Beltway Dem for Hillary Clinton
by Beltway Dem, Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 03:27:41 PM EST
I am new here at MyDD, and I thought I would take an opportunity to let people know that I am here in support for Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination and for the presidency. I think Hillary represents the most credible candidate for the Democratic nomination, and a large plurality of national Democrats in poll after poll, month after month, and yes, year after year, consistently have expressed their hope she will be the nominee of our party. Let me explain the three broad reasons why I am for Hillary.
First, there is a simple moral argument, and I think it is hard to dismiss. Hillary is the first Democratic woman, the first woman of any political inclination, who has a credible chance to be president of the United States. Since my earliest political awareness as a young boy in the mid-1960s, I have been keenly aware of the injustice of a male-dominated presidency and have wanted to see a woman be president of the United States. Hillary's election will be a powerful statement by the people of the United States about the real qualifications for the presidency, that is, a combination of experience, toughness, and intelligence, something that has nothing to do with gender. Slightly more than half of all Americans have never had a member of their sex as the leader of the country, and it is well past time that this historic wrong be righted. It may be long years again before we have another chance if we fail this time. I think we have an unprecedented opportunity to transform American culture through her election.
Second, there is the argument of her experience in facing the Republicans. Her encounters with them have prepared her for the campaign and the presidency in a way I believe no other candidate is prepared. Over the last 15 years, the right has pawed at her incessantly, spending millions of dollars of public funds to uncover any kind of mud to throw at her. We can be confident that Hillary has a clean bill of health. After these years of investigation, there will be no surprises. We know the whole story. Moreover, we have someone who understands the way the Republicans work, and I believe that she will be quick on her feet and precise in her responses.
Third, she is, I believe, much more experienced at the working of policy and government than either of her two main competitors. As a public servant, as the wife of a governor and a president who was deeply involved in his administrations, as a lawyer and activist, and as a United States Senator, she already has had an opportunity to see firsthand and up-close what it means to serve the interests of the people and govern the country. There is no contender for the presidency, either among the Democrats or the Republicans, who will require less on-the-job training than Hillary Clinton. After the disaster we have been witnessing these last nearly seven years, we need someone who can get to work fixing the country from her first day in office.
When we have a woman who is the best qualified candidate for the nomination, it is a great day for America and a great day for the Democratic Party. We are about to start the important work of selecting a president. The hour is here. Won't you join me in making history?