I'm taking the plunge.
Call me what you will, I suppose I can absorb what may be coming, but I'd like to hear from Senator Clinton. I hope she'll consider visiting us at Daily Kos.
I'm sure there are others here who hope as I do, that Senator Clinton will join some of her Senate colleagues, and participate at Daily Kos. I'm certainly one of them.
I'm also a daughter of the seventies. I'm an open and honest person, and I'm profoundly moved by her announcement.
What was unimaginable just a few decades ago, is now something we can almost touch.
Crawl inside the skin of a woman, and many will whisper, God speed to you, Senator Clinton.
How far we've come, how far we have yet to go.
It's possible, even likely, that as Americans begin to internalize the inevitability of her historic candidacy, that she will naturally evolve into the person who could decisively lead this nation from the horrors of the Bush years.
The ball is in her court.
The decision whether she's going to do lots of listening without boldly addressing the dire needs of the American people is hers, not ours.
She should though be given the opportunity to talk to us here.
I grew up during an era when the idea of a woman in the White House was beyond our wildest comprehension. Simply being admitted to law school or medical school was a herculean challenge. I grew up in an era when women had to fight and beg for every opportunity, every chance.
So whatever you think of Senator Clinton, even the cynic should recognize that she has balls of steel to undertake such a challenge.
And by the way, it's time to address her as Senator Clinton not Hillary. Or if that's impossible, then how about leveling the playing field and address Mr. McCain as John, and Senator Obama as Barack and on and on. You get the point. It's not insignficant.
As some of you may recall, I grew up literally at the feet of Betty Friedan.
She didn't live to see a woman in the White House, but I believe Senator Clinton's announcement is very much a part of Betty Friedan's legacy.
Today, it may be worthwhile to re-read the 1966 statement of purpose of the National Organization for Women. Here's a piece.
The purpose of NOW is to take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all the privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.
We believe the time has come to move beyond the abstract argument, discussion and symposia over the status and special nature of women which has raged in America in recent years; the time has come to confront, with concrete action, the conditions that now prevent women from enjoying the equality of opportunity and freedom of which is their right, as individual Americans, and as human beings.
NOW is dedicated to the proposition that women, first and foremost, are human beings, who, like all other people in our society, must have the chance to develop their fullest human potential. We believe that women can achieve such equality only by accepting to the full the challenges and responsibilities they share with all other people in our society, as part of the decision-making mainstream of American political, economic and social life.
We organize to initiate or support action, nationally, or in any part of this nation, by individuals or organizations, to break through the silken curtain of prejudice and discrimination against women in government, industry, the professions, the churches, the political parties, the judiciary, the labor unions, in education, science, medicine, law, religion and every other field of importance in American society. Enormous changes taking place in our society make it both possible and urgently necessary to advance the unfinished revolution of women toward true equality, now. With a life span lengthened to nearly 75 years it is no longer either necessary or possible for women to devote the greater part of their lives to child-rearing; yet childbearing and rearing which continues to be a most important part of most women's lives-still is used to justify barring women from equal professional and economic participation and advance.
You can read and be moved, maybe to tears, by this entire historic document here.
Things have improved somewhat in the United states, but mark my words, the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will bring out the worst in us.
So good luck Senator Clinton. Good luck Barack Obama. Good luck John Edwards. Good luck to all our candidates. May the best Democrat win.