Lilly Ledbetter's remarks to the Democratic National Convention proved short and of no great impact in Denver yesterday, the standard marking of a box on a convention check list. (Her remarks are here.)
We thought her appearance in a prime evening spot might signal a final push by the congressional majorities to pass legislation reacting to Ledbetter v. Goodyear, a bill that would eliminate statutes of limitations in employment discrimination cases. And certainly the female members of Congress who had a platform Tuesday used her case in attacking McCain. (CQ Politics story.)
But Ledbetter's speech itself was unremarkable, overshadowed by the day's big story, the Hillary hubbub. Ledbetter:
We can't afford more of the same votes that deny women their equal rights. Barack Obama is on our side. He is fighting to fix this terrible ruling, and as president, he has promised to appoint justices who will enforce laws that protect everyday people like me. But this isn't a Democratic or a Republican issue. It's a fairness issue. And fortunately, there are some Republicans--and a lot of Democrats--who are on our side.
Sen. Obama did make an effort to attend and vote for cloture on H.R. 2831 in April, a good political move. (As did Sen. Clinton.)