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)

    will never vote for BO-BAMA!

    Go McCain!

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. No McCain!

    For what? For Obama "stealing" the nomination? For sexism?

    Obama did not steal the nomination. He won the majority of delegates. That sounds fair to me! I believe there are more racists than sexists out there. But I really wouldn't know... However, don't blame Obama for the actions of the media, that's narrow minded and wrong!

    A vote for McCain is a vote to jeopardize your children's futures, not only with Iraq and Iran (bomb bomb bomb Iran comes up here) , but also the economy (which, he did say he had no knowledge.)

    Try to think about THAT when you even consider voting for McCain, "democrats."

    Obama '08!

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Tony in Douglasville

    I'm tired of those Hillary supporters who lost the game and now want to take their ball home, I reach out to the willing but have nothing but disdain for the ignorant. Go vote for McSame, align yourselves with those who claim to be "Pro Life" but plan to take away your ability to choose. Keep sending our children to the incenerator that is Iraq, and be proud when those of us (THE REAL MAJORITY) that put Obama as the nominee hold her accountable in 2012.

    You lost once, find solace in that feeling when McSame loses in November too. Change is coming, can you feel it?

    Obama/Richardson 08

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Agnostic Democrat

    Yes, Wolf, and we all know how disappointed you are now because the Clintons won't be supplying you and the rest of the media with their headline grabbing propaganda and political theatre. What a shame that you "journalists", "reporters" and "pundits" will have to actually work at finding the real news and any truth to report on to keep the news cycle going in circles.

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. WAKE UP

    Democrats please UNITE. If you sincerely support Hillary you would vote for Obama, after all she is telling you to. And we wonder why the Republicans keep winning, Democrats wine and cry when they don't get their way. Toughen up and fight for your country, fight for your party. Don't be a sellout!

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Still for Hill

    Would the Obama surrogates have been calling for her to drop out if she was a man?

    Republicans were much nicier to Huckabee and he had no chance of winning...

    My vote will go for McCain in the fall.

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. joe

    i have a obama lapel pin . I want to look trendy .But he will get my vote may be if stands in election in 2016 or later.He has time.we want some experienced guy.who has a record .mccain is a better democrat than obama

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Dave Froyalde/Washington

    I am one of those Senator Hillary Clintons financial supporters who voted democratic candidates for the past 27 years that will be voting for Senator John McCain in the fall elections.

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

    Is Sonia4hillary and 4hillary on CNN's posting payroll? it's so obvious.

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Olivia, WEHO

    Yes...I agree with Diane Feinstein. Yet if someone said anything ugly about Obama the media would not pounce on that person. What has happened to fair reporting.

    Just today I heard Gina Gershown saying Vanity Fair article about her was an absolutely lie. However when all this happened the media pounced on Bill for being so angry (he had every right to be angry)....But yet YOU, the media, would only focus on his anger and did not really question more if the Vanity Fair article was true or fair... who were the sources etc. You just ran, over and over and over Bill calling this journalist a.........etc.

    As Gina said it is getting pretty scary especially with are nation at war, economy is a mess, that we cannot believe nor should we listen to the spin of the media. We are no better than a nation like China etc that controls their media.

    You are failing the American people as well as people in all nations. Shame on you. I hear more and more people are tuning out, no more CNN. I will just listen to the speeches and debates. Not your spin afterwards.

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Paula

    If Hillary meant what she said she should be out there putting an end to this mess she created.If she wants the VP spot,let her earn it like anyone else.She needs to show she's a team player instead of pretending this is owed to her.If she can't deliver these suporters to get the country straightened out then she doesn't deserve the position.Anybody who would vote for a republican this time doesn't have sense enough to vote anyway.

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Gary Chandler in Canada

    They hang on to that false 'popular vote' raft. If Hillary, herself, would explain to portray a false reflection of the popular vote the Clinton Camp counted all of her illegal votes in MI, gave Obama 0, and dismissed 4 Stated Obama won, then maybe the 'shroud would fall off some of them!?
    While it was close, Obama, had a more votes, and that is counting Puerto Rico!

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Charles

    I do not understand why someone, particularly a woman, would vote for a candidate who opposed equal pay for equal work, has stated that he will appoint judges who will overturn Roe vs Wade, and would turn the health care system into a mirror image of the mortgage industry.

    That type of vote would be self-destructive.

    June 9, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. peter

    OBAMA noooooooo
    OBAMA Nooooooooo

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Swiss in Canada

    Do you guys really like to send people to die in Iraq? It looks like!!!!
    O, I forgot, YOU don't have to go! So to hell with our heroes in Iraq, lets vote McCain – so no black man will be president!
    Wow!!!!! I still wonder why so many people around the world think Americans are stupid??!!

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. naliakar

    Why the hung up over Hillary. She lost. Again she LOST!!!!!! Move on. Obama does not need her suppoters to win.

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    NO-BAMA, NOT now, NOT ever!!!!

    BEAT HIM LIKE a Drum!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. oil rules

    HAHA, the Clinton team are now Nobama backers even though they said he was not qualified to be President. These dems woudn't know the truth any more than Bill never had relations with Monica. Or any more than Nobama could no more disown Wright than he could disown black people. Well, I think there is a pattern here.....

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. lenny


    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Yes we can!

    If any hillary supporters vote john mccain then you dont care about hillary or her views. how can you vote opposite of what hillary believe in cause your bitter at Obama winning...,hillary lost because she did not run the better campaign. by the time she realized it, it was too late...any president should know you just dont take people for granted that everyone is on the same page as you. she thought she had this nominee wrapped up back in January, but Iowa had a different view and so america followed....you deserve your vote to be stripped if you vote mccain because you are mad...that's just stupid.

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

    McCain is a better candiddate

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Clinton Supporter

    IF NOT HILLARY...THEN MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Xavier, St. Louis, MO


    I don't understand why they are so angry. It's not like Obama cheated nor did he do anything illegal to win. Obama didn't go negative or dung up all of Hillary's skeletons. He didn't play the race card, gender card or any other card. He beat her fair and square. He killed Hillary with kindness; the oldest trick in the book.

    If they are mad at someone, they should be mad at Hillary's campaign. She ran a terrible campaign, by underestimating Obama, smaller states, caucuses, going negative, playing the race card and gender card, trying to change the DNC rules and the list goes on and on. People started hating her because she developed this “do anything to win behavior” and that turned a lot of people off. People love for the Clintons turned into hatred. She blew it.

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Comments....Comments.....Comments....

    It amazes me how even now supporters of Senator Clinton are still not able to state an opinion without attacks from Obama supporters. Party unity? You can forget about that! As for the opinion of "Barry"....no matter what this great lady does or say in the GE it will never be enough. As for Obama loosing the election and blaming Senator Clinton for it....get a life. Last time I looked he was the candidate with his own organization. If he looses they can take the responsibility for it. After all, his organization is calling the shots for him, not her. He is in his 40's and a grown man. Are you saying that he is not in control of his own campaign? I might remind the Obama supporters that you said that you didn't need us, he said he did not need us by not reaching out in WV and KY. and his gun toting comments. Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions.

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Andy

    We will remember in November!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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