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. Tim

    Republicans are ridulous!!! I dont know what you all are smoking but it must be good if you really think you can spin her speech into a negative for Obama and a plus for McCain. Do you all really believe what you are saying? One good thing about it is your time is tickingaway so enjoy the spot light while you have it. 4 months and counting!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. Johnizzle

    um...whatever. hillary 2012

    August 27, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  3. Kay, Charleston, WV

    Why would Hillary address a theme that will be at the heart of Bill's speech tomorrow night?

    August 27, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. Samuel T

    I love you Hillary......u did it for America.... This wasn't about Barack...

    Thank you very much.....I will ask all my family members and friends to go to your website and Donate.

    Love you

    August 27, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. Raphael - Fon du Loc

    Always the political hack...but for the "common" good she sacrifices. She is truly dispicable.

    August 27, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |

    are you KIDDING me? she did everything she could to convince people to vote for obama. the reason she was scheduled tonight was to talk about being a member of the sisterhood of the traveling pants. this is just another example of how it's still unacceptable to talk about being a woman but charles barkley is fine with talking about being black. you have GOT to be kidding. that was one of hillary's best speeches – and it is evidence he should have picked her as the VP.

    August 27, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  7. bryan San Ramon

    We all have to vote who we want, I love Hillary and voted for her but just because she says to vote Obama does not mean I will, I do have a mind of my own.

    McCain 08

    August 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  8. mmd




    August 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  9. GeeMac

    Hillary Clinton did exactly what she was supposed to do tonight which was to unite the Democratic Party and expose the weaknesses and failures of this administration. For those Dems that still have heartburn that she lost, and have decided to abandon Dems and retreat to the can have them. If they are that small-minded, they belong in the Republican Party where they should fit right in.

    August 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. fabienne craig

    She explained point by point why she ran for president and then explained why Obama should be elected since he has the same views as she does. The race between Hillary and Obama was called a "popularity contest" since their views are very similar.

    At this point, McCain is his party is doomed. There was nothing further for Senator Clinton to say. She was simply brilliant.

    August 27, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  11. writes3000

    Hillary Clinton resoundingly endorsed Barack Obama AGAIN tonight.

    And she emphasized that the fate of our children and the fate of all of our futures depends on electing Barack Obama as the next President of the US.

    That endorsement not only included the Commander in Chief threshold. It went way, way beyond it.

    It was amazing speech and the Democrats are unifying before your eyes, Alex. It's a beautiful thing.

    August 27, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  12. roger, colorado

    You guys are pathetic. As an Obama supporter, I was thrilled with Senator Clinton's speech. I now plan to donate to her campaign debt. What more could she have said to close the deal on bringing the party together? It was one of the best speeches I have ever heard!!

    August 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  13. Sarah- ARIZONA

    You are a republican. I am an independent and I AM going to vote for Commander in Chief Barack Obama =)

    August 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  14. McMold

    go suck a Mcegg

    August 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  15. Ijon Tichy

    Castellanios is a wanker, plain and simple

    August 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. Eva

    Bravo and thank you Hillary!

    Hillary's speech at the Convention made me once again appreciate what an intelligent, dedicated woman she is. I am glad she reminded everyone of her formidable achievements and of her grasp of the needs of our country.

    I believe that her call for unity was sincere, because she and Barack Obama have so many of the same values. Let's heed her call for unity and vote for Barack Obama. Let's not allow John McCain to give us four more years of Bush government.

    August 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  17. Lisa

    Correction, Alex–The expression used tonight was "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits", not pants as in the book series.

    August 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  18. Adrienne

    Obama gives 3 times more money in tax breaks than McCain to the middle American homes that need the money.
    Obama is ready to lead because he is a democrat. As a democrat he will put our programs that help the American people into place. Obama will not do it alone. He will have our entire party behind him.

    August 27, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  19. David

    This is a pathetic piece of punditry. Senator Clinton gave a strong speech today, and she spoke to her supporters who have felt let down by her loss by reminding them why they supported her in the first place, and what a disaster John McCain will be for this country. For those who actually care to listen to what she said and not what the Republicans want you to think she said, here are her words:


    Hillary: I haven't spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women's rights at home and around the world . . . to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people. And you haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership.

    No way. No how. No McCain.

    . . .

    I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?

    August 27, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  20. BOB

    Clinton message was more about herself and nothing about Obama's
    qualifications. His experience and leadership ability is still vague.

    August 27, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  21. kim ferry

    I thought the speech was wonderful and moving, well done. Oh yes cnn, will you have democrats ripping the repiublicans apart during their convention? Why the bias, hmm? K thanx, bai

    August 27, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. guruoo

    Sounds like you're stuck in the dial tone zone Casty.

    August 27, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  23. Chi4Obama

    After Hillary's speech, it makes you wonder why a typical PUMA would still want to support McCain.....Obviously, it would have nothing to do with real political issues (since Barack and Hillary have similar views).

    Do I smell a hint of "reverse sexism". Yes, women discriminating against Obama because he is a MAN who defeated Hillary. It would be such a shame if that were the case. Such a shame....

    August 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. nc4bo

    More than enough. She did well, very well and did it for the good of the party and America.

    Quit stirring up trouble where there is none, it's very unbecoming.

    August 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  25. tammy

    Hillary was great!!!! I have decided not to vote for McCain. Obama will need to convince me to vote for him. Please remember is cheap. It is time you start stepping up and show me and America. Actions speak louder than words. You have until Nov. 4 to show us what you are all about and your plans for America. I don't know why you wouldn't select Hillary as VP. Hopefully, Biden will prove to be as Great as Hillary. Remember the women. We are still fighting for equality also.

    August 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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