Former President Clinton and Popular Vote Winner Hillary Rodham Clinton will be appearing for a rare joint appearance on November 18th.
This “special conversation” will take place in Arkansas, celebrating the 25th anniversary of William Jefferson Clinton becoming the 42nd President of the United States.
Bill Clinton’s chief campaign strategist, James Carville, will be moderating. Carville is best known for his colorful personality and inventing the “Clinton War Room.”
The aggressive nature of the Clinton machine was created and crafted by these three political legends:
Critics (Bernie-Bros) keep saying we need to take back the economic message. We can’t just be “against Trump” (even though the recent election victories say we can).
But I say:why is it either/or?
Let’s combine a pro-economic message with “Love Trumps Hate,” “Stronger Together,” and continuing to highlight Trump’s bigotry, racism, authoritarianism, propaganda, lying, recklessness, danger, sexism, and all-around disgusting behavior.
Remember: the economy does better under a Democrat. The legacy of the 1990s proves it. The legacy of The Clintons proves it.
There’s a reason ‘90s nostalgia is so hot right now. Americans are desperately trying to escape the Trump era through nostalgia. And the ‘90s was our last great era:
4-balanced budgets due to the compromising ability of Bill Clinton.
22 million new jobs.
7 million fewer Americans living in poverty.
Minimum wage up 20%.
Assault Weapons Ban.
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.
Closet we have ever been to peace in the Middle East.
Campaign Against Teen Pregnancy: all-time low abortion rates.
Office on Violence Against Women.
Violence Against Women Act.
Children’s Health Insurance Program: 8.9 million children insured.
Let the 1990s be the final legacy of The Clintons. They are forever two-time winners that presided over our last great era. Too bad we didn’t give them a chance to do it again.
The Clintons are made for the White House and y’all know it.
People often forget how conservative the United States was after the “Reagan Revolution.” Thankfully, Bill and Hillary prevented another term of Bush Senior – which would have been a continuation of the disastrous “Reaganomics.”
We should be grateful to The Clintons.
For example, HIV/AIDS funding was completely pushed aside and ignored due to it being a “gay disease.” That held true… until The Clintons came to power in 1992. Sure – it was a small step forward. But culture, history, and context is very much needed to assess the success of The Clintons during the highly conservative 1990s.
Bill Clinton was branded a “new Democrat.” He took us to victory after the Democratic Party had been declared dead during Reaganism. And BIll’s wife, Hillary, was deemed the true master behind the throne.
In 2016, The Clintons went for Round 3. And they won the popular vote by 3 million votes in an election year that already favored Republicans (we almost always switch parties every 8 years).
It took a foreign power (Russia), the FBI, and the electoral college to bring down two people that left our country in great shape. A true tragedy.
The Clintons are true pragmatists. Compromise is not a word they view negatively. Much of their hate is due to not understanding the political realities of the 1990s. President Clinton faced a GOP Congress for 6 of his 8 years (just like Obama). Bernie doesn’t understand what facing a GOP Congress is like.
Americans desperately need a history refresher.
“The economy does better under a Democrat.”
Never let Trump claim credit for the Obama economy. Obama saved us after George “Dubya” Bush. Anyone who became President in 2016 would have inherited a great economy thanks to President Obama.
Both Obama and Clinton inherited a Republican mess. Both Democratic Presidents fixed our economy and country for the better. So don’t let Americans forget this. Remind us during your special joint appearance in Arkansas on November 18th.
You presided over the era that gave us Blockbuster, Spice Girls, Beanie Babies, Titanic, Harry Potter, Poke’mon, and of course… Boy Meets World.
Take Trump’s one “strength” (the economy) and remind us that the economy does better under a Democrat.
We can combine this pro-economic history refresher with the Trump Resistance.
Go Bill and Hillary Go!! We need you now & forever.
Pump us full of that 1990s nostalgia.
Us Americans need to escape to a better era.
Life was better in the ‘90s.
Life is better under a Democrat.
Bill should dust off the old saxophone for the 25th anniversary joint event:
I’ll be watching November 18th!! Mark your calendars.
