Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tonight is Hillary's Night




Amy Holmes
360 Contributor




She finally found her voice. And it's a whole lot more appealing than it's been for weeks. No explicit Republican bashing. Kind words for her Democratic opponents. She took a page out of Obama's playbook and spoke of an America united, and a page out of Edward's playbook to fight for the middle class and against special interests -- Big Oil, pharmaceuticals, etc. And she was surrounded by young people on the stage.

This morning I advised graciousness and humility. Not that she was listening to me, but tonight we heard an inclusive and outward directed message -- refocused on the interests and desires of the voters, not her resume. Did she even mention "change,"strength" or "experience" once?

Side note: I was thinking of Beyonce's big number in Dreamgirls all day, "Listen." Bill said yesterday he couldn't make Hillary younger, taller, or male as if he was her Pygmalion. It made me think of the line, "I'm more than what you made of me."

So, tonight, she said she listened to New Hampshire. And it appears the New Hampshire voters listened back.


Posted By CNN: 12:44 AM ET
  6 Comments
The strong, compassionate, people person, conviction-filled Hillary Clinton I viewed as a role model when I was in grad school over ten years ago finally resurfaced tonight in that speech. Like I said before, I don't always like her politics, but after that comeback, I am proud of her as a woman and what she's doing to put our gender in the White House. Really it is a girl power thing! And l think that one day our granddaughters will be thanking her for what she's done for all of us.
Posted By Anonymous Tammy, Berwick, LA : 1:10 AM ET
I think we can all admit that with this win tonight, Hillary Clinton has already made history. She IS a viable candidate and a WOMAN.
Posted By Anonymous Sandi : 2:07 AM ET
After the polls of the preceding days I'm not sure who was more surprised - us, the viewers; the CNN reporters covering the primary; the pollsters; or the candidates themselves.

I thought each candidate was very gracious whether they won or lost. Hilliary was exuberant and you could see her connecting with her audience around her as you watched the coverage.

The country has needed this kind of race with these caliber of candidates for a long time now. The next few months are going to be exciting, illuminating, and hopefully uniting. May the best candidate win because that will be a win for us all.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 2:55 AM ET
My son and I were listening to Hillary's victory speech on the radio and when he heard the dominance of female voices in the cheering crowd he said,

"It sounds like a Hannah Montana concert."

Something to think about as the saga continues.....
Posted By Anonymous Karoline : 10:33 AM ET
Well Hillary won now let's see if she can make something out of it. She needs to take the lesson she learned from this and use it wisely! If she doesn't next time voters may not be so willing to vote for her.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 10:37 AM ET
Amy,

First off, I am delighted to see that you are posting. You bring a measured, reasonable, intelligent perspective that is needed.

I want to echo what another viewer said, America wants a campaign that is feisty but civil and I personally want a President who is that. Whether you call it the softer side of Hillary or what, if she goes negative I think she will pay a higher price than the other candidates. So congrats to her. I don't know if she has my vote or not, but she needs to get out there and have her own voice and not Bill's and not be so look what I have done, elect me. Grace. That is what Obama has and if she wants to win, that is what has to ooze from her pores, GRACE.
Posted By Blogger Charlotte : 10:43 AM ET
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