She Touched a Lot of People

There’s a piece in today’s WaPo about the impact Hillary Clinton’s candidacy had on many people: ‘She Touched a Lot of People.’

The story echoes what many Clinton supporters have felt about being involved in her campaign:

Five family members gathered last Thursday afternoon in their living room, shades drawn, to remember. They sat in big, cushioned chairs and shared stories to fight their sadness. There was the time Hillary asked them for money, and they cobbled together about $50 even though they couldn’t spare it. Or the time Hillary encouraged them to walk door to-door around the neighborhood, and they overcame shyness and spent the afternoon laughing with new friends.

“She touched a lot of people,” said Theresa Gropelli, 43, who spoke in the room with her husband, her parents and her sister. “I only wish she had stayed around longer.”

One of the key impacts of Clinton’s campaign was the heightened involvement of women in the process. For the first time, many women “engaged in politics more than they ever imagined possible.”

I never could have done this for any other candidate,” said Bem, 44. “Hillary was so prepared to be president. She knew everything, she had the experience, and she was just such a fighter. It became a personal attachment for me. For the first time, it was like we were rooting for one of us.”

Although the McCain camp seeks to attract Clinton supporters who have said they will “vote for Republican John McCain against Democrat Barack Obama.”

But the women profiled in the story say they won’t be among the Clinton backers who will vote for McCain.

Gropelli and Bem won’t be among them. They listened to Clinton’s withdrawal speech Saturday, and her message confirmed the sisters’ intuitions. They will vote for Obama, although they’re not sure about campaigning for him. Their family members will vote for Obama, too.

“Hillary made it real clear what we have to do as Democrats,” Bem said. “She came across really strong on that, and I trust her. We have to move from one candidate to the other.”

Like many women, Theresa Gropelli feels there may not be another woman candidate anytime soon and she echoes that sadness that many feel:

I know. It’s too depressing,” Theresa said. “The thing that scares me is that I’m not sure there’s going to be another woman anytime soon. It could be 30 years, 50 years — maybe not even in my lifetime. That’s a problem. That’s why we’re going to be thinking about Hillary for a long time.”

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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6 Responses to She Touched a Lot of People

  1. Gilbert Martinez says:

    You mean the “evil, divisive, conniving” story line is quiet for a day?

  2. coldH2Owi says:

    Mr.Dr. Gilbert:
    I wish you calmness & peace. It’s over, time to consider the positives of the past, not the negatives. If one of the positives you see is that Sen. Clinton made sure that any woman can now run for the White House & not be considered an anomaly, then you ought to be really happy. If not, you’re going to be a really young geezer who keeps yelling at the kids to get the hell off his lawn. Given what Bu$hCo has done to this country & to the world in the last 8 years, being angry about the results of the primary election is a luxury we don’t have time for.

  3. Theresa says:

    I think we have to look at the whole truth, the good possibilities and the major problems that should be faced with a problem solving mentality like Hillary’s. It will be very hard to find a woman with Hillary’s first hand knowledge, experience, and capability because she is not just one in a million. She is one in a billion. It is hard to produce a woman on a par with her ability to be President partly because the pervasive, invisible prejudice toward women in positions of top command and authority steers capable women away from preparing.

  4. I agree totally with you, Gilbert. Although I was an Obama supporter, I always thought Hillary was an intelligent and worthy opponent. How unfortunate that we had these two high caliber people to choose from and that eventually only one of them could win. She has definitely inspired both little girls and grandmothers throughout America.
    Please don’t dispair. I don’t think, realistically, that she will be offered the VP post. However, Obama recognizes her hard work and wide appeal. Should he win the presidency, I think she might be offered a Cabinet post or an appointment to the Supreme Court. (should a vaccancy occur) Of course, she could choose to hold on to her Senate seat. She has a burning desire to serve American’s and she is far from done serving yet!!!! Buzz

  5. Buzz

    I think there are plenty of good reasons why Obama should make the offer and I think she will accept. A lot of people said Kerry would never ask John Edwards. He did.

  6. I am in the minority of people who do not want Hillary as a VP candidate.

    Every administration is only 8 years maximum. It’s effectiveness is even shorter than that as they become lameducks in the last half of the last term.

    Hillary Clinton can do far more good as a outstanding US Senator. Look at the path of Ted Kennedy. After a very solid run for the WH he came back to the Senate and has become a very powerful voice.

    No cabinet. No VP slot. If she can’t be the The President then let do what she does best: problem solve, innovate and bring women into the system. She can do that best from the Senate chamber.