Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thank You HIllary!

I'm Still With Her
As the smoke clears from the historic election on November 8, I want to send a special thank you out to one person who deserves it so much.

Hillary Clinton.

November 8 might have brought to a close a truly remarkable political career of a girl that grew up near Chicago and rose, as a woman, to the highest levels of our government. In the meantime, she made pit stops in the White House as First Lady and in the United States Senate as a Senator. She ran for President twice and, arguably, got more votes than her opponent both times but never got to sit behind the Resolute Desk.

Hillary Clinton is one of the toughest political figures to ever walk into the arena. She's a fighter among fighters. She can shake off the haters better than most, and, despite her entire personal and professional life being laid bare to her opponents, she continued to put herself out there because she had a desire to serve.

In 2008, I found myself on the other side of Hillary Clinton. I supported President Barack Obama's run from the start, and I got to see what a tough customer she was. When she lost, she put her arm around the nominee because that's what she had to do. She reunited the Democratic Party that was cracked down the middle.

There was no doubt in my mind that if Clinton ran in 2016 that I would be with her. I was. I am proud. While her campaign was flawed in some ways, outside forces, in my view, conspired against her. Still, she won the popular vote. Again, even though she got more votes, she's done nothing but ask for unity for a man who's done nothing to deserve it. She did that because she had to. It's that love of country that has always motivated her.

Now, in 2020 or 2024 or 2048 or whenever it happens, a woman will step up on the steps of the Capitol Building and raise her right hand. She'll recite the Oath of Office. It could still be Hillary if she runs again, but, if her fight is over, no one has done more to inspire little girls that they too can be President of the United States. Hillary Clinton took up the fight of the suffragette and those like Shirley Chisholm and Geraldine Ferraro and others but she's advanced the conversation to the very edge of the line. There will be a woman elected President one day, and Hillary will have had a lot to do with it.

If this is the end of the very long and wonderful public career of Hillary Clinton, I want to personally thank her for inspiring me. I am still with her.

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