Clinton's speech didn't sway Sanders' supporters. Here's what she needs to do now

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton reached the moment she'd been waiting for her entire career, accepting the Democratic nomination for president and becoming the first woman to do so.

In classic Clintonian-speak, her words mirrored more of a mechanic methodically checking every last nook and cranny of a car than a leader offering hope to millions stuck in their struggle.

There certainly were some good zingers—like noting the risk of electing a man you can bate with a tweet to have his finger on the nuclear codes. Clinton also delivered a moment of authenticity, acknowledging she's always been better at the "service" aspect of her job than the "public."

"I get it that some people just don't know what to make of me," she said in a rare moment that dropped her iron-wall veil. "So let me tell you."

But that's where connectivity ended—and scripted theater took over.

"Stronger together" and "breaking down barriers" were two of the campaign bumper stickers Clinton tossed around throughout the speech, rousing many in the crowd.

But , for the millions struggling at home—and thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters protesting outside throughout the week—what do these empty phrases really mean?

Sure, as compared to Donald Trump's fearmongerging and politics-by-hate, Clinton seems like Mother Teresa. But, the majority of persuadable Americans on the fence about who they'll vote for aren't up at night worrying about Donald Trump's rhetoric.

They're debating whether they'll have to sacrifice groceries or medicine for the kids this week; scrambling through their Excel sheets to find a nickel here or there to pay for the kids summer camp; and worrying about whether they can make their car, or student loan, or rent payment this month.

"The time for talk is over. Clinton and Trump are tied in the RealClearPolitics polling average. If she wants to convince me and millions of others that her words and platform mean something, the proposals need to match the platitudes."

Clinton didn't assure these people she's going to help them by telling them we're stronger together.

For many of them, she made them more suspicious, tossing out soaring progressive language that simply doesn't match the reality of who she is.

"A country where the economy works for everyone, not just those as the top. Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in."

Clinton, whose career has thrived on the backs of high-dollar donors who've been instrumental in making sure the economy doesn't work for everyone, delivered progressive prose without denouncing politicians who care more about greasing their own political wheels than helping their constituents.

In this moment was an opportunity for her to cop to her own culpability in perpetuating the toxic system where money rules our political leaders.

Imagine how crazy Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters—the ones who were mistreated all week by Clinton delegates and DNC officials—would have gone if Clinton not only praised Sanders' campaign (which she did), but also acknowledged she's envious of his bravery and will power to buck the system and make himself accountable to the people rather than donors.

To Clinton and her circle of political operative lifers, that would've been political suicide. In reality, it would have, in the year of the populist revolt against the insider, shown the ultimate insider getting that she's been part of the problem—and she's going to work to fix it.

By and large, the time for talk is over. Clinton and Trump are tied in the RealClearPolitics polling average. If she wants to convince me and millions of others that her words and platform mean something, the proposals need to match the platitudes.

Hillary Clinton has three months to present the BIG idea that will put millions back to work within the next six months to a year. Clinton needs to deliver her proposal to do more than tweak around the edges on healthcare, and college affordability.

Most importantly, Clinton needs to acknowledge she's come this far by surrounding herself with many of the same people who have unfairly benefited from the government.

And she's ready to cut the cord and govern for average people. That would be a huuuuge development.

For Clinton's sake, hopefully she skips the poll testing for this one.

Commentary by Jordan Chariton, a political reporter for The Young Turks, reporting on the presidential campaign trail. He can be seen on TYT Politics. Before TYT, Jordan was a reporter for TheWrap and TVNewser. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton.

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