Sneed: Saying goodbye to Hillary

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Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York, where she conceded her defeat to Republican Donald Trump after the hard-fought presidential election. | Andrew Harnik/AP

Follow @sneedlingsWhere do I begin?

That I’m flummoxed Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t win?

That I’m furious the chances of a woman being elected president in my lifetime are actuarially now slim to none?

That a man who embraced the dark side of humor, racism and fear was able to lure an army of frustrated rural Americans to a place they rarely frequent: the voting booth?

That our new president-elect has yet to apologize to a man of unchallenged heroism, Vietnam War hero John McCain, who was tortured for years at the infamous Hanoi Hilton?

OPINION

Follow @sneedlingsIt has been nearly 50 years since my career in Chicago journalism began — a lucky break due to the Vietnam War sucking men out of their jobs in the late 1960s — when a woman’s career was confined to classrooms, offices, hospitals or airplanes.

I didn’t burn my bra or march when the women’s liberation movement began decades ago. But I embraced it in hopes of leaving the female minefield of less pay, longer hours and tearjerker “women’s stories” assigned by male editors.

But in 1984, my national scoop that U.S. Sen. Geraldine Ferraro was chosen as the nation’s first female veepmate by Dem presidential contender Fritz Mondale brought me hope a woman might one day lead our country.

When Clinton delivered her concession speech on Wednesday, she reminded all of us “not to grow weary and lose heart for there was more work to do.”

“For there are more seasons to come,” she said.

Right now, I’m feeling darkness — a long night in the middle of winter.

I’m hoping spring arrives.

A Ditka ditty . . .

So how does legendary former Bears coach Mike Ditka, an uber Donald Trump fan, feel about Hillary Clinton?

“She is a good lady. She’s smart and tough. She ran a close race and a good campaign,” he told Sneed.

Do you see a role for Clinton in Trump’s cabinet?

“Let’s put it this way. I’m not about telling Trump who to pick for his cabinet,” Ditka said.

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