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. Susan, PA

    She said enough.
    Lets unite and thwart the GOP's plan to divide us and rule...........

    No more 4 years of same failed policies.

    August 27, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  2. Lori Lynn

    Absolutely. Hillary is presidential material as was quite evident in the speech that she gave. Party insiders selected the wrong candidate as the nominee. What a shame.

    August 27, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  3. WeBoDave

    The sisterhood of the traveling pants suits understands that if you believe in helping the people she mentioned in her speech who are having a tough time, Obama is a far better choice than McCain.
    I didn't hear Senator Clinton say anything about her being wronged so the many people who claim they heard that are most likely Republicans interested in emphasizing this supposed schism. She still has time on the campaign trail to address her earlier criticisms of Senator Obama and turn them around on Senator McCain who seems to want to answer that 3 AM call by starting another war and reinstating a military draftt.

    August 27, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  4. MK LA

    why are we listening to Republican spin doctors reported on like they are news. Here is a novel idea. have each side say what they believe in and just let the people decide. To much is made about the spin

    August 27, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. Tom Happ

    ...Because she secretly wants everyone to vote for McCain? Don't you think she'd just come out and say, "vote for McCain" if that were the case?

    August 27, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. Dave C - NJ


    Just like Huckabee, Romney, and BUSH don't or never needed to denounce theirs against McCain. And there are plenty of 'em.

    You can't be serious.

    August 27, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  7. Chambers Stevens

    Mr. Castellanos has it wrong again. Ms. Clinton's speech was beautiful and heartfelt. Yes of course she would have loved to be president. But more I believe she would like to help the American people. And she knows McCain can't do that.
    As usual Mr. Castellanos is just trying to stir up a little trouble. If is hard sometimes for people in the media to believe that the Clintons care about anything but themselves. But thank God I am not that cynical.

    August 27, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  8. Rob

    This is insanity. You are irresponsible at best, and a republican hack at worst. Stop the lying; it serves no one, on either side. Hillary Clinton was amazing tonight, and could not have been any more supportive of Barack Obama even if she mailed her absentee ballot on stage.

    August 27, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  9. Aaron

    Yes, that phone is still ringing. Bush never answered it after Hurricane Katrina.

    August 27, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  10. Give It Up McCain

    If the light is just right and I don't blink I can actually see the thread of hope the Republicans are clinging to in this one. Give it up. It's become nothing but rich comedy watching the Rove Machine try to find something to go negative about. Fear is so 2000-2008. We're done with that.

    August 27, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  11. LaShanda

    The woman didn't have to specifically say "He is ready to lead." She said that our children and our country would be safer with him. Our economy is in the toilet and we were attacked ALL UNDER A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION.

    No How. No Way. No McCain!

    August 27, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  12. Andrew

    Leave it to a Republican Strategist to try to create more of an alleged rift between Obama and Clinton voters.

    She said her candidate was Barack Obama. What else is she supposed to do?

    Don't you have something better to do like handing out Obama tire pressure gauges? Or making ads with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton?

    August 27, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  13. Dave of MD

    Republi "cains", Please stop the silliness. Your biggest fear is that Obama will lead better than you. If she taught he couldn't do it, she would vote for MCCain. Because he can lead, she's voting for Obama/Biden.


    August 27, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  14. Diana

    Thank you Hillary! Even though I've supported Barak Obama from the start you moved me to help retire your debt.

    August 27, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  15. David Schultz

    Well, can you blame her? I'd sure be sore. Much like the guy beaten by Mike Phelphs by 1/100th of a second. 🙂

    However, it's ok. At least it wasn't an outright put-down. Give her a cabinet post, say "Health Care Reform", and see what she can do.

    I just don't like the "sisterhood" getting it's collective panties in a wad. Sheesh. Talk about "discrimination". Because a "woman" couldn't win, well, by golly, NO ONE is going to win. That sounds like sound reasoning. Come now. It was a tight contest and well fought. One barrier at a time. This time, by luck of the draw, it was race. Next time, gender. Is that so bad? Too bad it wasn't a black woman running.... That would've been interesting. 😉

    August 27, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  16. Beth

    I'm a PUMA and I wasn't going to vote but Hillary has a way that she talks to you and I'm feeling torn but I'm leading to vote for Obama. I was listening to every word and I'm glad she just didn't toss out red meat..anyone can do that but she was able to give a speech like noone.

