Hillary’s Speech and Her (Potentially) Shiny Future
Here’s the speech from the DNC last night:
On PBS, David Brooks (conservative columnist for the New York Times) called it the best of her career. I’d agree. I’ve never been that impressed with her past speeches (A’s for content, but B-‘s for delivery, which has a tendency to be stiff and uninspiring). But last night? She was fired up and feisty, and it’s about time we got a little ninja in the Democratic party.
For the first time, I could both imagine her as president and be excited about it. Now, that’s a powerful speech. And assuming her primary shenanigans don’t blow it for Obama (more on that later), I think she will have a chance. I saw some evidence that her loss this time around could free her up to be reborn into the tougher, funnier, more self-confident version of herself, the way Gore was after 2000. Only, unlike Gore, she could still make a run for the presidency if she wanted in 2012.
By the way, kudos to whoever finally got her soundtrack right after all these years. Ditching Fleetwood Mac for edgier, grittier and funkier stuff– inspired! I cannot begin to explain why Lenny Kravitz and The Kinks work with a bright peach colored pantsuit, but it totally does. And thanks Hillary, I’ve been trying to make ‘electric peach’ happen for years! Oh, and I loved the lipstick graphic “Hillary” signs. Where were these PR people when you needed them?
A couple of columnists said she stopped short of endorsing Obama. Someone will have to explain to me what part of “Barack Obama is my candidate!” isn’t an endorsement. If they expected her to refute early primary ads that said Obama wasn’t ready for the presidency, they don’t know the Clintons very well. The first rule of being a Clinton: never apologize for that thing you did. And the ad was evidence of a less than stellar run campaign in the first place. She had the wrong folks on board.
A lot of Hillary supporters had their eyes opened when she challenged those who would vote for McSame rather than Barack with this:
“Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?”
The sad answer is that a few of them were in it just for her, or else they are using her to hide personal racism, which they can’t even begin to talk about. But those people are not true Democrats anyway, so we’ll just let them pick up their marbles, which evidently fell out of their head, and go home.
The true Hillary supporters will vote for Barack, and here’s why:
America’s Future Is at Stake – Progressive Democratic policies trump the neo-con war zone into which our country has devolved.
Helps Clinton the Senator– Putting McBush into the White House hamstrings Clinton and every other hard-working Democratic Senator from getting anything done. Putting Obama into the White House frees Clinton up to continue her good work at a record pace.
Supreme Court Justices – If McMansions is elected, his Supreme Court appointees will set everything Clinton has worked for back decades for decades to come.
Sets up a Clinton Presidency – Clinton ran and she ran well. She learned a lot in this primary, which she can use for a presidential run in 2012. Consider Obama’s administration an assist. And they can learn a lot from each other over the next eight years.
Not Voting for Obama Hurts Clintons Future Chances of Being President – Listen up PUMA’s, if Clinton’s fingerprints or those of her supporters are on an Obama loss, you can bet there are people just as small-minded who will get the Clinton Flu come election day 2012. They will be the same people who stayed home when Kerry ran.
But Clinton said it best:
“We are Americans. We’re not big on quitting.
But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president.
We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare.
Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance.”