Paul Begala Jumps on the Unity Train (will Michael be far behind?)
by Same As It Ever Was, Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 11:33:23 AM EDT
On Huffpo, Paul Begala has posted a touching tribute to Hillary Clinton, comparing her to the incomparable Jackie Robinson. Begala chronicles some of the nastier examples of sexism Hillary has overcome in her extraordinary campaign and jabs at the inadequacy of her handlers while praising her performance on the campaign trail.
But what follows, is encouraging and hopefully something other Clinton supporters will take to heart in time:
The Democratic Party has decided, wonderfully, bravely, remarkably, to double-down on history this election. And so Hillary's struggle against sexism has played out parallel to Barack Obama's graceful and courageous rise above racism. He, too, has endured taunts and threats and bigotry. He, too, has answered hatred with dignity. He, too, knows how Jackie must have felt.
So when Barack praises Hillary's tenacity, her trailblazing spirit, it is not patronizing, as some Hillary supporters have suggested. It is, I think, an empathetic expression of a powerful truth. Nobody -- not even her husband -- can fully appreciate what Hillary has overcome. Except Barack.
Congratulations to Senator Clinton and her supporters for an extraordinary and historic campaign.