In a primary season filled with dog whistles, with more to come from some of the 527’s, the line of Senator Clinton’s outstanding speech that I believe gave meaning to her candidacy — and support — is this:
Although we weren’t able to shatter that hardest, highest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.
The most important thing for either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to do, given that only one could be nominated for President, is to give their historic run context. I’ve never heard it done better than my Senator did today.
Even her comments Tuesday about respect and not being invisible make sense in this light. Neither candidate was a token — each is a pathbreaker. And each was a pathbreaker at a time when that fact had to be secondary at best. There is real work to be done in this broken country of ours.
And yet the symbolism of their pathbreaking is not unimportant, as Hillary Clinton knows all too well. How important is it? Not one of these would have talked about an African American man like this:
Oh, well, maybe one of them would have. We have a ways to go. The glass ceiling has cracks, but the boys keep putting up their stanchions.