August 27th, 2008
12:03 AM ET
10 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. Tom McCarty

    It's hard to imagine someone being ignorant enough to concede the election to mcCain because of such pettiness. Pathetic. Disgusting.

    August 27, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  2. Billy

    Well of course this guy would choose to say this. "Republican Strategist" Hello...?

    August 27, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. NIKKI

    McCain is simply no more mentally stable to rule America.
    He has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, paranoid delusion, Anxiety disorder and senile demetia.
    McCain is no more the McCain before 2000.
    If he has insight, he will not be running for presidency at the age of 72 yrs.
    McCain voted 96% for the Bush policies he is now condemning.
    How can any reasonable American think of voting for this demented paranoid guy who does not even remember how many houses he owns?
    Obama wants to bring you peace, prosperity or all Americans and unity.
    What is wrong with that?
    Is the poll not tight because of core American racism?

    August 27, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    She did NOT admit 'faulty' math was used to claim a popular vote victory, and did not go as low attacking McCain as she did Obama.
    I feel I know how Bill Clinton thinks. We both enjoy the same recreational pursuits, only I don't smoke cigars; and we both score high on Mensa tests.
    The Clintons are capable of being a gunship against McCain and a submarine against Obama.
    (Still no health portfolio for Hillary, hope I don't have to eat crow.)
    BTW and FYI, comparing McCain to Bush elevates McCain. Attack McCain and compare him to Bush, instead of attacking Bush and comparing McCain to him. < BIG difference!
    Why was McCain offered early release? What information about their POW records did McCain and Kerry have buried?
    Why isn't McCain BRAGGING about that 'bipartisan' committee?
    Did whoever wrote McCain's political resume in Wikipedia miss the beef? There's not all that wonderful stuff he keeps claiming!?
    His puppet in Georgia, sackofshiltes, committed a war crime to boost McCain's ranking in the polls.

    August 27, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  5. Mike, Lorain, Ohio

    Thanks to Castellanos, Limbaugh and the rest of the repubilcans, operation chaos is still in effect. Look, I'm a long time Obama supporter and I despised some of Hillary's campaign tactics during the primaries. After listening to Hillary's speech tonight, I firmly believe that this was the BEST speech she has ever given!

    August 27, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |

    RIGHT ON August 27th, 2008 12:56 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is exactly what she did. Gave all the reasons why she ran and said.. "anyway, vote for Barack now. We need a democrat in the white house whatsoever". Mind boggling

    August 27, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  7. Obamas are Nice, but My Vote with McCain

    Like Obamas now much more. Glad I learned more about them.
    I was Hillary supporter, and what I heard – Yes way, yes how, yes McCain. Go, maverick. Go, independent. Go experience.

    August 27, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. Please, No Obama

    Is there any surprise that Hillary failed to acknowledge Obama's readiness to be President? Hillary knows as do most Americans that Obama is a total sham. No experience, daily vascillations, photo ops, rock star persona and NO evidence of national leadership qualities. Hillary basically gave her stump speech and threw a few bones at Obama. If the Dems have any sense they will annoint Hillary and throw the demi-god out the back door.

    August 27, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  9. BJ

    They obviously picked the wrong nominee.

    Nothing has been resolved, except that Clinton was more gracious than Obama. His act of not picking her for his VP shows his insecurity and disrespect for her.

    I want to see what he will do on Thursday. But I'm still not inclined to vote for him. If I don't vote for McCain, at the very least, I will not be voting this November. I'm totally dissolutioned by the Democratic Party for squandering a golden opportunity. Obama is still not qualified to be president. All the good intentions in the world does not translate into credentials. If I see so much as a swagger from Obama, I will vote McCain!

    August 27, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  10. Katie Hench

    McCain's campaign is going to unite the Democratic Party in its
    attempts to divide it. Hillary supporters should not stand for her
    word being used against the Democratic Party.

    If Democrats were truly voting on issues and not emotions, they would
    stand together to support the Democratic platform through the
    Democratic candidate.

    August 27, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  11. Joe

    "Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance..."

    Alex, clearly you would not know an endorsement if it came up and wiggled in front of you. Your critique could not be further off the mark. Thank goodness you are working for the Republicans. Her speech was totally forward looking and not a recap of her campaign. There was no doubt or hint of "what if" to be found anywhere.

    "..when Barack Obama is in the White House, he'll revitalize our economy, defend the working people of America, and meet the global challenges of our time..."

    Oh sure, it is a tad more subtle than what one would get from Carl Rove or McCain – but it is what a real endorsement looks like.

    August 27, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  12. B. Brown

    Alex gets paid to carry water for the Republican party. However it is disappointing to see that CNN continues to fabricate the flames of discontent and it has already become a broken record. It was pathetic the way CNN sought out one lone Hillary supporter who appeared to be fighting her own demons to use as an example of a continuing Clinton/Obama rift.

    Tonight, Hillary showed that she has come to grips with losing the nomination and it's time for the mainstream media to get out of the bed of the GOP.

    August 27, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  13. The Shepherd

    Wow, I was listening to the CNN News team talking before Hillary made her speech. Cafferty calls Hillary's supporters a bad group of people. They seem to be trying to belittle Hillary's supporters for supporting her. I think that if CNN wants Hillary's supporters to vote for Obama they need to try some other means of persuasion. Talking negative about her supporters is only going to make them more determined to vote for McCain.

    August 27, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  14. Please

    This racist Cuban needs to go away. I wonder what racist fear-mongering ad he is cooking up for McCain.

    August 27, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  15. Dave C - NJ

    Not a ringing endorsement?
    "The fate of our children depend on it" is not a ringing endorsement?

    August 27, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  16. John

    Alex Castellanos worked on the laughable Mitt Romney Presidential campaign, and he worked for Jesse Helms in 1990. Needless to say, Mr. Castellanos either wouldn't know where the phone was at 3am or he would think the caller was trying to give his job to a minority that didn't deserve it.

    I bet he told George Bush to trade Sammy Sosa too.

    Maybe Mr. Castellanos can write a blog about how Mike Huckabee ran circles around him.

    August 27, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  17. Clinton Supporter for Obama

    As a NY resident who has voted for Hillary into senate, I can guarantee you that had she won the nomination, John McCain and the Republicans would have tried to smear her into the ground. They would bring up scandals from the nineties and try to discredit her. They would do whatever possible to chew her up and spit her out. I had to deal with a lot of these Republicans who hated her, and I mean HATE her b/c she is smart and outspoken. Voting for John McCain only shows that you support the people who have tried to destroy the Clintons. Additionally, McCain has a bad record on women's issues. Be smart, be informed, and remember that this is election is greater than our petiness during the primaries. I am a Hillary Supporter and I WILL VOTE OBAMA!!!

    August 27, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  18. Leapfrog

    Just the perspective I would expect a Republican analyst to take...divide and conquer. As long as the GOP talking heads play up the perceived rivalry between Clinton and Obama voters, their hope is that anyone who's not enamoured of Obama will vote McCain.

    To anyone who considered themselves a Democrat, but are considering voting for McCain because Clinton lost the nomination, remember that 90% of Clinton's issues are espoused by Obama. 0% of them are followed by McCain. So if you vote for McCain (the man who is the antithesis of Clinton's beliefs), you are insulting the very woman you claim to support.

    August 27, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  19. pantsuit in SC

    that's the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits, btw...maybe you didn't listen as well as you thought. Hillary rocked the DNC and did an amazing job. Democrats will unite to win this race,

    August 27, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  20. Anonymous

    She didn't say sisterhood of the traveling "pants", she said pantsuits and it was a joke. That reference in your article doesn't make any sense, especially when it's misquoted. What do you want her to do, donate her kidneys to the Obama campaign?

    August 27, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. Robert Bateman

    Hillary Clinton delivered the equivalent of Lord Nelson crossing the T.
    And for your information, the Red Phone in the White House was not meant for emergency calls to the President.
    It's purpose is to connect adversaries before things get escalated to the unthinkable. Like Obama calling Putin, and Ahmadinejad calling Obama. And a dozen other scenarios.
    You probably weren't around for the darkest days of the Cold War.
    It's not a pretty thing for anybody.
    But that wasn't Hillary's message. It was "Neither the Democrats nor America can afford 4 more years of the last 8 years". There won't be an America to change if that happens.

    August 27, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |

    Hillary's speech was truely awesome. She was well prepared just like she would have been as VP. She addressed everything on the minds of our modern democratic voters, war, housing crisis, healthcare, schools, kids care programs and min wages to name a few. I have an 18 year old nephew, Bruce Edward Landry who just joined the army this month in which our entire family is extremely proud of him however at the same time very worried about him. He will serve our country well and of course we all hope he comes home alive and in one piece.

    One of most interesting things I observed was the facial expressions on Michelle Barrack & Bidden during Hillary's speech which I found disheartening. Hillary was giving it her all to bring the party together however I do not feel the Barrack camp feels the same way based on their expressions.

    Hillary would have made the best running mate for Barrack ticket.

    I am still an undecided voter.

    August 27, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  23. Kelley

    You know what, I think the man can either campaign and win the election for himself or he doesn't deserve all act like he shouldn't soil his hands, just let Hillary do it all for him.

    If she is going to have to do it all, they should make her the nominee and be done with it.


    August 27, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  24. Louise Kindle

    Why should Hillary have to bring up or apologize for what was said in the past. She was in the middle of a tough race. When you fight, you fight to win. If Michael Jordan came down the court with the ball and saw a competitor standing in the way of the basket moving his feet, Mike is going in and going in hard. If he knocks his adversary down, do you think he's going over to say I'm sorry.?? One thing that happens when two people go through a hard battle, they learn to respect each other. I don't care what Barack said or Clinton in the primaries, that's history. Do you think when Michael Jordan lost his first play off game, he thought he was not better than the shooting guard on the other team. Hillary probably still thinks she was the best candidate. I think she has done as much as she can for Barack, more than any other losing candidate in the last 40 years. Give her some credit, she did an awesome job. What she said tonight is what Obama really needed. Let his Vp talk about his leadership skills. Clinton has shown herself humble and willing to work on behalf of her country. The choice is, Obama or McCain, I'm with Hillary, NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!!! Sen. Clinton showed how a seasoned politician can make the case for a candidate she still have some questions about. No one is better than the Clintons when the chips or down. They always come out of the fire looking good. She may have lost the race, but, boy did she gain so much more,


    August 27, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  25. Liz T, Tucson

    Well, that is what Alex, a republican strategist, would say. She said all she could and did it well.

    August 27, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
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