    August 27, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  17. Lame

    What's the matter Castellanos, didn't get the dirt you wanted? Your story is the equivalant to a 3 year old who has not gotten their way. Man up for once, and stop pretending to be something you're not; a reporter.

    August 27, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  18. Chris from NY

    The Republicans should back off this stupid question about leadership. Everyone has different style of leadership. The fact that if you are war hero that automatically makes you a leader is stupid. McCain is not a leader. He is just another soldier that went to vietnam war. If he takes credit for charging his fleet of one thousand men, Obama has equally run a very organized campaign of more than one thousand people. More so, having experience is no guarantee for making a good judgment. A good jugment is what makes you a leader and not necessarily the experience you have. If having experience is the only thing that makes a leader people would not have to make same mistake over and over again.

    August 27, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  19. Cathy Agu

    K n i t pickers....

    Obama 08

    August 27, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  20. G

    I dont understand why people cant just come to the realization that Hillary Clinton just stopped short of begging people to not vote for John McCain and instead elect Barack Obama. Can it not be any clearer?? Although she did not say that "he is ready to lead" she gave him a lot of respect and put a lot of unneccesary drama to rest. Democrats Unite against the Republican Tyranny!!

    August 27, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  21. Rebecca - CA

    Do I really believe anything a Republican strategist says these days….sorry, not after the glut of republican lies that led my country for the first time, in my lifetime, to "start' a war!!! … a war without clear goals or purpose….a war that was NOT related to protecting our country, was NOT about retaliating against those that attacked us, and as a result, our country is NOT safer!! By the time we remind ourselves of the incredible abyss our great country has found itself in as a result of, not just the president with the absolute worst record in history, but all of those who supported his disasterous policies…including Sen. McCain we would all have to be dumb as a stump to think 4 more years of republican policies would be better!!! If the republican party and its members can't be held responsible for the state the country is in, then who is responsible??? Certainly, even the republican commentators on your after-show NEVER talk about their party's president…what are they ashamed of??? It is obvious….they are actually spending lots and lots of time talking about how their candidate is NOT a regular republican. While that might have been true of Sen. McCain prior to this campaign, it is NOT true of him any longer. A desire to be president has CHANGED John McCain! He WAS against drilling off-shore, but now he tells us Drill, Drill, Drill will solve the problem (facts do not support this and niether does T.B. Pickens, a republican oil man)…he WAS for a reasonable immigration plan, but now he never talks about it….he WASN'T in favor of allowing tax cuts that favor the wealthiest Americans, and now he's changed his mind….. what happened to the "maverick?" I respect his service to our country, but his credibility, and my confidence in him to stand up against the extreme right wing, sadly, is GONE!!!

    August 27, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  22. Charlie in Gainesville, Florida

    It was a ringing endorsement, you jughead. Get real. You're way too far into your desperate little world!

    August 27, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  23. windrider

    This is make-or-break time for Clinton, too. If she cannot deliver votes in November, she is finished. I hope her supporters keep that in mind when they vote. If you, the Clinton supporters, defeat Obama (and the ONLY way Obama will lose is if Democrats defeat him), Clinton will be blamed for YOUR actions, and she will never again gain enough power within the party to accomplish her own goals.

    August 27, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  24. Go Away !!!

    Clinton didn't say enough, Alex Castellanos said.....Who CARES!!! Go away Alex......No more BUSH

    GREAT SPEACH Senator Clinton

    August 27, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  25. Gloria

    I am now convinced that Hillary is ready and willing to support Obama– for the good of herself as a Democratic politician and the good of the Democratic party. I was especially pleased that she reminded her "followers" that the focus should be on the issues. As a woman, I am appalled by some of her followers who are willing to vote for McCain because "a woman" lost the Democratic primary–even though they do not support his stances on major issues. Taking nothing away from Hillary, I do feel that Obama won, and we have to go on from there. And I must say that as an older white female, I have supported Obama from the beginning while not faulting any females who supported Hillary.

    August 27, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
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