by Mdm Prz 08, Sun Mar 30, 2008 at 03:24:58 PM EDT
It seems the pundits, the Obama campaign and his supporters think they have Hillary right where they want her - with her back against the wall. But they've forgotten that's when she performs best. Every time she's been counted out, she has come back stronger, more determined, with more support.
They predicted her demise in New Hampshire; Senator Obama cueing the classic Stevie Wonder "Sign, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." Hillary countered with a resounding chorus of the Supremes', "Wait a Minute Mr. Postman."
They predicted Obama was making inroads in California, Massachusetts (with the help of Teddy and Kerry), and New Jersey - he was walking away with it, so they said. Hillary once again proved her staying power taking all three by double digit margins.
Again, in late February, they started constructing her coffin, calling for her to get out of the race, only for Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island to make them to lie in the bed they made for her.
They just don't get it. She's a fighter and that's why we love her. The more opportunities you give her to fight, the more she endears herself to her supporters, independents and those undecided.
It was this moment that struck us most from Ohio:
"Some people were ready to count us out. But you and I proved them wrong, just as we have every time they tried to declare this race over prematurely. And we're going to keep showing them exactly what we can do. We're going to do it for everyone across America who's been counted out -- but refused to be knocked out. For everyone who's stumbled -- but stood right back up. And for everyone who works hard -- but never gives up." -HRC
People love an underdog, who fights on in the face of adversity and seemingly insurmountable odds; it's what great movies are made of. Senator Obama confesses his opinion that this race is "a good movie that lasted about a half an hour too long." Well, Hillary and her supporters, with broad smiles respond, "I like long movies." And Hillary has what it takes to make this one of the most inspirational, comeback movies ever.
Maya Angelou's inspirational poem she wrote about Hillary and for her supporters sums it up best.
Rise, Hillary, Rise
By Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
This is not the first time you have seen Hillary Clinton seemingly at her wits' end, but she has always risen, always risen, don't forget she has always risen, much to the dismay of her adversaries and the delight of her friends.
Hillary Clinton will not give up on you and all she asks of you is that you do not give up on her.
There is a world of difference between being a woman and being an old female. If you're born a girl, grow up, and live long enough, you can become an old female. But to become a woman is a serious matter. A woman takes responsibility for the time she takes up and the space she occupies. Hillary Clinton is a woman. She has been there and done that and has still risen. She is in this race for the long haul. She intends to make a difference in our country. Hillary Clinton intends to help our country to be what it can become.
She declares she wants to see more smiles in the family, more courtesies between men and women, more honesty in the marketplace. She is the prayer of every woman and man who longs for fair play, healthy families, good schools, and a balanced economy.
She means to rise.
Don't give up on Hillary. In fact, if you help her to rise, you will rise with her and help her make this country the wonderful, wonderful place where every man and every woman can live freely without sanctimonious piety and without crippling fear.
So bring it on. Call for her to get out of the race. Accuse her of the most unseemly and sinister motives. Claim she's hurting the party she's been committed to for decades. Try and silence millions of voters in a quest for "unity." We are already unified; behind Hillary. I've got my popcorn ready - this is gonna be good.