January 3rd, 2008
11:00 PM ET
14 years ago

For Clinton in Iowa - The party is over

CNN's Mike Roselli captured the mood at camp Clinton Thursday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Long after the local and national TV outlets had turned away from her headquarters, Hillary Clinton was still going.

She worked the stage full of supporters that had assembled behind her. She hugged and shook hands with prominent backers such as Madeleine Albright and Terry McAuliffe and stopped to talk with Iowa surrogates who had become constants on her travels across the state. One woman decked out in full AFSCME regalia commanded the senator's attention until they were practically alone on the stage.

Sen. Clinton descended from the stage and worked the remaining fans pressed against the bunting clad ropeline, posing for pictures and signing autographs. She outlasted President Clinton, not one ever to leave a ropeline early.

Once the candidate had exited the ballroom, the campaign soundtrack looped for the umpteenth time as supporters milled about picking up signs, swilling beer, and posing for pictures at the podium where their candidate had just spoken.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Jr., California

    Sorry Hillary.

    January 3, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Mike

    Hillary, your husband's political machinery is too rusty to run on. Be a winner and give your campaign funds to Edwards in exchange for a VP position.

    January 3, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Jacob, Brockville, Ontario

    I think that Hillary will make a comeback in New Hampshire. She is the only candidate that can lead the United States through the change that it needs. I think that Barak Obama is a very fake person who has no experience. I am a Canadian and I have been watching this election very close. Hillary is the candidate that will lead America to the great times that it had under Bill Clinton. I think Americans are ushering in change to fast, and that can be a dangerous road to take. American needs a leader that is steadfast, honest, and experienced. And in Canada we all believe that, that Candidate is Hillary Clinton. Go Hillary. You will take it. I am sure of it.

    January 3, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  4. Chris Minor

    Hillary and Obama do not seem presidential and their speaches were more cheerleading than substantive. John Edwards is the clear leader of this group.

    January 3, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. anderson, savoy, il

    Hopefully it's over in more than just Iowa...

    January 3, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. Alejandro Ochoa

    As long as Edward continues to try to reach the blue collar folks and tries to be a traditional democrat. While Hillary is worried more about media bias and rubbing elbows with celebrities who are not in the same tax bracket with traditional democrats or blue collar folks.

    January 3, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. alex texas

    About time....I hope this is the way things turn out all the way up to November. Question? Hillary is a Washington insider and has not done anything for change, so why does her banners say "Ready for Change"? Does she want to mimic Obama?

    January 3, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. Jon

    It's not over until the fat lady sings. The Iowa caucuses simply thin the field. Like Hilary, Obama was not annointed in Iowa.

    January 3, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. Mark

    It's become clear that the voters are seeing that Hillary represents nothing but tired politics as usual. In her speech tonight, it seemed even she didn't know what she was trying to say, just that she should say something peppered with political buzzwords. Bill looked like he was dying to get ahold of the microphone to say something that clicks or inspires people- it was clear to even him that she doesn't have the stuff to lead.

    January 3, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. Zac, College Station, Texas

    With such a devastation loss, she should probably check into rehab to seek some psychological boost.
    This is the cost of trying to entice people's vote by preaching lame experience instead of change, the cost of taking your husband's legacy as yours. Iowans proved that experience and arrogance don't mix !!!

    Go Obama ! ! !

    January 3, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  11. Jimenez

    It's not over. Its not a big deal. We love Clinton. WE continue to support Clinton. Are we surprised – no. Iowa isn't hasn't had that much of an impact on who gets elected as president. Are we disappointed. Yes. Not because Hillary didn't win. But because Iowa thinks Obama is a better choice – even better than Edwards? This is only the beginning. As americans we really need to watch what is going on in the Obama camp. If for nothing else than to ensure that we pick a candidate that can beat the republicans. Obama has no chance. Thank you Iowa we appreicate your show of support no matter how wrong it was!

    January 3, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. hillarylost

    Poor Hillary. She spent all that money and time betting on being married to power...and...she LOST!

    She LOST!

    Apparently being married to a philanderer, and not actually having power, and being nothing more than a wannabe ended up LOSING!

    HAW HAW!


    January 3, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. LJ

    What a rediuclously manipulative post. I don't understand why the main stream media is so out to get Hillary. The party is over? You couldn't be more wrong, it's just begun.

    January 3, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. ZQ

    Hillary has only a slim chance of comeback in NH.

    Obama is dominate among independents, and that is over 40% of the NH primary voters. In addition, except for senior citizens, higher education also correlates with support of Obama.

    In addition Obama has all the momentum, and will pick up Edward's supporters down the road when Ed runs out of money.

    People just don't like Hillary, and the only hated person to ever win the prez was Nixon.

    Hillary is in really, really bad shape. Bad for republicans, but good for the dems if they want to win in 08.

    January 3, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  15. Dylan, Dallas, Texas

    Edwards and Clinton both have experience, but to me, the person who can do alot more is John Edwards. We need to continue to help John Edwards to get to the top of the polls and hopefully knock out Hillary Clinton!! Well Go Edwards!!

    January 3, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  16. chi chi

    Sorry Mr Jacob from canada. Your vote and comment only counts in canada but not in USA.

    Be read y for more shake ups

    January 3, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. BillyBob

    Clintons are done. Good riddance, we finally have a chance for a Democratic president in 2008. Either Obama or Edwards would make a fine president.

    Hillary got too much baggage and Bill is a liability to her. She should concentrate now on taking care of Bill's Presidential library.

    January 3, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. Ben Deaton

    I could not be more thrilled for "PANTS SUIT CLINTON" I can only hope she gets the same treatment in New Hampshire. She does not fool the intelligent voter who sees thru her fake laughter, divisives plans in using "SLICK WILLY" and a daughter who is programmed like her Mother to not answer simple questions from the media (esp. a young girl in the audience).

    We do not want another Clinton era in the whitehouse. She would be an embarrassment to America with all the countrieswho already question the viability of the USA.


    January 3, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  19. kent

    I am a Canadian and I am not for Hilary. It is not true that "in Canada we all believe that..."

    January 3, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  20. Peter British Columbia

    In regards to Jacob's comment about Canadians wanting Hillary as there candidate... think again, we don't want a washed up politician who did nothing to change America's stance in the world during her time as senator... We Want Barak Obama, the real leader America needs.

    January 3, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Jacob from Canada.
    We welcome you comments in our neighboring nation of Canada, but you must understand that this ain't Canada, this is America, and America wants change. We don't want want that change in the form of a certified-preowned politician. We want that change in the form of a brand new face on the national stage.

    January 3, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. Richard, Miami, FL

    put quite simply, the best man won.

    January 3, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. Josh

    My prayers have been answered. Hopefully Obama will take the nomination because he CAN'T beat the GOP candidate. Hillary will be the death of our culture along with any other Democratic (Communist) candidate.

    January 3, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. jm

    Please can't we just have Jerry Brown!!!!!!

    January 3, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  25. stuart Jacobson

    note to jon: maybe the fat lady isnt singing, but i hear her doing her vocal exercises. its time for ms clinton to give up her selfindulgent "you owe me" ego trip and go back to representing the people of new york or where-ever she resides this week. i dont think she stumbled and skinned her knees tonight; i think she fell and broke her nose.

    January 3, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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