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. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Unsatisfied PUMA August 26th, 2008 11:40 pm ET

    Well, honestly, I was in this for Hillary AND for the larger causes, but I just can't get over what the Democratic party, and the mean-spirited Obama supporters who insulted Hillary day-in-and-day-out did. Obama should have waited his turn and been Hillary's VP and then she could have been president for 8 years, and he for the following 8. Instead, he was selfish and for that reason, I will do what I can to help DEFEAT OBAMA. Yes, Hillary was fantastic tonight. Because… she is fantastic. :) But I will do what I can to see Hillary have the chance to run in 2012!!!!!

    PUMAs Unite – Vote McCAIN in 2008 – So we can vote HILLARY in 2012 !!!!!
    ——————————————————————————————————-
    You are clearly here just for her…but its not just about her as she has said. This is about the issues. She lost a tough contest and running was not selfish of Obama…GROW UP. You are voting against what you supposedly beleive as a Hillary supporter because you lost, period. You are picking your ball up and going home. It is childish. McCain holds none of the same values as you and he is using you. Trying to rile you up while he smiles and votes against universal healthcare, votes against the violence against women act, wants to end your right to choose and will create more war, while doing the worst job on the economy.

    PUMAs you are officially pathetic.

    August 27, 2008 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  2. yie lee

    It's the 3AM thing that texts me off, also. He's not ready to lead. So we've got to weigh the current events and decide whether our world and our country will be safe enough for 4 years while he learns the ropes. She doesn't think so. She was denied, and people have lost enthusiasm.

    We won't vote for McCain, but many of us will just stay home.

    August 27, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  3. goodmourning

    Way to shill for your corporate overlords' promised tax breaks, Castellanos.
    Hack.

    August 27, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  4. Juan from Los Angeles

    HILLARY SHOULD BE PRESIDENT.
    SHE IS SINCERE, PRESIDENTIAL, INTELLIGENT AND GAVE THE BEST DEMOCRATIC SPEECH.
    IF OBAMA IS NOT HAPPY, THEN HE SHOULD LET HER BE PRESIDENT.
    HE DIDNT PICK HER FOR VP BECAUSE SHE HAS BIGGER BALLS THAN HIM

    August 27, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  5. Pam

    I would be more than happy to verify this story.

    August 27, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  6. Jason, OH

    to all of the PUMA people...

    i hope that the sound of your whining will cover up the sounds of the weeping of the sick and the poor for the next 4 years, because if it doesn't, i don't know how you will be able to sleep at night.

    August 27, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  7. Marcy

    HRC did a great job tonight and doesn't need to suck up to the DNC anymore than she already has.

    FYI the joke was "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pant Suits"

    August 27, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  8. chamborde

    The argument that Hillary didn't get the nomination because she is a woman is nonsense. Hilary is playing the "feminine card,"; she lost in a fair process. Deal with it. If Obama lost the nomination it would be because he is black . . . puhleeeeze. Just as some people always see race in an equation and continue on endlessly with oh-so boring victimization politics, feminists are mirroring thus. There are so many successful women today in every imaginable field–couldn't it just be that this particular woman just didn't seal the deal with her liberal politics? It's amazing given the hoop and energy surrounding the Democrats during this campaign that McCain (old man McCain) remains virtually tied in the polls. Go get 'em John . . .war hero

    August 27, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  9. Ken, LA California

    By the way happy 72 too MacCwar on Friday, how old are you now, 72 I went to the retirement home and saw a guy just like you. Happy 72 and retire in peace, you are too stiff to be in whitehouse.

    August 27, 2008 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  10. richard

    I have never been prouder of my Democratic heritage.

    Mr. Castellanos, a typical GOP sophomoric response. Any reader with a nose for politics can smell your fear. And you ain't heard nothing yet. Bubba and Joey have yet to speak.

    Yes it's 3:00 AM, the phone is ringing and a brilliant, inspiring youthful intelligent Harvard Law graduate will answer.

    Have you any notion of how many new voters we Democrats have enrolled and they show up nowhere in the polls.

    Happy Days are here again.

    McCain a grand old man, of the grand old party, yesterday.

    A new morning in america, tomorrow, the end of a tragic error.

