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. Mike

    Alex and the rightwingers are the only ones saying anything like that about her speech. They already have their talking points ready.
    Better get your suitacases ready because you're getting ran out of town in November 🙂

    August 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. Molly Weasley

    If the phone is still ringing at 3 a.m., now we find that John McCain needs Ambien to go to sleep. He'd sleep through the call.

    The theme of tonight was economic policy. Tomorrow is about national security. If America is listening, Joe Biden will explain why Barack Obama's judgment is superior to John McCain's bluster and trigger finger.

    August 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  3. nick werle

    alex is a moron, real commentators said it was a home run, but
    those are real, unlike you.

    August 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. god bless america!!!!

    the woman did what she had to do !
    thanks hillary!
    i loved when she was asking her supporters if they voted just for her, or they voted for the woman with cancer, the veteran......

    August 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. jon


    Did you see the same speech I saw?
    Hillary did not hit a homer, It was a walk off grand slam!

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. Ronny Luxembourg citizen

    Preparedness, preparedness, as if Bush has ever been prepared... for a job like this, you can't be prepared, nobody can. But at least, you might have the heart. And he's not alone, as I see on TV, Obama's got a bunch of good friends. They may not have the wallet, but they have the heart. And that's what America needs desperately. A heart.

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  7. Ms. RDS

    Oh an Obama supporters I think she did exactly what she needed to do. The spin cycle needs to stop here.

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. T. Hillman

    I'm afraid I have to agree with Castellanos.

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  9. Republican minded turned democrate

    Ahaaa..I can see crazy dudes still running around trying to dig unfounded dirts.

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. mat

    Hillary did good job tonight and Obama people never shown any respect for Clintons. It is the responsibility of Obama and Dean to pursue Clinton supporters rather approaching surrogates in the media and spreading all the baseless rumors against Clintons. Now, Clintons loose nothing but Obama will loose elections if Clintons get mad. The newly emerged irresponsible LEMOCRATES (LEFT DEMOCRATES) are responsible for the whole mess.

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  11. 911wille

    McCain '08 Hillary '12

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  12. OBA-DEN 08

    Hillary listed the number of reasons she ran to be president, and she said those same reasons is why she is voting for Barack. She could have gone down a list of his accomplishments but of course that would be boring and seem insincere. No one is pretending Barack has been in public office as long as McCain or Clinton for that matter. He's not running on experience so why does she have to convince anyone that he has enough?

    What is enough anyway? What is the right experience or "preparedness"? We've had so many great experienced presidents before right? So, Why did it take so long to end slavery, or for blacks to get civil rights, or for women to get voting rights, or for schools to be desegregated? Why are we in Iraq? Why did we go to Vietnam? Why did Pearl Harbor or 9/11 happen? There is no right amount of experience to prepare someone to be President... The whole issue is a farce.

    Hillary did a great job in her speech, and I'm not a supporter of hers. I was very proud that she took the I out of TEAM, now if only the remnant of her "supporters" could learn to spell (That's means you PUMA's).

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

    "Yesd, we can."

    August 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. nice try

    Ha! You sir, are deranged. Brillant move, looking into what Hillary didn't say but not reflecting for a moment on what she DID say. It's people like you, Mr. Castellanos, that put off voters and drive your smut-filled agenda to the top of the stack. Slimy, slimy man.

    August 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  15. AreYouFor Real

    I can't believe CNN is puting out this kind of news, You have lost me and many others. You should change your name to FOX/CNN, because you both are full of it. And I know your not going to post this, just like the rest.

    Have Fun The other Fox Network.

    August 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  16. tricia

    Spin, spin, spin! That's all you've got! It smells desperate, and desperation is a stinky cologne!


    August 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  17. TO ALL voters

    Hillary did great tonight, and if u can't see that and how it bodes well for Obama, well then, u are truly LOOKING to be disappointed.


    August 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  18. maxwell

    i completely disagree. she showed her support for obama, not a continuation of dispair the country would remain in under mccain. i wish people would stop overannalysing every comment with a fine tooth comb. she gave an amazing, inspiring and unifying speech. great job!

    August 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  19. susan

    Hillary was superb; a true statesperson. But astonishingly, It seems that John McCain can't win on his own; he needs to prove he can be president by rerunning footage of Hillary when she was a candidate competing against Obama or he has to look at what she didn't say tonight to prove that American women should vote for him. Please Senator McCain – just win the election on your own if you can.

    August 27, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. RealityKing

    Hillary is doing what's best for Hillary 2012..

    August 27, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  21. Ex Puma

    Hillary's point was dont vote for her because of her vote for her because of the bigger picture!
    Hillary also said BARACK OBAMA IS MY CANDIDATE!!!!
    There is no lesser of two evils! Rupublican Spin?

    Spin That Republicans!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    August 27, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  22. Scott in Hastings, NE



    Please just go cash your GOP paycheck for mailing in your stock response and go home. Your comments are disengenuous and do not ring of truth what-so-ever.

    Listening to GOP "Strategists" search for something to pick apart is like being told the Easter Bunny really exists. Maybe if they ring they blow the same hollow horn enough times people will listen (they hope).

    When Alex, Leslie Sanchez, and the like make these off-hand comments and refuse to recognize even a shred of merit in hillary's or Michelle's speeches, then it makes it OH SO EASY to dismiss their poorly conceived responses.


    August 27, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  23. Ed- Word

    Spoken like true Republican spin artists Alex, nice try. But the bottom line is Hillary is behind Barack! And so are her supporters whole heartedly or half heartedly at this point, it doesn't matter. She started the snow ball and the momentum will only build. November maybe a little too far away for the Republicans because everyday is an opportunity for her to push Obama forward and an opportunity to reinforce the overwhelming support he already has built. We're marching to the White House, so micro analyze all you want, its happening, Obama is the next president of the United States.

    August 27, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. Troy

    She never said he had the experience to lead!!!! Both her and Joe Biden said the same thing...what experience has he gotten in the last 8 months?

    August 27, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. huh?

    not sure what speech you heard, are you afraid for your job because there is no story so you have to make one up?

    August 27, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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