When a friend flagged this to me on Facebook, I was instantly sold. Created by FCTRY, a small product design studio in Brooklyn, this miniature Democratic heir-presumptive is both a promotion of positive female role models for children, and a fun way to show Hillary Clinton that the grassroots support her.
Currently at $13,289 of their $15,000 goal, with some 23 days to go, there are certainly people out there willing to put down $15 for the toy and a postcard to Mrs Clinton urging her to run.
To paraphrase something someone once said, “the board is set, the pieces are moving.”
It’s the deep breath before the plunge – we come to it at last.
All the expectations are that Hillary Clinton will announce around mid-April that she “is in, and in to win.” The process has all but become inevitable as official and unofficial channels ramp up their preparations for #Hillary2016. Super PACs that once plumped for Obama have quietly been refocusing their grassroots connections towards the Clinton campaign, and new groups like Students for Hillary have sprung up on campuses and in towns across the United States.
Her teflon-esque ability to deflect criticism reared its head again this last few days, as congressional Republicans attempted to turn yet another non-scandal into the latest #gate – this time over the former Secretary of State’s use of personal email accounts whilst in office. Polls show that, for a majority of Democrats, this is simply the latest in a long-line of partisan attacks on their as-yet undeclared presidential candidate; for Republicans, another talking point for the Fox News pundits to pull into their “bubble”. And a story over the weekend in the Washington Post that Jeb Bush was guilty of the same thing when Governor of Florida has largely put paid to any further substantive attacks from the right against Hillary on this particular issue.
That isn’t, of course, to say that the right won’t go back to their old talking points: Benghazi, Whitewater, Rose Law, etc – and try and drape these around her neck once again. However, poll after poll shows that Americans are tired of hearing these arguments, and continue to view Hillary consistently more favourably than at any previous time. In every opinion poll going back for any significant period of time, the former First Lady sweeps the floor with all of her likely Democratic challengers with super-majorities in the polls. Similarly, when put up against her likely Republican opponents, Hillary makes mincemeat out of all of them: even Fox News, hardly Hillary’s biggest fans, show her handing an ass-whooping to the entire Republican field.
One begins to wonder if we need to go through the rigmarole of the traditional Democratic primary season of caucuses and debates, and instead just “do a Hillary”:
“Madam Secretary, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules and suspend the further conduct of the roll call vote. All votes cast by the delegates will be counted, and that I move Hillary Rodham Clinton be selected by this convention by acclimation as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States.”
Is there a second?