content.”
And, “I’m not for just any woman. I’m for this woman. This woman who is for the welfare of her fellow humans. I’m for Hillary.”
Kim Cottrell is an author, educator, and speaker. She blogs at ahealthystepmother.com and is hard at work on a book of tales for stepmothers. Kim writes regularly about self-image, change, and living inside one’s skin. She wants our society to grow a new self-image.
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