June 9th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Many of Clinton's supporters are still angry

Will angry Clinton supporters come around by fall?
Will angry Clinton supporters come around by fall?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – There is no doubt that many of Hillary Clinton’s most passionate supporters remain very angry right now. They are especially angry over the way they believe their candidate was treated by some of Barack Obama’s supporters and the news media.

I have received numerous e-mails suggesting that Clinton was the victim of a mean-spirited sexism that elements of the news media spread around, and that the Obama campaign never did enough to dispel - even though Senator Obama now goes out of his way to effusively praise her.

“I’m a better candidate because of the work she did and she deserves our honor and our respect and our gratitude,” he said the other day. “And my two daughters see themselves differently because she ran for President of the United States of America.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, was a strong Clinton supporter. “I think if you look at the pundits, if you read the columns and go back and read them, some of them were really in my view malicious, very personal and venal sometimes,” she told me. “And I have a hard time understanding why that was necessary.”

Feinstein, like so many other Clinton supporters, is now totally on board the Obama bandwagon. Still, there are very hard feelings. Obama will need many of those ardent Clinton supporters if he hopes to win the presidency against John McCain. His campaign knows that.


Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (360 Responses)
  1. Howard

    Clinton Democrats? Watch the country go down the tubes? Vote For McCain? Strange reaction – that shows what type of leadership you really wanted.

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Bill Jay

    58 old white ladies are you a dope ?

    You keep talking about the current president with no respect.

    You know Obama would not like that.

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Derrick in Houston, TX

    Why are people getting mad that Obama played golf when she gave her concession speech? The man was RELAXING and taking a quick break from the campaign trail. What was Hillary doing when he gave his speech???

    Cmon folks be smarter than that! He didnt have to watch it. Would it have made the speech better?

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I WOULD NOT THINK FOR A SECOND ABOUT VOTING

    FOR HILLARY, IF THE CHOICE WAS BETWEEN HER

    AND THAT MORON THAT WANTS TO GIVE US $30 GAS

    RELIEF.

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Carlos from America

    Will the real America please stand up?

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. SONIA4HILLARY

    OBAMA IS THE SELECTED NOMINEE OF THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND WHICH HAS 57 STATES AND IS CHOSEN BASED ON EXIT POLLS ——

    HE IS MR WAFFLES —

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. jim sane

    No sexism. I think Hillary lost because people prefer Obama. Hillary's lying, pandering, negativity, personality, and husband didn't help either.

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Bendo

    why does wolf and cnn continue to stirr the fire...for ratings? to bring down BO? to endores MClaim?

    June 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. SONIA4HILLARY

    OBAMA ""Hillary you are likeable enough""`

    well MR WAFFLES —-
    U R PLAIN STUPID

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Linda31

    Yet another. Of course they are and that's there right.

    We have 5 months.....

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. No McCain

    Any healing takes time.... but we will heal and we will unite. This is certain.

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. RH

    Sexism? That's just sour grapes. The great majority of accusations of sexism these days are simply the imaginings of a persistent mentality of victimhood – one fed by Sen. Clinton's "unfair" loss to a man in the primaries.

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. beyond politics

    CNN, don't you realize the Clinton vs. Obama story is over? The news media has played on our divisions more than any candidate. The madder we got at the other side, the more time we spent watching their shows and on their websites listening to their lame analysis and wrong predictions. They were fanning the flames and laughing all the way to the bank! Let's move on dems, and stop letting the folks at CNN and MSNBC rile us up. We are united! On to November!

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Vera Richardson

    I agree with the comment of S. The fact that Clinton's supporters may or may not vote for Obama in November is a non- story at this point in time.

    Hillary Clinton has endorse Obama and the Democratic Party has embraced his nomination. He will be the next POUS.

    I watched Obama's economic rally today in NC. Please blog on and/or report his great vision to improve our economy.

    Obama 2008 Yes We Can and Yes We Will.

