Want to Know What Keeps Her Going?
by alegre, Mon May 12, 2008 at 05:51:34 PM EDT
Hillary's been traveling the country talking with folks like us for the past 15 months and the current calls for her to give it up certainly don't mark the first time her opponents have tried to force her out of this race. But she's shown us time and time again that the pundits were wrong in saying she's finished. She fought back before and she's fighting back now because she's just that tough. Heck, Hillary's been taking the heat from the haters for 15 years or more so I'm amazed she even wanted to get into this thing in the first place after the way they've gone after her and her family over the years.
But she's fighting for the chance to take on McCain in the general election and make it to the White House. She knows we're counting on her - we believe she can and will make a huge and positive difference in our lives once she makes it to the White House and she hears us loud and clear.
I can't begin to imagine the number of people she's met over the years. Folks tell her their stories of why they need her experience, strength and help. They share with her their nightmares in getting health care for their kids, or of how they're about to lose their home to the bank because they got laid off 2 years ago and can't find work.
She also hears from those of us who beg her never to give up this fight. We send her notes and hand her cards with encouraging words, reminding her of how desperately we need her in the Oval Office. We're counting on her and she knows it - and that's what keeps her strong. That's what keeps her from giving up. She gets out there every single morning - stays on message and by suiting up and showing up she shows us she's in this thing to win it.
For the parents who go out of our way to bring our kids out to hear Hillary speak. And for some of the folks who meet her or send her notes along the way. Take for instance some of the folks mentioned on her campaign's blog...
...just wanted to drop a line to tell you about one of your amazing supporters in WV. This would be my cousin Kathy. In the last past year she has been through open heart surgery and leukemia. She got out of the hospital about a month and half ago in remission. Tonight I was getting on the interstate to go to Clarksburg, and who do I see - my cousin Kathy standing on the side of the road waving a Hillary sign. That is true heart. Like me, she was raised by a mother who taught her to be independent and never set limitations. I won't vote for you for president because you are a woman. I will vote for you because of your experience, intelligence and because I feel you truly want to help this country. The fact that you are a woman...is a bonus. Oh, and I'm fairly certain my husband, son, and nephew will be voting for you, also. Good Luck!
-Julie L. from Fairmont
And then there's an 11 year-old boy in Kentucky who sold everything dear to him to raise money for Hillary's historic run for the White House - including his bike. This child has given up so much to help Hillary continue her fight to help us. I want you to meet Dalton Hatfield - one remarkable kid who's behind Hillary 1000%.
When Hatfield presented former President Bill Clinton with a check for $440 after Friday's rally at the Williamson Fire Station, the man who was once the leader of the free world seemed to nearly come to tears.
"You sold your bike to get this?" Clinton asked the McAndrews, Ky. native.
The reply was "yes" and a whole lot more.
Hatfield feels so strongly that Hillary Clinton should be the next president he not only sold his bicycle, but video games and anything else he could find that "I could make money with" to donate to the former first lady's bid for the Democratic nomination.
The result was a donation that for the most part left the former president, who is known as a great communicator, speechless.
He did, however, autograph a photo of himself and Hillary for the young man, and told him he was "going to call Hillary" right away and tell her about his generosity.
"She's going to be talking about you all over the nation," Clinton said.
And the reason he's such a staunch Hillary supporter?
"I think she can do just like Bill Clinton did in the '90s and we can have a good economy," he says. "I think the majority of people around here are struggling due to the economy. And she can get us out of the war."
What's that old saying? From the mouths of babes...? This kid's a whole lot smarter than a lot of grown-ups, talking heads and so-called political experts you guys. He sees what millions of us see in Hillary - a dedicated, determined, capable public servant who also happens to be our best and only shot at beating McCain come November.
If he can understand this basic point - give up so much of what's important to him to help make her victory a realty, then why in the hell can't those superdelegates out there see it?
Children see a whole lot more than we give them credit for guys. We'd be wise to listen more and talk less when we're with them.
And to all you undeclared Superdelegates out there, take a look at what this child has done for his candidate. He believes in Hillary just as millions of us out here in your districts and states believe in her. We know she's got what it takes to beat McCain and lead our country. She's a tried and true Democrat and a real champion. So I'm asking you to think long and hard about more than just who'll offer you a cushy job in their administration - but about what's best for our nation.
Because this isn't about you - it's about us.
I'm certain that if you look past the spin and drown out the noise, you'll understand that the only choice is Hillary. She needs you - we need her. Please don't let us down.
In the meantime, if Dalton can give up so much to help our gal to victory, I want the rest of you to think of what more you can to do to help Hillary make it. Think back to when you were 11, and the freedom your bike meant to you at that age. This kid gave up his bike for the cause - a rare and noble sacrifice for any kid. Can you give up your morning cup of Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts coffee? Or brown-bag it for lunch for the next few weeks and scrape together another $50 or $100 for the cause?
She needs us to back her up with more than just words if she's going to make it to the Oval Office. We need her there - help her make it with another donation.