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Go High, Clinton Supporters

Originally posted on my Facebook, regarding the Democratic National Convention and the speeches given by both Michelle and Barack Obama.

I don’t think I got to say this last night but I want to make sure to say it.

One of the reasons the Obama speeches were so successful – and here I mean both Michelle and Barack – is that they understand that this is probably the last chance they have to bring Berners on board en masse to support the Democratic party’s chances of getting out the vote. To that end, neither of them shamed Bernie supporters nor did they call them ridiculous or selfish or anything else.

A lot of people have gone low in their attempts to sway Berners to the cause. Michelle and Barack went high.

They called on upset and disillusioned progressives to bring in more folks like them and change the complexion (no pun intended) of the party. The President said that if Berners stick around and join in the fight, then we’ll continue making slow progress, and if progressive Democrats can bring enough people in to support their cause(s), then eventually the tenor of the debate will change.

This won’t be enough for some. There is a hell of a lot of mistrust of the party by Bernie supporters, and there are a lot of Dem policies that simply don’t match their view of how the world should be. And just like he did in his state of the union, Obama acknowledged that there are real policy differences between Americans at different parts of the political spectrum.

But he also praised Bernie’s supporters as “the best organizers in the world,” and was – as far as I can tell – the only speaker so far to offer unmitigated praise to the people who worked so hard to take Bernie from an unknown to a serious contender for the presidency.

The Clintons, their supporters and the DNC need to go high. It will be hard. It might not be enough. But if they want people to rally behind Hillary in the general, it’s what they need to do.

How much sodium can you taste?

A friend forwarded this article on to me, about how a corned beef hash sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen contains two days’ worth of sodium. I went to read it and I think the weirdest part of it is the defensive nature of the comments.

I wonder, up to what point is a person actually able to taste an increase in sodium in their food? I just find it hard to believe that the thing couldn’t contain, say, 1000mg less, and not have any huge impact on the taste. Since I’ve been trying to cook healthier, lower-sodium meals, I’ve noticed that my tongue has started to sense the real tastes of actual foods again instead of just tasting the salt content (this was something I noticed way back when I lived in Britain and started making a conscious effort to cook without adding salt for general health reason. One would think that the current suggestion within NYC – that all sodium content be lowered by 25% in prepared foods – wouldn’t actually affect much of the taste, particularly given just how much sodium is in those prepared foods.

Oh well, I guess there are always going to be folks who are resistant to any kind of change, whether it’s for their better health, the savings on future medical costs, or the general weakening of a food industry that thrives on feeding us corn syrup and salt. (BTW, did anyone catch “Parks and Recreation” last week? The bit about the food industry head quoting how corn made cows fat quickly was such an excellent summation of the contradiction between the aims of industrial food producers and the desires of their consumers.)

In other news, Michelle Obama is revving up her involvement with the campaign to fight childhood obesity through lower sugar and salt content in school lunches. Go Mrs. O!