Before we get started, can I just ask if I’m the only one who was reminded of both a high school football coach and Orville from The Rescuers by Brian Schweitzer, up there flapping his arms around? God that tickled me.
The main thing about Clinton’s speech last night that sticks with me is how very, very young we still are as a nation and, really, how rapidly change happens. Clinton’s mother was born before women could vote. Clinton came close to being President. Yes, we’re almost a half a century from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but that’s only half a century. People alive and vital now were there. People alive and vital now knew people in their youths who were slaves.
Two hundred and thirty two years is just not that long in the course of human history.
I was proud of her. Up on that stage, she was a Statesman.
I know it’s corny, but I’ve really enjoyed this convention because I know we’re seeing history. This is change, just at its most basic and clear. Even if we don’t beat McCain (and, please, let us beat McCain), our visions for what America looks like are inspiring and those ideas are shaping our future. I mean, shit, as GoldnI points out, even Congressman Blackburn finds our ideas about women’s rights to be compelling.
I’m proud to be associated with these folks. That’s not always true and it won’t always be true in the future, but right now? Seeing Clinton on that stage being so gracious and powerful and really shaping the discussion and knowing that she’s not just going to be pushed off the world stage, but that, at the end of the day, she’s just another career politician we’re going to be stuck with for the next twenty, thirty, years like the rest of them.
I don’t know.
It makes me happy.