The History Books Will Record Hillary Clinton Nearly Broke the Glass Ceiling
In her concession speech today, Senator Hillary Clinton referred to the 18 million people who supported her candidacy for president. She spoke of almost cracking the glass ceiling preventing a woman from reaching the goal of becoming a nominee for president. To paraphrase the statement she said those 18 million votes put cracks in that ceiling and made it easier for the next woman who tries to achieve what she failed to do in the year 2008.
The speech seemed to have three parts:
- A Campaign Review She recounted the campaign and the special moments with thanks to her supporters, family and all staff. She followed that with the actual concession part. It is understood that she will suspend the campaign keeping her delegates close at hand. With the power of the votes and delegates she will continue on with pushing the changes that she has so valiantly sought. If a hint of her mood was given it was more in her dress than her delivery. Wearing black with just a hint of blue, she effectively did what she had to do.
- Push unity and exhort her followers to move ahead to Obama without hanging out at a pity party. So much like Hillary, always with that urgency of need propelling her forward, she recalled how in her 40 years of political service and public life only three times has a Democrat been elected in that timeframe of history. Two of those times by gosh, were by "someone in the room" as she looked at her husband. We have work to do. The Democrats must move forward.
- She made a statement for history on the fact that she had been the first woman to reach such a level. With daughter, Chelsea, and mother, Dorothy there with her, she said she did it for all women and no one ever again need fear doing it. It is something a woman will achieve.
Am I ready to get onboard? The phone rang ironically today on the day of this speech. Would I like to contribute $100.00 to the Obama campaign a voice asks? I think not. A meeting of the "Party Fixits" held just a week ago is fresh in the memory. The public voice of the female candidate with the"powerful enduring intellect" as noted by the NY Times, will be missed.
That gas tax suspension proposed not long ago by the candidate is looking so good about now.
You were a tough one Annie Oakley!!!!!!