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. Tucson, AZ

    It is a shame that this election season, as exciting as it has been, has turned into high school behavior. I regret to feed the flames, however, I have to say that Clinton supporters should be ashamed of themselves. Listen to yourselves and realize how selfish and immature you are behaving and just like the media did for Clinton they are enabling your asinine behavior by considering that it is warranted. Senator Obama won fair and square and this is about the country and not about YOU! Get over it and support the democratic ideals you claim to advocate. This outcome of this election will have such a great impact on your children and grandchildren. Stop whining and throw your support behind the democratic nominee already.

    June 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. averageanne

    Many women including myself feel that the Media careened over Senator Clinton with a steamroller. Senator Obama was rude at the start , when he kept calling Senator Clinton- Hillary. I will either write in Senator Clinto on my ballot or vote for McCain if he does not choose Romney as a running mate.
    Yes, we are MAD and not going to encourage bad behavior by voting for a Speechmaker with no record of voting except present!

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Diane Johnson

    I am one of many highly educated older women, and men, who are so angry at the DNC, we may switch parties and take back the Republican party.
    We feel Obama's only hope is Hillary as his VP and closest advisor. The DNC is blind. Yes, we KNOW the press is sexist. Pundits are a disgrace. I am thinking about canceling my cable. TV journalism took a nasty turn in 2008.

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. BJoel

    The DNC ignored us, so many of us will ignore the DNC. They must pay for screwing our best chance!!!

    Miami, Florida
    HILLARY 2012

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Patty

    From commenter Barry above:
    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.
    The above comment is why I do not support Obama nor will I. It appears both this poster and others seem to think their candidate is so weak that he can't win without Hillary and that he is unable to go campaign on his own. Therefore I say, take your false racist cries, take your comments about my intelligence, background and age, and go win the election for him on your own. You will never win me over with threats such as that above and if that is the case, then Hillary should have been the nominee in the first place.

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. donna

    Florida and Michigan disenfranchised their own people, the DNC did not...there were rules in place and they broke them..they should have been punished..plain and simple..it's called LIFE..we all have rules to live by and when we break them, there are consequences..

    This is another glossed over reason to be upset about the turn of events that were not in Hillary's favor...she agreed to the rules and that's that....

    The DNC compromise was a generous offer when those two states should have gotten NOTHING at all...

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. karen

    Hey Obama folks,

    I will vote for Obama as soon as you guys contribute some $30 mill and help pay off Hillary's campaign debt.

    No way you say, i feel the same.

    Go McCain 08

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. ch

    I am one of Hillary’s 18 million voters and should she not be on the ticket as V.P., I will not be voting for Obama. Simple as that.

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. telling it like it is

    and who cares??? if you are a clinton supporter threatening to vote for mccain, please do that and dont complain when you are paying $7 a gallon for gas,

    no universal health insurance,

    permanent tax cuts for the wealthy while you still continue to pay your taxes and waiting for another stimulus of $600 and guess where it ends up in the pockets of the rich folks who got a permanent tax cuts,

    innocent men and women being killed in iraq ,infact i dont think you care about those soilders futhermore you can whine and complain you are at the safety of your home typing without a care, ask soilders who have gone to iraq for multiple tours, maybe you might wake up and realize that old gizzer is not the answer to american problems

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Slected not Elected

    To all the paid bloggers, Obama, his supporters, the DNC, the party elite, and the mainstream media have conspired to marginalize the millions of Democrats who have voted for Hillary, and they will now be using every trick in the book to "bring the party together" to further their ruthless ambitions. They will want you to forget all about the months of biased press, the biased party elite, the insults, the sexist remarks, and the race-cards. They will want you to forget that the Democratic Party now is the party that stands for disenfranchisement of the voters and the rationalization of racism. They will use any method to persuade you to vote for the man who they have preordained as the Democratic nominee. DON'T FALL FOR IT!

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Molly

    I know that you guys who loved Hil are upset, and I understand. I would be just as upset if Obama lost. However, I would not use racism, like many are using sexism, as an excuse for being irrational and stubborn. If you truly supported Hillary and still do, you will listen to her call to unite with your fellow Democrats. If you vote for McCain, you are not being consistent in your political views. Also, it's a pretty big slap in the face to Hillary.

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. cherry strawberry

    "Branding a lot of Clinton's supporters as "old, bitter white women."

    and that is exactly what you you are proving yourselfs to be.......however, you forgot ugly

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. KMAN

    Too bad so many of her supports only supported her with their whining mouths instead of with their money ... she wouldn't be $30 million in the hole right now. Not such a great example of fiscal responsibility on her part, huh?

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Clinton Supporter

    Dear Debbie in New Jersey:

    Clinton supporters did not donate as much as the Obama chardonnay drinking vegetarians because they are the ordinary people that made America great. (I'm sure you must be quite "extraordinary" yourself) They don't have your kind of money. The moral of the story is do not vote for Obama unless you are really well off.

