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Obama’s Hillary card

By Brent Budowsky – 11/30/11 05:51 PM ET

President Obama has the extraordinary option of rekindling the historic spirit of his presidency and riding the sweeping tides of history for the advancement of women by naming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate in 2012.

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The title is a molotov cocktail.  We all have seen “The Hillary Factor” and “The Hillary Effect.”  Recently, we were heartened to see “The Hillary Moment.”  So what’s the big deal?  What’s the difference?  What is wrong with “The Hillary card?” 

From Dictionary.com:

fac·tor

[fak-ter] Show IPA

noun

1. one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation: Poverty is only one of the factors in crime.

2. Mathematics . one of two or more numbers, algebraic expressions, or the like, that when multiplied together produce a given product; a divisor: 6 and 3 are factors of 18.

3.  Biochemistry . any of certain substances necessary to a biochemical or physiological process, especially those whose exact nature and function are unknown.

4. a business organization that lends money on accounts receivable or buys and collects accounts receivable.

5. a person who acts or transacts business for another; an agent.

ef·fect

[ih-fekt] Show IPA

noun

1.  something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin.
2. power to produce results; efficacy; force; validity; influence: His protest had no effect.

3. the state of being effective  or operative; operation or execution; accomplishment or fulfillment: to bring a plan into effect.

4.  a mental or emotional impression produced, as by a painting or a speech.

5.  meaning or sense; purpose or intention: She disapproved of the proposal and wrote to that effect.

mo·ment

[moh-muhnt] Show IPA

noun

1.  an indefinitely short period of time; instant: I’ll be with you in a moment.

2.  the present time or any other particular time (usually preceded by the ): He is busy at the moment.

3.  a definite period or stage, as in a course of events; juncture: at this moment in history.

4.  importance or consequence: a decision of great moment.

5.  a particular time or period of success, excellence, fame, etc.: His big moment came in the final game.

card

1    [kahrd] Show IPA

noun

1.  a usually rectangular piece of stiff paper, thin pasteboard, or plastic for various uses, as to write information on or printed as a means of identifying the holder: a 3″ × 5″ file card; a membership card.

2. one of a set of thin pieces of cardboard with spots, figures, etc., used in playing various games; playing card.

3. cards, ( usually used with a singular verb )

a. a game or games played with such a set.

b. the playing of such a game: to win at cards.

c. Casino . the winning of 27 cards  or more.

d. Whist . tricks won in excess of six.

4. Also called greeting card. a piece of paper or thin cardboard, usually folded, printed with a message of holiday greeting, congratulations, or other sentiment, often with an illustration or decorations, for mailing to a person on an appropriate occasion.

5. something useful in attaining an objective, as a course of action or position of strength, comparable to a high card held in a game: If negotiation fails, we still have another card to play

I have emphasized the definitions I consider most relevant.  Most of these nouns name a person or intangibles: an element, a state, a period.    Card   is different.  It is a thing, a piece of paper, or worse  a tool (#5).  To couple this word with the name Hillary (and everyone knows which Hillary), is demeaning, insulting objectification of  the most powerful, recognizable, effective, and altruistic human being on earth who happens to live in a female body.

What is the implication?  A president who inspired hope in so many and then let them down would use the one gem he managed to acquire for his measly crown to retain his position.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a world hero.  She reaches out to the poorest, the mutest, the most downtrodden, the disenfranchised, the ignored… yes, the invisible … because they/we are not invisible to her.  She told us that in 2008,  and we have seen her act upon that statement as Secretary of State.

To suggest that this awesome woman is an object, a card to be played in a political game,  is deepest insult.  For shame!  Shame on those who suggest it!

If this is indeed from the Obama campaign playbook, shame on them!   She has gone above and beyond.  The Homegirls and Homeboys of HillaryHood excoriate this cheap political move.

Here is our hero with another hero from today – a day of history.

Do not try to cheapen her.  Do not objectify her.  She is not an object or a card to be played.  She is a hero.  She is precious.  Treat her respectfully.  We will NOT tolerate objectification of this icon of human rights.

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