Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I have never been a fan of Hillary Clinton. Ever.

I did however love that a woman got as far as she did in a presidential race. But between her and Obama...Obama all the way.

Fast Forward to the DNC. What Hillary has done the past two days has moved me in a way I can't quite explain. I'm blogging about it, cause trying to talk to Curtis about it didn't work. Maybe I will be more articulate with a computer.

Where before, I couldn't imagine having anything in common with her, I now feel a strange connection to her. It's like I am hurting with her. I know what it is like to lose something that is so important to you. I know what it is like to put on a happy face to a big crowd of people, and then cry yourself to sleep at night. I know what it is like to tell everyone that it is okay...when every fiber of my being was telling me that it wasn't okay. The only difference is, I didn't have to go through that with the whole world watching.

And in spite of whatever inner turmoil she may be experiencing, she has carried herself in such a positive way. She delivered an amazing speech last night. One of my favorite lines was... "My mother was born before women were allowed to vote, and this year my daughter voted for her mother for president." The gravity of that line took my breath away. Then watching her suspend the rules of the roll call today to nominate Obama for president was so powerful. I've never seen the idea of teamwork played out like that.

I'm not naive enough to think this is all a selfless act. I know every politician plans out every move. But I know enough to know the disappointment she is feeling is real. And I find that I am hurting along with her.


Don said...

Well said, KT. I'm sure she found comfort in the fact that there were 18 million others who cried themselves to sleep along with her. Like I said several months ago, any way you look at it, this is a seriously historical election season: woman, black man, old veteran, Morman, preacher, and on and on.

But Hillary was definitely in wonderful, pant-suited form Tuesday night! Bill wasn't half-bad himself!

Lyn said...

Dad & I have been glued to the DNC coverage all week (usually by DVR), and last night I commented to him that this must be so hard for Hillary. You said it much more eloquently than I.

Hope you are enjoying every minute of your vacation!

Jen White said...

Great post Kristi. I actually never thought about the emotional hurt that must be going through....your post brought me to a few tears, and I'm not a hilary fan either.

She did do a fantastic job......and her husband closed it up with an amazing speech as well. What an amazing time we live in when a woman and a black man can run for president......and be successful

SingingShrink said...

I'm sure she'll be back in a few years to continue the history making. Something about her still sort of gives me the willies though. Great line she said though. What a cool country we live in!

edie said...

I appreciate your sentiments, Kristi. Although I was angered at some of the tactics used by Hillary's campaign during the primaries, I've always had a great deal of respect for intelligence and accomplishments. I also hurt for her as it's never easy to fail, much less in the public spotlight, but she has handled herself with a great deal of dignity.

Thanks for your thoughtful post.

Jon in HB said...

I think everyone that losses a race this huge cries themselves to sleep for a while, men and women alike. Sure it's great how far we've come to have a woman and a black man run for president, but give me a break about Hillary! Every single moment of this whole DNC has been scripted and planned out. That was such a bogus "hey don't forget about me" moment when she suspended the vote. Every year there are close calls at this point but when was the last time a political machine has thrusted themselves so repeatedly in tho the mix? Step aside and let the real candidate run the show! (disclaimer: I'm a registered Republican and live behind the Orange Curtain)

Heidi said...

Beautiful post my friend.

I am not a Hillary fan - but I am a Kristi fan!

Kristi said...

Jon - what's it like not to have a heart?

Pot Liquor said...

God has opened the doors of ministry to you. No matter how hard things become stay focused on God's activity in your life. God's strength is in your vulnerability. Sarcasm can be a great deceiver. My prayer are with you. Be encouraged. 1 Cor. 16:9

Jon in HB said...

Don't get me wrong, I get the empathy you have for her situation. I just feel like she held on too long. I never got the feeling that she was doing it for the people. She has always come across as power hungry. And we have all felt loss and I'm sure hers was great. But no one hurts for Dole who's loss was just as great. No one hurts for George H. W. Bush who's loss was just as great. While I don't agree with most of Obama's plans to effect change, I do feel that he is more in for the right reasons than she.

As for not having a heart, sure I understand that at this level anyone suffering such a great loss takes awhile to come back. But when speaking of these candidates in this day and age, they are more of a corp. entity, with staffs and committees and speech writers than individuals.

WOW! That was way too much politics for a blog comment! I'm glad that at the end of the day I know that you and I are friends, because anyone that only new our friendship via our comments would wonder why you let post on your blog =}