"How do we translate our beliefs in to action? How do we go from a campaign where we make speeches, the people stand up and cheer and clap loudly, into making what we believe, real?" - Hillary Clinton, in Hartford this morning
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton still needs to fine-tune the words, but the point she's making is both barbed and worthwhile.
The rap against Barack Obama, who's running neck-and-neck with the New York senator, is that he lacks experience. What Clinton is doing is trying to show why that matters.
It's not enough to sound good and promise change, she points out. What matters, in the end, is can you deliver? And that's just as true for the Republican candidates as the Democratic ones.
We don't elect presidents to give speeches, after all. We pick them to lead our country in the right direction, to compromise when necessary and to stand firm when that's required. We want our leaders to get things done. We want them to deliver peace and prosperty, now and into the future. We want them to make us proud. We want them, in short, to be better than they can possibly be.
And we'd like to see it happen without the bitterness that has marred our politics for far, far too long.
With Clinton, there's no doubt the hard feelings of long-ago battles will linger, on both sides. With Obama, perhaps the era of hyperpartisanship can pass.
Obama presents a true dilemma for Democratic loyalists, who sense that he has the potential for greatness.
But he also, they recognize, might muck up the opportunity because he doesn't know how it's all done.
Clinton, of course, knows how the White House works and knows what it takes to get there.
It remains a fascinating primary.
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