Ready or Not, Here She Comes?
Katha Pollitt sounds more desperate than excited when she insists, a year and a half before the election, that it’s either Hillary or a Republican who will become the next president [“Ready, and Excited, for Hillary,” June 22/29]. I was a Hillary supporter in 2008, when the Democratic National Committee shoved her aside in favor of a young, inexperienced freshman senator. Democrats have paid heavily for that, and they will pay heavily again if they try to snuff out the incipient candidacy of a true progressive, a former mayor (elected four times), and a member of the US Congress for 25 years. Let the campaign progress. Pollitt says that Bernie Sanders will endorse Hillary if she wins the nomination. I would hope that Hillary, and all Democrats, will support whoever becomes the Democratic nominee.
new york city
In her readiness and excitement for the Clintons’ return to the presidency, Katha Pollitt is welcoming the continuation of neoliberal economics, which will do more harm than good for the women of America, especially those trapped in impoverished, blighted neighborhoods.
Message for Pollitt: The choices we have include Bernie Sanders and, if you must have a woman candidate with a clear set of values, Jill Stein of the Green Party, who will likely be on the ballot. If the only thing that motivates us politically is gender and a Supreme Court nomination, then not only is the era of big government over—to quote Bill Clinton—but so is the era of any useful government for the people, except the wealthy elite.
David E. Kingsley
kansas city, mo.
I can’t recall the number of times over the decades this old lefty has been advised to hold his nose and vote for some business-as-usual Democrat. But it would take a hermetically sealed space suit rather than mere pinched nostrils for Hillary Clinton to get my vote.
new haven, conn.
Katha Pollitt is right on target in her piece regarding Hillary’s campaign for president. Men have run the world ever since Adam took a bite out of the apple, and they haven’t done such a good job of it. I can’t wait for Hillary to become president and show the world how the United States does things with a woman in charge.