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Female. Retired. Wife-Mom-Grandma. Approx. 30 years in broadcasting, at least 20 of those in news biz. Taurus. Loves chocolate - preferably without nuts or cocoanut. Animal lover. Rock-hound from pre-school age. Proud Democrat for life. Ardent environmentalist and pro-choicer. Hoping to use my skills set for the greater good. Still married to the same guy for 40+ years. Probably because he's a proud Democrat, too. Penmanship absolutely stinks, so I'm glad I'm a fast typist! I will always love Hillary and she will always be my President.

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Welcome to DU, wishstar!

Great day to be here! Joe made some great points here, didn't he! Really appreciate his first-hand experience. It's great testimony!

Lifelong Catholic here. LOTS of exposure to the Jesuits.

Jesuits are all about learning, logic, and reasoning. Thinking. Study. Analysis. Facts. Growing up in Catholic school, there was a lot of Jesuit influence. Most of the guys who came to our mixers at my all-girl high school were either from the Jesuit-run boys school or the Carmelite-run boys school. Jesuits don't do bullshit. But they are into open minds.

Yep. And if Planned Parenthood and NARAL both give him an "A" grade,

That's good enough for me! If Cecile Richards can live with him on the ticket, so can I. And she's already declared that she's thrilled about him being selected, and that was stated with what clearly looked like authentic enthusiasm.

That's a great point, auntpurl. Things change. And we should applaud those who recognize that

and change accordingly, themselves. Hillary even made this point - saying of course you change your mind or your stand on things, with new things to take into account. If you want to have INFORMED positions, then of course YOU evolve, change your mind, adjust your thinking accordingly, consider new things or new findings or new developments that alter your earlier view. President Obama came around on gay marriage. Hillary, and now Tim Kaine too, have changed their positions on TPP. Practically everybody in politics who's got some grip on reality has changed his or her position on gay rights.

We've certainly seen what folly it is when public policymakers stay rigid, and DON'T change - either with the times, or new discoveries, or scientific research, or cultural shifts, or new realities. When, for just one example, politicians remain racist DESPITE the growing reality of demographic change in this country, or when people dig in their heels on climate change denial DESPITE the drastically mounting evidence that it's not only real BUT also really caused by humans. When they take pride in that denial - it can literally be fatal. Look how relentlessly ronald reagan stayed closed-minded about AIDS, and his refusal to bring the growing crisis to the public's attention or advocate for it. People DIED of that willful neglect. That refusal to change and modify one's views - KILLED PEOPLE. Delayed treatment. Prolonged pain and agony and deterioration. How many people did we lose because the Neanderthals out there remained willfully stuck on the idea that AIDS was God's way of punishing gays, and refusing to change with the times and with new scientific realities?

We HOPE for politicians who AREN'T so calcified that they can't be flexible, and open to different ideas and changes and new realities! We PRAY for policymakers and decision-makers who have open minds and nimble thinking to meet the realities that those open minds allow in. We WANT - and NEED the adaptability and the flexibility that both come with, and through, those open minds. I'm glad these folks change their minds on things I consider important!

It's not a bad thing for candidates to change their minds. Particularly when it's because there's a recognition that the previous thinking doesn't fit or doesn't work or have relevance or carry weight anymore, or meet the real needs of real people in real changing times anymore. It's not a bad thing! It's a good thing. Indeed, sometimes our very lives depend on it.

Well, it means that 2024 and 2028 look good for Dems. He's only 58.

Thing is, though, we may want/need her exactly where she is now.

Tim Kaine brings strength to the ticket. As winners, their success in November could flip the Senate back to us. And Elizabeth Warren could be named chair of the Senate Banking Committee. THAT is a humdinger of a powerful position. Bernie Sanders could get something big, too. You get to set the agenda when you're the party in power in the Senate. Wonder who'd get Judiciary? Because Hillary would have to appoint a Supreme Court justice (or maybe more than one), especially if this butt-head GOP-led Senate decides to stay in butt-head mode til President Obama leaves office.

Besides, people like Warren and Booker have one big piece of baggage if either of them were lifted out of the Senate to go for VP. Two words: Governor republi-CON.

Welcome to DU, mobeau69!

And a great day to be here, it is!

Thanks, Expecting Rain! And Welcome to DU!

And compared to the Trumpsters' version, this just oozes competence.

After last week's Rank-Amateur Hour, the coming week's gonna be full of "THIS is how it's done."

Yeah. She actually is.

And yeah, she will.
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