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Hillary hits one out of the park

Posted by Bill Nance on August 26, 2008

She nailed it.

Democrats have been wondering just what the Hell to do about the Hillary loyalists who have threatened to support McCain or are still undecided. According to MSNBC, last week as many as 57% were still either undecided or claimed to have switched allegiances to John McCain.

This hysteria has been a thorn in the side of the Dems all week, and as late as today polls showed up to 30% of Hillary supporters still either undecided or having outright defected to the McCain campaign.

The reasoning of these people is something I completely fail to grasp. As someone who considers equality a big deal, I can’t fathom why a woman who cared about women’s issues would support Hillary and then switch to McCain. The man is on the wrong side of virtually every women’s issue I can think of, from equal pay, to women’s health.

If you were all about length of experience, then why not McCain in the first place? It’s not as though Hillary Clinton’s years as First Lady somehow made her particularly qualified to run the executive branch.

But Hillary scolded these people the way my mother used to let me have it:

“I haven’t spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family and fighting for women’s rights here at home and around the world . . . to see another Republican in the White House squander our promise of a country that really fulfills the hopes of our people. And you haven’t worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership,” she said.

The speech delivered exactly what the Dems were hoping for and Hillary delivered it with flair. The message was clear: Unless you think the last eight years were terrific, get over it and get busy working to elect Obama.

I’m still lukewarm on Obama. I voted for Hillary, and if I hadn’t been worried she’d lose Massachusetts to Obama, I would have voted McCain. (This is before he caved on torture).

But if Dems could have made a wish for how Hillary would handle this speech, tonight their wish was fulfilled.

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2 Responses to “Hillary hits one out of the park”

  1. batguano101 said

    I disagree: Hillary glorified Hillary, only conceding don’t vote for the Republicans, rather than promoting Obama/Biden.

    PUMA was created by a McCain contributor of hired political operatives.

    What the Clintons have managed to do was create a fake movement- PUMA- to blackmail two nights at the DNC to knee cap the actual candidates Obama/Biden.

    Hillary could not have done more harm to the Democratic party tonight than she did promoting herself in place of the Candidates in the election.

    No one wins elections saying “do not vote for the other party”, you have to cheer your party candidates. The Clintons made sure that did not happen right up to a cheer leader preceding her “video”/speach, saying “NO” to the republicans, but not cheering the actual candidates.

    So, no Clinton could not have done the ticket more harm tonight.

  2. […] I could just go on an on here. On every significant issue, McCain is the polar opposite of Hillary. But don’t take my word for it, listen to Hillary: “I haven’t spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for univ… […]

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