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I will be conducting three live-blogs tomorrow from The History and Impact of Spouse in Presidential Campaigns.

Here’s the schedule with hyperlinks to each of the sessions I’ll be blogging:

8:30-9:45am: “Who Elected Her? Historic Presidential Campaigns Where Wives Counted”

10:00-11:15am: Keynote Speaker: Eleanor Clift

1:00-2:00pm: “Bill to Michelle, Cindy to Ann: A Media Perspective on Spouses and Gender in the 2008 Race”

What you do, if you are around and want to follow the session, is return to the blog post that corresponds to the session I’m blogging and get yourself signed in to comment and interact if you like. Or, you can just read as I type. As has been noted, I’m pretty fast, but I do make typos (that can be fixed later).

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:23 pm May 16th, 2008 in Politics | Comments Off 

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I couldn’t figure out what this portrait was about, so I wrote the artist, Lukas Ketner, to find out.  Here’s what he wrote:

Hello Jill,

The illustration in question is meant to be a humorous depiction of Portland’s (and perhaps much of Oregon’s) democratic population’s preference of Obama over Clinton.  The picture makes the joke that Portland is in love with Obama, hence the harlequin romance novel treatment.  Originally we were going to do a similar cover with Obama making out with Portlandia (a Lady Liberty-style statue that has oft represented our fair city in local cartoons), but we felt that it wouldn’t read as well outside of Portland.

I’m glad it rendered at least a giggle, and thanks for your interest in my work :)


Mystery solved.  And very interesting.

Here’s an example of Harlequin Romance Novel covers. And here’s an image of and Wikipedia entry about Portlandia.

So – now what do folks think?

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:30 pm May 16th, 2008 in Barack Obama, Culture, Media, Politics, Research, WH2008 | 9 Comments 

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like my head is about to explode.

Some posts, some contact info. Let people know how you feel, preferably with some backup as to why, but please, also try to offer some solutions. What is it that you want? Because no matter how much I wanted Al Gore to win, and no matter how wrong I know the SCOTUS was, and no matter how much I didn’t want George Bush to be president, I live in this country and I accept it’s basic structure and the ways we have that allow us to voice our concerns, and solve our problems. Living in a democracy means someone will always “lose” an election. But it shouldn’t mean that we take out our disappointment by being self-destructive.

I understand that some people are afraid that giving any credence to Clinton Supporters Count Too will legitimize their efforts. Guess what? Too late. The source of their anger – sexism in the 2008 presidential primary campaigns – is real. It’s their tactics that are unreal.

So what can anyone do? For one thing, let them get it out. Just let them. Read it, respond to it you like, but my recommendation: don’t make moves that escalate it. That’s a no-win move. The best reaction would be to understand it, but it’s very clear that many people don’t have a clue about how to do that. Then, consider solutions that you would accept if you were in their shoes. It’s fine to say, what you want, you may not be able to get. But here’s what you can get. And here’s what you will lose if you don’t find a better way to resolve your anger.

1. Read this column.

2. Read this post.

3. Contact Clinton Supporters Count Too:

More contacts info here.

4. Leave a comment on one or all of these blog posts (and find more by going here – I’ve just included a few):

Blogger Interrupted

Buckeye State Blog here and here

Donna Darko


The Mahablog (highly recommended)

Ohio Daily Blog


Writes Like She Talks

5. Got more ideas? Put them in the comments.

6. Whatever you do, be smart – don’t shut down the conversation, don’t tell people to get over it and don’t call anyone sweetie while you are making your case for how you see the Clinton Supporters Count Too effort. That’s what got us here in the first places eons ago.

Today, I’ve got a speaking engagement and a child returning from a three-day class trip, and an all-day symposium with Eleanor Clift in Akron tomorrow. So I can’t say how much I’m going to be skipping around commenting and checking on this.

But seriously – if you cannot identify with how these voters are feeling – if you don’t understand why they are feeling that way – then you might want to consider not addressing them at all. Because right now, the anger will keep them from being able to hear pretty much all of us. But eventually, they will be ready. And if we want to win in November, we damn well better not blow it when they are. This does not mean they get what they want, which I’m assuming is Clinton as the nominee. It means that they get treated like the voters they are, with respect.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 12:10 pm May 16th, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Civil Rights, Democrats, Elections, Gender, Hillary Clinton, Ohio, Politics, Social Issues, Women | 108 Comments 

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Okay, anyone, what exactly does this illustration show? I’ve written the artist to find out what he believes. Here’s the newspaper endorsement that accompanied the picture. I find the picture to be pretty over the top – but then, I really don’t understand what I’m looking at in it.

Hattip Donna Darko.

UPDATE: See here for the artist’s explanation to me of the illustration.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:57 am May 16th, 2008 in Barack Obama, Campaigning, Marketing, Media, Politics, WH2008 | 17 Comments