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. David Smith

    Mr. Castellanos, she majestically endorsed Barack Obama by name 10 times. Next time, please don't waste our time with your desperate partisan attacks. Better luck in 2012.

    August 27, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |

    This is exactly what she did. Gave all the reasons why she ran and said.. "anyway, vote for Barack now. We need a democrat in the white house whatsoever". Mind boggling

    August 27, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  3. Lisa Horton was traveling pantsuits...not traveling pants.

    August 27, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  4. Mike Bertrand

    Good lord, man...weren't you listening!? Your commentary has all the earmarks of someone listening for what he wanted to hear, and missing what was said.
    No need in listening to it'd still have your filters on.

    August 27, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  5. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    As an ardent Obama supporter...Hillary did great. If she had shown herself during the primaries as she did tonight; I would have supported her for VP. I will, after tonight, be contributing to her campaign to help pay off her debt.
    Obama/Biden '08!!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. Charles in Cincinnati

    Your quintessentially biased interpretation is as valuable as it is insightful, Mr. Castellano, which is to say not at all, but thanks for taking up space.

    August 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. GTO

    I really wanted Hillary to win. Maybe we would have gotten the Whitehouse china back.

    August 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  8. jm from sc

    During one of Senator Clinton's debates, she made the following statement, " With the exception of a few this, Senator Obama and I have voted exactly the same." Therefore, the question is, what are the republicans not saying?

    Sen. Clinton also said she ducked sniper fire which demonstrates that she said anything possible during her campaign to gain votes.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  9. JN

    I am proud of Hillary tonight and I am A Barack supporter! Who really cares what the Republicans say..You stand NO CHANCE of winning with Old man McSame!


    August 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. Pez

    Boo Castellanos. Shame on you. At least one democratic delagate? One delegate out of how many? How may thousands seemed to appreciate her view? Since when does one person's opinion weighs more prominent than others?

    It sounds like Alex Castellanos is trying to be the opposition simply to bring attention to republican's drive to distract democrats.

    I wasn't a democrat, and was leaning towards McCain, until tonight. Hillary convinced me, and Castellanos has shown me that dirty tactics of divide and conquer should not a place in today's politics. We should empower people to make decisions, not tear them down.

    August 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  11. Spencer in Cali

    I would also point out that that Hillary supporter said she would not vote for McSame!! Sorry Right Winger, TONIGHT YOU LOSE!!

    Im a Hillary supporter, and I proudly support Barack Obama after that resounding call to arms against McSame!!

    No Way!!! No How!!! No McCain!!

    OBAMA 08!!

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. Robin

    You guys make me laugh! Republicans worried about leadership! Your mans "leadership" has run this great county into the ground. Bush and his boss Cheney got us into this "war for oil profits", now they have left the economy in a shambles! YOU try to make us scared of the democratic leadership! I'm not afraid of what Obama will do at 3am. I'm afraid of how much more damage the Republicans will do if they get their greedy hands on the White House for 4 more years.

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  13. Thomas

    What BS commentary. This was a great endorsement and a great speach. Stop trying to create controversy where there is none. We are sick of it.

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  14. Monica, Texas

    We have to consider the source on this one.....This republician is spliting hairs, this shows how scared they truly are.....He didn't hear the same speech I heard!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hillary was fantastic and gave the best endorsement ever!

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  15. Michael

    This is the some of the worst writing I've ever seen on CNN. You are writing the story you want to write and twisting things just to let your little fantasy live on.

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  16. David

    Yah, good try Castellanos. You thugs have messed up this country the last 8 years, and you're intentionally trying to divide the Democratic party. Shame on you and your crony thugs. McSame will not win. Obama will.

    Obama 08!

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  17. Lisa Horton

    And come on - she said something to the effect of "Barack Obama is my candidate." That may not ring, but it's a definite endorsement.

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  18. Ron H

    It's commentary like this from paid Republican hacks that make anyone with working eyes and ears laugh at the GOP. The only people who would agree with this inane opinion piece are McCain staffers, GOP operatives and those living under a rock who didn't hear Hillary Clinton's loud, clear and ringing endorsement of Barack Obama. As a former Hillary supporter myself, I echo her words tonight: "NO HOW! NO WAY! NO MCCAIN!"

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  19. vote no to war & McWar

    Tell Alex "Lowroad "Castellanos here is a quarter go find someone who cares about his baloney .Jealous you are

    August 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. murray

    What planet were you on? WorkMAN like indeed. Get your head out of your rear and listen up. It was a great speech and given with grace and humor. Hillary told her supporters to support the cause, not her personally. That was a really strong, positive message, told well.

    August 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  21. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    If the republicans say this often enough; I'm sure they hope people will believe it. Hillary went far in uniting the democrats tonight!

    August 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  22. daleesp

    If this doesn't rev up the engines for the demise of the McCain candidacy I don't know what will. Hillary is great and she lives to fight another day...even if it is the spirit of Chelsea. The Clinton's are my pick over the Bush's in all situations. Go Obama!!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  23. Adam

    Ah journalism. Let's see, no source, no actual quote, and no integrity. Soon I hope people will actually care about journalistic integrity again and we go into an ago where, once again, a made up quote from an unnamed "source" is just called the lie it is.

    August 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  24. Che

    Hillary's support of Obama this evening, while not terrible, still appeared generic. She should have focused more on Mc cain's literal opposition to women's rights as indicated by Mc cain's historical voting record on abortion, and "equal pay for equal work" bills that favor women, which he voted against !. She didnt emphasize enough exactly how mc cains candidacy would hurt the progress women have made.

    Beneath the hoopla I still came away with the impression that she is still positioning herself for 2012.

    August 27, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  25. anonymous

    Hey douchebags, how about saying something positive about the democratic candidate for once isntead of tearing down the dems to make the repubs look good?

    August 27, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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