Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What Dream Team?

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’ll say I’m wrong when the shoe fits. Apologies come easy for me. It comes with growing up. We live, we learn, we make mistakes and we grow as a consequence of it all.
On yesterday I got into a heated debate with my good friend Delbert “DJ Kraze” Jarmon regarding Hillary Clinton. Kraze was vehemently opposed to the notion of having a democratic dream team consisting of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I shared the pure logic of it all. I addressed those close to 18 million voters that Clinton reminds us of each opportunity she gets. It all made since. We have two popular politicians that represent different constituencies.
I left thinking I was right and the narrow minded Kraze need to find Jesus, forgive Clinton for her poor judgment and to find it in his heart to hold hands with all of those Clinton supporters as we begin the journey to victory in November. It all made perfect sense to me. That was until Clinton opened her mouth on last night and robbed America of the privilege of celebrating one of the great moments in our national history.
Those in the Clinton camp would have you think that last night was about her need to do things her way. “This is her night,” one political expert said after another in defense of that speech. That speech, with the request for supporters to tell her what they want her to do next, felt like a dagger had pierced my heart.
You must be kidding me Hillary! They say you are an intelligent woman. Didn’t you know history was made last night? For the first time in our history a black person has been nominated as a major party’s Presidential candidate. Can’t you celebrate with the rest of us and find reason to put your agenda on the backburner long enough to allow us to reflect over how far we have come?
Could it be that she is too pissed at the fact that a black man did it before a woman? Maybe that rage prevents her from seeing the significance in that moment? How dare you fail to mention it in your speech? That’s not leadership; it’s a rejection of what America has accomplished. This is, Hillary Clinton, a moment many never thought would happen. This is what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant when he talked about his dream. This is what thousand upon thousands marched for, and countless went to jail to fight for.
This is what many thought could never happen. Why couldn’t you acknowledge that and celebrate with the people who believed in you. I was one of them. I wanted to vote for you. I was in your corner up until you made comments that forced me to reconsider my position. My love for you has converted to scorn. Couldn’t you humble enough to speak to this moment? No, you didn’t have to concede. Give yourself the time you need to bow out in way that reflects your emotional need.
I get all of that, but this isn’t about you or those who supported you. It is about America and what it means for us to witness a black man winning the nomination. This is about America moving past race. It’s not about you having an election stolen from you, or you’re pushing for all of those people who voted for you. We needed leadership last night. The type that you used in placing this election within an historical context. Remember that? It was that statement about Bobby Kennedy being killed in June.
It was a night for all of us to be proud. Not just black people. Last nights victory belonged to all of us. Get this Hillary. I would have celebrated with you if you had won the nomination. I would have regarded it in the same way. Your victory would have provided the context for a national celebration, and I would hope that Obama would celebrate with you-for all of us.
What does your response prove Hillary? That you are so engrossed in your own need to win that you can’t see the bigger picture. So, I was wrong DK Kraze. She shouldn’t be placed on the democratic ticket. She’s much too selfish to speak on my behalf.
All of that happened in less than 24 hours. Imagine what damage she could do in four years?


  1. I have to say (as a white woman, fwiw) that you are absolutely and completely correct on this post. I was a Hillary supporter from the get-go, and not simply because she's female, although that was a significant factor. I had a lot of hopes for her and her campaign. But she has proven herself so ambitious and rude and lacking in judgment that I found myself supporting her only *because* she was female. And then Obama converted me with his glorious speech on race relations in this country, and I saw him for the leader he is. He had my vote in the N.C. primary.

    How sad and empty she looks to me now, especially after the events of last night. I'm glad I'm not the only one who switched sides.

    (Long time lurker, first time commenter. :)

  2. Didn’t you know history was made last night? For the first time in our history a black person has been nominated as a major party’s Presidential candidate. Can’t you celebrate with the rest of us and find reason to put your agenda on the backburner long enough to allow us to reflect over how far we have come?

    Barack Obama is one of my heroes. I hope he wins the election, but even if he doesn't, look at what a difference he made! He has given millions of Americans hope.

