By Kristian Jaime
On the second day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated by a major political party for the Presidency.
Garnering the more than the necessary 2,383 delegate votes, Clinton accepted the nomination via a satellite feed from New York, in which she thanked supporters for their effort.
“I am so happy. It’s been a great day and night. What an incredible honor that you have given me. And I can’t believe that we’ve just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet. Thanks to you and everyone who has fought so hard to make this possible,” said Clinton.
In a show of party unity, it was her staunch rival during the primary campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, that called for a suspension of the rules in order to have a vote of acclamation. Even before then, delegates erupted with numerous motions to have a roll call vote by state, but fell short of the necessary nine states for it to pass.
Yet during the past two days of the convention, Democratic supporters were primed by speeches by First Lady Michelle Obama who stressed the serious nature of the post and need for composure and intellect in dealing with complex issues sure to arise.
“When you have nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions or have a thin skin,” Mrs. Obama said. “You need to be steady, measured and well-informed. I want a President with a record of public service that shows our children that we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves.”
In speeches designed to return fire for the numerous attacks on the Democratic record at the Republican National Convention, the DNC rolled out speakers like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former President Bill Clinton.
The message was to solidify that Democrats are the true progressive party of inclusion. Citing issues like the Affordable Care Act, childcare and paid family leave, the cost of education and job creation, the stars of the Democratic Party ran largely on the record of the Obama Administration and support for his policies during his two term in office.
“So-called experts say America is in trouble because Washington refuses to compromise. that is just flat wrong because it works great for those at the top,” said Sen. Warren. “When giant companies wanted more tax loop holes, Washington got it done. When huge energy companies wanted to tear up the environment, Washington got it done. But try to do something for working people and you have a fight on your hands.”
Strong indictments of a Republican majority in Congress were just the opening salvo by the left as Sen. Bernie Sanders tried to strike a chord of unity among delegates saying that the party is stronger with Clinton as the obvious nominee. Sen. Sanders cited the extensive experience in public service she had and urged a renewed fight till November.
Many still held out for the possibility of a split convention even as the momentum shifted to the former Senator from New York.
“Hillary Clinton understand that is someone in this country works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. She understands that we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage,” Sen. Sanders contended
Yet perhaps the most compelling argument for a Clinton Administration was made by the man who had two of his own. Former President Bill Clinton spoke about the love for public service his wife had since her career started.
His remarks focused squarely on a woman fit to be Commander-in-Chief. Noting her work in Middle East politics and as a peacemaker. The former President took his turn at the podium to shore up any concerns the electorate would have with the former Secretary of State at the helm.
“You just have to decide — you just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans. The real one had done more positive change making before she was 30 than many public officials do in a lifetime in office,” said former President Clinton.
The DNC finally wraps up on Thursday, July 28 and the real contest begins along with a gaggle of debates and public appearances by the candidates and surrogates. Come November, it will be the voters who decide who made the better case.