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Thursday, July 31, 2008



Hillary Clinton gets her night:
Sen. Hillary Clinton has agreed to speak on the second night of next month's Democratic convention, headlining on the 88th anniversary of the day women earned the right to vote, sources say.

Two sources close to Clinton said the former presidential candidate will speak August 26 with all female U.S. senators on stage with her.

"Tuesday night is Hillary night," said one supporter.

My first instinct was to take issue with this very coveted speaking slot, and worry about the Clinton coup that so many seem fearful of.

But then I saw this:
That night of the convention will be the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees the right of women to vote. In honor of both that history and her own historic candidacy, Hillary will be joined on stage by all the other female Democratic Senators.

With Obama's speech coming on another historic day, the convention will be fraught with symbolism. It will be nice to see a Dem convention that, Obama's '04 speech aside, may actually inspire us - for once. The Republicans will attack either way. But will they be more reticent, considering the racial and gender milestones the Dems will inevitably mark?

Nah, I didn't think so, either.

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