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Madeleine Kunin and Day Three of the DNC

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) continues her coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The difference between being there, at the Democratic convention in Denver, with thousands of cheering, sign waving delegates, and watching the convention unfold on television, is of the mass surge of emotion which is overwhelming. There was no separation between what I felt, and what the crowd felt. The result was euphoria, which may or may not be realistic, but for the moment, I was swept away by speaker after speaker, cheering until I was hoarse. Bill Clinton did what everyone hoped he would do, saying the words they had been waiting for:” Barack Obama is ready to lead this country,” And the delegates gave him what he had been waiting for, their love and forgiveness for any transgressions he may have committed during this bitterly fought campaign. “I love you,” he said, and they loved him. American flags waved wildly and the cheering continued, it seemed, forever. Tonight he finally came to terms with the reality of Barack Obama’s triumph. Sixteen years ago, he reminisced, “They said I was too young and inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. Sound familiar?” The parallel was unmistakable. “Barack Obama is on the right side of history,” he acknowledged, without a hint of reluctance. If unity is what the Democrats were looking for, they got it. The roll call vote was not expected to yield any surprises, and yet it did. The timing was exquisite. At just the right moment, New Mexico yielded its place in the alphabet to Barack’s state of Illinois, which yielded its place to Hillary’s state of New York. Senator Charles Schumer yielded his place to Hillary Clinton. It was she who clinched the nomination for Barack Obama by asking for a suspension of the rules to nominate her one time rival by acclimation. The crowd roared “Aye”, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi went through the motions of asking for a vote, and suddenly, the most important task of the convention was accomplished. We had elected the nominee.
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