Michelle Steals Hearts, Hillary Steals Trust
Did Michelle Obama give the speech that Ted Cruz should have? That can’t be right? Well think about it: Ted Cruz summed up what he believed was America’s greatest attraction: the promise it gave to people around the world whose desire is summed up in five beautiful words:
I want to be free.
And his vision of freedom and the responsibility it demands in order to have a great republic and not anarchy, would have been inspiring in any context aside from the one in which it was maliciously and defiantly delivered.
And, by the way, if he had just used the word garment instead of, once again, reminding us of those mythical 100 dollars sewn into the sweat-soaked underwear of his dad. Please. Ted. As you wander through the wilderness seeking again the valley of political fulfillment, use garment from now on, ok?
Michelle Obama, on the other hand, spoke of what it sometimes takes to be free. Of endurance and persistence. Of the slow and steady march of gaining a rightful place in society. Not - at least not explicitly - through the violence of a new revolution, but through the American Republic and it's courts and laws.
Makes you think of Justice Thomas, doesn't it? As the cameras panned across a pensive and subdued Jessie Jackson, sitting in the stands.
She sold herself as America's First Mom, and the convention hall loved it. It was a well-written speech and she delivered it passionately, at one point on the verge of tears. Bill Clinton's eyes were all shiny but hardly teary - like a Wile E. old coyote suddenly seeing a new prey tossed his way - as Michelle deftly handed off the First Mom thingy to Hillary Clinton.
But there is a problem. After a speech like Michelle's, the object of that admiration and endorsement - and don't forget all that love floating around the hall - falls short. Way short of any reasonable expectation of someone deserving of that teary and passionate praise. All that love and unity didn't stop chants of "lock her up" from what seemed to have been the California delegation. Democrat delegation, just to be clear.
In an age of identity politics, it's who Hillary is - a woman first, then a politician - rather than what's she's done as a politician, that merits the praise. But it's Michelle who's now stolen Democrat hearts and left her legacy as the Great First Mom. And it's Bernie Sanders who's stolen minds with his dystopian visions of socialist equality and bankers in chains. The only thing Hillary has stolen from her own supporters is trust. Which she can't quite get back.Posted by AllardK at July 26, 2016 7:37 PM