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. Richard Hanover

    They pay you to report? It sounds like you were reporting the talking points from the RNC and not from the actual speach.

    August 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  2. A Recovering Republican

    No matter what she had said, these repubs attack dogs would find something to point out that didn't meet their expectation. That speech was for her supporters - not for anyone else. I do admit, I was not as enamored with her performance as many, but I also have to admit, she wasn't the strident, shrill, shrew she often appeared as on the campaign and who knows, if she started her campaign that way and stayed with it, Obama might be giving that speech for her. But, what do the repubs have" But he's a war hero." He flubs constantly even to the point that his shadow and lap dog (Lieberman) has to correct him; he is not inspirational, even to the degree that HilBilly is. He is imbued in personal scandal from the Keating 5, but is so hypocritical he tries to make Obama' appear tainted through nebulous relationships and distortions. He has no vision, no solutions, and bases his campaign only on his POW status years ago. An empty suit.

    At one time I was looking forward to voting for him. Now, it is sad to see him come to this.

    10 years sober.

    August 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  3. rlp-politcal

    You take yourself too serious... We know you must give the donkey side of the story – you are nuts

    August 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. Frank Spiga


    The republicans dont have any new ideas but the failed ones already in place, they have a candidate that fondly remembers the first oil boom of the early 1900's cause he was there, and cant comprehend real alternatives, and their campaign is a lame as 2 5 year olds playing na ah mine is best see.

    McCains so called experience is nothing more than the result of him being drilled on the party line so they can make absolutely sure his so called maverick ways are done. And trust me they are.

    Intellectually bankrupt, uninspired and desperate, the only thing that can make them more pitioful this year would be to nominate another damaged self marginal partner to help to hold up McCains walker so he doesnt fall alone. Oh yah , thats all they have

    Bye Bye Bush
    Bye Bye Cheney
    and Bye Bye gramps McCain

    and not a moment too soon!!!!!!

    Thank you Hillary
    and thank God Bush was such a putz

    August 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  5. Mrblueboy

    I thought her speech was really excellent.
    The reason she said those things about "if you believe in what I believe in vote for Obama" is because tonight was about addressing those of her supporters who have yet to embrace Obama– nothing about being bitter, or being beaten down because of gender.
    She was uniting the party by pulling "her side" towards Obama, and she pulled it off amazingly.

    Sorry Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos– but the "Clinton Democrats" will surely unite under the Obama/Biden with this speech.

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  6. JoeReed

    As usual, the Republican pundits have nothing good to say. boring!!

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. Devron Averett

    This analysis is transparently partisan, shallow, and sounds as if it was in large part written two days ago. In a population of 18 million voters, the ability of story-hungry media and Republican rabble-rousers to find a few individuals willing to express disappointment is not surprising. It is unrepresentative of Senator Clinton's posture, denies the expressed opinion of Michelle Obama and others in the Obama campaign, and is a disservice to accurate reporting of substantive issues. Hillary Clinton gave a great speech pointing out why the USA needs Barack Obama as its next president, and why she supports him.

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. DEMS 08

    Do you actually think the Rupubs would say anything positive?

    I don't even know why it matters it is expected of them, why make a big deal?

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  9. Lisa

    A Republican talking here. You wouldnt believe what he says about hillary behind closed doors. You would be shocked. Dont listen to the guy

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  10. Lee

    Everyone reading these postings, please realize that many of these anti-obama postings are likely fake- planted by Republican dirty tricksters to foment division and doubt in the Democratic party.

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  11. B

    She gave a great speech and a ringing endorsement. She has, quite simply, NEVER been more effective.
    It would have been idiotic to specifically go into the 3AM thing or even generally mention anything regarding readiness or other such nonsense. I'm surprised anyone with any knowledge of political campaigns in general and this one in particular would think that a wise move on her part.

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  12. soloobama08

    Ok let me tell you. what she forgot to mention McSame/Sidekick was lying regarding the adoption of his daughter in south Asia. Mother Theresa was not involved,,,please...I'll get my staff get back to you on that. McSame is out of touch with reality he doesn't know how may house keys he has nor he can see the suffering of the American people economically. $5 million is his favorite number. Hillary forgot to mention 2 words in her speech Keating 5. She forgot to mention Mcsame did not vote for Bush during the last election. Also, Mcsame along with President Busj misguided us in the war in Iraq and Obama opposed it.
    Yes Hillary I admired what you did today...OBIDEN will be in the WHITE HOUSE, but we have to keep going by attacking attacking attacking and attacking.