    Obama and wife struggled to pay off Harvard and Princeton student loans. Michelle, by her own admission, had trouble getting into Princeton until she "got some help." What kind of help would that be? Having her as first lady scares me.

    June 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. peter

    EX-Hillary Support dont lie you are Obama suppoter you are the lier.

    June 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Guy, Los Angeles

    McCain in November. The Democratic Party should pay for what they did to Hillary Clinton. A bunch of idiots! Clinton 2012. Fair and square this time. No cheating guys!

    June 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. election watcher

    Obama's best ideas were cribbed from Hillary's cliff notes. His worst ideas are a replay of good ol' politics as usual at best, and Bush policy in a new envelope at worst. He only "clinched" the nomination when the DNC tossed Michigan delegates into his basket as a freebie, even though his name wasn't even on the MI ballot.
    Meanwhile McCain bucked the republican party line so they were ready to leave him out in the cold, but when it turned out the average american voter pretty much agreed with him on a lot of critical issues, when Dem or Rep, he got the nom despite the RNC's best efforts to give it to Romney. McCain by choice it is then.

    June 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. peter

    Karen you are right

    June 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |




    June 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Wolf

    I am one of the Clinton supporters who really has no patience or taste for the underhanded dealings of the DNC and their Rules Committee. They gave Senator Obama delegates and votes that he did not earn. He was not on the ballot. Call that a political blunder...so he got rewarded and Clinton got cheated. It is this New Democratic Party way and look at who is the presumptive leader??? Barak Obama. If he was going to make changes as he claims he could have already done so by getting rid of Howard Dean. But I'll bet it was Dean saying to Obama....I'll get you the nomination and I keep my job!

    So as a former Democrat, now registered Independent....it goes alot further than just not liking Senator Obama's brand of politics or that he flip flops, or anything else – it is the Democratic Party that abandoned it's virtues and basic principals. Since when does not every vote count??? Only when Donna Brazile has her paws in the mix. She was with Gore for 2000 in Florida and look at what she has done now in 2008. Donna Brazile said on George S on ABC in February 2008 that if the super delegates choose the Presidental Nominee she would quit the DNC. Obama should hold her to her word.....course, he has no loyalty either so why should he.


    June 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Gina, Los Angeles

    It's either Hillary Clinton in 2008 – or McCain. So be it. McCain in November. Barack Obama is going to lose this election. And that's exactly what the Democratic Party deserve.

    Blundering idiots! They fell for the Republican strategy. Go McCain!

    June 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. A View


    We need change and the change we need is for Bush to resign, Cheney to resign and appoint McCain to finish the term and start another. Then he can retire and we will hire Hillary who will get us out of this hard slog of an economy and the war in Iraq.

    Some things change and somethings never will. We need change but we need the right change. Let's not fall for some cotton candy speaking guy from IL. He is truly an empty suiter, born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia (think Muslim) and then brought to the mainland. His values are not my values.

    By the way , "fist bumping" (think Obama and Michelle at the cornonation speech) may be all right, but it could lead to foot bumping and that may not be okay. Ask Larry Craig about that. But fist bumping is catching on; can you imagine Obama greeting Putin with a good fist bump. Or how about Castro? Give me a break.

    Hillary won the most electoral votes. Yeah, the DNC appointed Obamus because he captured states like Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska. I think when you added their votes up it was something like nothing. Give me a break. If you wanted a winner DNC would have appointed Hillary, not the inexperienced candidate. I am so upset.


    June 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Helene

    What is the point in rehashing continuously the why and how Clinton lost the nomination. As she pointed out herself correctly in her speech "Don't go there". The most important matter for all democrats is to unite and beat McCain. The Clinton's supporters who claim that they are ready to vote for 4 more years of Bush are deluding themselves and hurting everybody.

    June 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Demo Okie

    The judgment of Hillary lost her the nomination. The judgment of these hardcore supporters is irrational. They are beyond reason. It was never about the Candidates but about the direction of the country. I guess that's why HRC supporters held her on a pedestal and shouted "Hillary" at her rallys and can't see to let go now. Obama supporters were shouting "Yes we can" and most of us believed in the direction, which is why we were prepared to vote for Hillary if she won fairly. There was no stealing or selecting Obama. If anything Clinton ran a campaign that was prepared to Steal the election using the superdelegates, but most of them were wise enough to realize how detrimental that would have been.

    It's time to move on. No one robbed you of anything. You only rob yourselves of any dignity or respect in public by these irrational cries. Obviously you saw a different race than what I witnessed.

    June 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Hillary Supporter for Obama

    Hillary wants Obama to win. So if you vote for McCain, you're voting against Hillary. Don't you believe in Hillary Clinton? I do. That's why I support Obama, just as she does. I don't understand why a Clinton supporter would ever want McCain in office, since he's the complete OPPOSITE of Clinton.

    June 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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