Jen Graves
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Jul 11 Jen Graves commented on The Queen Protester of Baton Rouge: An Art Review.
YES! I didn't even notice those, Tim.

Um, folks, Tim Keck is the publisher of this here rag. He, as this insightful comment makes evident, is the reason why an art critic is still working full-time in Seattle. And no, I'm not brownnosing. I've been here too long (and I'm too cranky) for that. Seriously. I dig this comment!
Mar 24 Jen Graves commented on Ask Us Anything About Our Caucus Endorsement(s).
@emma's bee: Should be "impractical, pie-in-the-sky candidate"
Mar 24 Jen Graves commented on Ask Us Anything About Our Caucus Endorsement(s).
@emma's bee: I'm so glad you asked this question. Yes, there were really no women caucusing the SECB for Hillary. Here is how the vote broke down in the room at the end of the day: Angela Garbes, Heidi Groover, Ana Sofia Knauf, Sydney Brownstone, and Jen Graves for Bernie Sanders (we had the majority) versus Dan Savage, Tim Keck, Christopher Frizzelle, and Rich Smith for Hillary Clinton (Sean Nelson was present but abstained).

As for the question of pragmatism, I think it's a good one. My take—and the other women should join in with theirs here, because I'm certainly not speaking for all of us—is that Hillary is not necessarily a pragmatic choice at all, because she could easily lose in November for many reasons. And this is a caucus.

Beyond that, for me there is of course the problem that there is nothing pragmatic about the current machine, which Hillary embodies and shape-shifts to match.

Casting Bernie as the impractical, pie-in-the-sky plays into the hands of those who'd like to see this country continue its accelerating race to the right. I liked what Charles wrote this morning: "Enough is enough. The press in the US and UK needs to stop lumping Sanders with Trump and other loonies. Sanders is not saying crazy things. He might be the most normal presidential candidate in the history of the United States. All of this lumping business is about distorting this obvious fact—he is a very rational, very sane politician. Hillary Clinton is madder than Sanders."

I want to be part of a crew that at least tries to help remind people that Sanders actually is the pragmatic choice.
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