It's official now. The Democratic Party has made history by nominating the first woman to be a major party's candidate for the office of president of the United States -- Hillary Clinton. She won that nomination on a roll call vote of state delegations at the Democratic National Convention. Here is the final vote total:
2842 votes -- Hillary Clinton
1865 votes -- Bernie Sanders
And following the lead of Hillary Clinton in 2008, Senator Sanders showed class and good sportsmanship by taking the microphone and moving that Clinton be nominated as the party's candidate for president by acclimation -- which was approved by a voice vote of convention delegates.
Senator Sanders is to be commended for that gracious move, and for his full endorsement of Clinton. He has shown us that he is not only a progressive champion, but a man of his word and a good Democrat.
Bernie and Hillary have come together and negotiated a great platform -- the most progressive platform the Democratic Party has ever approved. They have done their part to unify the Democratic Party. Now it is time for the rest of us to put the sometimes rancorous primaries and caucuses behind us and unite to defeat the Republican candidate, Donald Trump -- the most divisive, incompetent, and downright scary candidate ever nominated by a major party.