June 11th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Analysis: Crossing the Clintons


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/06/11/clinton.enemies/art.clintongeneric.gi.jpg caption="Former aides to Sen. Hillary Clinton say those who switched their support to Sen. Barack Obama may be on the outs."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - One after another, they jumped ship and left Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign to back her Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama. And while the chapter on her campaign may be closed, there are still open wounds over those who've crossed the Clintons.

"So today, I am standing with Sen. Obama to say, 'yes we can!' " Clinton said on Saturday.

Yes, Clinton can support Obama in his race for the presidency. But as for the former Clinton supporters who switched sides, forgiving and forgetting might not come that easily.

The New York Times reported that some Clinton loyalists have been keeping tabs on those who have crossed the Clintons.

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But CNN contributor and longtime Clinton backer James Carville told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday that article is "laughable."

"It's a very silly piece ... There really wasn't a list ... It's laughable. I talked to a lot of people in Clinton land today and they're not even sure what the point of the story was," he said.

One former Clinton adviser, however, said there's no doubt some have forever burned bridges with the power couple.

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Emma, San Jose, CA

    To antagonistic "Democrats" who are continuing to bad-mouth Obama
    and planning to vote for McCain, you are dragging the election dialogue to a disgusting level. So after you vote for John McCain, will your loss and grief be resolved?

    June 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Just Like Santa

    She's "making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty and nice".
    And if Clinton isn't keeping a list, she certainly should be.
    I'll bet Bill is.

    June 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. LA

    Check out the polls. The Clintons are not needed.

    June 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. sarah

    wow you folks at cnn are really jonesing to bash the clintons any way you can, so much for fair and accurate and IMPARTIAL reporting.

    June 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Carol

    I don't doubt this story for a second. The Clintons think they are the Royal Family – even the kid. Hopefully none of the people that crossed them turn up dead. I'm so glad she lost.

    June 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. ChicoSez

    The only people dividing the party are those ulta-liberals like Dean/Kennedy/Kerry who have decided that moderate dems can be taken for granted and we'll be so afraid of a McCain presidency that we'll vote for an inferior candidate. Wrong, this moderate is not voting for Obama and I am not stayin in the dem party. A McCain presidency with a dem Congrss might be just what this country needs.

    June 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Anne

    If she concedes her debts must be paid back in a fixed time period and she cannot claim contributions if she suspends her campaign she can still claim contributions and her debt doesnt have a time limit. I beleive thats the answer.

    June 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. H.Skank

    McCain08, you are talking about one issue when the selection of a president involves many issues. Just ask Robertson when he threw his support behind Rudy (who was not prolife, no matter how he spun it when running for president). I seriously doubt that McCain is all that prolife considering he has no intention of ever ending the war.

    June 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Agnes

    Yeah and the top of the list should be the DNC, Pelosi, Dean, Reid etc...
    The truth is that Hillary, and Bill, have been true democrats willing to WORK for the party, (not the same can be said of Barack and Michelle with her statement that she would have to think about voting for Hillary if Barack did not get the pres. nomination.) Not much of a team player – fist bump and all. Hillary deserved the nomination not Barack – period.

    June 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Toot

    This is sooooooooooo sad that the media have nothing else to write about. To even suggest that the Clinton's is keeping a list should be a law suit in itself. They have done everything they can to destroy her now they want to continue dragging her name through the mud. Give it up and leave the Clinton's alone!!

    June 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. rich

    If true, the Clintons need to stop their madness. This is a democracy not a monaical dynasty. In that vein, I would think people needs to put country first, and people second when it comes to political office seekers. I personally have no sympathy for the Clintons. For God's sake they had their turn already in the White House. Eight years to be exact. Furthermore, Hillary has a senate job, and Bill will continue to receive a big fat check from Uncle Sam for life. They ought to be thankful and move on quietly without holding any grudges, and that goes for their die hard supporters as well.

    June 11, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Josh, NY

    What Obama does not understand is that the people who stabbed Hillary in the back can turn on him in a flash. They do not understand what the word "loyalty" means.

    If I were Obama I would not give these Judas's anything important to do and he should watch his back.

