1. It’s Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
2. AP says Hillary Clinton is the presumed Democratic presidential nominee. CNN says Hillary Clinton is the presumed Democratic presidential nominee.
I worked for both of those organizations. So it’s got to be true.
3. And yet, could there have been a less satisfying declaration of a winner than last night’s?
About the only people who could like the way this happened are the folks at the AP and the person, if he or she knows, who became Clinton’s 2,383rd delegate.
Other than that, it’s kind of meh.
Bernie Sanders and his people don’t like it for obvious reasons.
But Clinton and her people can’t be thrilled either. There’s six primaries today that, except for the District of Columbia, end the process. The plan was that sometime tonight, probably after New Jersey’s polls close, that 2,383rd delegate would have been captured.
I’m sure they had a whole hullabaloo planned. Balloons, confetti, maybe even fireworks. And it would have come after the satisfaction of somebody in Perth Amboy or Piscataway going to the polls and filling in the Hillary Clinton bubble on their ballot.
Plus the element of uncertainty, though a facade, was going to help turn out voters in California. That’s a primary Clinton really wants to win, if only to give Sanders a graceful way to bow out of this campaign.
Last night’s declaration was no great moment for the networks. Why bother watching the coverage tonight if it’s all over? It’s a gasping end to the record-setting amount of punditry seen by Americans since last summer.
Worst of all, the anticlimatic declaration of Hillary Clinton’s victory seems to obscure the momentousness of the fact that, for the first time in 228 years of electing a President of the United States, a woman is one of the last two standing.
4. Perhaps it will sink in more when she’s standing at the podium in Philadelphia. But it’s a big deal.
Hillary Clinton isn’t the most popular presidential candidate the Democratic Party has ever nominated. And, yes, she has her faults.
But a lot of the negative vibe involving Hillary Clinton stem from the fact that she is a she. That she’s smarter than the guys she has been and is running against. That she brings experience to a job that requires it, big time.
Her qualifications are unquestionable. Her politics can be debated – I happen to agree with her most of the time.
But her gender should not be an issue. We will now see how America treats its first female major-party presidential candidate – and whether this, as in 2008 with the first African-American, will be a moment everyone can look back at with pride.
5. If you want to get an anger fix, read Frank Bruni’s New York Times column about Cassandra Butts.
She was President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to The Bahamas. But she died recently of an unsuspected case of leukemia, never having received a confirmation vote 835 days after her nomination.
One idiot, Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, put a hold on the nomination in a fit of pique with President Obama. Cotton is the same jackass who organized the letter that Republican senators sent to Iran in an effort to scuttle the nuclear agreement that we eventually reached.
In the Bruni column, a Cotton spokeswoman says the senator had respect for Butts and her career as an activist, but that he wanted to inflict maximum pain on Obama.
What this coward didn’t have the guts to do is put the nomination to a vote. He could have voted “No” and railed about all the evil he believes Obama has visited upon the world. Maybe he could have gotten his fellow Republicans and Obama haters to join him.
But instead, he used this wussy way out.
As I said – if you need to get angry today, reading Bruni is a good way.