In a watershed moment in American history Tuesday evening, former Secretary Hillary Clinton was nominated by the Democrats to become the first woman ever designated to represent a major party in a U.S. presidential election.
After receiving votes to secure her place as the nominee, Clinton’s former primary foe, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders interrupted the roll call to ask for a suspension of procedural rules, asked for all votes to be reflected in official record and Hillary be selected as the Democratic Party’s nominee.
Appearing by satellite link from her New York home after being handed the mantle to lead the Party, Clinton said:
“I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet!”
Under the veneer of history made lie one of the most vile injustices known in modern politics; and the Democratic Party took no steps to conceal the disgrace.
Operating outside the boundaries as she customarily does, Hillary Clinton managed to attain her long-sought goal of being invested as the Democratic nominee only through the dishonest devices of a corrupt nomination framework and party members acting as willing co-conspirators.
Unlike GOP nominee Donald Trump, who survived a bloody primary fight and defeated over a dozen qualified primary candidates in his war of attrition, Hillary Clinton faced no such trial.
This is, of course, until a democratic socialist with a conscience entered the race, played by the rules, demonstrated a personal integrity and eschewed traditional moneyed politics.
Clinton’s primary fight should have never transformed into the challenge it became: Easily overcoming three virtual unknowns in Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee and Lawrence Lessig, Clinton could scarcely defeat a Senate back-bencher in Sanders.
After an unexpected bruising primary season where he led a remarkable challenge to a candidate with extraordinary advantages in campaign funds, nationwide organization and name recognition, in a gesture reflecting rare political grace, Sanders set aside personal pride and the unyielding infliction of humiliation by both the DNC and Hillary Clinton to call for her nomination.
While Hillary’s nomination certainly qualifies as a historic moment, and one many liberals will cherish for a lifetime, it must be understood Hillary’s victory was fulfilled through a set of debased standards and is best interpreted as a moral obscenity.
That the Clintons have managed to move one step closer to returning to the White House after harnessing corrupt practices is no surprise: This is the same couple who paid $851,250 to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for a glowing re-writing of history to inflate their position in historical record.
Mr. Sanders must be recognized for accepting his loss with equanimity and class.
Should Clinton win in November, it will mean she took second place in a least-popular contest for president.
[Wall Street Journal] [Weekly Standard] [Photo courtesy AFP/Getty via Politico]