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. sandra-california


    August 27, 2008 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  2. andy

    republicain tried hard to divide the democrat, I can understand when you see a republican like juliani,romeney,and others republicans say that the country is better off whith republican. in 2001 befor republican gas price was $24 now you know, and Mc cain want off shore drilling he thinks that 2 moths before the election that can make more republican killing machine. republican divides immigrants famillies, no respect for immigrants,

    August 27, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  3. Sal

    uuugggghhhh, just drop this already. how many people were in that convention cheering away, and one, one whole person thought she was saying she was ripped off because of her gender. whatever, get over it, Barack Obama is black, you think he wasn't treated unfairly during the nominee election because of race?

    the media loves keeping this rift between Obama and Hillary just for ratings, it's pathetic. she couldn't have given a better speech, she rallied her supporters, she said why she is behind Obama, enough with the stupid questions and far fetched analysis for ratings.

    August 27, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  4. Brad

    Castellanos is ridiculous. So telling everyone they absolutely must vote for Barack, but not explicitly saying he is ready to lead is a talking point means something? It means HC is telling people to vote for Obama even though she thinks he is not ready to lead?

    How self-serving he must feel she is? Why would she do that? To wreck the country? Is that what you think of her? That she would willfully mislead the country into voting for Barack even though she thinks he is not ready to lead?

    Alex, you are a Republican fool and your argument is absurd. You are either spinning or starting to believe your own rhetoric. You are separating from reality.

    Should she go back and disavow every statement she made about Barack in the primary because, by your logic, if she doesn't then she is confirming it?

    This is the singular stupidest article and argument I have read today...and I have been on the John McCain website. Sheesshhhh

    August 27, 2008 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  5. Robert Anderson

    I am just amazed when I hear anyone that supported her say they will vote for McCain. What are they thinking?

    If they really wanted what she was offering then how could they vote to destroy any hope of it. McCain does not stand for anything close!

    I am also amazed when I hear when they say "I am not going to vote at all". This is as good as giving McCain 1/2 a Vote.

    The fact is we all know that Senator Clinton is going to be an important part of the Obama White House. She and Obama are planning on working together to bring our country back.

    I am certain that she will be playing an important role working toward the goals they have both stated are important. This is not about him or her it is about the future of our country!

    If anyone does not vote or votes for McCain then you are missing the most important part of what she has been working so hard to do for our country. You would be (with all respect) moving to the dark side.

    Again a "No Vote" or a "Vote for McCain" is just a bad choice. Do not let her down and make her the reason you blame for hurting our country and her goals for our country. If you care at all about what she stands for then you WILL VOTE and for an Obama White House.

    Get to work and rally our nation to stand up for what these two offer our future. Do not be sucked in and twisted by they dark side.

    August 27, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  6. carmen

    The Repugs are all behaving like a pack of wild dogs..relentless attacks...trying to take advantage of the sadness and anger of Clinton supporters,they will sell their souls to the devil to get the White House..

    August 27, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  7. Phillip Bunn

    What Hillary didn't say is: "I'm a sore loser and just a big cry baby. The election should have been, MINE, MINE, MINE!!! "Then she could have stomped her feet in a typical Clinton tantrum and stormed off the stage, besmirched, again!!! Hillary is the epitome of blantant disregard for her country as well as her party, thinking only of herself and those phantom 18,000,000 voters she continues to religiously cling too.

    August 27, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  8. Craig Nazor

    People will hear what they want to hear, and believe what they want to believe. I heard a great speech in support of the Democratic Party. I heard that Hillary Clinton supports, and advises her delegates to support, Barack Obama. Everything else sounds like "spin" to me!

    Some people will try to spin a fresh cowpatty. In Texas, we just call them dumb.

    August 27, 2008 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  9. Byron, Woodstock, MD

    Hillary didn't say ENOUGH? Are you out of your mind? She gave one of the most emphatic speeches imaginable to us as Democrats. To somehow say it was lackluster or missing something is simply asinine. You blind, sucker Obama supporters need to shut up and listen to what she said. This is a patriot and an incredibly talented human being who cares about each and every one of us. To those who would criticize this speech, FOR SHAME.

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

    She is a great woman.

    August 27, 2008 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  11. Jeff

    Thick was GOP trolls. You people are sad.

