One year ago, I posted the question: “‘Is Racisim Worse than Womanism’ in America?” With the exit of Hillary Clinton from the 2008 presidential race, I found my answer. And it still rankles.
Don’t get me wrong; I will support Sen. Obama for many of the reasons friend Lisa Dewey Joycechild posted earlier this summer. Obama represents change..dare I say “hope”..to millions of Americans who for whatever reason feel politically disillusioned, abandoned, or just plain fed up with the direction this country has taken.
Young people, in particular, seem energized by Obama’s candidacy. The day after he named Sen. Joe Biden as running mate, I asked my 20-year-old daughter if she knew whom Obama had chosen. “Oh, sure,” she said. “I got a text message from him at 3 in the morning announcing it.” Viva Web 2.0.
But In that selection, too, Hillary Clinton was dissed.
The First Ladies-in-Waiting:
Bruce Benidt has written of his admiration of Michelle Obama’s primetime speech. Am I out of step if I found it to be a little too polished, a bit Joel Osteen-ish? And, I admit, I did not watch Cindy McCain’s speech. It’s hard to take seriously the words of anyone wearing a $240,00 ensemble..especially when they’re delivered on the same day as the nation’s latest jobless rate (6.1%–the highest level in 5 years).
The Vice Presidential Nominee:
So now we get to Gov. Sarah Palin. Wow. A barracuda in lipstick. She delivered one wicked good speech Wednesday evening and instantly became a star. But, we’re being told, we shouldn’t question her record, her credentials, the legitimacy of her candidacy, her husband’s former membership in an Alaskan separatist movement or — and this is a big one — her 17-year-old daughter’s condition. (But can you imagine if that were Chelsea Clinton?)
To me, the most interesting person at either convention, the one who gave the most heartfelt speech, was the one who left early. Hillary Clinton had run the toughest campaign, was best prepared to lead and refused to give up even when all the political hacks told her she had to. This was supposed to be her time.
But, as they say at the ballpark, “We wuz robbed.” marketing plan fine