The primary is over – and now it’s time for us to help Hillary defeat Donald.
The polls have closed in D.C. The final day of 2016 primary voting in the nation is done.
Hillary has won. She has made history. And she now occupies a space created by our two (dominant) party system: She stands between Donald Trump and the presidency.
She needs to make history once again, in order to make sure he doesn’t end it.
Perhaps it’s hyperbole to suggest that Donald presents an existential threat to human history – and perhaps not, given his belligerent provocation, incendiary rhetoric, capricious posture toward nuclear proliferation, and, as Hillary described it, “affection for tyrants.”
There is a ubiquitous habit – and an understandable one, at that – of comparing Donald to despots and dictators of yore. In this way, he sounds a little like that horrible man. In that way, he behaves a little like that other horrible man. It is an instinct I appreciate: I fear being doomed to repeat history, too.
But there is also a part of me that wants to cry out: He is enough! What he is saying is enough! All on its own. No need, even, for comparisons with other cruel authoritarians or dangerously incompetent fools.
His words and behavior and posture are bad enough – sans any predictive context, no matter how relevant – that we must stop him, in this moment, just because of who he is, and not who he may resemble, or who he may become.
Hillary has accepted the challenge of leading the charge. She accepted it even before she knew it would be this particular nightmare she’d face. Long before she knew that her opponent would be a human mosaic of bigotries and menaces, who would attack her with such breathtaking malice that it leaves even her most vituperative critics gasping.
We have asked a lot of Hillary Clinton. We have asked her to abide relentless misogyny and personal attacks; to patiently wait her turn; to be ready but not ambitious; to be strong but vulnerable; to have gravitas but be fun; to speak with authority but not too loudly; to know everything but not be a know-it-all.
We have asked her to navigate all manner of impossible and irreconcilable expectations. We have asked her to be extraordinary, and to not be offended when we refuse to recognize that she is.
And now we are asking her to defeat Donald Trump. Just one more thing, please. Just keep this man away from the US presidency, while somehow finding a way to be the only woman who’s ever been elected.
“I’m in,” she says. “I relish the opportunity.”
Which is all the confirmation I need that we’ve picked the right woman for the job.
Go get ’em, Hillary. We’ve got your back.
(Photo: Hillary for America)