As a long-term, vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton's candidacy I feel the time has come. It's time to give credit where credit is due. Last night's Indiana and North Carolina primaries were turning points in the Democratic nomination contest -- as both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama predicted they would be -- but things didn't turn in Hillary Clinton's direction. Obama's victory in North Carolina and virtual tie in Indiana, despite the obstacles placed in his way, shows he has what it takes to go the distance, and I now stand behind and in support of Barack Obama's candidacy for President of the United States.
I will continue to support Senator Clinton in spirit and financially as well. I feel it is vitally important that we continue the spirited Democratic primary process we have now going forward. The enthusiasm and excitement that has engaged our electorate and involved citizens in a way that is vital to a vibrant and healthy democracy needs to continue as we march towards the November election.
Clinton represents and speaks to and for a section of the Democratic electorate. She's engaged a following that comprises 48-49% of the Democrats in our nation, and has successfully rallied women, blue-collar voters, Catholics, and Hispanics in particular. Senator Clinton should stay in the race, and compete in the remaining primaries, representing those voters who support her.
Some of her supporters, myself included, have expressed grave concerns over an Obama-led ticket - but it's time to move forward, and although Barack Obama has demonstrated a great deal of inexperience in areas that has manifested itself in poor choices in my view, and I'm concerned there may be more land mines ahead, he's successfully weathered the storms and emerged on top. His impressive margin of victory in North Carolina turned back Clinton's best efforts, and the virtual tie in Indiana demonstrates that ability as well.
In my view great leaders lead best through a humility that is first forged by the fires of adversity, and then tempered by a profound empathy and understanding of the opposite point of view. I think Obama hears his opposition's concerns, and more importantly, understands and appreciates those concerns now. He's not perfect, and now he knows it -- and I'm positive that he now appreciates his imperfections more than ever before. This was a necessary step in preparing Obama for the long road ahead.
As a Clinton supporter I will continue the good fight. Politics is dirty business, and much of the teeth gnashing over in-fighting between Clinton and Obama camps is just inexperience talking on the part of the large number of Obama supporters who are now engaged in a process that is new to them. They've never experienced this kind of rallying push before, and they've never believed in a candidate as much as they believe in Barack Obama, and they are understandably distressed at the ugliness of the battle it takes to win on the road to the White House.
To those people I say welcome to politics. I'm a firm believer in the axiom -- and this is especially true in politics -- that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Both Clinton and Obama stand taller than ever before. They stand as the best candidates from a very impressive field of Democratic hopefuls, and they both stand proud of their success with huge legions of supporters behind them who are equally proud. They've fought the good fight, and emerged on top.
Their supporters have been tested as well. Supporters who have found their voice, and found an ability to articulate to their family, friends and neighbors a position and platform of support for the candidate they believe in. America is engaged, and Democrats in America are on the march. We are an unstoppable force, and we will change the world as a result.
Continuing this enthusiasm going forward will guarantee success for Democrats in November. It's imperative that Hillary Clinton be a leader in that fight going forward. She's marshaled forces and supporters that Obama could not, and it's now time for her to concentrate on bringing this support to bear on securing a Democratic victory -- Barack Obama's victory -- in November.
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