    August 27, 2008 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  12. Paula

    As an Obama supporter I must say she did great and those who are still not voting for Obama are really republicans stirring the pot.The republicans are out and they know it.GO DEMS!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  13. McDrill

    obama is smart and Biden is the experiance thats all we need

    August 27, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  14. Amazed

    What an amazing analysis, Castellanos!!!!
    You either left the building and came back after the speech to provide your commentary, or you need hearing aid. Either way , no one cares.

    Go Obama 08

    August 27, 2008 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  15. Vik

    Unite and we can defeat the Republicans! Hillary gave a great speech and those who still think of voting for McCain should think about her words. Every day people can't afford to vote for someone who will not improve our economy and our standing in the world. At least she knows how to support her party and her ideals! Cheers! Cheers! Hillary! Obama 08!

    August 27, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  16. jr california

    WeBoDave August 27th, 2008 1:28 am ET
    The sisterhood of the traveling pants suits


    August 27, 2008 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  17. Keith

    Wow this article is so biased.

    She gave quite a compelling speech. But I guess this is what the repubs are going to cling to.

    I gave Clinton a 50$ donation to help her out, even though I've always been an avid Obama supporter.

    Here's hoping that in the future I can support her – that she would run again.

    Stop making waves. It helps no one.

    August 27, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  18. Anthony Capretta

    I concur completely that Hillary' s speech did not whole heartedly endorse Obama. I believe that she did what she had to do and did not convince me to vote for Obama. I have never voted for a Republican president in my life...this year will be different. I am disappointed that Hillary didn't have the guts to run as an independent.

    August 27, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  19. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Hillary forgot to talk about the draw down of the military and the peace dividend during Bill's administration as the main reason the forces available for Iraq and equipment, including the body armour were not there when needed to fight on 2 fronts.

    August 27, 2008 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  20. D- Nice

    Hillary Gave a great speech. She really didn't have to say anything else. Her speech was great! And that is saying a lot because I'm an Obama supporter. Great Job HRC!!!

    Obama '08

    August 27, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  21. Jim

    To those who think Obama is not ready and McCain is, I will say I couldn't care less about how ready Obama is, knowing fully well how DANGEROUS McCain is for this country and the world. Listen to what Kucinich had to say. This is not a matter of left and right, it's a matter of not allowing your patriotism and need for security to be abused, once again!!!!

    August 27, 2008 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  22. Tahin Naluko

    It should be clear, the one and only reason Hillary Clinton was invited to speak was to convince her "rogue" democratic followers to vote for Obama in the next presidential election. She has given a great speech, maybe her best ever, but has failed to push her supporters towards Obama. If anything, even being a Obama supporter, I caught myself wanting her to be the next president.

    August 27, 2008 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  23. oldsoldierboy

    There is no way the Obama's are going to win this election they are fighting to many wicked forces. I truly believe Bush and the republicans are paying the network commentators bonuses behind the scenes in an attempt to drive the democratic party into extinction. They realize if you force feed the people long enough sooner or later they will have to swallow. That's the only thing I can conclude for their heavy handed, one sided analysis.

    All the negative things people are saying about the Obama's is pure baised speculation. None of it has been proven. McCain has many negatives in his personal and professional life yet he is coming through unscathed. McCain has run a very bad and negative campaign with mistakes galore yet he's basically tied with Obama in the polls. This is as pathetic as it gets.

    Playing the POW card, surge, and drill drill drill is all he knows. McCain should be up 30 percentage points with all the biased coverage and treatment he's getting. The truth is if McCain was black and Obama white Obama would be up by 60 percentage points. I don't like to bring up the race card but fact is fact.

    August 27, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  24. cynmcm

    This country is still divided by race, and most will not admit it, absolutely no one want's another mc same, but just to not vote for a black man they will vote for mcsame anyway, . The Hillary supporters are just looking for an excuse not to vote for Obama!!! End of story, because of this, we will continue to be a war, foreclosers, loss of jobs and high gas prices because of this racist act.

    August 27, 2008 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  25. Great Speech

    Who cares what Republicans think. Bush and McCain together with all their supporters still make half a brain. GREAT SPEECH Hillary.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 27, 2008 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
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