Kunin at DNC, Day Two: Hillary Clinton, Lily Ledbetter, and Rednecks for Obama

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 at 2:46 pm by dpacheco

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) continues her coverage of the DNC. Today Madeleine describes Hillary Clinton’s stirring call for unity in the Democratic Party, recounts the story of Lily Ledbetter of Alabama—who sued (unsuccessfully) Goodyear Tire Company, alleging twenty years of pay discrimination—and talks about her encounter with the “Rednecks for Obama” (“They were the genuine article.”).

From the Huffington Post article:

“Keep going, keep on going,” Hillary told the cheering crowd in the Pepsi Center, quoting Harriet Tubman’s words, when she made her way north on the Underground Railroad.

Her message could be taken on several levels. The obvious one was meant for the Democratic Party–we cannot stop now. We have work to do to turn this country around. On another level, she told her supporters to “keep going,” and not be discouraged because she was not the nominee.

“Keep going, keep on going,” was also a message Hillary was giving to herself. The loss of the Democratic nomination was painful, but she would continue on her journey to fight for the people she had met along the way. She was not going to give up her quest.

The point of Hillary’s speech had been made clear by the signs -the same size as those given out the night before for Michele Obama. These signs were two-sided: “Hillary” on one side, “Unity” on the other.

There had been no speculation whether she would ask the crowd to support Obama, but there was much speculation whether or not she would do so convincingly. Her first words settled the matter.” I’m proud to be the Senator from New York. I’m proud to be an American, and I am proud to support Barack Obama.”

Read the whole post here.

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