Hillary Makes History, Bubba Plays First Spouse
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman ever nominated for president by a major political party.
Before offering our usual, full menu of blinding political insights, Calbuzz suggests we all take a moment to reflect on the remarkable historic significance of that sentence…
After the 68-year old Clinton won a majority of votes in the roll call of states, Senator Bernie Sanders, her rival in a long and fierce primary battle, stood on the convention floor with his home state Vermont delegation and pledged his 1,865 delegates to her, moving to end the roll call and name Hillary the Democratic Party’s standard bearer against the Republican vulgarian Donald Trump.
“I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules,” he said in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. “I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record and I move that Hilary Clinton be selected as a nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.”.
A few hours later, Clinton herself appeared before the delegates via satellite feed from New York; in a spectacular piece of political performance production, the giant screen behind the speaker’s stand showed a montage of the nation’s previous 43 white male presidents plus Barack Obama, then appeared to shatter into many pieces (sort of like a glass ceiling, uh, if it was, um, a glass wall) to reveal the former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, beaming.
There were no injuries.
In between, there was a host of speeches celebrating her groundbreaking gender achievement, plus an emotional 44-minute keynote narrative by former president and wannabe First Dude Bill Clinton which sought to humanize his wife, a political rehab assignment aimed at easing terrible poll numbers that show she is widely disliked and mistrusted.
At least Bernie didn’t wait until the last minute: After Sanders’ classy (and long overdue) move, some his delegates, led by California’s own noisome and self-regarding loud mouth Norman Solomon, staged a sour grapes protest by walking out of the convention. Uneasy harmony was restored by the time Bubba delivered his testimonial to “the greatest change maker I have ever known.”
After a lengthy review of her entire career, starting at Yale Law School, Clinton directly confronted the trashing Hillary took from Trump and virtually every other speaker at last week’s Republican convention:
Now, how does this square? How did this square with the things that you heard at the Republican convention? What’s the difference in what I told you and what they said? How do you square it? You can’t. One is real, the other is made up…
So what’s up with it? Well, if you win elections on the theory that government is always bad and will mess up a two-car parade, a real change-maker represents a real threat.
So your only option is to create a cartoon, a cartoon alternative, then run against the cartoon. Cartoons are two- dimensional, they’re easy to absorb. Life in the real world is complicated and real change is hard. And a lot of people even think it’s boring.
Full disclosure: Sharply differing reactions to the beginning of Bill Clinton’s speech, in which he recounted meeting and courting Hillary Rodham at law school, led to a full scale brawl among the National Affairs Desk watching in the Calbuzz Sky Box in coastal California.
One faction saw it as a tender and charming Southern story, in the style of Harper Lee, about a young man smitten and determined to win the talented girl of his dreams, the start of a lifelong committed partnership. The other saw it as a creepy, cringeworthy tale of stalking seduction by a notorious horndog and future blue dress stainer.
You be the judge.
Regardless of how you saw the first 20 minutes or so of the speech — starting with “I met a girl” — it was clear that the last half was an impassioned and powerful recounting of Hillary’s social justice work on behalf of children, minorities, disabled people and other progressive causes, from her early work as an attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund to helping millions of AIDS patients in Africa as Secretary of State:
And so I say to you, if you love this country, you’re working hard, you’re paying taxes and you’re obeying the law and you’d like to become a citizen, you should choose immigration reform over somebody that wants to send you back.
If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together. We want you.
If you’re a young African American disillusioned and afraid, we saw in Dallas how great our police officers can be, help us build a future where nobody is afraid to walk outside, including the people that wear blue to protect our future.
Hillary will make us stronger together. You know it because she’s spent a lifetime doing it. I hope you will do it. I hope you will elect her. Those of us who have more yesterdays than tomorrows tend to care more about our children and grandchildren. The reason you should elect her is that in the greatest country on earth we have always been about tomorrow. You children and grandchildren will bless you forever if you do.
The full text is here.
Reality show diplomat: Earlier, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright delivered an forceful address that not only praised Clinton, but also ripped Trump to shreds in the process:
We know what it’s like to step off that plane with United States of America on it. She knows that safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a TV reality show. It is a complex round the clock job that demands not only a steady hand and a cool head but also a big heart. You are not just representing yourself. You’re there for all of us.
Many have argued that Donald Trump would harm our national security if he were elected president. The fact is, that he has already done damage just by running for president. He has undermined our fight against terrorism by alienating our Muslim partners, he has weakened our standing in the world by threatening to walk away from our friends and our allies and by encouraging more countries to get nuclear weapons.
Donald Trump also has a strange admiration for dictators: Saddam Hussein, Kim Yung Un, Vladimir Putin. When asked about Putin, Donald Trump said, and I quote, “In terms of leadership, he’s getting an A.” The truth is, a Trump victory in November would be a gift to Vladimir Putin.
And given what we’re seen about the Russians recent actions, Putin is eager to see Trump win. And that should worry every American. Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain. I know what happens when you give the Russians a green light. Trump’s dark vision of America, one that’s isolated in the world and alienated from our allies would be a disaster. We must make sure that this never happens. We must elect Hillary Clinton as our next president.
Shocker – Hollywood types for Hillary: There also was a full complement of entertainment and political celebrities on hand, from Barbara Boxer to Meryl Streep, to lend their endorsements, for what they’re worth, to the Clinton cause.
Making a pitch for the millennial Snapchat crowd, Lena Dunham, creator and star of “Girls,” and America Ferrera, of “Ugly Betty” fame, walked out together and did an Oscars-style conversation bit:
“Hi, I’m Lena Dunham and, according to Donald Trump, my body is probably, like, a 2.”
“And I’m America Ferrera and, according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.”
“But America, you’re not Mexican.”
“And President Obama isn’t Kenyan, Lena, but that doesn’t stop Donald.”
No word yet from the thrice-married, yellow-orangish combover king about Dunham’s numerical estimate.
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