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. CK -- Goodbye PUMA

    Mr. Castellanos,

    It's apparent you wrote this hours ago, under the topic "Will Clinton Acknowledge her failings?" Did you watch the same speech that the rest of the world watched? Epic Fail.

    August 27, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Cory Pesaturo

    She is a Master of that......Keeping the Media Happy, but keeping the Smart knowing that She Is Pissed, and rightfully so, as she Won the popular vote, and she wants the Presidency. She doesn't like Obama, but she's playing the game....

    ....and she is playing it as WELL as possible........

    August 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Mary Sterzinger

    This is the most stupid piece I have ever read. Castellanos usually has at least some semblance of understanding but this is totally off base. I am a solid Clinton supporter and I completely disagree with this idiotic view of what she said. I sometimes wonder just how far these Republican operatives will reach to try to make a point that has no validity whatsoever other than to show how whiny and obtuse they can be.

    August 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. Ann

    Hillary has done a n incredible job- she has done more than any previous losing candidate ever! It is up to Obama now- both Clintons and Biden cannot do it for him. He has to get out there and sell himself. If Obama loses , no one including Republicans, can blame Hillary! It's up to Obama!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. Mitch MD

    Mrs Clinton did a great job tonight. God bless her....

    August 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  6. DG

    The spin machine never ends does it. I'm not nearly as effusive as Olberman, per se, but your observation is that of a horse with blinders on... look forward... nothing distracting you from your imperiled view. Your time is up. Get packing. DC is not a hotel for the divisive oligarchy anymore.

    August 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. Max Hunter

    You are so wrong it is painful!

    August 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. June

    Could you just stop with the divisive remarks. You know that Dems are united, but you will try anything to keep us divided and lose. Enough already.

    August 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. patty

    NICE TRY!!
    Hillary rocked!!!!!!!!! and Obama will rock too!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. diana

    what a woman. what a loss to america. 18 million cracks...........keep on going.

    what a great leader.
    i could never vote for obama, he lacks experience and toughness that hillary has so much more.

    reach for the stars.

    hillary 2012

    August 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. Wayne

    Can you be more pessimistic. Geeez.
    You'd make a great Republican.

    August 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. Joe

    Tonight, Obama looks more inexperienced. More not ready. More junior.

    Hillary should have been President.

    Thank you Dean, Pelosi and talking head cable news people for destroying a great woman's chance.

    We did not pick Obama the dumb superdelegates picked Obama.

    August 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  13. Ex Puma

    Dont need Hillary to be a ringing endorsement -you Republican spinner- Obama's character speaks for itself and the people have selected the one they believe is most suitable! Hillary spoke to her supporters tonight with a direct question! Its not about her its about putting a Democrat in the White House come November! She made a wonderful speech it isn't so much about Obama its about DEMOCRATS UNITING FOR THE CAUSE!

    August 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  14. David Newport, OR

    People will hear what they want to hear. And others will write about what they wanted to hear in an attempt to creat controversy.

    August 27, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  15. Kathryn, Nevada

    She said nothing about the question she has raised about Obama's prparednes to be president, because she was raised right.
    Be honest!
    and If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. She said nothing at all about Obama's preparedness!

    August 27, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  16. Anon

    Mr. Castellanos, successful news broadcasters do not show their bias, if any.
    And, they use proper grammer.

    August 27, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  17. christine portland, oregon

    "Hill" hath no fury like a woman scorned!!........McCain '08!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. Soldier for OBAMA

    "NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN"!

    August 27, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  19. lost in the storm

    wow, one person you talked to said something about hillary being denied because of her gender (of which no quote or name was provided)? which somehow equals no vote for obama? nice spin, really.

    August 27, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  20. I agree.

    The delegate who was interviewed by CNN right after Hillary speech really moved me. I was in tears.

    I feel the same way. Hillary is the better candidate and so many people were so horrible to her during this process. As a woman, it was and still is difficult to witness.

    I may not vote for McCain, but Obama has a lot of making up to do.

    August 27, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  21. Tahari

    A beyond brilliant speech by Senator Clinton. Earlier today and for the last few months have been really annoyed by the rumors of disunity in the party. I blamed Clinton and was ready for her and her husband to take a long walk... Tonight, I am ready to help her clear her debt!!!

    I have never been so uplifted by a political speech in my life. It topped the YES WE CAN speech! The use of Harriet Tubman was genious!She reached women, blacks, whites, yellow, peach, orange, green, HUMANS. My respect for her is renewed.

    Thank you Senator. May God be with you!

    August 27, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  22. James

    She knocked it out of the park. If the best you can do is find one person who was unhappy, you've lost.

    Give it up. McCain is now toast.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. Thomas Ensco

    I have been on the other side of the isle for most of my adult life but NO MORE. I think to many people read to much in to Mrs. Clintons speech. It is what she said it is. And very well said I do think. IT is time for some sort of a change.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  24. Sandy

    Hey – Old People Pout. They no longer practice the best judgment in all situations. Bill is Bill.

    Leave him alone.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  25. independent now

    SHE DID EVERYTHING AND MORE EXPECTED OF HER. IF BARACK LOSES ITS BECAUSE HE CANT CLOSE THE DEAL. TONIGHT SHOULD PUT ANY DOUBTS IN PEOPLES MINDS TO REST. I STILL DONT THINK OBAMA IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE AND I THINK HILARYS SPEECH TONIGHT MADE THAT CLEAR. HER SPEECH WAS SO GOOD, I FEEL ALOT OF THE DELEGATES ARE WONDERING TODAY. UMMMM WHY ARE WE VOTING FOR OBAMA. BUYERS REMORSE? OBAMA HAS TO REALLY STEP UP TO THE PLATE ON THURSDAY. HES GOT A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
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