Okay, I wasn't as prescient as I thought when, late last night, I declared that Obama would clinch the nomination today and that the rally in St. Paul (yep, Barb and I will be there) would be his victory celebration -- his first appearance as the official presumptive nominee. I hadn't been watching TV or reading blogs, and I didn't know that everyone else was saying the same thing. Thought it was just my viscera picking up the movement below the surface.
It was more.
Early this morning the word was that Hillary was out. Then it came back that Terry McAuliffe said "no way she was out." But everyone else, even Bill, seemed to think she was.
Then I got this: "WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates.
The tally put Obama over the top Tuesday, ahead of the results from the day's final primaries in Montana and South Dakota. The Illinois senator becomes the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House. Obama outlasted former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a historic contest and now faces Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona for the presidency."
And then I was crying. He embodies all of what MLK Jr. worked for, reminds me of all RFK stood for, and carries the vision that JFK died for. And as a sappy old liberal who never got over the shock of all those deaths, this is a trifecta sort of day.
But as a hard core old feminist, I'm also sorry for Hillary, and for all her supporters who wanted to be part of this other historic first. I did too, but she lost me -- and herself -- along the way.
Today I redouble my efforts to help other women get elected, to make sure there's a strong pool of candidates rising to the top. And I predict that before fill out my final ballot, there will be another opportunity to vote for a woman for president. And I won't be surprised if that woman is Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
But that's for another time. Today we make history, today is Obama's day.