When she finished her speech tonight at the Democratic Convention, all Keith Olbermann could say was this:
'Grand slam ... a grand slam ... out of the park. Across the street ... over the buildings across the street. A sock in the jaw against disunity. I don't know how it could have been better...'
Hillary Rodham Clinton showed three things with her historic speech. First, she just became one of the most powerful women in the world, and a force to be reckoned with when she returns to the U.S. Senate. Any bill she decides to introduce in an Obama administration will have to be taken seriously. Not only does she represent the state of New York, but millions of Americans who supported her for President.
She put to rest any doubts about her sincerity and demonstrated she truly cares about the plight of working-class Americans.
She did everything to bring Democrats together for the 2008 election except toss out a lasso and rope them into a corral.
Some of the best quotes from her speech:
On her desire to end the Republican hold on the White House -
'I haven't spent the last 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women's rights at home and around the world ... to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people.'
On the difficult times presently facing America -
'Even in the darkest of moments, ordinary Americans have found the faith to keep going. I've seen it in you. I've seen it in our teachers and firefighters, nurses and police officers, small business owners and union workers, the men and women of our military - you always keep going. We are Americans. We're not big on quitting.'
She had this to say about John McCain -
'John McCain says the economy is fundamentally sound. John McCain doesn't think that 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security. And in 2008, he still thinks it's okay when women don't earn equal pay for equal work. With an agenda like that, it makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities. Because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart.'
And the best quote of all -
'No way...No how...NO McCAIN!'
With her 'big moment' speech in Denver, Hillary Clinton assured her place in history among women who have shown themselves as the best representatives of their gender, and asserted herself as a true leader not only among women, but ALL people.
Suddenly, knowing Hillary Clinton might be back in her Senate seat under an Obama administration next year doesn't seem so bad after all. In the end, it has always been about her agenda for America, and if Obama is elected, that agenda could very well become reality.