Ceena Ford meets Bill Clinton and, like, Wow!
Pennsylvania, the next important Democratic primary state, is a lot like the very first primary state of New Hampshire except that Pennsylvania has millions more people, thousands more square miles, live members of minority groups, actual cities, big-league sports teams, a sizable number of electoral votes, streets not named for trees and an economy based on more than knickknacks and apres-ski lounges.
Everyone in New Hampshire is on a first-name basis with every candidate of every party in recent memory, or says they are. But Pennsylvania is large enough that every candidate could be in the state at once, even the Green Party guy, and hardly anyone would notice. Except the giddy local TV reporters.
So it's a very exciting thing in the Keystone State when you run into an actual candidate or, almost as good, someone famous who's married to an actual candidate.
That's what happened to Ceena Ford the other day when she ...
skipped classes at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School and went to an appearance by former President Bill Clinton at Dickinson College in Carlisle. He's still campaigning, as he always seems to be, this time for his wife, Hillary, who wants to move back into the White House and relive those fun times of the 1990s that we all remember so fondly.
But first she's got to really thump this younger senator from Illinois by hundreds of thousands of votes in several states to look like she's catching up to him in this marathon primary election season. This one's going on so long because Democrats are such very nice people that they don't want any candidates to feel bad like losers. So they divvy up state delegates proportionately after an election instead of winner-take-all like those greedy Republicans, who've already got a nominee who's already off and running for Nov. 4.
So, anyway, the ex-president was speaking about himself and his wife too and suddenly, OMG, he was standing right there next to Ceena. It was, like, so unbelievable! So Ceena did what any conscious teenage girl does when excited: She reached for her cellphone and took this picture below. And then to show it to the world, she sent it to CNN.
Which reminds us, if you possess or get any such photos of you or friends or family with candidates during this important political year, be sure to e-mail that photo to Your Scene here at latimes.com. And they'll post it to make you famous. And if you're wanted by authorities, they'll know where to find you.
We may also publish some of those photos here in The Ticket so that, as with Ceena, we can all see your nifty dental work and tongue piercing.
After all, that's what the Internet and democracy are supposed to be about.
-- Andrew Malcolm
Ceena Ford and her new BFF