But it's his ambition for us all--to reach higher, to think grandly--that seals the deal.
A few words about his opponent.
Sen. Clinton is a tireless worker and has long supported the rights of children and workers.
The New York Times said this in its endorsement of Hillary Clinton: "We know that she is capable of both uniting and leading. We saw her going town by town through New York in 2000, including places where Clinton-bashing was a popular sport."
They also called her "brilliant."
Against all predictions, she's become a first-class senator.
How much we'd give to have her instead of Specter or Casey representing Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate.
When it comes to healthcare, her understanding of what needs to be done is second to none.
Her plan (as well as former candidate John Edwards' plan) has always been the most impressive.
It leaves no gray areas.
And Philadelphia, remember, is a Clinton city. President Bill Clinton won Philadelphia mightily--twice, and his appearances here made the difference for John Street when he was running for mayor.
Clintons don't forget who's good to them.
It's why you see Rendell and Nutter neatly lined up behind Hillary.
They know where the bread is buttered.
If Hillary Clinton becomes president, there'll be no howl from these quarters.
An Inky study details, in terms of pure numbers, how Democratic Pennsylvania has become. We think this is no time to get excited.