A Torch Has Been Passed to a New Generation—of Women

I was proud and inspired by Hillary Clinton‘s speech on Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention (“No Way. No How. No McCain.”)

And frankly, it wasn’t a reaction I was expecting.

In fact, I, like many women of my generation and my politically progressive believes, had been very disappointed with Senator Clinton’s campaign overall. I can’t just vote for someone because of their gender. I have to feel that they are playing fair, and won’t turn on a dime, just because it doesn’t play in Peoria. Otherwise, what makes you different from the boys?

Like Maryanne Pernold Young, the New Hampshire woman who saw her cry and reached out to her, I wanted to reach out, too—but was turned off when Hillary’s polito-fembot mask came back on a nanosecond later.

Women of my generation—the one somewhere between Hillary’s and Chelsea’s—don’t roar to get our points across. That’s because we feel our actions speak louder than any words will.

So, we go to the polls. And we give what funds we can to our candidates.

If you’re one of those women who love and support Hillary Clinton, then seriously, could you throw your vote away—by throwing it to John McCain—just because she didn’t become the Democratic nominee for president?

I pray not. The woman scorned is so last generation.

As Hillary pointed out last night, she and Barack stand together on the issues important to every woman: universal healthcare. Equal pay. Quality education for everyone. No discrimination for anyone. And Equal rights for everyone.

Billary, Way Back WhenJust as eloquent on Wednesday night was the speech given by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, who said: “Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she’ll do everything she can to elect Barack Obama. That makes two of us. Actually that makes 18 million of us – because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November…Barack Obama knows that America cannot be strong abroad unless we are strong at home. People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power…But first we have to elect him.”

Thank you, Bill, for redeeming your administration’s legacy.

These last few moments of grace reminded me of the old Hillary and Bill (okay, I’ll say it: “Billary”) who, while in college,  demonstrated via their actions a strong faith in their beliefs. That was before they played the kind of politics that meant winning at any cost—even if it costs you your ideals.

Believe it or not, it’s why I won’t vote for McCain. I liked him back when he had the balls to stand up to the GOP and tell it when it was wrong; and when he didn’t flipflop on such things as the stupidity of this NeoCon oil war.

Yo, McCain: Follow the money…

Oh, I guess that’s what you’re doing. Well, pacts with the Devil never pay off.

I Heart ColbertOn a different note:

Okay, I’ll admit it, here and now: I’m becoming a pundit fangirl. In TV’s news’ throwback to high school, the two faves now battling for my heart, mind and…whatever…are Keith Olbermann and Stephen Colbert.  Keith is the hot, angsty angry-young-man outsider with the quick retort and all the facts to back him up, while Colbert is the geeky, snarky know nothing know-it-all who can (and does) laugh at himself, which is why he’s so endearing to us Everygirls.

Of course, this Everygirl’s real crush will always be the biggest man on campus: in this case, square-jawed, blue-eyed hunk NBC newscaster Brian Williams. Besides being gorgeous to look at, he’s a straightshooter, particularly when out from behind his massive…desk to speak his mind.

Yes, I could rhapsodize on and on, but if you really want to know what I think of him, you’ll have to buy my fictionista dream dictionary, Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolitans. He’s on page 157…

Mock the Vote,

Josie Brown

SMW Relationships Editor

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