Sorry, but if I hear one more pol apply the band-aid "outstanding" to some aspect of Hillary Clinton's character, worth as a political asset or Senator from New York, I'm gonna hurl.
And if one more Democrat insists that none of her 18 million votes (does anybody remember how many votes John Kerry got?) were about race and against Barack Obama, it'll be the Democratic party that's sick.
To move on, consider this: since the season began, there's been a huge, false parallel drawn between the 'historic' Clinton and Obama runs. Why? Hard core Hillary feminists and sympathizers—I'll be fair and call them the majority of her vote—are in it to see the first female president. They want a perhaps long overdue triumph for her gender. They are not fired up about seeing the very nature of womanhood turned inside out and judged to be false on its face as she gains the White House.
Let me be ridiculous to make a sublime point: Hillary is not running as a proud hermaphrodite. Not that she's ashamed, she just happens to be all woman--as far as I know : )
Meanwhile, as maybe even Bill Clinton finally understands, an Obama presidency will not be like Jesse Jackson winning the White House. And it's not just because his Mama was white, or that his Daddy (as far as I know) has no heritage of slavery.
Take a good look at the amazing picture of Obama on his Granddad's shoulder. Stare a minute at the face of Kansas in Africa. Then multiply by 400 years of American historical denial of the truth of who we really are: a new, miscegenated nation, brought forth on the proposition that —despite the slavery at our founding—all men are created equal.
No, they weren't thinking about women at the founding either. But they didn't get busy making male-female hybrids. And they didn't subsequently declare an equivalent of a "one drop rule" for determining a female race.
So, Hil people, I'm sorry, but get this grip: the war, for now, is over. Not the battles for delegates, but the war of black vs. female identity politics that it seemed to be all about for many of you. Because Obama has not come to vindicate the black race, but to destroy the false dichotomy of black and white.
No wonder Bill wanted to make it about the second coming of Jesse Jackson. After Obama, Bill's honorific as the first 'black' president is already meaningless. Not because Obama is actually black, but because black as we have known it now becomes something to wonder if we ever really knew.
Because, as that picture on the beach shows, it never had any meaning in the first place. Americica will finally look itself in the mirror in that picture and every time it looks at a President Obama.
I pity the fools who thought it was about female versus black. It was about one female versus race itself.