    June 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. 58-year-old white woman

    Republicans: no death to embryos, but killing and maiming men and women is ok in a war that was waged by misleading the public. Love those family values. And while a man is over there fighting, his wife should not get equal pay to help support the family. Oh, and when he gets back, let's don't give him a GENEROUS GI Bill.

    June 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Geri

    Of course back-stabbers like Richardson have burned their bridges. If Obama loses, he'd better stick with his new-found friends & expect no favors from those he turned on. (And it is not only the Clintons he ired, it is all of us who respected and supported her. We can't wait for him to get what he's got coming.) He couldn't denigrate her enough, probably hoping that he'd jumped on the winning bandwagon and would reap rewards later.

    June 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Erika, KS

    NO! NO! NO! No we can't!
    It's not going to happen people. We will NOT be voting for Obama. You are all fools if you think we will forget how Obama, his supporters, the media, the DNC, etc., etc., stabbed Clinton in the back. Bye. Bye Obama.

    June 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. No More Clintons, CA


    Obama must be on the No.1 enemy list since he DETHORNED the Clintons!

    Since the Clintons are such polarizing figures, Obama should name anyone but the Clintons for his vp.

    June 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. skylark

    I am trying very hard to forgive Hillary. It aint easy, but I really am trying.
    However, every time the McBush campaigns runs a u-tube ad showing her bashing Obama to promote the GOP it makes me sick to my stomach.
    Until she actually concedes, I can't even start to believe anything she says. Sorry, thats just the way it is. Obama was a gentleman the whole time. Bloggers did the hate thing. Not Obama. I am guilty of it as well. But no blame should put on him.
    Please do not vote against our countrys best interest by voting for McBush.
    Obama '08

    June 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |

    The Clintons have their prominence in history. Barack and Michelle will never yield the amount of power and influence that the Clintons have continued to grasp. With that said, if Obama was smart he'd add Hillary to his ticket or a Hillary loyalist like EVAN BAYH, ED RENDELL, or TED STRICKLAND.

    June 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Colony14Author

    I'm sure Hillary has a good memory. If Obama self-destructs between now and the convention (not an impossible possibility, once people start to look beyond his sophomoric rhetoric) and Hillary steps in to receive the nomination, I can guarantee she WILL remember who jumped from her ship when it seemed politically expedient to do so. Not that I'd vote for her or Obama (I believe in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, not Maxine Waters and socialism) but it could be interesting to watch...

    June 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Nia - AZ

    Exactly the reason she doesn't need to be VP, she carries to much political baggage. it's all about her. Why have someone in your cabinet whole soul purpose of being there will be to use her power (and we all know she will) to get backi at someone like a spolied child. Obama cut yur losses and move on to bigger, freasher and better candidates.

    June 11, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. dem4ever

    I would have a loonng memory also about Bill Richardson if I were the Clintons. What a back stabber!!!

    June 11, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Chris in Ca

    Still trying to shed a negative light on Hillary. The media loves this rift in the Democratic party. The more crap that is said like this, the more it entices resentment and anger. It is going to be a long five months! I bet that by the time the election rolls around, we have the lowest voter turnout in history due simply to fatigue. Besides gas prices will probably be so high that we won't be able to afford the drive to the polls.

    June 11, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. D-Weezy - OH

    Wow, imagine that! The repubs are trying to recuit Hillary supporters. No true demmy has found a home with the McSame campaign so save it folks. If it were not for the republicans coming over to vote for Hillary, as Rush Limpballs & the Repub's suggested, the numbers wouldn't even have come close. So it looks as if Obama shook you worm and your hook. Don't get it twisted either. We respect and welcome any Democrat no matter who they support nor their anger. Any true demmy understands the frustrations and discomfort of the 08 Primaries. Therefore, I tell you that we can argue, debate, and disagree with one another, but do not try to infiltrate, divide, and conquer our march to the Whitehouse. Because the Dem's will ultimately take it this year. Whether you like it or not. We've had to deal with your man and his screwups for the past 7 1/2 years. Deal with it.

    June 11, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. JOEL

    Good the one thing that we are told time in and time out in the army you don't leave anyone behind and to never turn you back on them .I served in two area Iraq and the bos/ kos. It was sad what happen to miss Clinton .

    June 11, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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