Hillary Clinton never got a chance to drop her confetti. But now it’s at least it’s being put to good use.
Bunny Burson has turned the confetti from Clinton’s election night would-be victory party into an exhibition now on display at the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis, Mo.
Floating in a glass case embossed with the words “And Still I Rise,” the confetti is colored to mimic pieces of a shattered glass ceiling, meant to represent Clinton’s historic victory as the first woman president.
The exhibit is named for a Maya Angelou poetry collection with the theme of empowerment and overcoming adversity. Burson, who served as executive director of President Bill Clinton’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, said she hopes the display will inspire women around the country to persevere.
In fact, it might offer the best way to remember Clinton’s campaign–without mentioning Clinton by name at all.
Pundits and commentators have scrutinized Clinton’s doomed candidacy for months. In short, Clinton was uninspiring and out of touch. In a year of political upheaval, Hillary was the establishment candidate destined to fail.
But her loss represents something far greater: a powerful woman falling to a blabbering gasbag who’s never worked a real job in his life.
It’s easy to pick Hillary apart, both as a politician and public figure. It’s also fair to wonder whether she’d be president if she were a man.
The power of Burson’s piece lies in the promise of a woman’s candidacy and the pain of Clinton’s defeat. It’s a lesson progressives need to remember as long as Trump occupies the Oval Office.
Future female nominees will surely draw inspiration from Clinton, regardless of party. They may not share the same politics or Washington elitism, but the aspiration that guided Clinton to within a few counties of the White House will be one and the same.
Our current understanding of Clinton’s 2016 campaign is that she lost the most winnable election in modern American history. That’s fair because it’s true. With time, though, her legacy as the first major female presidential candidate will shine through.
Unless we all die in a Trump-induced World War III. Then all bets are off.