History. It’s made up of first in a lifetime events. Whether one agrees with the choice or not, history was undeniably made at the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Philadelphia. Not far from the place where the nation was born 240 years ago this month, a woman was nominated for the Presidency of a major party. At 6:39 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time South Dakota put her over the top.
Today, Day Three of the historic convention, the convention continues its work of attempting to unify a party toward a common goal. Wednesday’s theme: “Working Together.”
Tuesday night the Convention saw former President Bill Clinton give a touching tribute to his wife. Thursday night, Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother. Wednesday is for the established and current heavy hitters to throw their support behind the nominee.
But first, like Tuesday, current events and crises will be the focal point of the scheduled speakers. Erica Smegielski, the daughter of the slain Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School will speak. She will be followed by Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two of just three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in South Carolina.
In prime time, Vice President Joe Biden will take the platform. He will be followed by the man Hillary Clinton hopes to succeed, President Barack Obama.
The Democratic Party still has some work to do. When Mrs. Clinton was officially nominated, some delegations made for the exits. The Party hopes the imprimatur of Vice President Biden and President Obama will heal the rifts caused by a long and arduous primary season. The Party’s success, or lack thereof, will go a long way to determining who will take the Oath of Office next year.