Tomorrow–Saturday, February 23–Hillary Clinton will host a Town Hall meeting at Cincinnati State Community College. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., and the program begins at 9:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
In other Hillary news, she rocked the debate last night. Even though I’m a supporter of her, I went in with an open mind–after all, we need a Democrat to win in November. I was surprised at how disappointing Obama was. He seemed to merely echo everything she said, and to ham it up when he didn’t want to honestly answer a question. Plaigiarism isn’t funny; it’s not the end of the world, if you acknowledge the mistake and move on. How am I supposed to convince my composition students that plaigiarism is ethically wrong when the possible Democratic candidate for president says that he’s been giving speeches for two years, so what’s a couple of lifted lines in a couple of speeches? Shameful. And the whole business of health care? Parents need a mandate to buy health care for their children or else the system won’t work, but adults don’t need a mandate to purchase it for themselves? She really trounced him there, and I was thrilled that neither candidate would let the moderators move on from the topic of the election. The moment was a clear example of the media resisting real politics, and the candidates–for just a moment–not allowing the media to control the discourse.
But I had a clear favorite moment in the debate. Hillary promised to end discrimination of the ill. Thank you for calling it what it is. Insurance companies are legally permitted to discriminate against anyone who has a pre-existing health condition. And that means ill people can be refused health care. If you read my blog you’ll know that this is an issue I am personally invested in and affected by. I was very lucky in 2004 to be on a company health care policy; I was under 25 and still a full-time student. The number one requirement to be eligible for a lung transplant was health insurance. If my quick decline in health had happened a year later, there’s a real chance I wouldn’t have been eligible for the surgery, and that means I wouldn’t be here today.
Another moment in which Hillary proved herself to be the stronger debater–and the better candidate–was her closing statement. After Obama bumbled on about himself, displaying an arrogance that veers on disgusting at times, she brought the message right back to us:
Vote with your head on March 4th.