We've all become side-tracked. We've all got lost. We're all having the wrong conversations. As a Clinton supporter, I am being asked about delegates and superdelegates, about Mark Penn and Jeremiah Wright, about percentages and demographics. But let's remember something: the issue is not how the candidates can win (and they both still can, of course); the issue is still what they would do if they did.
When Hillary announced her candidacy she said she was the most famous person in America that nobody knows. During the course of this campaign, her opponents and detractors have tried to introduce her to us in all sorts of unfavorable lights. There have also, inevitably, been moments in her campaign that some of her own supporters have felt awkward about.
But if you want to know what Hillary Clinton believes in, what she stands for, and what's in her heart, then look at what she's been fighting for her whole life: she's been fighting for people who need help.
Here's a woman who, when she graduated, went to work for the Children's Defense Fund, rather than for a fancy law firm with a big salary. Here is a woman who introduced legislation to tie Congressional salary increases to an increase in the minimum wage because she believes that if America's working people don't deserve a raise, neither do their elected officials. That's the Hillary I know: a woman of compassion and conviction.
Extending health care to those without it, to the young, the vulnerable, and the poor has been the great passion of her public life. Hillary Clinton - so demonized by her opponents - is a woman who has been fighting for the truly Democratic ideal of universal health care for the best part of two decades. She has sponsored legislation to fight the global problem of HIV and AIDS. She has authored legislation to reduce the price of prescription drugs. She was instrumental in the foundation and continuing success of S CHIP. Hillary gets it. And then she gets results.
So let's see the content of her character in every little boy and girl who has access to a hospital thanks to her work on S CHIP. Let's see the inspiration Hillary has given to those women across the world who have been able to stand with her and say that women's rights are human rights. Or to all those who saw a First Lady join a gay pride march for the first time and knew that the world was changing.
Let's see the inspiration in being able to show our daughters that there is nothing they can't do, nothing they can't achieve in this new century of ours. And - not just for our generation, but for our mothers and grandmothers who couldn't even vote - let's fight for the chance to say the words "Madam President" to someone who we know can be relied on to get things done.
Because those of us supporting Hillary are not just standing up for her, we're standing up for the 47 million uninsured Americans who will be covered under President Clinton. We're standing up for the veterans who will be treated right by her administration. We're standing up for a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility; for jobs and for the economy.
We're not just supporting Hillary Clinton, we're supporting a moratorium on home foreclosures for struggling families; a green collar sector creating local employment and cleaner energy production; we're supporting mental health reform and a stronger middle class.
We're not just standing up for Hillary Clinton, we're standing with everyone who wants American soldiers brought quickly and safely home from Iraq; everyone who wants to restore America's standing in the world; everyone who wants to leave this world a cleaner and greener place for our children.
And Hillary's supporters are standing up for her, because they know she will stand up for them as President, as their advocate abroad and their champion at home.
They are standing up for her, because they know she will work her heart out for them. And they know that, because that's what she's been doing her whole life.