This campaign season has featured a lot of attacks on the establishment. And last night, on the Democratic side, the establishment won. And the establishment never looked better.
As Sarah Palin proved so long ago, as Donald Drumpf proves every time he opens his mouth, our national politics ought not be put into the hands of the inexperienced, of the ignorant, of the crass. And as Hillary Clinton proved last night, we now have a national presidential nominee who is experienced, knowledgeable, and gifted. Her speech was fantastic, even if you ignore the history-making nature of it.
But who could ignore the history? She couldn’t:
Tonight’s victory is not about one person.
It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls in 1848, where a small but determined group of women and men came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights, and they set it forth in something called, “The Declaration of Sentiments,” and it was first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred. So we all owe so much to those who came before, and tonight belongs to all of you.
Before her speech, Mrs. Clinton tweeted out the following:
That tweet was especially poignant for me. I have a granddaughter. This was her reaction last night in Arizona:
That’s what last night meant. That smile. That excitement. That future.
If you didn’t see the entire speech, I posted it below. Try to watch it through the eyes of little girls everywhere: