Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Clinton-Clinton One-Two Punch 

Hillary last night, Bill tonight - bam! Put the primaries behind us, get out and vote, and vote for Obama. Just so there's no confusion, I'm one of the voters putting the primary behind me, as I am a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter. I'm also a staunch Barack Obama supporter (beginning with his speech at the 2004 DNC), but I voted for Clinton. But that's over now, and we need to put Obama in the White House in January.

Check out their speeches here and here. You can ready the text here and here. Of course the videos of the speeches don't include the lengthy standing ovations each received - Bill's lasted 3.5 minutes and only ended after several calls for the crowd to sit down and let him get the show moving. And while you're at it, check out Ted Kennedy's speech from Monday.

At the 2004 convention in Boston, Rep. Barney Frank was the only speaker who actually came right out (so to speak) and mentioned gay and lesbian issues. What a difference four years make. We have marriage equality in Massachusetts and California, all three heavy-hitter speakers listed above specifically addressed gay and lesbian issues, Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray during her announcement of the delegate votes during the role call proudly listed one of the state's achievements as being the first state with marriage equality, and lots of delegates have pointed out the high number of out gay and lesbian delegates are in their particular contingent. Rather than being a liability that no one wants to talk about for fear of alienating the right, we've become recognized as the valuable part of the American people we are. Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick was there with Therese Murray, taking part in announcing the delegate vote. What an improvement over our governor during the last convention, Mitt Romney. *Pause for booing*

And how about Rachel Maddow (I've been watching MSNBC for my convention coverage)? I don't usually watch tv news (I listen to NPR), but I'll be watching her new show on MSNBC, beginning on September 8.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:29 PM