    August 27, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  11. OBAMA FOREVER.

    "WAKE UP AMERICA!......... WAKE UP AMERICA!...."

    "MCCAIN IS NOT A MAVERICK....HE'S A SIDEKICK."

    "NO WAY--NO HOW--NO MCCAIN."

    August 27, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  12. Cecil Jones

    Excellent analysis of Hillary's speech, but the truth is still the truth. Obama must win by inviting all Americans back into a conversation that sets our policy and leads us in our politics. The enemy of the Democrats is not George Bush, John McCain or Hillary Clinton. The enemy America faces is "Affirmative Access." 9-11 opened a doorway to a utopian society built on lies, half-truth, and access to information. This information leads to endless wars, mortgate meltdowns, Enron, 9-11s and One Political Party in power due to fear. If Democrats embraced the Clinton name as it's brand, then we too would be tarnished by a Kingdom hidden by a skirt.

    August 27, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  13. JEAN

    HILLARY GAVE A MATURE, INTELLIGENT, THOUGHTFUL AND ROUSING DIRECT SPEECH. NO LONGER DO ALL OF AMERICA NEED TO PLAY PSYCHIATRIST AND TRY TO ANALYZE HILLARY. IT IS TIME TO ELECT BARAK OBAMA AND BEGIN THE HUGE CHALLENGE OF TRYING, ONCE AGAIN, OF RECOVERY FROM A BUSH PRESIDENCY. THIS TIME IT IS AFTER 2 TERMS AND THE SON HAS BEEN A WRECK OF A PRESIDENT, WHERE HIS FATHER WAS JUST NOT FULLY PRESENT.

    AS HILLARY STATED WELL . . WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN SUCCEED.

    ELECT OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    ELECT OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    ELECT OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    August 27, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  14. Trasa, Texas

    Mike, Harriet Tubman was part of the underground Railroad. Your thinking of Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat. Just thought I let you know, but I understand how you feel.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 27, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  15. Ken, LA California

    The only countries which elect 72 year olds are in Africa, we need a .com .net president Obama. MaCStiff was asked what does DC stand for in Washington DC and he said dot com, the guy is out of touch.

    August 27, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  16. Amanda

    I'm STILL PISSED OFF!! HILLARY SUPPORTERS....DO A "WRITE-IN" on the Nevember ballot!! I know I AM and several are! I LOVE HILLARY and despite the fact the I LOVED what she said Tuesday, I will NOT VOTE for Obama!! If OBAMA has ALREADY made a BAD judgement choosing his VP can you imagine what choices he will make if he would be chosen as President!! I do NOT want to find out!!

    HILLARY WRITE-IN on the NOVEMBER BALLOT!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  17. cityboy

    More drivel from the Republitive War Room, which is pretty much anywhere McSlug leaves his slime trail.

    August 27, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  18. Amanda

    I DO NOT want to see Bill (JUDAS) Richardson AGAIN!!! I'm ashamed he is hispanic!!

    We will NEVER FORGET JUDAS!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  19. Erin

    HILLARY MADE IT CLEAR THAT HER SUPPORTERS NEED TO ASK THEMSELVES ARE THEY " IN IT FOR HER" OR FOR THE ISSUES WE FACE AS A COUNTRY. TO ALL OF PUMA, HILLARY SUPPORTERS WHO WILL VOTE MCCAIN BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T GET YOUR WAY....YOU ARE SOME OF THE MOST SELF-CENTERED, SELFISH, IMMATURE AMERICANS THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER PRODUCED.

    EVEN STILL YOU WONT GET THE SATISFACTION YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. AND WHEN OBAMA IS ELECTED PRESIDENT, AND AMERICA BECOMES EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL AND PROUD AND GREAT. YOU CAN LOOK BACK ON THIS TIME AND REMEMBER THAT YOU STOOD ON THE SIDELINES BITTER, WHINING AND PISSED.

    August 27, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  20. Stace

    I've always been an Obama supporter – and I've always had a level of "like" for the Clintons.

    So two things I wanna say:

    First, she did an exceptional job. Anyone criticizing this speech negatively is a real head case, I'm sorry.

