Posted by: wtfwjd? | June 5, 2008

Still not good enough

Weak:

Clinton, in an e-mail to supporters, said she “will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.

That’s still pretty tepid. She’s basically saying If the stakes weren’t high, and the task weren’t important, her supporters wouldn’t need to support Obama, but since they are, they should. It sounds like her original draft might have contained a line about “we should hold our noses and support Senator Obama” but someone edited that out.

Earth to Hillary and her supporters: he won because he was a better candidate and ran a better campaign. You lost. Get over it, and throw your wholehearted support behind the man who we need to beat the odious John W. McCain in November. Not because it’s “too important to do otherwise,” but because supporting Obama is the simply the right thing to do. No question.

Much Better:

Another of Clinton’s most prominent supporters, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, also announced his “wholehearted and enthusiastic support” for Obama Thursday.

(Strickland may be looking for a spot on the ticket, but so what? This is how members of a team are supposed to act towards one another.)

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Responses

  1. I got one of Hillary’s letters that you claim is tepid and not showing full support. I disagree with your characterization. She is absolutely right: the stakes are incredibly high. And her supporters have been loyal and fierce. She is asking them to join with her in now fighting for Senator Obama. She’s not saying – if it weren’t important I wouldn’t ask. She’s saying – it’s too important, so let’s go. You don’t quote her other statements of support: I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party’s nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.

    I believe her.

  2. Her speech tomorrow better contain some serious ass-kissing. That she didn’t immediately throw her support to Obama and drop out on Tuesday was pretty horrible.

    Still, even though I’ve lost a great deal of respect for Clinton this primary season I still think she always intended to do the right thing(eventually). Her tactics this primary have been harmful, but I do think that she really does have the good of the party and the country at heart.


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