You can't make these things up, right? On Monday afternoon, I was working at my parents' house (they are the ones with the internet connection) and their phone rang a couple times, then my phone rang a few times - all unrecognized numbers from out of the area. I let them go to voicemail. Then my parents' phone rang again and I realized it was the same number that was just on my phone so, just in case it was Mom calling from someone else's phone, I pick up. Someone asking for Sachi, says she from the Clinton campaign. I figured it was soliciting donations so I wasn't exactly forthcoming. She said it was work related so I directed her to call the shop. She said she's been playing phone tag. That's about as helpful as I was. Sachi, by the way, had already left the shop because she was on her way to poll worker training.
It turns out that the Clinton campaign was trying to reach us because Hillary Clinton was coming to Anthology!
(Now, if I had been more helpful, it is possible that I would have gotten to meet Hillary Clinton which would have been pretty awesome, except for the fact that I had yoga at 7 pm and thus justified wearing yoga pants all day long plus my face is really peeling from the sunburn of last week's vacation. Not exactly sure I want that as part of Getty Images.)
The CNN reporter called us a "hipster knick knack store" but "Hillary goes shopping" is not enough of the story. I know, it's a great publicity stunt - stop by a small, local, independent business which is run by two sisters - it strikes all the right notes, hits a lot of target demographics, and all the politicians know it and do it. After all, Scott Walker goes shopping. He buys sweaters for $1 at a national corporation. He mentioned getting all his Christmas presents at the outlet mall. See any difference? He is thrifty and going to save us money, after all. Or was he? How's the long term deficit and revenue picture looking for this state again?
And I have some friends who claim that there is no difference between the Republican and Democrat parties, and I'm willing to grant them some points as far as large organizations whose partial aim is simply to ensure their success/profit. But I have spent the last five years here in Wisconsin, with a Governor who, when he choose a publicity stunt, does so at a private business which most likely donated money to his campaign and is expecting an exponential return on their dollar in the form of tax breaks or however it is Scott Walker is redistributing Wisconsin's assets. I have spent these years with the Republican party and as far as I can tell, the majority of the citizens of Wisconsin are not benefiting. I'm not impressed. I think the generosity with which you live your life and the success of other people begets your own success and I think the Democratic party is better at that than the Republican party is. (Now, I really believe that who you vote for President is really the teensiest thing that you can do to create the world we want for everyone's children and I think that a person really has to do a lot more really hard work to get things done but I still think there is an effect whether there's an R or a D in an office). I'm pretty sure that someone on the Clinton campaign knew darn well that she was going to find "keep calm and vote Hillary" buttons at our shop and it isn't exactly a secret about where we stand. But still, even if it is a calculated move on the part of an experienced politician (which they all are at that point in the game, be real) who knew she would be welcomed when she arrived, we are still a little giddy - think of all the places she has been and the people that she has met, and she came to our little store!