Last night I was in the company of friends, one of which is apparently an Obama supporter. That’s the only way I could explain the frequent snide, demeaning comments at Hillary’s expense. I didn’t confront this person because its pretty pointless at this point. We already voted, being Californians, and few hard core Obama supporters care to truly engage us ignorant folk. (As Matt Yglesias, would say, we just need to be shown the way by “credible Party leaders”.)
When I do find someone serious about discussing Hillary, I always bring up her championing of microcredit and Mohammed Yunus. While most people are unaware of the 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner, he’s important in any discussion of Hillary Clinton. Why? Well, FrenchDoc at Corrente has a good review of the latest Yunus book:
When she was first lady of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton did not just organize tea parties (contrary to what passes now for “common knowledge”). She had heard of a Bangladeshi economist who had introduced a great idea to help people out of poverty in Bangladesh and she thought his ideas might help the poor in Arkansas. The economist was Muhammad Yunus and the idea was microcredit. She was instrumental in introducing Yunus to Bill Clinton and they developed a program of microcredit in Arkansas. Yunus mentions her in every one of his books (with photos).
This is why I want Hillary to be president. Because I want a president with intellectual curiosity, looking around the world for the next good idea to solve problems. So, here it is, the shamefully long review of Yunus’s latest book.
Read the entire review. Some of us “common folk” want Hillary to be president for a reason.