What a Night
by VAAlex, Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 06:27:00 AM EDT
Last night was historic on more than one occasion. I got a glimpse of what the coming months will be like. Sen. Obama will lead the Democratic Party with honor and he has earned it. Sen. McCain, the Republican's last, best hope to hold on to any semblance of power in Washington, understands the magnitude of the challenge ahead of him. The battle lines are drawn, and we're about to rumble. You think the last five months have been rough? Well, get ready for the sequel.
First, I was sorely disappointed with the media in general. This was going to be Senator Obama's night, regardless of what Sen. Clinton did. Up to the end, I was disappointed at the way the media handled the events of the day. Breathlessly speculating that Clinton would drop out in exchange for a private assurance that she would be V.P. Donna Brazile (she of the `Obama reach out with an olive branch of splitting Michigan 50-50 and the Clinton folks slapped it away' nonsense) tsk-tsking that `she was disappointed' Clinton didn't concede to her liking. Keith Olbermann taking great pains to point out whenever he could that Sen. Clinton :: gasp :: did not concede! Roland Martin shaking his head in the background whenever Sen. Clinton's name was spoken. Howard Fineman spinning circles around even himself engaging in the most high-flying speculation that I've ever seen (`Clinton doesn't really want to be V.P., but I have it on super-secret Democratic Clinton sources that she wants to be offered the position just to turn around and throw it in his face!'). Get a grip, Howard, for your own good. This kind of nonsense is exactly why the media is the least trusted institution in the country today.
Second, I thought Senator Obama's speech was one of the finest of the campaign. Without a doubt, this was his night. I was actually driving back from a friend's house in the rain and caught all of it on the radio. You know, even on the radio, I could picture him up on the podium, literally living history. He took great pains to go out of his way to effusively praise Sen. Clinton and her supporters. Very classy. If it's not to be Hillary, I am very happy that it is to be Sen. Obama. He proved again tonight why he has earned the support and respect of millions across the country, and why he will be a formidable candidate in November.
Third, all the media nonsense about Clinton not conceding tonight was utter nonsense. Basically what was being said/implied is "Both have run an extremely close, hard-fought campaign, but only Sen. Obama gets to celebrate. Sen. Clinton should say a few words and bow out immediately." Give me a break. Both campaigns were historic. Senator Clinton and her supporters deserve the right to `have their own day' as well. I suspect it will be today or tomorrow, but it will be this week. I fully understand her rationale for wanting to give her supporters due credit. She deserves to go out center stage, not as a side show to Obama's well-earned victory night. She has been an inspiration in her own right, and I fully believe her when she says she will do whatever she can to help unite the Democratic Party.
It was a hell of a night, and I'm still taking it all in. I'm also very, very proud to be a Democrat.