Monthly Archives: June 2008

Hilary on Hillary (from the better-than-I-could-put-it department)

Longtime HRC supporter Hilary Rosen on Hillary Clinton:

I am also so very disappointed at how she has handled this last week. I know she is exhausted and she had pledged to finish the primaries and let every state vote before any final action. But by the time she got on that podium last night, she knew it was over and that she had lost. I am sure I was not alone in privately urging the campaign over the last two weeks to use the moment to take her due, pass the torch and cement her grace. She had an opportunity to soar and unite. She had a chance to surprise her party and the nation after the day-long denials about expecting any concession and send Obama off on the campaign trail of the general election with the best possible platform. I wrote before how she had a chance for her “Al Gore moment.” And if she had done so, the whole country ALL would be talking today about how great she is and give her her due. Instead she left her supporters empty, Obamas angry and party leaders trashing her. She said she was stepping back to think about her options. She is waiting to figure out how she would “use” her 18 million voters. But not my vote. I will enthusiastically support Barack Obamas campaign. Because I am not a bargaining chip. I am a Democrat.

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A nice welcome home present (or early birthday present)

We (Stanford’s Fair Use Project) got word of another great success today. We’re representing the filmmakers of Ben Stein’s Expelled. The film is an attack on the culture that forbids “intelligent design” from being considered seriously. (I’m a member of that culture.) The film uses a 15 second snippet of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Yoko Ono was not happy with the use, and sued. In a decision issued this morning, Judge Stein denied Ono’s motion for an injunction against the film, finding we were likely to prevail on our fair use defense.
To borrow a bit more:

“Imagine all the people
Sharing all [at least some of] the world[s].”

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