Hillary Clinton has done it! She has broken the highest “glass ceiling” by becoming the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. Epic!
Those who know me will tell you that I’ve remained bitter about the 2008 Democratic primary because the nomination was literally stolen from Hillary. After a campaign that was rife with misogyny and sexism, she was actually ahead of Obama in popular votes, so in order to secure the nomination for him, the DNC’s Rules and By-Laws Committee stole votes from her that she’d earned in Michigan’s primary and handed them over to him even though he chose not to be on the Michigan ballot. I was angry that she bowed out and did not insist on a contested floor vote. Despite the fact that she won the NJ primary by 10%, then-Gov. Corzine gave all NJ’s votes – including mine! — to Obama whom I never had any intention of supporting for many reasons and so didn’t vote for in 2008 and 2012.
To be honest, this time around, I’ve been worried that the Democrats would find a way to once again deny her the nomination. They allowed Bernie Sanders to run on the Democratic line even though he never was and never will be a Democrat. And what have he and his minions done? They’ve waged a disgusting campaign against Hillary filled with lies and sexism. Shades of 2008!
Last night, superdelegates gave Hillary just the number of votes she needed to clinch the nomination. And today, Democrats in NJ will give her more than enough pledged delegates to put the proverbial nail in Sander’s campaign coffin!
One of those votes was mine!! And this time, nobody is going to steal it from me!
As I stood in the voting booth and pushed the button that put that “X” next to Hillary Clinton’s name, the bitterness I’ve felt began to fade, overtaken by the joyous feeling I had when I supported her in 2008.