June 9th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
15 years ago

Blitzer: Many of Clinton's supporters are still angry

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/09/art.clinton.crowd.gi.jpg caption="Will angry Clinton supporters come around by fall?"] WASHINGTON (CNN) - There is no doubt that many of Hillary Clinton’s most passionate supporters remain very angry right now. They are especially angry over the way they believe their candidate was treated by some of Barack Obama’s supporters and the news media.

I have received numerous e-mails suggesting that Clinton was the victim of a mean-spirited sexism that elements of the news media spread around, and that the Obama campaign never did enough to dispel - even though Senator Obama now goes out of his way to effusively praise her.

“I’m a better candidate because of the work she did and she deserves our honor and our respect and our gratitude,” he said the other day. “And my two daughters see themselves differently because she ran for President of the United States of America.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, was a strong Clinton supporter. “I think if you look at the pundits, if you read the columns and go back and read them, some of them were really in my view malicious, very personal and venal sometimes,” she told me. “And I have a hard time understanding why that was necessary.”

Feinstein, like so many other Clinton supporters, is now totally on board the Obama bandwagon. Still, there are very hard feelings. Obama will need many of those ardent Clinton supporters if he hopes to win the presidency against John McCain. His campaign knows that.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (360 Responses)
  1. Tom

    dumb.. angry..


    June 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Yolanda Diaz

    I will vote for McCain

    June 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. SAY Yes McCain

    Yes..........hrc supporters be very, very angry..........and vote McCain

    June 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. s

    here we go again!

    May we please focus on the front runners of both parties? if you choose to still cover Clinton I call for you to continue a coverage of Huckabee. Geez... let it go and start talking about the issues of both Obama and McCain.

    Dem '08

    June 9, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Barry

    I am sure you've received emails from many angry, frustrated Clinton supporters, Wolf. But, for all of those who claim they won't support Obama, I have the following:

    If in anyway it seems as if Obama lost the GE because of lack of support from Clinton and/or her supporters, then Clinton's political career is over. Then who will you root for if that happened.

    This cut-your-nose-off-to-spite-your-face stupidity can run on both sides, too.

    June 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Paula

    There was bound to be sexism in the race.There was bound to be racism in the race.She was a woman,and he's an afro american.What dod you expect?What we have now is Lanny Davis and the media trying to force the Clintons down our throats instead of our usual election process.It's not the voters,it's her personal friends.

    June 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Clinton Supporter

    Yes we are angry at the DNC and we will NOT vote for their boy (and yours too CNN). There is even talk of boycotting CNN....look out!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Haha

    Wolf, I know your girl didn't win... But c'mon.

    June 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Jen, NYC

    All Clinton Democrats, vote for McCain and watch this country go down the tubes.

    June 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Clinton Supporter

    That Obama- saying all those nice things about Hillary only days after it was safe to be an adult. What a guy. Now if the Hillary cattle, oh, I mean voters, would just follow along, everything would be fine. Voters have a surprisingly long attention span-6 months is nothing. The DNC can take all the credit for SELECTING Obama when the rest of us thought we were ELECTING Clinton. Not working the way they want? Just toss out two entire states' votes. They'll get over it.

    He must be feeling nervous too because Obama promised us all no less than $50 BILLION in new incentives just today in North Carolina- courtesy of the Chinese treasury. What a forward looking guy that Obama is. Obviously an economic genius whose spending ideas leave McCain's gas tax holiday in the dust. I'm almost sorry I won't be voting for him.

    June 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Ray in MN

    I would have to agree. I'm a grumbling Clinton supporter. I am a Democrat too, but I'm having a really hard time coming over to Obama. Especially after it was reported that he went golfing during her concession speech – how arrogant! Every little sign that he gives demoting or any reason he might inadvertantly give to us humble Clinton supporters is just another stake in an already broken heart.