    Vera Richardson

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. SONIA4HILLARY

    ALL Dem voters should vote for republican candidate –JOHNMCCAIN

    WHY??

    JUST FOLLOW OBAMA,S ADVICE ,,

    HE SAID "` republicans have good ideas "`while he was trashing clinton legace everyehere –

    So since barack said –repubs have good idea — i might just follow his advice —–

    thx barack —

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. peter

    You know Cafffety CNN analyst hate Hillary, I would like to know why.
    or maybe because she is a woman, and she is smarter than him.

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. from Belgium

    How can anyone be so vindictive as an adult ?
    I lost that sort of behaviour long ago, such as the tendency to chase pigeons.

    I mean c'mon people, look at the broader picture. Both Hillary and Obama are doing this for the greater good: getting back the White House, and the power back to the people.

    Hillary will be able to accomplish far more with a Democratic president at the top, especiially on health care.
    I wouldn't be surprised if Obama would agrre to Hillary's view on the this subject by the way, as a token of respect to all who supported her.

    But if Americans are going to be childish, well we'll never know, cuz we'll be gone again for 2 terms of Republicans !

    Oh yes, don't any of you think you'll be doing Hillary a favor by voting Republican, so she can run again in 4 years from now. She might get the nomination, perhaps, but in the post war era only one incumbent republican president, Bush Senior, failed to get re-elected, and that was because there was a 3rd party, a spoiler, in the bath tub with him.
    Don't count on that one !

    Björn

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. I love Hillary

    Most white women I know will NEVER vote for BARACK X NEVER!!!
    HILLARY WAS SLAMMED BY THE KEITH OLBERMANN, CHRIS MATTHEWS AND ALL THE REST OF THE STUPID PUNDITS WHO COULD NEVER ACHIEVE WHAT HILLARY CLINTON HAS ACCOMPOLISHED. SHE HAS THE MOST POPULAR VOTES!!
    BARACK X IS A LOSER!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Toni - Atlanta

    Wolf, life is too short and precious. Prolonged hate and anger takes a toll on you physically - and personally, I prefer the alternative - love and peace!

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Clinton Supporter

    If you don't want me to elect a moron, don't give me one. The DNC gave us a moron, and I'm not biting.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. 4HILLARY

    Is obama gonna take public funding like he said in the begginning of the elction ??

    or –no—flip-flop

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    Let's see... most Obama supporters are financially well off, don't need to worry about healthcare coverage and can withstand another 4 years of high gas prices and home foreclosures. Let the Clinton supporters vote for McCain. Let's just wait and see how many survive the next 4 years. Stupidity will be weeded out.. it's Darwinism as its very best.

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Debbie,NJ

    Listen up Hillary supporters. If you love Hillary so much then why didn't you support her financially?. Stop whining and help her where she needs you most. You can't help her with the primary, its over. You can't make Obama choose her as VP but you can help get her out of debt. If not what good are you. If Obama doesn't win because Dems stay home, vote for McCain or write in Hillary, you better bet she won't win in 2012. We will make sure of it. What goes around comes around, haven't you people learned that yet. Its the nasty tactics that made her lose the primary. Hopefully Hillary has learned and better tell her people if they want her to have a shot of winning in 2012 they better vote for Obama because for the simple fact that he is the Nominee and he's a Dem.

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. lyn-nj

    Yes-they are angry at you, Jeff, CNN, MSNBC and media.
    Finally you see Hillary's importance.
    I am one of them who will NOT vote for Obama.
    If Obama puts Hillary as VP I amy vote for him otherwise I will not.

    Lyn-NJ

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. AnnT

    I have confidence that the majority of HRC supporters are not stupid, and will NOT sacrifice our leadership out of spite. To the small percentage that don't give a rip, I say let 'em go. They can't be true Dems anyway.

    Obama will win the hearts of a good majority, so don't sweat it. I don't think the childish tactics should get any more play anyway. They few "poor losers" already have their minds made up anyway. To them I say, Adios!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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