Sen. Hillary Clinton gave an excellent speech tonight that should dispel all the pundits who have been saying she is only in this for herself.
She really nailed why John McCain must be defeated: "Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance."
On a night when we celebrate women gaining the right to vote, Sen. Clinton spelled out in no uncertain terms what is at stake for women in this election.
Chris Matthews asked Brian Williams if Obama must now take up the feminist cause of equality of opportunity for women. Williams responded:
"I don't think there's any way that he can avoid it. I think he must. Too many people came to the polls armed with hammers to break that glass ceiling ... [Clinton's] candidacy meant too much to too many people, especially American woman to let that go ... it's too important a subtext. A question I posed to Tom [Brokaw], Chuck [Todd], and Peggy Noonan, if not Hillary Clinton then who? If not now, when? It's been a generation since Geraldine Ferraro ... when you look at the percentage of the population, and look at the year we're having here, I think that is the part of the Barack Obama speech that had better be very, very well crafted for a mass audience."
Women are 60% of the Democratic party, and the party platform is much more woman-friendly than it's been in years -- even adding back in the platform support for the Equal Rights Amendment.
The bar has now been set for Sen. Joe Biden tomorrow, and Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday and beyond.