    -Bethany Crites

  3. Amen. Preach it, brother. Your column put into words something that has been nagging me like a splinter in my brain since I heard her speak last night. I think she took too seriously those who thought the nomination process was simply going to be a rubber stamp to her inevitability. Perhaps her anger at being denied the coronation prevents her from seeing the historic moment we are witnessing. Unfortunately, whereas Barack's inspiring speech last night made me think that perhaps America is finally turning the corner, her speech pointed out how far we have yet to go.

  4. Hllary Clinton has always believed she was entitled to be President. Millions of Democrats voted against her, not because she was a woman, but because she cannot be trusted and thinks mainly of herself, despite her politician's utterances about "the common man."

    As the primary campaign continued, Hillary's true nature came out, with disgusting racially inspired phrases showing that winning was more important than leadership. Even many in her close inner circle had difficulty staying loyal.

    The United States is ready for either a black or female president. We just have to make sure they're the right person for the job, not simply because they represent our race or gender, but because they're the best person running.

  5. If Obama does nothing else, he will have put the Clintons out to pasture.

    Seems the Clintons' most ardent and loyal voter base has finally opened their eyes after years and years of being a "rubber stamp" for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    Bill Clinton's words and behavior in SC and the way they both behaved throughout the primaries virtually turned common decency on its head and seems to have awakened a long last.

  6. Carl - You stated that Obabma "has been nominated as a major party’s Presidential candidate." I don't believe that is a true statement. The nomination occurs at the Democratic Convention, and that process is far from fixed. Super-delegates can change their votes between now and then regardless of their stated intentions, which would affect the outcome of the election.

    I'm not arguing that Obama isn't going to win the nomination. He just didn't win it last night. Even if Hillary conceded, Obama would still only be the "presumptive nominee." So, why does it matter? He's the presumptive nominee now anyways, isn't he?

    It's important to get the basic facts straight, because conclusions based on false premises are generally false. (or just based on emotion)

  7. What is it with Hillary? She had everything going her way and then came Iowa, and South Carolina, etc. I, too, was leaning towards supporting Hillary, but something clicked as I listened to her and watched her WHINE!!!!!!! She is too ambitious and SPITEFUL. Barack was very gracious to her on Tuesday evening as he always has been. He gave her accolade after accolade for her efforts in the campaign. It was the least she could do by just acknowledging the fact that he had won enough delegates to obtain the nomination. Oh, no, she's just got to be in the spotlight. She should realize that you cannot cut off your nose to spite your face. Makes one very ugly. She has been quite nasty at times during this campaign and does not deserve to be on the Democratic ticket. She wants to be President! She has opened the door for future women to hold this office. A missed opportunity for Hillary. What's that song from the sixties, "Smiling Faces?" Oh they do tell lies. Great post.

  8. Her speech on Saturday was, however, superb.

    that said, she's still not a good choice for VP. Better to see her become Senate majority leader with 60 senators and a Democratic president. She's got more balls than Harry Reid anyway.

    Obama has made every right move in the past 6 months. i trust that his VP pick will be similarly well thought out.

  9. as a white woman, and one who has always supported the clinton family, i swore that if i were ever lucky enough to see hillary in the race, i'd be her biggest supporter.

    early in the race, however, her speeches drew empty sentiments to me. her racially charged slights and her campaign focusing on the fear vote disappointed me. her whining and refusal to work with the dnc ~ and so obviously only because it was in her favor to count the unacknowleged votes (despite the fact obama wasn't even on one of the tickets, and many supporters did not vote due to being informed their votes would NOT count because of their state legislative teams' decision to disregard the dnc) left me angry that she would play such a victim and distort facts in order to desperately hold onto any chance to win ~ and at any cost...

    she hurt me, she hurt our nation, and she showed that her own desire to win (or prove something or whatever her motive) was truly more important than actually standing up for anything at all.

    i sigh, and while i find it so victorious that our two remaining democrat nominees were an african american and a woman, that her disregard of taking any stance of integrity diminished the significance of this moment in history.

    she has time to salvage herself, and i hope she does, for her sake and for all of ours.