    And secondly, for her supporters that are still on this jargon about voting for McCain, please go back and look at the crucial part of her speech where she asks you, were you in this for her or other reasons? If your true intentions were for her then why defy what she's imploring you all to do? For my fellow Obama supporters, it's time to give her a break and give credit where it's due. She did a wonderful job and for what it's worth, I truly believe she was sincere.

    I've been one of the Clintons' harshest critics these past few months but she really killed it tonight and she deserves her props, for real.

    August 27, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  21. Jim

    The speech was a exemplary, reflecting sincere commitment to ideals which go far beyond one's personal achievement. It's what we hope for in our leaders. Still, when we do observe this kind of behavior, some people see it as not quite enough or reflecting a hidden agenda.
    Alex, if you are not already a Republican, you'd make a great one. Your analysis reflect the type of thinking that you try to attribute to others: very articulate but masking the truth for one's personal agenda. Pundits and analysts should exhibit wisdom. Regrettably, this rarely occurs.
    As an independent voter, lacking the motivators of paid pundits, I found Hillary's endorsement to be refreshing, hopeful and inspiring.
    I'm never quite sure who disturbs me the most: politicians whose primary goals is to stay in office by pandering to special interest groups or "would be" journalists whose primary goal is to maintain high rating through..... pandering to special elements of the population. It's little wonder why so many Americans have become so very cynical about our government and our press.

    August 27, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  22. LT

    Michelle Obama put it well when she stated in essence that they (the Obamas) believe that you treat people with decency even if you don't agree with them. The problem Hillary has is that she didn't do just that. She basically shot herself in the foot when she attacked Obama during her campaign. She made the mistake of thinking that she was entitled to the throne....the heir apparent. Is this not elitist thinking...and she is still doing it. I'm glad she is not going to be VP and even more so that she will not be president. Please, Please...it is time for Billary to fade into the distance.

    August 27, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  23. Willem

    It's good to discuss now about Hillary Clinton's speech and from tomorrow on to forget it/her for ever.

    August 27, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  24. Debunking Republican Operatives

    Thank you to all those who have come to realize most of these comment postings are not from your average Jane or Joe American. Some concerns raised regarding Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are genuine, HOWEVER, A GROWING NUMBER OF THE POSTS WE ARE READING ARE ACTUALLY BY REPUBLICAN POLITICAL OPERATIVES UNDER A MULTIPLE OF ALIASES. This is no longer (has it ever been?) a true forum of discourse but a means for the Republican Right to create false controversy and churn knee jerk basic emotional reactions from both Obama and Clinton supporters. THIS IS THE SAME OLD REPUBLICAN STYLE DIVIDE AND CONQUER POLITICS – and the country has already been put through 8 long alienating years of it.

    Most people are dedicated to ending the petty hyper partisanship which corrupts our society, bogs down political progress, and apparently even permeates our "open forums of discourse".

    I'm hungry for change. I'm hungry for one America.
    I'm voting Democrat in 08'

    August 27, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  25. balnotbias

    You Republicans should listen to yourselves speak. "Mike" says that Hillary talked "only about herself and Bill" in the speech – nonsense! she only mentioned husband Bill once, in admiration (as she should have) and in perfect harmony with the rest of her speech. Mike also said that she had the "audacity to compare herself to a real civil rights leader who was born into poverty and discriminated against her whole life, who refused to give up her seat on the bus" – again nonsense! First, the "seat on the bus" bit is a reference to another civil rights leader that Hillary didn't mention at all – (Mike get your facts straight!), and second, I didn't hear her make any comparisons to herself at all. She proudly and eloquently expressed her admiration for this and other leaders who rose from adversity to achieve some of the great advances that have affected us all for the better today, even arrogant ones like Mike, and how we need those qualities again in the White House in the form of Barack Obama. It was a call to action for the Democratic Party to come together and carry on the fight to free America from the disastrous policies of the last 8 years. My number one issue is health-care so I'm sorry I can't vote for Hillary this time around, but Barack Obama is a good second choice. To be fair, I like McCain, he isn't bad (for a Republican) but it's time we let the party of TRUE PROSPERITY AND EQUALITY FOR ALL back in the White House and kicked the arrogant, oil sucking, war-mongering Republicans out of town!

    August 27, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
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