By Hudes Desrameaux
Senator Hillary Clinton, to her credit, redeemed herself Saturday when, in front of thousands of her supporters at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. not too far from the White House, she wholeheartedly threw her support behind the Illinois senator, Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2008 US presidential election. In so doing, she also invited her 18 million supporters to move forward and elect Mr. Obama as the next president of the United States of America. “The way to continue our fight now to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, passion, strength and do all we can do to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States”, said Hillary in front of an enthusiastic crowd, cheering profusely their beloved leader. This 28-minute speech should take no one by surprise. Hillary blew it big time last Tuesday when she chose not to concede the primary Democratic race to Obama. On that night she didn’t only lose the biggest race of her life. She also lost the unofficial caucus of grace that the Democratic Party never scheduled to settle this historical race between two groups – women and blacks – that no one ever thought could have ever fought among themselves to gain entry into the White House. It’s remarkable that on the day Senator Clinton gave up her chase to the Democratic nomination, she also gave a big boost to her future political life. A defeat seems to always embody the seeds for redemption and future victories. That’s no different for the junior senator from New York. Senator Clinton will assuredly feel sad in the next couple of days when she ponders the vibrant campaign she ran. She will certainly shed some tears over this loss but also on what she has accomplished during these 15 months of vigorous campaigning. However, she will fast shift her gears to peek at what the future holds for her.Simply put: A lot.That speech, while fattening Hillary’s once depleted “respect” savings account, did two things for her. It is, first, a huge down payment on her quest to become Barack Obama’s vice-presidential choice, as unlikely that has been, especially after her blundered speech last Tuesday. That brilliant speech on Saturday seems to have gained Hillary entry on Obama’s short VP list. In fact, she also began to detour from what was in the last two or three weeks an inelegant demand for the VP to one where they realize that Obama should be given the latitude and the space to serenely choose his vice-presidential candidate. Indeed, since Wednesday, the Hillary campaign has gotten a lot smarter by finally inoculating itself against this terrible strain of arrogance that ultimately choked her campaign to death in the frigid weather of Iowa in January and in the eleven primaries and caucuses following the February 5 Super Tuesday. It is, secondly, a small seed planted on the fertile soil of Hillary’s next presidential run if John McCain beats Obama in November. However, for this seed to grow into that beautiful flower in 2012, Hillary needs to campaign very hard for Obama as she promised in her moving early Saturday afternoon speech. The race for the White House is on. Wherever John McCain is on this Saturday, he can’t be a very happy camper. This firewall he intended to build between Hillary’s supporters and Barack Obama has just been turned into ashes.Also see Senator Clinton: What’s next for her? When will race seize to be the cornerstone of American politic?Hillary Clinton’s Paranoia and the Democrats Dilemma Hillary Clinton wants to clinch the nomination at all costIs Barack Obama unstoppable after his stunning victory in Iowa last week? The Obama campaign plunges deeper into the defensive after the Nevada lost last SaturdayNote: Hudes Desrameaux is a writer and editorialist. He lives in suburban Miami.