California senator Barbara Boxer said that she's so excited about Hillary Clinton running for president that her "heart's beating a little faster today."
"I think that Hillary Clinton is going to be the champion for American families and the fact that she's a woman is a fact. It is a factor. But it isn't the be all and the end all. Because if you know Hillary the way that I do -- and a lot of people do -- you know that she's warm, you know she's compassionate.
"And when she came to the United States Senate, she proved that she was a really a workhorse and she listened and she's going to start this campaign by listening. But she is going to relate to every day Americans.
"And I think becoming grandmother, as I did so many years ago, makes you think about tomorrow and I think that she's going to be a candidate to make the changes we need now and she's going to stand for what we need to do to lift up our children, lift up the middle class. And you know, all this talk about, Oh, wouldn't it be great if we had a fierce Democratic primary? I just don't buy that. She's got ten Republicans who are going to beat up on her starting today. They actually started yesterday. And it's going to hone her skills.
"And I am very excited. I have just a little, you know, my heart's beating a little faster today because I want to thank her for making this decision. She's going to get hit hard 24/7, but she's going to stand with America's families. It'ss going to be a great campaign. I'm so excited about it."
Richard V. Reeves has written in The Atlantic a confident and illuminating account of the state of marriage in America today. College-educated American men and women “are reinventing marriage as a child-rearing machine for a post-feminist society and a knowledge economy.” On this front, the Americans have once again shown their superiority to the Europeans, who, in their socially self-destructive way, remain ambivalent at best about the value of being married. But a European might respond that only an American could be content with such a self-consciously mechanical view of a relational institution. It’s easy to hear the French man Alexis de Tocqueville laughing between the lines of his deadpan description of American men describing marriage in terms of “self-interest rightly understood.”
I’m burning with envy. Here I’ve been plugging away of late in places like Oklahoma City and Scottsdale.Meanwhile, both Susan Mary Alsop and Kati Marton, heroines of two ostensibly different books, had a much better idea.
In 1942 George Stevens made a romantic comedy for MGM called Woman of the Year. Based on the journalist Dorothy Thompson, one of the subjects here, it concerned the obstacles to marital bliss faced by an emancipated woman and her former colleague turned husband. With Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as the combative partners, everything turned out well.