    August 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  13. Marcelo

    Why is CNN asking a Republican strategist for his opinion? He's just going to say whatever he can to discredit what was an astonishing speech and one of Clinton's finest hours. What is a Republican strategist going to add except the typical concern trolling?

    August 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  14. Rushton

    I felt Hillary's speech was only for herself. She was only stating why she ran for president not let's all get behind Obama. She just proved she is not to be trusted and she does not want Obama to win. All she is worried about is herself. Way to go Hillary! I hope you are happy now that you got to finally ditch Obama at the convention all because it's not yours!!! Thanks a lot for nothing. Grow up and show All little girls and boys in the world that it's okay to come in second as long as you do your best. What about showing little girls and boys to always show respect and love towards all even if they did beat you at the game. Where are your values and morals?

    August 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  15. KNH

    If there is anything that proves the success of Hillary's speech, it's the Republican desperation to deny its effectiveness. I imagine that the GOP was very grateful to whomever among them was able to come up with something to target. The people in charge of putting a negative spin on Hillary's speech must have been in a panic....

    For God's sake - give the woman her due. It was an amazing, gracious, effective speech. Republicans can better spend their time trying to figure out how to make McCain speak with a degree of fluidity and charm when it's his turn at the podium. Good luck.

    August 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  16. objective Democrat

    I love it when Republicans tell their opponents what the opponents did wrong. Brilliant!

    Hillary gave a terrific speech.

    August 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  17. Angela

    Sorry Castellanos,

    You also said that Hillary never mentioned Bill Clinton BUT she did in her speech and she did in her video! You wouls say something no matter what Hillary said.

    Hillary said WE NEED TO VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!!!.

    ........and said McCain will be the same as Bush!!! We just can't afford 4 more years of the same!

    How about them apples?

    August 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  18. Randy

    I thought she gave a great speech that highlighted her values and the values of the Democratic Party and her support for Obama to fight for those same values...

    This article is a sad attempt by a republican strategist to twist the words of a great women trying to bring the party together

    August 27, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  19. M L C

    Spin, spin, spin.....

    We don't need another 4 years of Republicans trying to spin the tax breaks to oil companies....driving the economy to the lowest of lows in my lifetime....well, u get the idea.

    I came up with this idea about a year ago....I think we should have another election in January, once Obama takes office....let's see how many Americans want to make BUSH the president of Iraq, to clean up the mess he's made! I think that'd be fair!

    August 27, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  20. Pedro

    Do you consider this journalism, Alex? Seriously?

    August 27, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  21. Ed Vida

    I thought a back door jab was delivered when she said Obama's wife will answer the 3am call.

    August 27, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. Andytobo

    Alex Castellanos is an idiot. First of all it was the "sisterhood of the traveling pantSUITS" which made a joke and not a serious call–but to the extent that it was a serious call it was directed at women for the very OBVIOUS reason that women have been the most ardent supporters of Hillary and needed to be placated.

    Second of all his moronic babble about how Hillary MERELY said "these are the reasons I ran for president, and if you want these, vote for Barack Obama" misses not only the point but seems to imply an inability on his part to understand English words. Her point was exactly what she said. McCain is against what she wanted, Obama is for it. If you're thinking about voting McCain instead of Obama because you wanted Hillary, think again, because you're voting against all the things Hillary stands for.

    We get that he's a Republican strategist, but a more appropriate title might be "mole"

    August 27, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  23. Norman Landis

    Ahhh! What a breath of fresh air! A Republican hack explaining what people he doesn't even understand are saying.

    Sure. It's important to talk about preparedness. Senator Clinton unequivocally endorses the candidacy of someone who is "not prepared to be President". That makes a lot of sense.

    And she did not speak of Obama as the lesser of two evils. She repeatedly talked about how Obama's vision matches that of the Democratic Party's ideals and her ideals.

    Alex must have been listening to a different speech. Or, or likely, is giving the usual Republican spin according to the party line. This is a talking head CNN uses at the Democratic Convention?

    Another reason to not watch CNN.

    August 27, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. Mikey

    Not this time Hillary. All your words in one ear out the other. I now follow McCain.

    August 27, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Jeffrey

    Why are all of the Republicans on Larry King saying that bashing George Bush won't work. If bashing doesn't work, what the heck are the point of all of their commercials? Why is every John McCain commercial focused on bashing Obama's credentials instead of glamorizing John McCain's credentials. If he is not Mrs. Congeniality in the senate why isn't CNN constantly showing polls of Republicans that don't want to vote for an independent. Why did all the pundits say he would ruin the party? Why do you show pity democratic divisions when there is another pity division to be covered?

    Why is CNN not continuing to play Kucinich's speech? Loop that video over and over and over.

    August 27, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
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