Paul  Kengor

Hillary’s band of sisters, however, was thrilled. Despite her clumsy use of incoherent ten-cent words and meandering messages, they responded with a standing ovation, or, as more than one source has put it, surely exaggerating the length of the duration, “enveloping her in a thunderous, seven-minute standing ovation.”

To Hillary, the roar of the crowd signaled approval of much more than a brash response to authority; this was a send off, a commencement alright, a beginning of grander things from a honed Hillary Rodham, ready to take her slice out of history.

Brooke was humiliated, as was the Wellesley administration. Brooke would return to the U.S. Senate, where he continued to represent a moderate voice. Hillary Rodham would go to San Francisco, where she interned at a notorious law firm widely known to be run by communists. (Don’t believe me?—the firm was called Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein. Look it up.)

That was decades ago. I hadn’t heard anything from Brooke in while. Not too long ago, President George W. Bush honored him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—due recognition for a man of milestones in the cause of civil rights.

That changed recently when I read an article on black Republicans supporting Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency. Among the black Republicans extending a hand across the aisle is one Edward W. Brooke, former senator of Massachusetts and former commencement speaker to the Wellesley class of ’69.

With the flag of the revolution passed from Hillary to Barack Obama, the AP reporter quoted Brooke as being “extremely proud and confident and joyful” over Obama securing his party’s nomination. Brooke, who now lives in Florida, did not say if he would endorse Obama over John McCain, but he was thrilled to see the Illinois senator take the party nomination from the former Ms. Hillary Rodham—and for reasons (beyond race) not expanded upon by the AP.

Gee, what could be his reasons?

It took almost 40 years, but it seems that Senator Edward W. Brooke has alas seen Ms. Hillary Rodham receive her comeuppance.