    June 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Nana5

    Yes, Wolf Blitzer WE ARE VERY ANGRY and you are a BIG, no HUGE PART OF THE PROBLEM. Your outright support of Barrack Hussein Obama and effortless try to PUSH him over on us WILL NOT WORK. WE DO NOT LIKE HIM TODAY, WE WILL NOT LIKE HIM TOMORROW, WE WILL NOT LIKE HIM WITH GREEN EGGS AND HAM!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. David Goldman for OBAMA






    June 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Chris from NY

    The media has spent so much time focusing on these disgruntled Democrats than cover the issues that Americans care about. Just as I have said numerous times, these disgruntled Hillary supporters are not Democrats. They are Republicans who switched parties to support Hillary and now going back to their base follwing Hillary presidential bid demise. To waste much time covering these people gives them more power to inusult our intelligence. If they are so much into voting for McCain, they should not verbalize it, they should do it. By saying they would not vote for Obama, they are trying to convince themselves more they are trying to convince others.

    June 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Anita from Arizona

    Nobody's talking about Bill Clinton's comment on the "race-card"?? Words that came out of his very lips. Not supporters of, not subordinates in the campaign, but his own lips. That's exactly what happened. We all heard it. Not like this, some speculated conspiracy theory. Totally reaching for straws.

    June 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. ???

    I'm sick of how vitriolic some people are during this race. All I hear is:
    "Obamanation stole the election!", "HillBilly only knows how to lie!", and "McBush'sIdenticalTwin". Can we FINALLY argue over substance and drop the childish name calling?

    June 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

    If no Clinton, then McCain!

    Say what you wish Obama supporters, it's my vote!

    Never Obama!

    June 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Wolf, To paraphrase Mr. Ickes: "Are we angry at the failed leadership of the Democratic Party for selecting an unknown and weak candidate to be the nominee of our party? You bet your a.$.$ we're angry."


    June 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Jim from IL

    This is so puzzling to me. Why can't the Clinton supporters get behind Obama? He won! She lost to Obama! Plane and simple, all you Hillary supporters need to wake up and realize that Obama is your new leader and start acting like it.

    June 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. 4HILLARY


    FROM HILLAY TO MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. HRC supports, please explain it to me

    First, how do you feel like the election was "stolen" for Obama? The nominee was intended to be decided based on delegates, not popular vote, so even if Clinton did win the popular vote (a dubious claim since it would involve not counting the caucus states and not giving Obama any votes from Michigan), all that matters is the delegate count – if you find that unfair, that needs to be discussed with the DNC (much like it would be strange to blame George Bush for the fact that he was awarded the presidency over Al Gore despite losing the popular vote). So if Obama won the majority of pledged delegates (not including supers), how on earth was the election "stolen" from Hillary?

    Second, if you supported HRC because of her policies and not just because you like the thought of electing a female president, why would you support McCain, whose policies are entirely different from hers, instead of Obama, whose policies are probably 95% similar to hers?

    Please explain

    June 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. 4HILLARY

    You want to dream again. But dreams begin not because of our vaporous hopes, or desire to follow others. Dreams are solely the hope of your own soul, acting in concert with reason as well as patience and hard work. No one can take you to the mountaintop, and especially those like Mr. Obama, who has not been there himself.

    OBAMA needs you, more than you need him … to get to that bigger house he desires.

    June 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. 4HILLARY

    Democratic voters selected Hillary Clinton as their nominee for ‘08. But the corrupt DNC / SEXIST MEDIA appointed their own nominee.

    The Democratic voters do not find the DNC choice acceptable, and are appalled that our votes were not considered.

    June 9, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Greg, Mpls

    Wolf, only because the media keeps fanning the flames because they can't bring it into their hearts to cover any actual news as opposed to this crap

    June 9, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Karin

    and you know what Yolanda diaz and Say yes McCain.....You never loved Hillary.....because you both are voting for what she do not stand for.......McCain do not stand for anything thing Hillary has been working her heart out for....and I know if you really love Hillary you know what she really stands for.......A Vote for McCain by you is a kick in the face to Hillary and all she stands for to America and her true supporters that really love her.

    June 9, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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