Musing on the good news
But as the evening winds down, I realized that on the whole there's plenty of good news:
- It is inspiring to see the success of Just Say No Deal, which in a one alone week has garnered major attention and is rapidly becoming an oasis of solidarity and information.
- Donations to retire Senator Clinton's debt are coming in, not only via my site but via other spots on the blogosphere as people come to realize the power of donating for that cause. In one such place the creator of a great video wrote something worth quoting here:
"Hillary Clinton is Not for Sale- Help Retire Her Campaign Debt and keep her pledged delegates.
I created this short video as a fun way to motivate people to help retire Hillary Clinton’s campaign debt. (The idea was suggested by a reader of my blog: Come A Long Way. ) The scene is from the movie, “Baby Boom.” Hope you enjoy it and it motivates you to DONATE.
If she can pay off $10 million a month, she will get it all paid off by Denver and that will be a strong message to the Superdelegates." (emphasis mine)
- Finally, my own respect for Senator Clinton continues to grow. In the course of a discussion of why Senator Clinton has chosen to work with Senator Obama and the D.N.C., a path that has puzzled and angered some of her supporters I found myself writing:
Let me be perfectly clear: there are many ways of fighting. At the moment, Senator Clinton still aspires to being the nominee to run against John McCain this election year, as a Democrat.Indeed it is. I am proud to be associated with Senator Clinton, a person and a Democrat who I can hold in such high esteem. (Note to a kind reader: I am not proud of the Democratic Party right now and certainly not proud of the D.N.C.: there is one particular Democrat of whom I am especially proud: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.)
But she was put under enormous pressure by various backers - e.g. Charlie Rangel, a representative from NY - to show unity. Senator Clinton does not want to sacrifice her Senate career fighting with people who have shown they are not willing to go to the mat for her. So, she is being gracious - and there is a big difference between grace and wimpiness - and volunteering to help the Party, which is in trouble, and even Senator Obama, who she knows is in trouble. This grace IS a form of fighting. It is not outright overt aggression. It is a form of winning, or trying to win, by being better than those who have been bad to you. Mahatma Gandhi understood this. So did MLK Jr. So did Nelson Mandela. This is pretty good company to be in.