barbarajordan.jpgDuring this election season, I’ve been thinking quite a bit of Barbara Jordan. Let me now speak to you of Barbara Jordan.

Barbara Jordan was a black woman.

Barbara Jordan was a lesbian.

Barbara Jordan was a Texan.

Barbara Jordan was a United States Representative.

Barbara Jordan was brilliant beyond belief.

Barbara Jordan loved the Constitution of the United States of America.

Barbara Jordan could talk the stars from the sky and move dusty old white cowboys like LBJ to tears.

Barbara Jordan was what fellow Texan Molly Ivins (no slouch herself in the speechifying department) called the obvious casting choice for the voice of God.

Barbara Jordan spoke truth to power.

Barbara Jordan would have been put on the U.S. Supreme Court by Bill Clinton if she hadn’t been dying at the time.

Barbara Jordan would have made one hell of a president. (She had a shot at being Jimmy Carter’s vice president.)

Barbara Jordan would be happy to see that of the three people with a chance of becoming president this year, one was a woman and one was black. (She’d probably be a touch disappointed that they weren’t the same person, but you take what you can get.)

Have a listen to her delivering the keynote speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, and enjoy.