Tonight Hillary gave one of the most brilliant speeches yet. Equal to any that her husband has given. Far better and more REAL than anything Obama has ever given. She rises to every occasion. Always has. Always will. She’s my girl!
In spite of her best efforts to encourage us to support Obama and to articulate the causes we are all supposed to be fighting for, the main impression I was left with after her speech is that she showed the party that they had missed an opportunity to nominate a truly capable, experienced leader who knows how to stand up to adversity — Hillary. Her speech had the one thing that Obama’s has always lacked — heart. Eloquent, empty words or a poser contrasted with substantive argument made from the heart and the mind of a true leader. Hillary won the night. She should have won the convention and the nomination.
But it is not Hillary’s job to win this election for Obama. He has to win it for himself by himself. If he is to become the leader of the free world, he must first lead. There is no co-presidency, and there is, therefore, no co-candidacy. His win or loss is his and no one else’s.
Why has Obama not closed the deal?
It’s like a guy who is courting a woman and has all his friends and his family and her family tell her what a wonderful husband he would make and how she should marry him. He sends one emissary after another while sitting and watching events transpire from a safe, comfortable distance, waiting for success to come to him, to be served on the “silver” platter. But he doesn’t want to take the time to get up off his ass, go to her, look her in the eye and tell her “this is who I am, this is what I believe, this is what I want in life, and I want to share it with you and have you as a partner by my side. Will you marry me?” Until he is willing to do that, nothing anyone else says matters.
Obama can’t close the deal because he doesn’t want to look into our eyes and tell us who he is and what he believes in and what he wants for us. He can tell us what he wants for himself. But he can’t say what he wants FOR us, that is not on his agenda, what he wants FROM us is — our vote, because that is his stepping stone to power. But votes have to be earned. You only earn them by humbly asking for them and promising to deliver on an agreed agenda. There is no other way to get our vote.
What is his agenda? His agenda is to obtain power. Ours is to make a better country and a better life for ourselves and our children. There is a difference with a distinction here. And he knows it will show if he tries to fake it. That’s why he still can’t close the deal.
He is expecting Hillary and Bill and Biden and all his surrogates to win our votes for him, but he must win them for himself. Surrogates can reinforce what is already there or lay the groundwork for what is to come, but Obama must close the deal himself. He must lead.
Hillary gave one of the most brilliant speeches yet. She was presidential. She was committed. She was selfless. And she was leading us, as her followers and supporters, to commit ourselves to our common goals, or what she believes is Obama’s common goals with her and us. The problem remains that I’m not convinced yet. I’m not convinced Obama really cares about me and my life. I’m not convinced that Obama wants the same thing for our country that I do. I just can’t believe yet, not in him. I really, truly wish I could.
I believe in Hillary. I believe in her motives and her agenda. And I believe that Hillary believes. But I just don’t believe in Obama. Not now. Maybe not ever.
The most touching part of the speech came after it was over, when Suzanne Malveaux of CNN interviewed a black woman, a Hillary supporter — Ann Price Mills (see http://countusout.wordpress.com/). She had tears in her eyes. She was fighting not to lose the battle with her emotions and break down. She said all the things all of us Hillary supporters have been feeling. She remarked how Hillary was so presidential. It was so obvious and real. Hillary had experience. Hillary could have made all of OUR dreams happen…. Hillary could have made ALL our dreams happen. But she said several times emphatically that she would not vote for McCain. She also added: “Would you given a Harvard graduate a position of CEO right after graduation? No!” When Malveaux asked her several times during the interview if she would vote for Obama, she could not say yes….
And I was saying to myself, “Ann is right. She’s absolutely right.”
What else could I say? What else can I say?
Obama has not even served a full first term in the U.S. Senate and has no previous national experience. What was he thinking? Ted Kennedy told him to run before he had a record to run against. By doing that, he doesn’t have enough experience or a record of proven judgment to validate his candidacy.
Dick Morris finally says it best:
It’s a little like a movie that opens with flat ticket sales and bad reviews. Then the star they rejected for the lead role auditions and everyone wonders why she wasn’t given the part.