The War Room is so good, as a political document, as a picture of politics in the 1990s, as a behind-the-scenes of a revolutionary campaign, as just the kind of movie you need to give you a little faith in this year’s presidential election.
CHRIS HAYES: The e-mails we got today, as bad as Watergate or worse than Watergate? Your thoughts?
JAMES CARVILLE: My question is, will this rise to the level of scandal as the White House Christmas card list back in the ‘90s that had 140 hours of sworn testimony. This is the great gefilte fish day.
HAYES: I – wait a second, we were doing a series, at some point, of Hillary Clinton for millennials about the sort of various faux Clinton scandals. I had forgotten the Christmas card list. Which one was that?
CARVILLE: I just was reminded, as they came on the air, that there was 140 – the Clintons sent out Christmas cards to supporters and friends, and that Congress spent 140 hours of sworn testimony. I don’t know how much people had to pay in legal fees, and God knows whatnot, but that ranks up there at the top. And the question is, will this e-mail scandal rise to that level? And so far, today, it looks like it probably won’t. It’s kind of petering out every day.
HAYES: Okay, you – the reference to Christmas cards brings up the fact that for several decades in American life, whatever Bill and Hillary Clinton have done has been followed by ceaseless accusations of wrongdoing, malfeasance, corruption, coverup, deception, scandal, illegality et cetera. And the big central question is, is this because of their enemies or is it because of something they do? Is it really your position that it’s 100 percent their enemies that we find ourselves in these situations?
CARVILLE: 100 percent, maybe 97.2 percent. I don’t know. I think that the Clintons basically are better people than their enemies. Look at their number one enemy, Ken Star, who is, you know, now has a hell of a problem with rape down there, Baylor or whoever he is. You know, he used to be a cigarette lawyer. And he was the great icon of the Washington establishment.
Well, we kind of know about that. Bill Clinton is going to be probably one of the most successful post-war presidents, I guess, the third, second most popular human being on the planet now. And we go through these things all of the time. And of course the New York Times and the Washington Post and the cocktail party, the dinner party crowd, they get all out of breath and screaming and yelling at each other and it turns out to be nothing.
HAYES: Yeah, that was something that got tremendous amounts of congressional investigation, there’s Trey Gowdy’s committee. Ultimately, I think, every iteration of investigation has said that there were genuine security failures and a horrible tragedy and basically that is it.
CARVILLE: And Admiral Mullen and Ambassador Pickering said that right away. We haven’t learned a single new thing. You know, in the entire Bill Clinton administration in eight years, one person was ever convicted of anything, and I think it was a deputy, a chief of staff or secretary of agriculture and it involved Super Bowl tickets. And that’s all that they have at the end of the day.
You would think that at some point people who are supposed to know better would learn their lesson. But they never do, and so therefore, I have to keep coming out of retirement to point this kind of stuff out.
Caption:The Clintons laughing at yet another GOP witch-hunt.
Does the e-mail scandal compare to the White House Christmas card list in the 1990s that had 140 hours of sworn testimony?
'The Girlfriend Experience' Season 2 talks money, politics, and Trump
Louisa Krause and Anna Friel in ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ (Photo: Starz)
The first season of The Girlfriend Experience adapted and expanded upon the 2009 Steven Soderbergh film. Season 2 of the Starz series, premiering Nov. 5, takes its cue from another Soderbergh joint — the director’s Washington D.C.-set HBO series, K Street. Debuting to great fanfare in 2003, that show has mostly fallen into obscurity now, available only on an increasingly dwindling supply of DVDs. But writer/director Lodge Kerrigan tells Yahoo Entertainment that K Street absolutely provided a reference point as he started to plan out his portion of The Girlfriend Experience‘s second year, which also takes place in the nation’s capital and explores the nexus between the personal and the political.
“He was kind of ahead of his time,” Kerrigan says of Soderbergh’s K Street techniques, which included having actors interact with real-world political figures like James Carville and Howard Dean. “It tried to get narrative close to documentary.”
