The Note: Loving Arms Across the Land (Spreading)

WASHINGTON, Mar. 6

While Democrats on Capitol Hill reach (again and still) their moments of truth on Iraq, and while Republicans ask themselves if the US Attorney story is a huge problem or a giga-mega problem, if you want to be certain you are tracking the long term of American politics, you need to re-check in on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign today.

Clinton steps into the warm public embrace of Emily's List at midday, a cosmic event that was previewed last night in a New England bar, where on a table surrounded by Republican campaign operatives, top political reporters, and some students, one lone, iconic, and brave soul stood and belted out today's Note anthem:

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore

And I know too much to go back an' pretend

'Cause I've heard it all before

And I've been down there on the floor

No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise

But it's wisdom born of pain

Yes, I've paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to

I can do anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

You can bend but never break me

'Cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh, yes, I am wise

But it's wisdom born of pain

Yes, I've paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to

I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

I am woman watch me grow

See me standing toe to toe

As I spread my lovin' arms across the land

But I'm still an embryo

With a long, long way to go

Until I make my brother understand

Oh, yes, I am wise

But it's wisdom born of pain

Yes, I've paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to

I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

Oh, I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman

Testosterone-free roaring will be the order of the day when Sen. Clinton launches a grassroots effort to mobilize women on behalf of her candidacy today.

The "Women for Hillary" effort is a series of initiatives aimed at reaching women voters.

ABC News' David Chalian reports that in a 12:50 pm ET speech to EMILY's List at the Washington Convention Center, Sen. Clinton plans to pay tribute to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and announce that she is reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would ensure that women are paid the same as men who do equal work. LINK

EMILY's List has endorsed Clinton and will mobilize its activists and donors in support of her candidacy.

A key piece of the grassroots effort will be an online initiative called "I Can Be President." The Clinton campaign plans to launch an "I Can Be President" web site to invite women across the country to express their support for Clinton's candidacy.

Also speaking at today's EMILY's List luncheon will be Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who speaks at 12:30 pm ET, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who speaks at 12:40 pm ET.

Amidst the usual stupor-inducing Ann Lewis boilerplate, one finds this in the New York Times story by Pat Healy: Clinton campaign advisers "estimate that 60 percent of voters in the 2008 Democratic primary will be women, and their goal is to win at least twice as many female votes as any of Mrs. Clinton's rivals." LINK

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