Anyone familiar with the pop super-group ABBA will recognize the title of this article. It’s from the most popular song the group ever recorded, “Dancing Queen”. The song itself is about a woman whom was thought to be a teaser, but all she really wanted to do was to dance.
Last night, Hillary Rodham Clinton, senator from New York, United States of America, and one of only two viable candidates for the democratic nomination for president of the during the primary season of 2008, danced her heart out. She spoke forcefully and inspirationally on the second night of the democratic convention, clearly, emphatically, and loyally supporting Barack Obama as her choice for president and making it crystal clear that her fiercest supporters must, for the safety of America, do the same.
When the speech was over, it was clear that Hillary was having the time of her life, having given the speech of her life. But it wasn’t only her. Throughout the speech she brought the vast majority of the four thousand delegates and fifteen thousand others to their feet, cheering and applauding Hillary, regardless of whether they were Obama or Clinton supporters. When the speech was over, the response was tumultuous, demonstrating beyond any doubt that they were having the time of their lives.
Some snippets of the speech:
“No way. No how. No McCain!”
“You never gave in. You never gave up. And together we made history.”
“Those are the reasons I support Barack Obama….I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young marine and others like him?”
“We don’t need four more years of the last eight years.”
“With an agenda like that, it makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities. Because these days they’re awfully hard to tell apart!”
And, of course, when Hillary stated “’We, the PEOPLE!!!’ not ‘We the favored few!’”, the blog just tingled with joy….
She also praised Joe Biden, whom Barack Obama has picked to be his vice-presidential nominee, and Michelle Obama, Barack’s wife. Hillary is a class act.
Of course, the republican pit bulls, as expected, immediately went on the attack, but the nature of their argument was bizarre, at best. They claimed that Hillary stopped short of endorsing Obama’s level of experience, and thus that she was agreeing with McCain that Obama lacks the experience to be Commander-in-Chief.
One might speculate that the republican spin machine selectively didn’t hear Hillary state that, “Barack is my candidate and he must be our president!….We don’t have a moment to lose or a vote to spare. Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance.”
Those are strong words, by a strong woman who won eighteen million votes during the primary season, who stated that it was really “18 million cracks representing Americans that looked beyond the biases and barriers to vote for a woman with the potential to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us.
Hillary will go down in history as the first woman to ever win more than one primary election (she won twenty-three). And she is still a viable force in the democratic party. Some think she will be tapped by the Obama Administration to shepard and guide American universal health care through to reality, perhaps in a role as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Finally, one has to wonder, after hearing that speech, why Hillary wasn’t tapped by Obama to be his vice-presidential running mate. Regardless of speculation, what’s done is done and Joe Biden will make his acceptance speech tonight. Stand by for another trouncing of McSame.
Oh, and Bill Clinton will also make a speech tonight. He and Hillary are competitive with each other. So it is expected that Bill will at least attempt to match her speech. Or perhaps, beat it as far as crowd enthusiasm is concerned. Can he do it?
One thing is certain: He, Hillary, and the delegates at the convention will continue to have the time of their lives tonight. And as wonderful a time as it will be, there is still another time that will be better:
January 20, 2009, The end of the Bush nightmare. On that night, “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life!”