Like everyone else, I've been watching the Democratic primaries with special interest.  For the first time in history we have a credible African American candidate and a credible woman candidate, both running for president of the United States.  (I don't mean that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are not credible as people; just that they never really had a chance to be nominated.)  We should take the time to rejoice in this.  Whoever wins it will be historical.  And it won't be due to political grand-standing was was Geraldine Feraro's nomination to VP in 1984.  

While I would be happy with either Obama or Clinton as president, I ultimately favor Obama.  For years now I've been saying that instead of the uninspiring candidates that we are forced to settle for, what I want is another Kennedy.  No, not a Catholic or even a man.  What I want is leader who will call us to our noblest natures, not prey on our basest fears.  Obama is that candidate.  

So I support Obama and have been watching with interest as the polls show him catching up with Clinton.  This week however was the first time where I saw him leading, beating Clinton.  And for the first time, the consequences of an Obama victory hit me.

As I said, we have for the first time in our history a credible woman candidate for president of the United States.  A woman of impressive accomplishments - graduate of Yale law, the first female partner at Rose Law Firm, listed as one of the one hundred most influential lawyers in America in 1988 and 1991, twice elected Senator of New York - and she is going to lose.  (Ok, I'm jumping the gun a little here, but for the first time I realized that she very well could lose.)  The realization filled me with a deep sadness. 

That doesn't mean I've changed my mind.  I still support Obama.  And of course if Hillary did win the nomination, I'd be sad about the first credible African American candidate losing.  And I wouldn't vote for anyone based on just identity.  Nevertheless I am sad that someone has to lose.

So I have to remind myself, that if someone loses that means someone has won.  No matter what happens we are going to make history.  And it will be with a credible candidate.  That is something to be happy about.

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