Clinton's Speech

>> Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My first reaction to the Clinton speech was that it kicked ass. I will not pretend that i was a big fan of the way Clinton ran her campaign or the people she employed to do it. I thought her campaign was cynical and against the ideals the Democratic Party stands for. That being said her speech did enough to wash away much of the personal dislike i felt for her. Here is the speech:

There were many highlight lines.

I want you to ask yourselves: 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?

...I haven't spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women's rights at home and around the world . . . to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people.

And you haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership.

No way. No how. No McCain.

...It makes a lot of sense that next week John McCain and George Bush will be together in the Twin Cities, because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart.

All of those along with her retelling of the Harriet Tubman anecdote made for a memorable speech.

Clinton did enough and her speech will be hailed as a success, and it was. There were several drawbacks that people will be more than happy to point out. Clinton did not go down the list of her primary attacks on Obama and repudiate them. Some people may have liked to here her telling of Obama's personal abilities vis a vis the presidency. Clinton saying unequivocally that Obama can handle the duties of Commander in Chief would have been a big plus.

Clinton will now go out and hit the trail for Obama in Penn and Ohio and other states where she performed really well. If she continues to support Obama and work tirelessly for his election then there is no reason she cant be the next liberal lioness of the Senate.


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