The tone of the fundraising emails of the two Democratic campaigns is noticeably and dramatically different. After raking it in from big donors and the Super Pac, the Hillary team seems to be trying to turn the ship to a new course so that they can now demonstrate that they receive lots and lots of smaller Bernie-style individual donations.
Consequently, while the Sanders ' dunning emails remain passionate and transparent in the need for money, the fundamental messaging of the campaign continues to punch through loudly and clearly. It's a necessary tool, the contributions of his supporters almost a given at this point, but not the primary point. Or at least so far. But the tone of the Hillary camp, especially emails under the signature of Robby Mook, are more hectoring, sweaty, desperate. One email even seemed to lay responsibility for the New Hampshire defeat on her supporters, for not doing enough financially, asking donors to ask themselves "could I have chipped in more?" The messaging is getting lost in the American hustle for OPM. It may not even be the money, as much as to compete for the number of small donations.
I do understand and respect the fact that campaign financing is currently structured toward big donors. The Hillary camp clearly sees that not utilizing Wall Street, Super Pac and other Big donors potentially places any candidates (except self funding billionaires) at a distinct disadvantage if they renounce the current campaign finance tools available.
Whether Bernie could even continue to wage a full primary season and major Presidential campaign should he be the nominee without accepting big donations remains to be seen. But for now the tone and focus on mazuma of the Clinton team seems to be hapless at best and self defeating at worst. The nickel and diming seems to clash with her well publicized big pay days speaking with banks and Wall Streeters. As a result, If the Clinton team do not want to end up like the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Sea they should reevaluate their strategy and messaging before the campaign gets blown completely off course.
Back in the day, well, sometime in the 1980s, when Reagan was as far-out and far-right a reaction to the Jimmy Carter years that the human mind could contemplate, you could still afford to rent your own apartment in Park Slope even though you were neither the employee nor scion of a hedge fund. Anyway, I lived on 7th street between 5th and 6th avenues. It wasn't a fancy hipster neighborhood, and as hard as it is to believe, we were were young once too and were probably the hippest things happening, but there was El Faro and Polly-O and Save on Fifth, and I was just leaving a public affairs and marketing writing job at local hospital (then known as the Park Slope Body Shop), and taking up freelancing for a number of film, engineering and trade mags, so I guess essentially life was good. I was living in the first floor of a brownstone; the owners, an older Italian American couple and their grown sons, lived in the upper floors. The husband of the couple grew his tomatoes and enjoyed his occasional chianti which reminded me alot of my maternal grandfather who had passed away shortly before I moved to this new place.
One day, after I was living in the building for a year or so, the elderly husband himself passed away rather suddenly. My girl friend at the time, the Art Director's Daughter, and I had spoken to the sons earlier in the day. It was the first night of the wake, the family left in the early afternoon and informed us that they would not be returning until much later in the evening. We were planning to pay our respects the following night. Anyway, at around 7:00 PM it started.
Footsteps. Nothing but footsteps, loud and clear, walking the length of the brownstone apartment above. A constant pacing that started near the front door, walked to the opposite end of the house, turned and walked back to the door. Slowly, methodically, but unmistakably. At first, I believe the radio was on, I could hear this strange pacing (they had no dogs or pets of any kind) only intermittently, until it finally made its way into our consciousness as the Art Director's Daughter and I made dinner. I turned off the radio. Then, when it was very quiet, a chill went up and down my spine as I listened to the mysterious, relentless pacing.Finally, I went upstairs to knock on the door, but of course no one answered. I could not see or hear anyone (or anything) through the door. Since it was clear no one was ransacking their apartment, there was nothing much else to be done. But when I returned downstairs, there it was again. We turned on some music. The Art Director's Daughter (who was a Red Diaper Baby) was a big fan of the Weavers and Pete Seeger, so we cranked up some of that beneficent, positive vibe, good time hammer and sickle music, and had another glass of wine.
I guess between the clomping, and the wine, and the Weavers, we distracted ourselves until it either stopped or we took less and less notice of it. A few hours later, when the family returned from the first night of the wake, we decided to throw caution to the wind and mention the strange noises, just in case someone had in fact broken in through a window.
The older son looked at us quizzically but went upstairs first to look around before his mom got out of the car. Nope. Everything was as it should be. "Maybe it was a sound from next door through the walls" he offered good naturedly. We apologized for bothering him, but he said, no, don't worry about it, I am glad that you let me know.
But, just as brownstone walls are thick, and floors in old houses can creak when you walk on them, I was sure that the old man had returned for a final visit, and was looking to see where his wife had hidden the chianti.
--Anthony Napoli --- Deep in the Heart of Brooklyn
Francis's visit is a moment of grace, of reflection on the dignity of those who are struggling like all of us are struggling in modern society but whose struggle has fallen even more short than our own. Everyone deserves dignity. That is a message for me.
Canned Heat at Woodstock. The now legendary blues band line up with the late Bob "The Bear" Hite on vocals, and sharing a cig with an audience stage crasher. "I believe .. A change will surely come"... And it did. It really really did.
PFunk and George Clinton want to funk you up: The Mothership set down at Metrotech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn Thursday afternoon for a little transfusion from the Galactic over soul. The lunchtime crowd was not disappointed.
This Founding Father, an immigrant from the Caribbean, whose amazing life encompassed sex scandals, intense political battles, and ended in gun violence, and whose vision led to the development of the American economy, may be dumped from the $10 bill to make way for the first woman. For reasons why there may be other, better candidates to replace (Andrew Jackson on the $20 is a popular choice), Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton', a hip hop retelling of his life will be exploding on Broadway with huge advance sales and lots of critical and audience anticipation.
The two Louises, inhabiting the same space, for the viewer, a moment suspended in time, outside of time, the organic and the found, sacred, but simply one moment of many, of the magic of the Storm King Art Center,