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. Jon

    This is political spin at its absolute lowest. Everyone recognizes that Castellanos' most important job is to undermine Obama and that he will post accordingly. At least one delegate said Clinton was denied because of gender? I bet you could find at least one delegate who thinks cucumbers are spies from another planet. I'll be interested to read Castellano's posts next week when he wets himself over how brilliantly the Republicans are doing. Actually, no, I'm not really interested.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. Etphonehome

    Blah Blah Blah... More Republican talking points. God do you have an original thought of your own or are you just another token mouthpiece?

    I hope McCain picks Romney just so I can listen to you two step around that possible pairing and blovate about their newfound "ringing endorsements" and supposed mutual respect of one another.
    Nice pink sure by the way, bit of a dandy aren't you.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. c.j.

    Clinton did not come right out and say "I believe Barack Obama is ready to command from day one" because she would have looked like a hypocrite. She had stated in ads that between Herself, McCain and Obama that he might be the least experienced. It was better for her to endorse him and say his vision rather than risk looking like a hypocrite. She did the right thing for the Democrats, and it was extremely effective. This point of "not being prepared to lead" that Republicans are clinging too is not a particularly strong point anyway, considering all the experience that President George W. Bush had and seeing how poorly he performed.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  4. Amy in Minneapolis

    Oh please...she lost fair and square.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. Jack from Freedom USA

    3 am and the phone is ringing, Lord let's hope that OLD JOHN is not the one responsible for waking up!

    And if he is do we want – bomb, bomb, bomb baby answering it??????????

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. weiqin

    This is CNN trying to create a conflict. Hillary gave a whole heart speech about Obama and you are talking about what is not said.

    I believe what is not said is that she should be the next president, she lost because the people like you worship Obama and slamed her at every chance during the primary.

    August 27, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  7. KD

    Go figure. A Republican spinning her speech making it sound like she said something else.

    Spin+no substance=Republicans

    August 27, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. parkmore

    We love Hillary but we will not vote Obama no matter what. She has to follow the rules not us

    Noooooooooooooooo Obama, this time we will vote McCain

    August 27, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. Remy

    Will McCain tell how he betrayed his first wife or how many houses he owns or how much money he has in Swiss banks in the coming days?

    August 27, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. Penn Voter

    No way, no sale, Nobama

    August 27, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  11. Reality Check

    CNN just gave Alex Castellanos room on its website to print the McCain campaign talking points. Great work CNN editors.

    August 27, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  12. Allen in Pa

    Alex it 100% right!

    What an amazing speech! I have to hand it to Cilton, she didnt alienate her party and or "her" base. She is setting her self up to be the next President of the United States in 2012, after McBush's four years.

    August 27, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  13. Norman Okada

    As I read the article about the happy hour sponsored by the McCain campaign, it has become apparent to me our country is not ready for a black president. Some people who call themselves switching from the democratic party to the republican party would much rather see a woman president than a black president. Our country has moved for by the fact Barack Obama has won the nomination, but we are still light years away from a black president. I think Arnold will be President before we see a black President. This is a sad fact.

    August 27, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  14. arlene, CA

    Hillary is interested in helping her own political career. She is hoping McCain wins & she will run in 012

    August 27, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  15. Oregon Tony

    Alex Castellanos you apparently were not in the same convention hall that was beamed across American televisions tonight.

    I have always been a strong support of Senator Clinton and tonight she in fact did give a ringing endorsement for Senator Obama. I will be supporitng him as a result of her speech.

    You are wrong Alex Castellanos.


    August 27, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  16. AreYouFor Real

    I'm still waiting for you guys to start posting some of the comments or did you not get the rea ction you thought you would get DEM for Life

    August 27, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  17. Michelle

    Obama needs to carry HIMSELF over the finish line.

    August 27, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  18. Susan

    I've been a strong supportor of Hillary, and was considering voting for McCain.

    Tonight Hillary convinced me to vote for Obama!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  19. CTP

    Castellanos, you really are quite ridiculous. Nothing will please you. Stop trying to divide Democrats so that you have some purpose in your life. Stop with the media lies. Stop the rumors. Enough of the crap.

    August 27, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  20. AreYouFor Real

    It's 3am and there are still no comments, don't you hear the phone ringing.....

    August 27, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  21. michael

    republicans need to sit down and shut up, and stop trying to divide the democrat party.

    you think you know, but you don't.

    August 27, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  22. Dan

    Yep... now move on.

    August 27, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  23. Matthew from Georgia

    As an Independent Michigan native registered voter now in Georgia, and a male in his 30's, Hillary delivered to the party what they requested.....Unity. It is not her job to acredit him as being experienced. Had he been experienced, he would have picked her as his VP along with her 18 million votes. Not too late for him to change his mind. She will have my vote in November, via write in either way.

    August 27, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  24. Patrick

    Hillary for the Supreme does that sound?

    August 27, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  25. Dan Pape

    You are kidding right? You happen to be the only one who has said Hilary's speech was not an amazing endorsement of Obama. Way above expectations.

    Keep hoping for McCain to stay awake for election day...

    August 27, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
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