Gracious, she is not
June 5, 2008 1 Comment
Even in defeat it is all about Hillary.
At a time when Democrats around the country should be celebrating and rallying around their now-official candidate, Hillary managed to suck all of the air out of the room and all the attention and headlines away from Obama with her non-concession speech Tuesday, in which she congratulated her opponent for “all they’ve accomplished” but never actually conceding defeat or officially pulling out of the race.
For the past two days, Hillary has had to have the spotlight on her, stealing all media attention with her “what does Hillary want” bit.
What does Hillary want? Attention. It’s that classic Clinton narcissism coming through in overt ways.
Word is now that she will continue to string this out for another few days before officially endorsing the party’s nominee on Saturday.
Her decision came after Democrats urged her Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama…
Her decision came after a day of conversations with supporters on Capitol Hill about her future now that Mr. Obama had clinched the nomination.
Gotta love that, she has to be begged to drop out of a race that’s literally over.
We’re still talking about this, of course, because her speech Tuesday night was despicable and her refusal to express support for her opponent while continuing to try and campaign was another fun bit of doublespeak, especially this bit:
In the coming days, I’ll be consulting with supporters and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and our country guiding my way.
Bullshit. You want to see best interests of the party? here’s what it looks like:
Ladies and gentlemen, I called Senator McCain a few moments ago. It looks pretty apparent tonight that he will, in fact, achieve 1,191 delegates to become the Republican nominee for our party.
I extended to him not only my congratulations, but my commitment to him and to the party to do everything possible to unite our party, but more importantly to unite our country, so that we can be the best nation we can be, not for ourselves, but for the future generations to whom we owe everything, just as we owe previous generations all that they have done for us.
Senator McCain has run an honorable campaign because he’s an honorable man. One of the things I’m proudest of is that the two campaigns that I believe have been run in the most civil manner are the two in the Republican Party that have lasted on their feet to the final. And I’m grateful for the manner in which he has conducted his campaign.
And, quite frankly, with your great help, I’m very proud of the way that you have insisted that we conduct our campaign. And it’s been one that we will always be able to say was done with honor.
It’s now important that we turn our attention not to what could have been or what we wanted to have been, but what now must be, and that is a united party, but a party that, indeed, comes together on those principles that have brought many of us not just to this race, but to politics in general….
The apostle Paul wrote that, “I fought the good fight; I’ve finished the race; and I’ve kept the faith.” And I believe tonight that one of the things that we will be able to say is not only that we fought the good fight and finished the race; we’d like to have finished it first, but we stayed in until the race was over…
Tonight, I hope that our battle was never about us. It was about our country and its liberty. And now we join with Senator McCain and the rest in our party to continue that battle, to continue that fight, not for who gets elected, but for what we do in maintaining liberty and freedom when we get elected and when our country’s flag still waves proudly on the wall.
And the differences between Huck and Mac were larger than those between Hill and Barry.
That is what doing what is best for the party and country looks like, whereas Hill’s speech is an angry screed, bitching and complaining and passive aggressively attacking the party’s nominee:
In all of the states you voted because you wanted a leader who will stand up for the deepest values of our party. A party that believes everyone should have a fair shot at the American Dream. A party that cherishes every child, values every family, and counts every single vote.
Implying, of course, that Obama doesn’t. And hey, let’s not forget to thank Hill and Bill for all the ground work they’ve laid for the Republicans this year.
And this could be in an Obama speech:
You know, I understand that a lot of people are asking, what does Hillary want? What does she want? Well, I want what I have always fought for in this whole campaign. I want to end the war in Iraq. I want to turn this economy around. I want health care for every American. I want every child to live up to his or her God-given potential, and I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard and no longer to be invisible.
End the war in Iraq? Turn around the economy? Healthcare? Good schools? Isn’t that what democrats in general want, including Obama?
So why would her people vote for McCain? Right, because they DON’T CARE ABOUT THE PARTY OR THE COUNTRY or the issues.
Despicable. No wonder people still like Huckabee and Hillary’s unfavorables are so high.