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. Pappu

    I have read all the hateful comments against the Clintons's by the Obama people and cannot help wondering where so much vile is coming from. From their leader, who got it from his church? I am not supporting these people or their leader.

    June 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. SDunn

    Omgosh can you people stop whining about the DNC! MI & FL broke the rules due to Democratic and Republicans voting on the same legislation to move up their primary. It wasn't just Repbulicans who voted for that in Florida. In Michigan, Democrats voted to move up their primary. They broke the rules and their delegates should've been divided in half. It's only fair. Again, Hillary had no problem with it in the beginning when she thought she had this primary fight locked up before it even began. She had no problem signing that declaration that MI and FL would receive no delegates. Hillary ran a great campaign, but she wasn't well organized, she changed her campaign slogan more than once, and she really didn't find her voice until the end of the primary season. Obama just ran a better campaign and he deserved to win He played by the rules and it wasn't until Hillary was losing that she wanted to start protesting about FL & MI. If you all are still blind to that then that's your problem.

    June 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Debra

    They are angry because Clinton had them under the illusion that she could win, The night he won the nomination she was introduced as the next president. All this talk of sexism was trumped up too, She didn't lose the nominatiioon because she was a woman. I beleive more people didn't vote for Obama because he was black than those who didn't vote for Hillary becasue she was a woman. Her speech on Saturday was a start,

    June 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. kr

    Hillary needs to tell her supporters to turn down the rhetoric!!!
    It is not OBAMA`s fault she lost. She ran a terrible campaign.
    They should be angry with her. She did not run as a Feminist, womes issues candidate. She ran as the tougher than nails candidate with testicular fortitude.....Remember? She only started talking about the womens vote after she was losing and started cyring Sexism, to get the sympathy vote. Just like counting MI and Fl after she was losing. Saying early on they did not count.

    I am a woman and ashamed of the campaign she ran. I prefered OBAMA and his message from the beginning, but felt I could be happy with Clinton also and would have voted for her if she had one because her policies and OBAMAS are very similar. I still would have but, I have lost respect for her.
    But, her supporters have to grow up and face up to the facts and stop blaming Obama for their disappointment.

    June 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    Who cares? Latinos were supporting Hillary, they now support Obama so you cannot go by the numbers from the primary. Hillary won California in the primary, now California is for Obama. The 18 million is a thing of the past. Those that hold out will not make a difference.

    People want change! The Hillary supporters who vote for McCain aren't Democrats anymore. They support a Republican so they should be referred to as Republican.

    That's okay. We Obama supporters will help Hillary. We will throw our arms around her because that's just what we do. We unite. Don't get me wrong, we are fighters and will kick your butt. But when the fight is over and your a Democrat, we embrace you. That's just how we are.

    But to the "New Republicans", we will kick your butts again....because we are true DEMOCRATS

    June 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. ed

    Most of the Hillary supporters that will vote McCain are truly racist... The only true reason for going agianst what your canidate stands for and voting for someone that is the opposite on topics. Iraq war, healthcare, economy, jobs, gas. It belittles me to know that people would rather vote for someone like that than vote to better the country. What were you voting for in Clinton? Her looks, the idea that she is a woman or her views. If it is her views, Obamas are not that far off but ask yourself where her views fall in line with McCain. So the only thing that leaves me to guess of why to vote McCain is out of Racism!

    June 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. kat


    June 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Indyvoter4Hillary

    It is funny that people blame Bush for all that has gone wrong in the US. Do people even remember that we have a house and senate that votes? Isn't it the DNC that has the most vote.
    If they are going to blame someone blame the party leaders! Bush did not create this mess by himself.
    Saying Obama will fix all is a joke.

    June 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Marie in California

    You're right that many of Clinton's supporters are still angry, and have every right to be. The best candidate in the Democratic race got thrown under the bus by the DNC and supers as they pushed, shoved and dragged Obama across the finish line to GIVE him the nomination. He was selected.....not elected. Puh.....leeeeze!

    We'll remember that when we pull the lever for McCain in November.....not out of spite, but simply because McCain is the best remaining choice. Obama is a totally inadequate and inexperienced candidate. I don't want an American Idol in the White House!

    There are far more important things in life than "party loyalty."

    Citizens for McCain!

    June 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Dee Tee Gee Arlington, TX

    Will someone explain to me how Hillary Clinton was treated so unfairly? The Hillary backers talk as if they never said anything ugly to Obama backers. Hillary got away with statements that would've ended Obama's campaign had he said anything remotely close to it. Hillary said all she needed was the blue collar, hard working white vote to win & it barely made headlines. Now had Obama said all he needed to win was the black vote, his campaign would be over. Hilary's supporters are sore losers. Their candidate underestimated her opponent & she totally misread a lot of white people in this country thinking they wouldn't vote for a black man. She was ill-prepared & lackadaisical in campaigning in some states & Obama took advantage. He ran the better campaign, nothing more, nothing less. This is one Obama backer who refuses to kiss the butts of Hillary supporters. Vote for McCain, you're hurting yourself along with the entire country. Or don't vote at all, but keep your whining to yourself.

