Once again, Hillary helped rescue another guy's political career: In this case, Barack Obama's whose polling support badly needed her ringing, feminist, endorsement tonight at the Democrat's gathering in Denver. She's done this before, helping hubby Bill Clinton twice when his extramarital shenanigans threatened his bid for president, then his presidency itself.
Tonight, Bill took a back seat, and feminism a front row. She referred to the "sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits" and appealed to women voters, upon which the "mommy" party or Democrats have always relied.
She introduced herself as a "proud" senator, mother and daughter, not wife. Her video biography was narrated by her daughter Chelsea. She was introduced by her daughter to the podium. Her historical references during the speech were about the feminist journey in history, women who accomplished heroic tasks and the fact that her mother was born before women had the vote and her daughter was able to vote for her in a primary in a bid to become President of the United States.
Hillary, like Bill, has an ability to connect with simple, concrete language which is something that they will have to try and impart to Obama. She appeared to be sincere, passionate and honest about supporting Obama and challenged her 18-million supporters to think long and hard before they opt for the alternative.
Here are some of her best and most directed lines, and policy, soundbytes:
-- "It's time to get our country back...we can't afford to sit on the sidelines"
-- "No way, no how, no McCain"
-- "To my supporters, my sisterhood of the travellling pantsuits, from the bottom of my heart, thank you."
-- "Make government an institution of the public good, not private plunder"
-- "I want you to ask yourselves were you in this campaign just for me or were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?"
-- "I can't wait for Barack Obama to sign into law a healthcare system that covers every single American"
-- "We don't need four more years of the last eight years"
-- "Not a moment to lose or a vote to spare...elect Barack Obama for that future worthy of our country"