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. carly

    Thumb up to Hillary!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  2. Jeff U

    I think you need a hearing aid.

    August 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  3. Steven

    She was terrific, simply awesome. She DOES NOT need to say anything about Obama being or not ready, the whole speech is in full support of everything both of them stand for.

    Thank you Hillary,

    Obama '08

    August 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  4. Linda31

    She doesn't need to, because this is her country also. If she wasn't prepared to campaign and help elect Obama and thought he wasn't ready, she wouldn't be here. Plain and simple. Obama is ready to lead and is the right person to lead. McCain is not the right person. He is in the past and we are looking towards the future.

    August 27, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. AncientMariner

    Orignal political thought.

    What brilliance, Mr Castellanos.Being a mind reader must be the most easiest job in the world. Keep it up.

    August 27, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  6. Alice

    And what, may I ask, is wrong with voting for the lesser of two evils?

    August 27, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. Anonymous

    I agree there were moments that were clearly "the Billary Show".
    However, I have never liked Hillary–been totally pro Obama but tonight, I came away with a grudging respect and awe.

    She didn't hold a candle to Michelle Obama, though.

    August 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. NoMcSame

    He is making love to his lovely wife you fool. That is why the phone is still ringing.
    What more do you want you dunce? Those of us that are democrats are happy with the speech and will come together to take back the White House.

    August 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  9. Tex Ann gone independent

    God, would you people give it a rest!! Just what do you want Hillary Clinton to do to prove that she's the "good soldier"? I don't think there is anything she could do that would ever please you whiney Obama supporters and/or Republican phonies. The woman said 'vote for Obama', 'she supports Obama', she even gave 'Michelle kudos' (even though Michelle sure as heck didn't deserve them). She's taken the sword. Give her a break, for God's sake. Some of us are really really sick of hearing all the continued whining & complaining & nasty comments from you Obama lemmings. You keep telling the Clinton supporters to "let it go"- well, folks, look in the mirror. You're the ones who need to "let it go" now.

    August 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. Silent John

    This garbage should be at the bottom of the ticker. But of course CNN loves PUMA-esque crap. THats why the first thing they went to was some PUMA lady. HORRIBLE coverage.

    Of course I will be silenced by the moderator who seems to only approve PUMA stuff. I've tried to post for months and never once gotten through.

    August 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  11. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Put it to bed, pal. Clinton said it loud and clear: "No way, no how, no McCain!" That's all she needed to say, and nothing else matters.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  12. anonymous

    I do not have time for all this hoopla garbage.

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  13. Vote McCain

    I have to completly agree with Castellanos. This speech was not a ringing endorsement for Obama, and she should not have to just because he is the democratic nominee. You put country before party not party before the whats best for our Country. We need a leader thats ready on day one, who can solve the problems of America today. McCain is bipartisian and if you look at his record he is more in line with womens issue and everyday Amercans than Obama is anyday. Yes McCain can not give a sppech that make your body feel like your empowered to do something, but he a leader and is ready to be president on day one. I say appoint Obama a person to inspire youth to do more for there country in these days that is seems like many youth do not do today. Mccain 2008

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  14. Indypendat

    Gosh was Aleixs Bledel their or something whats with this Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants thing??

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  15. leon

    Let's be honest. Is "people" always right? Let's not forget that it is the "people" who gave the "people" the past 8 years.

    Speaking of unity, what does Obama do? Where is he?

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. Duop Wuol, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    If some body out there still thinking that this isn't the message the Democratic Party is waiting for then you have an issue.

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  17. dustin

    mccain is under an ambien moon at 3am.

    obama/biden 08!
    clinton for majority leader!

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  18. vt

    I guess many want to squeeze from Hillary exactly what they want. Everyone has freedom of their own thinking, so does Hillary. Her speech was wonderful. And if you do not like it, get over it.

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. Paul Brindze

    It seems the Mr. Castellanos was listening to his own brain rather than actually listening to what Ms. Clinton said ... things like "I am a prouid supporter of Barack Obama" and , of course "No Way! No How! No McCain!

    August 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  20. Judy

    Hillary did everything she needed to do and did it with panache!
    I've always been an Obama supporter and a little nervous about what the Clinton's might do in Denver. No longer am I nervous. I'm excited. With Hillary's speech the future of the Democratic party and the Nation looks bright.

    August 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  21. sandy

    This is ridiculous. She was quite the lady. She made me change a vote from mccaine to Obama. I voted for her. With this crap things will get worse not better.

    August 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  22. Ex Puma

    Hillary and Obama are so very silimar!
    Tonight was her night! Notice there was no distraction from Obama he gave her her moment to shine!
    Everyone needs to see and acknowledge that and give Obama the respect he deserves for allowing Clnton to have her moment- Remember he did nothave to do it!

    Im behind Obama!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    August 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. T. Hillman

    I am afraid I have to agree with Castellanos.

    August 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. gary

    Why is this guy allowed to write the Republican spin on CNN?

    August 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. Jon

    Is grasping at straws the only tactic the republican party has this year?

    August 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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