Before getting started here I want to make a few things clear. I do not like the Clintons; neither Hillary or Bubba. I’m firmly of the opinion that they, and the Democratic Leadership Council that they represent are, in many ways, nothing more than “Republican Lite.” Having said that, if the situation was different and Hillary had cinched the nomination, not only would I be voting for her in November; I would be enthusiastically campaigning for her the whole way. Not because I like her or dislike McCain, not because of any “loyalty” to the Democratic party, but out of loyalty to the United States of America. Because I don’t think that the lower and middle classes of this country can survive even another four years of the criminally inept “leadership” that the real Republicans bring to the table.
Now, given that, I have to say “thank you” to Hillary for the speach she gave last night at the Democratic National Convention (text here). It couldn’t have been easy for Senator Clinton to swallow her pride and deliver the rousing endorsement of Barack Obama that she did. And have no doubt, it was an endorsement; regardless of how the Old Media Douchebags and Neocon pundits will attempt to spin it. Here is one small quote that sums up, for me, the point:
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?
This is the bottom line. Vote for Obama. Not because he’s black and that’s a nifty narrative, not because you’re a Democrat and are toeing the party line, not because he has the powers of a magical hobo and can heal the sick and farts rainbows. Vote for Obama because the alternatives are all too clear, and all too terrifying.