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Senator Clinton: Embrace Your Inner EMO

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The New York Times thinks Senator Hillary Clinton's college letters to a friend are FRONT PAGE worthy. That is sooooooooo June 2007.

Way back in June, I was flipping through my old diaries and journals. I voluntarily chose an entry, stood in front of an audience in Los Angeles, and read aloud portions of my youth.

It hurt.

It was cringe inducing.

It was more than embarrassing, and that's the point.

We laughed until our sides hurt at who we were and the things we wrote with such passion decades ago. It's called LA Angst, and Senator Clinton, I invite you to join us.

The Sunday Times article quotes Clinton letters to friend John Peavoy and they would be LA Angst GOLD. Exactly the kind of thing we read up on stage while choking back howls of laughter and snorts.

"Can you be a misanthrope and still love or enjoy some individuals?" Ms. Rodham wrote in an April 1967 letter. "How about a compassionate misanthrope?"

If she's got some forlorn, angst-ridden poetry to go with it, we would put her in the headlining spot. The more Emo, the better.

Why the Times finds this front page material is beyond me. Were they expecting to drop a bombshell by revealing she was a woman who wrote down her *gasp* feelings and *shock* thoughts? Ooooooh, that's right, this is all part of that mainstream media conspiracy to put Hillary in office, to show her as more down to earth. (sarcasm)

Down to earth would be joining us on stage to read and spending time talking to us. Down to earth would be showing up and laughing with us. Down to earth would be the time and effort I watched Elizabeth Edwards take with a gathering of women in Chicago this past weekend.

After a keynote speech for the BlogHer '07 conference, Elizabeth Edwards joined us at our cocktail party where she spent HOURS hugging, talking, and just hanging out. She was gracious, she was charming, and she was available. She took the time to talk to Every. Single. Woman. Answer Every. Single. Question -- and she did it without a team of advisers looming over her shoulder. She spoke candidly to some and whispered in the ears of others. Elizabeth (as she insisted we call her) then offered to take more questions via the BlogHer site and offered up her personal email address to those of us who needed privacy to get the courage to speak to her.

The Clinton camp wouldn't even comment on the Peavoy letters.

So we've got Barack Obama taking dinners with "Average" supporters and the wife of John Edwards spending hours in an informal atmosphere chatting with others.

The Clinton camp had no comment on the Peavoy letters.

With all due respect Senator Clinton, and with my dream of seeing a woman in the White House *this* close, you need to join us for the next LA Angst. Laugh with us.

Chat with us.

Be one of us.

I'll even buy the first round.

crossposted at Queen of Spain Blog