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Clinton’s Web Chat

Okay, so I watched the web chat from Senator
Clinton\’s \”exploratory\” site
.

She gets an A+ on style and setting. But someone needs to tell her to quit
shaking her head \”no.\” Not good. Frankly, she should know this by
now. It was annoying as hell. It also telegraphs the wrong message, if you know what I mean.

Now for content. She knows what she\’s talking about, but she\’s a rambler and loves
to hear herself speak. I guess she believes the more she says about an issue
the more impressed we\’ll be. Concise would be nice. On one particular question
she said she could go on and on and talk about it for the rest of the web chat.
I bet that\’s true on just about any subject.

But it was her answers on favorite movies that were particularly telling, especially
since she had a long time to think about this one. When she was very young,
her favorite was \”The Wizard of Oz.\” When she was in law school, her
favorite was \”Casablanca.\” But her favorite \”in the last year\” (she might have said \”years,\” but it was hard to tell)
is \”Out of Africa.\” Okay, now I love that movie, but geez, that was
released in 1985!

Now, one could say she\’s playing for classics in her movie selections. NAAAAAW,
she wouldn\’t do that, now would she?

One of the biggest criticisms about Senator Clinton is that she\’s too calculating
and not spontaneous enough. If anything goes to that stereotype it\’s her movies.
It outs her completely.

There was also one interesting moment that I really must point out. It proves
that as good as her team is they really don\’t understand that her rhetoric must meet reality, including out here in the blogosphere. It\’s about understanding that sole proprietor blogs are small businesses, too (and that Democratic sites should count more than Republican). This no small issue either. Here\’s the deal.

When a question came up about school loans, Senator Clinton talked about turning
the calculation for loans from \”merit\” to \”need.\”
Earlier she touted the importance of supporting small business owners. Well,
I don\’t know if you noticed her BlogAd placement, but Clinton\’s team only chose
the heaviest hitters and wingnuts. I think it\’s great she\’s using BlogAds, but her choices
contradict her rhetoric, which will become policy if elected. Why not include small business blogs? It sure as hell
isn\’t because she doesn\’t have the money. Single proprietor bloggers may not
get the traffic of the gigantic community blogs, but we do a lion share of the
work out here as well. I\’m one of the few women out here talking national security
and military issues as a primary feature, too, which you\’d think is important to support. It\’s not
like her team doesn\’t know I exist. I find it a little annoying that Clinton\’s
team thinks that people like me don\’t merit advertisement, simply because our
numbers don\’t reach the one-hundred thousand mark (choosing wingnuts instead). It\’s a very telling strategic
move that I find very disrespectful of small business owners who need the advertisement. Is this the true reality of her small business support? Ignoring liberal blogs run by women, choosing wingnut blogs first?
It\’s not because I\’m critical of her that she didn\’t advertise with me, because
other big blogs that merited her advertisement money have lambasted
her. This subject is important, because I depend on my readers to help me pay
the bills. When politicians who want to be president talk about supporting small
business, do a web chat online then ignore our contribution, I find this not
only contradictory, but very revealing. Taking me out of the equation for a moment,
shouldn\’t Clinton at least help out a few of the small female only blogs, reaching out
to females everywhere? You\’d think that would be important to her (before advertising on right-wing blogs).

John Edwards didn\’t play it like Clinton when he announced. He advertised on small business,
single proprietor blogs like mine as well. He gets \”need\” to his core. I appreciated Edwards\’ ad immensely, as did my readers, no doubt, because the more ads I get the less I have to run fundraisers, which is the goal around here. Anyway, if you think this is a petty issue you\’re wrong. I\’m running in the red. Edwards knows small businesses count and puts his BlogAds on our sites.

Clinton can talk all she wants about moving from \”merit\” to \”need\” in school loans and supporting small businesses, but her actions, at least on the web, say otherwise. I believe this matters.

Moving on, today\’s radio
show podcasts
will be up soon. I talked about Iraq, obviously, but also the Fairness Doctrine
and why Alan Colmes is a punk. By the way, his people evidently read that post
and have invited me to discuss it on his show. We\’re focusing in on Thursday
night right now. I\’ll let you know.

Tomorrow, Senator Clinton has another chat. Someone tell her to stop
shaking her head \”no.\” Even with all this inevitability blah-blah-blah it\’s sending a bad signal.

NOTE: This tale continues here and here.

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