Sunday, June 08, 2008
Hillary's speech yesterday was eloquent, gracious, and politically astute - and will no doubt mollify those in the party who were disappointed and dismayed by her Tuesday night oration. It was a classy finish to an historic and important campaign, and sets the stage for success in the fall.
The 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling are indeed something to celebrate. Had Obama lost by as little as Hillary did, the message of progress for African Americans would be as clear as it is for women: the glass is not half-empty; it is nearly full.
However, as the song goes, even 99 and 1/2 won't do. We still have work to do.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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