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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-04-08 12:01 AM
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Hilary made an excellent speech, but it was the WRONG speech
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and it failed to rise to the occasion on an occasion when so much was possible. Yes Clinton spoke with power and conviction and passion, showing why she is so formidable. Truly Hillary Clinton is a force to be reckoned with, and certainly she is no friend of the Republican Party; on the issues. But on the issue of doing what is best for the Democratic Party, she continued playing "Deal, or No Deal". By doing so she turned a true historic moment for America, the closing of a pivotal phase of an amazing race for President that brought the first African American and the first woman candidate both to the virtual threshold of that office, into yet another complex move in a fascinating political Chess match. We witnessed a game being played at the highest level rather than living a transcendent moment.

Here is the point of her speech when I winced hardest; when Hillary Clinton, in words as eloquent as any I have ever heard from her, promised to keep faith with Americans she met on the campaign trail, forgotten Americans, invisible Americans who to her have never been invisible, and then defined those people as the nearly 18 million voters who voted for her. Tonight Hillary Clinton presented herself as a faction leader, of a faction critical to the Democratic Party, a leader with her own constituency who she pledged to look out for, who she sought to mobilize behind her. In a parliamentary system of government, where Prime Ministers can be removed from power through a vote of no confidence, that might not seem so jarring to me. But tonight I wanted more, much more, than mere parliamentary intrigue.
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