“18 Million Cracks”

I’ve been hard pressed to say anything positive about Senator Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Last Saturday, she just about redeemed herself by conceding the nomination to Barack Obama with perhaps greater eloquence than she ever used in her own defense. Gone were the complex and sometimes absurd calculations on why she was the better nominee. Gone were the poorly chosen words which made you doubt her ethical standards (“he’s not a Muslim, as far as I know”, “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California”). This concession speech hit all the right notes while appropriately taking pride in the barriers that her campaign had busted down.

There was one passage in the speech that was particularly moving because it spoke to all the women voters who felt disenfranchised by Hillary’s defeat.

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it. And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time. That has always been the history of progress in America.”

Some may forget that Barack Obama is not the first African American to knock on the door of presidential opportunity. His predecessors include the improbable Al Sharpton, and the more probable Jesse Jackson and Carol Moseley Braun. Each of these candidates made the prospect of a black president more palpable to our country and made Obama’s candidacy that much easier to obtain. It can also be said that Braun, Shirley Chisolm, Lenora Fulani and Elizabeth Dole, each in their own way paved the road for Hillary.

The bottom line is that history is not always made in bold strokes but rather is made through slow gradations of color. Hillary Clinton has made the prospect of a female United States President that much more likely. Now the time has come for women to recognize how much closer they are to their goal, and support Barack Obama before John McCain sends the womens movement back to the dark ages.


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6 thoughts on ““18 Million Cracks”

  1. Dr. Lenora Fulani was not only the first woman on the ballot in all 50 states in US History, but also the first African American, but more importantly in recent history she initated the Committee for a Harlem Debate between Clinton and Obama and helped push the dialogue that assumed that Hillary was the annointed candidate of the black community. Dr. Fulani’s colleague in South Carolina, Wayne Griffin was the first African American to come out and create independents for Obama when all the black elected officials were supporting Hillary. An important story to tell when the DP is going to work overtime to act like Obama’s been their candidate all along.


  2. “…before John McCain sends the womens movement back to the dark ages.”

    Where is this coming from?

  3. McCain’s personal history and his politics don’t bode well for the fairer sex.

    1. Before he went to Vietnam he married a beauty queen. Upon his return from the Hanoi Hilton, when he discovered his beauty queen was now a severely injured and disfigured car accident victim, he promptly dumped her for a new and more wealthy beauty.

    2. Sadly, the new beauty, Cindy, did not understand that when a guy treats one woman lousy, he’s likely to do the same to the next woman. No surprise then, that in front of at least one reporter, he called his wife a c*nt simply because she was teasing him about his hair.

    3. He stood by and chuckled when one of his supporters asked him how he was going to “beat the bitch”, referring to Hillary Clinton.

    4. On Hardball with Chris Matthews, he stated that it would be difficult for him to choose a pro-choice running mate. It is all but certain that right to life will be a litmus test for McCain Supreme Court nominations. With several vacancies expected within the next four years, McCain could easily reshape the court and toss aside Roe v Wade.

    I won’t even touch the New York Times article alluding to improper conduct with a female lobbyist. Sadly, they didn’t do their homework and substantiate the claim but I say where there is smoke, there’s likely to be fire.

    Clearly, for women to support McCain to spite Obama is not in their self interest.

  4. I have already conceded that Barack Obama is the prettiest candidate. Since the issue is raised before any others, I will also concede that he is the nicest.

    There. He’s prettier and nicer than McCain.

    At what point does policy or integrity become interesting to Democrats? What is after nice? Being good to his mother?

  5. Ecclesiastes, where John McCain is concerned, for integrity, please see items 1 – 3 in my comment above. For policy, please see item 4 in my above comment.

  6. Not McCain policy and integrity .. Obama’s

    Re points above
    1 – Yes, Obama is nicer. McCain is mean
    2 – Yes, Obama is nicer. McCain is mean.
    3 – Yes, Obama is nicer. McCain is mean.
    4 – the only policy point you raise is Supreme Court picks and McCain was the leader if the Gang of 14 that saved the Democrats from the nuclear option. He’s going to pick the same kind of justices as Obama.

    Obama is prettier, and nicer. I asked around and I will preemptively concede that Obama is more vivacious, too.

    Focus. Obama’s platform. Did you read it yet? I send you a link.

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