Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hillary Concedes - Down Goes The Petition

Well Hillary finally faced the obvious and conceded the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in a pretty nice speech from Washington. So the Hillary-Concede petition is finally coming down from our sidebar.

"The way to continue our fight now to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passion, our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States," she said.

"Today as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him and I ask of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me,"

I think she touched on all of the points she needed to yesterday, with the notable exception of failing to address the racial chasm opened in the Democratic Party due to her campaign strategy. But oh well, she's out of the race at this time and that's what matters. We'll get together and sing Kumbaya later.

To Hillary and her supporters, nice job. You raised the bar for female candidates, just as Barack did for minorities. There will be a female president of this country some day soon. I hope when that happens, she won't have to run as "one of the boys" as Hillary pretty much had to do this year, but will instead bring femininity into the campaign and the position. Hillary acknowledged that point poignantly.

"When I was asked what it means to be a woman running for president, I always gave the same answer: that I was proud to be running as a woman, but I was running because I thought I'd be the best president," she said. "But I am a woman, and, like millions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious, and I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us."


All thoughts now turn to who gets the VP nod. Hillary may add something to the ticket, and if Obama chooses her, I'll go with it, but personally, I don't think he should. I may change my mind after a month or so after all of the emotions of the primary have cooled down on all sides.

But right now, I don't see how he could possibly trust her (and Bill) to have his back after the ugliness of their "kitchen sink" campaign. There was a willingness on their part to rip the whole party apart in order to secure the nomination, and if someone wants something that bad, I wouldn't want to be a heartbeat away from them obtaining it. Especially if my heartbeat is the one in question.

So go through the process Barack, and see what candidates rise to the top, then pick the best one. If it's Hillary, so be it, but I'd advise you to do double safety checks on your aircraft before flying, let someone else start the car and have it run for a few minutes before you get in, hire a food taster, etc. In other words, watch your back.

For now though it's on to John McCain.


Menopausal Mick said...

I'd like him to pick a woman.... because I'm selfish and easily admit that truth. No woman named Clinton, please.

Caroline Kennedy is one name that I've heard. hmmm... well, at least we'd be less likely to have a vice prez running amuck like ole' Dickie boy. Advantage on the name recog, too.

I'd actually... REALLY like Obama's wife for the job. Can't ya just HEAR the neocons on that one? I like her, though.

For electability, probably Edwards or Richardson. Maybe we can get them to wear a dress.

Hiya pal. I drank your bottle of scotch. I'll have to buy another one.


DP said...

Hmmm, Caroline Kennedy. If she is the choice it would be like Dick Cheney selecting himself in 2000 while chairing the selection committee for Bush. But she might not be a bad choice. I definitely would like to see a woman on the ticket, but have a feeling they'll go the ex-military male route.

You know Michelle is out of the question, and not for the reason you'd think, but because of the presidential rules that do not allow for the president and vice-president to be from the same state.

And I'll let you slide on the scotch, for now! We'll celebrate after victory in November.

Big Tex said...

Hillary Clinton is damaged goods, and Obama would be making a huge mistake if he selected her to be his running mate. I can already see the ads the Repubs would run, with video of her infamous remarks about Obama not being qualified to be commander-in-chief. Not something we need...

Edwards would be a great choice, but he's already shot that idea down a few times. Richardson would give him a boost with Latino voters, and a female running mate (Sebelius?) might help him with disgruntled ex-Hillary supporters. Caroline Kennedy would be an awesome running mate, but I doubt she's inclined to run as VP. He may want to give some consideration to Blanche Lincoln.

DP said...

Big Tex - Good point regarding damaged goods. Her campaign basically shot itself in the foot with the win or nothing strategy. It will be the height of hypocrisy to now say this 'unelectable" person is now not only electable, but I'll serve under him.

I'm not familiar with Blanche Lincoln. I'll have to do a little research. At this point I'm definitely willing to let the selection process play it way out and see who rises to the top. There's no need to rush, especially with all of the emotion current involved.

that girl boo said...
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that girl boo said...

see ya Hill