I also knew that I would vote for her but that I would never feel inspired by her or think she was the best candidate for the job.
On those last two points I was dead wrong.
At the end of the 2008 nomination process I was very unhappy with Hillary Clinton, for the same reasons that I was unhappy with Bernie Sanders during this nomination cycle.
In my opinion there is a point when a candidate running for the nomination should recognize that continuing to fight for the position, does nothing to help them reach that goal, but it does a lot to hurt their opponent in the general election.
I thought that in 2008 Hillary passed that point of no return and that her stubbornness was going to help the Republicans and damage Obama's chances, and I was pissed!
But then she finally realized that it was over, and in the end came out hard to help her former rival rally the Democrats to his side and even pleaded with her former supporters to put their hard feelings aside and vote for him.
And they did.
So like I said I supported her run for the nomination this time around, as well as her candidacy in the general election, but sometimes my support felt a little pedestrian, like I was just going through the motions.
But then I saw her spend those 11 hours testifying in front of that Republican led Benghazi witch hunt, and that may have been the first time that I realized what a badass she was!
And my support went from tepid, to full speed ahead.
I remember thinking to myself THAT is the person I want standing up for this country and facing down dictators, terrorist leaders, and that smug Vladimir Putin guy.
But do you know who did not want to see her in that role?
That Vladimir Putin guy.
Did you ever notice who the Russians targeted in their hacks?
The State Department, the White House, the DNC, the Clinton campaign, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.
Does it seem to you that they were looking for something in particular?
They were, they were looking for Hillary Clinton's e-mails.
But they couldn't find the majority of them, do you know why?
Because she had a fucking private server, and they could not gain access, that's why.
The very thing that the Republicans vilified her for, was the very thing that protected her from foreign hackers getting their hands on sensitive information that they could feed to Wikileaks and then leak to our overzealous media.
At this point one of you anti-Hillary mouth breathers are going to argue that we don't KNOW that Hillary's private server was never hacked, but yes we do.
Do you know HOW we know?
Because nothing on it, that she did not volunteer during the witch hunt, ever appeared in a Wikileaks data dump. And if they had anything from a hack there is no way we would not have seen it by now.
Hillary Clinton knew what she was up against and she made a decision to protect herself, and for the most part it worked.
So instead the Russians hacked everyone around her, and their American counterparts, the Republicans, launched investigation after investigation to undermine her credibility and hopefully damage her chances of winning the White House.
In the end they both fell short.
Hillary was still leading in the polls, and even though they had chipped away at her lead and severely damaged her reputation it looked like she was going to walk away with this election.
So plan B was implemented.
James Comey sent a letter to Congress knowing full well that it would immediately be leaked to the press.
In the end yes she lost the election, but she STILL managed to win the popular vote.
After all of those unrelenting, unprecedented, and totally unfair attacks she still won the majority of support from the American people.
Was she a flawed candidate?
Fuck no! A flawed candidate does not require an entire foreign nation, a national political party, a law enforcement agency, and a group of faceless hackers to take them down.
She was also NOT a criminal, NOT emotionless robot, and NOT a fucking liar.
Hillary Clinton is a goddamn super hero. And she would have been the hero that this country needed desperately.
So if you voted for Hillary Clinton do not buy into the lie that she was a flawed candidate. NO candidate could have survived better in the face of that kind of opposition. Not even Barack Obama.
The media is currently creating a narrative about how Clinton's campaign stumbled because it failed to attract support from rural voters, and did not have a plan for those still suffering in this economy, but that is not the case.
The facts are that Hillary Clinton was TOO good of a candidate, and that is why it required so much to finally take this election away from her.
Hillary Clinton did not lose this election, but the American people did.