Sunday, August 10, 2008

Someone Gets It...

Michelle Cottle of The New Republic wrote an op-ed in The New York Times and proved she totally gets it.

Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the gal with the most votes. Without further ado, enter Hillary's name into the damn nomination, already, and forget about that bogus party unity crap. What's more, as Cottle notes, "[I]t’s the right thing to do" by all that's fair in the world.

You don’t have to be a die-hard Clintonite, or even much of a feminist, to be moved by the significance of her presidential campaign. In 1972, the Democratic presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm made history by having her 151.95 delegates entered into the convention record. Mrs. Clinton amassed more than 10 times that number. Her achievement deserves an official salute.

Symbolic gestures and signs of respect always hold a larger meaning for the campaign that came in second. More than a few of Mrs. Clinton’s devotees, including plenty headed to Denver this month, are in need of catharsis and a bit of closure. They remain convinced that their gal got a raw deal, that she was treated unfairly by the news media, that she was cheated out of her Florida and Michigan delegates by hostile power brokers like Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi, that she was a victim of sexism, that the historic nature of her candidacy was callously dismissed in all the hullabaloo over the historic nature of Mr. Obama’s, and on and on and on.

It goes without question that during the primaries Hillary was a victim of misogynist idiots like Olby, Tweety, Barnaky and of course, the Blogger Boyz. And although symbolic gestures are nice, Hillary supporters are actually looking for superdelegates to wake up and smell the scent of rotting roses coming out of the DNC's unity krater and nominate the most qualified candidate to be the Democratic standard bearer in Denver.

No empty token cradle of rhetoric. It's all or null.

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