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History, Destiny, And The Democratic Convention

by @ 12:44 pm on May 5, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics

Interestingly enough, August 28th is both the final day of the Democratic National Convention and the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most famous speech:

ANYONE interested in peeking ahead to see how this whole Democratic primary debacle ends, mark down this date: Aug. 28.

It’s a date you’ll hear a lot about in the coming months as Democrats try sorting out the mess they’ve made of what should have been their easy shot at the White House.

The date is not important just because it’s the grand finale of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

This coming Aug. 28 also is the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech.

If Obama does win the nomination, the comparisons will be inevitable and, for the most part, entirely justified. Barack Obama is in many ways the culmination of the dream that King spoke about — an African-American, among other things, man who would be one step away from the highest office in the land. Regardless of ideology, the fact that we’ve come this far in 45 years is something that every American should be pleased with.

But what if the opposite happens ?

What if, through parliamentary maneuvering, superdelegate finagling, stolen pledged delegates, or even successful execution of Hillary’s nuclear option, Obama is denied the nomination ?

The convention would no doubt, be in chaos at that point:

[I]f they deny him the nomination because they fear that his brown skin could make it difficult to win white, working-class Democrats in key states, King’s speech will become a haunting reminder of what they have wrought.

And Hillary will be making a “victory” speech while King’s dream lays dead thanks to the tactics of the Clinton machine.

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