August 27th, 2008
12:03 AM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: What Clinton didn't say

Clinton didn't say enough, Alex Castellanos said.
Clinton didn't say enough, Alex Castellanos said.

Hillary Clinton gave a workmanlike speech tonight. She checked the boxes. However, the message many will hear is that her sisterhood of the traveling pants didn't make it this time and was wronged. But keep going, Senator Clinton told her coalition of supporters, and we will make it someday.

At least one Democratic delegate interviewed by CNN after Senator Clinton spoke said Clinton's remarks proved she was denied the nomination because of her gender. That's the speech she heard in the convention hall. The sisterhood of the traveling pants may not be ready to embrace Obama just yet.

If had to title this speech, I would call it Clinton's "Lesser of Two Evils" speech.

She gave all the reasons she ran for president and then said if you believe in those, vote for the Democratic nominee.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Speaking of ringing, she said nothing about the questions she has raised about Obama's preparedness to be president.

It's 3 a.m. and that phone is still ringing.

soundoff (417 Responses)
  1. Lynnette

    Nobody cares what you have to say!

    August 27, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. B

    We don't care what a republican thinks. The Democrats are united and we're going to win in November.

    August 27, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  3. Ken

    Whatever.

    More grumbling from the Republican's.

    August 27, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. Ann

    Hillary gave a great speech endorsing Obama. What did you want her to do, kiss his a.......................

    August 27, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  5. R

    You republicans are jokes. Such a great speech you had to find something. Like they said. This isn't her last speech. What ever you guys say she didn't say, she'll say it

    August 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  6. frankrhone

    This conniving witch doesn't care about anyone but Clinton. She is one step beneath her hysterical female robots.

    August 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  7. Jatovi, NC

    Spin Spin Spin. It's funny how the spin works.

    August 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. Sarah

    My family, my friends and I will vote for Mccain not for Hillary, but because Obama's constant shift of ground and lack of substance, and every one knows it.

    August 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  9. J-Syxx

    You're a republican talking head, Castellenos. No one cares what you're programed to say, robot.

    August 27, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  10. Obama's Pitbull

    Typical Republican trying to stir up some trouble because their candidate cant perform up to standards.... NO MCSAME!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  11. Connor in NY

    You are a spiteful little man with nothing more on the agenda than painting her as divisive and terrible, as always.

    August 27, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  12. Robert in Greensboro

    Everyone hears things through their own filter. In this case, people hear what they want to hear or what they expect to hear. Personally, even though I was impressed with Senator Clinton's ability to deliver a great speech. I kept thinking about how she voted in support of President Bush's war in Iraq. That was irresponsible and a mistake. Its the substance and record of a candidate that will motivate my vote, not the soaring rhetoric.

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. jim hall

    I THINK SHE HIT THIS SPEECH OUT OF THE PARK AN NOW THE DEMS NEED TO KEEP UP TH ATTACKS UP ON MCCAIN AN TO CONTINUE TO TIE HIM TO THE FAIL POLICY'S OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OF THIS BUSH ADMINSTRATION

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  14. Rochelle

    She said enough to get the party moving towards electing Senator Obama President of the USA!

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  15. Cindy

    It almost sounded like she was STILL CAMPAIGNING FOR HERSELF. And you are correct, every once in a while she'd throw something in for Obama but never did she say he was the right person for the presidency or that he was ready to lead our country. But, she sure reminded us of everything she has done or thinks she's done for this country. GO OBAMA!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  16. Ex Puma

    The way Obama managed his Campaign and the way Hillary managed hers it is clear he IS ready to lead on day One!
    No matter what we must elect a Democrat to the White House com November!
    Obama/Biden 08/12
    Hillary16

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  17. chris nguyen

    she do as that bozo obama wants... but as voters and hillary fans.. we want to see her in 2012.. haha.. vote for mc caine and elect hillary in 4 years from now..

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  18. nancy

    Bill, I have lost all respect for you. You are a spoiled, sore loser. I voted for you twice. I made the right choice this time.
    Shame on you.

    August 27, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  19. Gary

    Way to go, Alex. Very divisive.

    August 27, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  20. Monica

    I noticed the best political vultures, oops, I mean, team on television are hoping that Gustav hits next week so they won't have to cover the Republican convention. You're a fine example of humanity.

    August 27, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  21. Kim, WI

    Clinton was been mis treated because of her gender, but that is not Barack Obama's fault. No more that it would be her fault that some of her supporters are so racist that they won't vote for a Black man.

    Unfortunately there are still too many sexist and racist bigots in this country. Hopefully that better part of this country will prevail. We will see!

    August 27, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  22. No_Obama

    I'm not voting for McSame. I'm not voting Nobama either. Hillary proved why she is the best of the lot, and should have been the president in an unbiased world.

    August 27, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. Kay Kay

    Watching McCain supporters scrape the bottom of their brains for reasons why the speech wasn't good enough is funny.

    It worked for me. I'm on board with Obama.

    August 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Anika

    What speech were you watching Castellanos? At a time like this, when the Democratic party hasn't felt better, all you care about is stirring up comments and controversy the moment the wounds truly begin to heal. Shoddy, unecessary and BAD timing. MSNBC will be happy to have the viewership you're going to lose.

    August 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. Juan Carlos

    And that phone will be ringing until '12. Hillary '12

    August 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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