At the Democratic National Convention this week, we learned a lot of things. Like believing in science is not a given for a presidential candidate in 2016. And that Chelsea Clinton sounds a bit like Anne Hathaway. And that Tim Kaine really, really loves balloons. But of course the historic moment was when the voice of God (aka Morgan Freeman) narrated Hillary Clinton’s biography video. #LifeGoals. Of course, the history books will probably pay more attention to the fact that Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for the presidency by a major party.
After a week of very memorable speeches (both Obamas, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg) there was even more pressure on Clinton to deliver the speech of her career – and she definitely didn’t fail, but neither did she shatter expectations as fully as that glass ceiling. There were a lot of presidential moments, some epic Trump smack downs, a couple of humanizing stories and some dry humor injected into her otherwise familiar stump speech. Some of the writing was better than her delivery, and some of the messaging was confused as she tried to tread a super fine line between promoting a liberal Bernie Sanders-type agenda to appease her base and courting disenchanted Republicans and centrist swing voters.
But love or hate her, Clinton’s unprecedented nomination should be celebrated as an inspiration for young women all over America. And despite all protests to the contrary, there are still deep gender divisions in America. Sure Clinton has her flaws and her rise has been anything but smooth, but no one could deny that she is a hard worker and brings a level of experience unmatched by any other candidate. And by the end of the week, it was clear that the convention had achieved one of its most important aims among most Democrats: dutiful loyalty toward Clinton slowly but surely grew into genuine enthusiasm. TBD on whether it translates to votes.
Feel that elections aren’t rocket science? Movie for your mood: The Theory of Everything