It wasn’t always pretty and was sometimes darn right baffling, or inept, or just plain strategically tone-deaf, but Hillary’s campaign appears to have gotten it done and secured the Democratic nomination. According to the Associated Press, when superdelegates that recently switched to Hillary are included, the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State finally has won the democratic nomination.
Speaking as someone who worked on the street in New Hampshire for her campaign, I still have bitter memories of seeing her lead over Obama in 2008 disappear like fog drifting down wind from the Presidential Range into oblivion. I know some people always kept the faith and believed she would eventually win. The logical half of my brain assured me the Dems would never nominate a has-been Socialist like Sanders, and saw in Hillary a woman who was ready to run a country competently, humanely, effectively. But that other half of me – the half that got let down once before, and remembered her first attempt at healthcare, the messy marriage with Bill, the stonewalling about legitimate questions about her and Bill’s financial deals — that person was frightened it would all come undone again.
The one thing that kept me believing in the campaign was Hillary herself. She has not always surrounded herself with the best and the brightest. Trying to ignore Sanders when he first came after her was insane (Marketing Warfare: “ALL competitive moves must be blocked — and the sooner the better”). But I never doubted Hillary herself. However, they fucked it up, she would fix it. She always fixed other people’s messes. She will when she’s president.
Not sure about that? Go ask Bill Clinton.