No politicians appear on camera in The Girlfriend Experience, but the current powers that be in D.C. are specifically name-checked, up to and including Donald Trump. Kerrigan reveals that he rewrote his storyline — which takes place a few months ahead in our own future, around the time of the 2018 mid-term elections — after the Republican candidate achieved an extremely narrow victory in the race for the Oval Office. And the series reflects the profound public cynicism with the political system that’s set in since that divisive election. (It’s not at all coincidental that The Girlfriend Experience is premiering Nov. 5, almost a year to the day since Election Night.)
“I’ve always believed that democracy is a very thin veneer and really the country is run by money and has been run by money for maybe centuries,” Kerrigan says. “The level of open corruption now is really kind of shocking. You can see clearly how much money has influenced politics.”
Lodge Kerrigan, the writer/director of the ‘Erica & Anna’ storyline of ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ (Photo: Starz)
And money certainly plays a leading role in “Erica & Anna,” alongside actual stars, Anna Friel and Louisa Krause. Friel portrays the Erica half of the titular duo, who oversees a Republican super PAC willing to go to extreme lengths to see their preferred candidates in office. That’s what leads her to hire Krause’s high-end escort, Anna, in an attempt to ensnare a big fish donor.
But Erica — who recently ended a relationship — may be looking for her own girlfriend experience as well. “Lodge was very specific about not wanting to use labels like, ‘Erica’s a lesbian,‘” Friel says. “This relationship just happens to be with a woman.” As the former Pushing Daises star points out, she has her own personal history with intense female relationships: in 1994, when she was a teenage star on the Channel 4 series Brookside, she and co-star Nicola Stephenson shared the first-ever lesbian kiss to air on a British soap opera. “To this day, it’s still the most-asked for photography, because it was such a huge thing at the time! It was even used in the London Olympics opening ceremony directed by Danny Boyle, because it was part of British pop culture history,” she says.
As in the first season, the sexual content in The Girlfriend Experience goes well beyond a lip-lock. The first episode, for example, opens with Anna visiting a male client who gets off on getting rough with her. “For me, it was pretty easy because it’s part of my character’s job description,” Krause says of playing those emotionally-charged moments. “It’s even in the stage directions. I created my own origin story for Anna and each of the people she has to satisfy.” Among the details she slipped into Anna’s biography — and which aren’t directly referenced in the show — is her love of Disney movies (particularly Cinderella) and that her all-time favorite song is the 4 Non Blondes favorite “What’s Up.” Krause even dreamed up the scenario that she thinks led Anna into the world of providing girlfriend experiences: “In my head, she ended up sleeping with a visiting professor at her college who introduced her to that world, so she never finished school. I love using my imagination for that stuff.”
Friel and Krause in ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ (Photo: Starz)
When it comes to who holds the power in their onscreen relationship, both actresses agree that they imagine Erica to be the one who’s in control of where things are heading. “She’s the person that Anna falls for,” Krause says. “The business transaction of love suddenly turns into a very real thing for her. She’s got to navigate new emotional territory with this woman who fascinates her.” At the same time, Friel suggests that there will be some reversals along the way. “The dynamic will change consistently, and you’ll just keep being shocked by that. Erica has been the submissive one in her past relationship, so she almost treats Anna as she’d been treated. She’s very cold and suppressed, and I think that’s her covering up her vulnerability.”
Unlike The Girlfriend Experience‘s first season, which told one story over 13 episodes, this edition has parallel storylines that each run for 7 installments and deliberately don’t intersect. While Kerrigan wrote and directed every episode of “Erica & Anna,” his collaborator Amy Seimetz oversaw “Bria,” which stars Carmen Ejogo as an escort that enters the Witness Protection Program. (Starz is airing one episode from each storyline back-to-back each week.) “We really wanted to push the boundaries of the format of television,” Kerrigan says of this unusual structure. “Amy and I were excited by the idea that as the show progresses, the format progresses. And really, it’s a conversation; there’s some mirroring that’s going on. There are no direct crossovers, but you can definitely see connections between the two storylines.”
And one of those connections involves how the Trump era is directly impacting both our political system and women’s individual liberties. “You’ll never see [Trump] in the show,” Kerrigan says. “But there are references to him throughout.”
The Girlfriend Experience airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Starz.
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