Why write something when someone you respect writes the same feelings in a far more eloquent way? Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade, writes Hillary, the time has come:
As someone who endorsed Clinton early in the campaign (well before the mainstream media went ga-ga over Obama after his Iowa victory), I saw her as the party's best chance to beat the GOP nominee and the candidate with the most relevant international experience to tackle the myriad crises inflicted on us by George Bush.
Unfortunately, all the talk of experience and competence was belied by a campaign rife with incompetence. From Bill Clinton's ruinous (and arguably racist) campaign swing through South Carolina, to an obvious failure to craft a strategy past Super Tuesday, her campaign staff made so many miscalculations that Hillary went from a coronation to a shocking defeat.
But she didn't emerge victorious and the time has come for her supporters, gay and straight, to embrace Obama's campaign for the White House. The stakes are too high to allow primary race disappointments to demoralize Democratic voters. And the stakes for gay voters are higher.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton's gay supporters should take a day to mourn her defeat and then join Obama's cause. She's resilient and will bounce back, probably as Senate majority leader, a job much more in line with her skills than that of president.
Like Kevin, I was -- after a major flip about a year ago -- a supporter of the Clinton campaign. I helped raise some money, got to go to a few really cool events and was excited to see someone care about the issues I cared about. Folks I've trusted for over 10 years supported her and had unprecedented levels of access, which is where a lot of change comes from.
It didn't happen. Oh, well. We could have done worse. I don't think my Obama supporting friends are evil (well some maybe, but not over this) and the Hillary fans who would just die if she didn't win...well, they are all alive, eh? We could have had this guy, this guy, this guy, or this guy. We did a lot better. We did great. It's democracy. This spat is over. Let's get on with the war.
Alone, Kevin's words above are important. From Naff's pen they have the gravitas to motivate legions of gays and lesbians to make sure we do not lose this election. I know his piece gives me comfort as I say to my friends still supporting Hillary, "Hey, it's time."
There is much more to Kevin's post. The full text is here