I think this was given, given her support for Bill Clinton: Barbra Steisand, “legendary filmmaker, artist, and Democratic activist,” endorsed Hillary Clinton for President on Tuesday.
Streisand cited Clinton’s ability to bring about change and the historic nature of her campaign as reasons why she is supporting Hillary’s candidacy.
“Madame President of the United States…it’s an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman’s potential has no limitations,” said Streisand. “Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.
“Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding a strong economy. After 8 long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.
“Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, ‘In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.’ More than 50 years later ‘that day’ is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women.”
The Clinton campaign notes that Barbra Streisand has been “working on behalf of Democratic candidates for over forty years, performing at fundraisers and participating in campaign events.”
In addition, the Streisand Foundation has raised millions for causes including the environment, women’s equality as well as human and civil rights and liberties.
“I’m honored to have Barbra’s support,” said Clinton. “Barbra has used her immense talent to be an advocate for truth, justice, and fairness and I deeply appreciate her confidence in my candidacy as we work together to change the direction of our nation.”
Leave it to the L.A. Times to sound more like a gossip column than a political news blog, in their piece on Top of the Ticket, before noting in an update that “Streisand’s own website includes her endorsement announcement.”
Meanwhile, in the top item in her “Statements” section, she does her part to promote increased voter participation by single women.
As she notes, out of about 47 million single women who are eligible to vote, about 20 million have not been casting ballots. Says the item: “Think about that for a moment: That’s a lot of people. That’s a lot of power.”
She’s on the same page there with the Clinton campaign, which sees a greater turnout within this demographic as one of the main factors that could propel her to victory — both in the primary campaign and the general election.
Top of the Ticket also notes that the ever generous Streisand “has spread the wealth around” before endorsing Clinton.
Campaign finance records show that she gave $2,300 — the maximum for the primary campaign — not only to Clinton, but to Obama and John Edwards. She also kicked in $1,000 to Chris Dodd.
Bring on the snark from the right…