Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Castle Hills Democrats Endorses Barack Obama

Our good friend and dedicated Clinton supporter, Judith Ford, has endorsed Barack Obama on her blog, Castle Hills Democrats.

.... there comes a time when it becomes obvious that your favored candidate is not going to win the nomination. Such is the case for poor Hillary. She fought hard, she was a tough opponent, and she didn't give in easily. But she is not the candidate who can get 75,000 people to come out and support her on a weekend afternoon, like Barack Obama did this weekend. And she is not the candidate the Democrats are turning to in hopes for meaningful change for our battered country.

The fat lady is warming up, and she's about to sing because Hillary's campaign is just about over.

Therefore, I'm proud to transfer all of my support to Barack Obama for President.

The blessing and the curse of the Democrats this year was having two immensely qualified and charismatic candidates running for president.

Those of us who grew up during the second wave of feminism in the 60's and 70's and witnessed the courage of Shirley Chisholm's historic campaign imagined a day when a woman running for president wouldn't be considered symbolic. Few would have guessed then that such a time wouldn't come for another 36 years.

NOW's president, Kim Gandy, explains why her organization sees a Clinton loss as a significant setback.
While still holding out hope that Clinton can win, Gandy suggests that her defeat would be a huge blow to some feminists. "It's hard to imagine that anytime soon there will be another candidate as extraordinary as Hillary Clinton," she said.
I think that statement sells women short. It's shameful that a nation that was built on the ideal of equality has denied women the opportunity for a legitimate run at the nation's highest political office until this year. But that was never for want of talent - take Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan for starters.

Hillary Clinton's amazing run this primary has already strengthened the political capital of female politicians such as Kathleen Sebelius, who is increasingly mentioned as a possible VP pick. And it has virtually settled the question of whether the U.S. will accept a woman in the role of supreme commander.

One of the first suffragettes, who as an African-American woman certainly knew the the struggles of both, stated in her famous speech,

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!

It's time to right the world turned upside down by the neoconservative agenda. The women who have been Clinton's most fervent supporters will hold the key to this election. It would be a sad addition to the legacy of feminism if the next four years were lost as a testament to identity politics.

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