    June 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. NoBama 4 Ever!

    The war in Iraq is being misconstrued. Hey I for one am tired of the free rides that these young college kids get these days. I say Let them earn their diplomas!
    Go McCain/Bush!

    June 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. PATTY


    June 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Before the election, Clinton and Obama agreed the results from Michigan and Florida would not count. Then she flip-flopped and said they should.

    She got a large amount of votes in Michigan and Florida from name recognition. Obama never campagned there. If he did, the results would have been closer.

    June 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Goldie, Los Angeles

    Bring what party together? They chose to divide themselves. With the help of the media that is. NOW they want to bring the party together for November? They should have thought about that all along!

    McCain in November. I'm voting the best candidate on the ticket. McCain has LONG served this country properly.

    And Obama talks about working "aross the aisle" like it's a new thing! McCain has been doing this even before Obama could wipe his behind properly!

    June 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. SM

    My choice is between another war monger and a smooth talker. Yes, I will not be voting in the fall.

    June 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. William, from Cali

    They are not "Angry", those are the ones; that Obama was speaking of; along with those in Pa., Texas, and Ohio. "Bitter" Americans, who will not vote for a Black-American, any time or at any cost. That's the reality, in America............Believe that!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Hillary changed the landcsape with her 3 AM ads, her promotion that she was the only one ready from day 1, and her comments that McCain would make a better prez,,, <so NOT true by the way.
    Hockey is a rough game, but when someone attacks the goalie, the other team will pour over the benches!
    It was the Clinton Camp who opened up the floodgates of animosity.
    (It's been reported McCain is making ads using hillary's comments. That proves who the dirty player was!)
    Blame the media for reporting when the facts!? Were they supposed to turn a blind eye to 'kitchen sinks' flying through the air?
    HRC just could not close the deal!

    June 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Honestlady

    For those of you who are saying that you were voting for Hillary based on her experience. Please detail out exactly what experience you are referring to. Old age does not equate to experience.

    June 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes it makes no sense at all why such hostility and anger. Especially since Obama and Clinton have such similar views. Obama was just more of the anti-lobbyist candidate and advocated more use of diplomacy. Other than that, why such anger?

    June 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Jeff E.

    It seems to me these sore Clinton supporters need to take a hard look in the mirror. She ran an unfocused, undisciplined campaign, employing every divisive tactic in the book against a fellow Democrat. And she came up short.

    I can understand the disappointment some may feel, but why the vitriole? Obama could have thrown a lot more than a "kitchen sink" her way. He didn't rolled over (as the Clintons point out, politics is a "contact sport."), but he did show restraint when others suggested he should answer the low-ball tactics in kind.

    If so-called feminists actually vote for McCain out of spite, they'll set back the cause for generations to come. Roe v Wade? Overturned. Universal health care? Forget it. The Iraq war? Perpetual. Instead of throwing a tantrum, perhaps we should all think about our children's futures. Even Hillary said as much. If you think so highly of her, perhaps you should follow her lead.

    June 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. julie

    Hillary should have won. Wasn't going to vote for Obama and still not.
    This race was so racist it was disgusting. Lets all get real @!#$%
    white women verses blackman. That's what it was about.

    The word of the day : Mccain

    June 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. ladylove

    People. Get over it, she did not win. She ran a good race and spoke well in the end. She told you all to support Obama; NOW VOTE FOR HIM.

    Go Obama.

    June 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Candice

    In reaeding the comments I can belive how some people are acting..To say that Hillary supports are really republicans because we dont want to vote for Obama is crazy...Also you are insane to think that the media was not bias in this campaign..Hillary 2012.

    June 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    I'll bet Obama's plans are strikingly similar to Hillary's. BECAUSE HE STOLE THEM FROM HER. It is so typical that in our society a woman with fantastic ideas has her ideas stolen by some inexperienced, charismatic man who touts them as his own. It is disgusting, and it is very difficult to overcome the bile in my throat when I think about it. Not being able to get over the thought of vomiting when I think about what Obama and his campaign have done to Hillary and her ideas is the primary reason I will be voting for McCain. Hey, McCain can steal some of Hillary's ideas, too. Why not? Obama did. And lest we forget, the Father Pflager rant at the pulpit shows the true feelings of the Obama supporters. He and his ilk can have the Democatic Party. Many of us do not choose to belong to the Party of Hate.

    June 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Andy Looks at the facts

    Issues that will determine this year´s election
    the economy
    -housing crisis
    -gas prices
    -prices in general
    the war in Iraq
    health care
    anger about clinton´s loss ?

    Would you really agree with what Clinton says ONLY if clinton were the front runner to support it ? Would you change your opinion on almost every issue to the opposite (to the republican view point )JUST BECAUSE CLINTON WON´T BE YOUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE TO CARRY THOSE IDEALS ?

    PLEASE think about what you vote for- and what your deciding factors are in this election- don´t let your ANGER OR DISSAPOINTMENT SHADOW THE ISSUES

    June 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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