Pre-Endorsement Speech Thread
by Todd Beeton, Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 07:48:48 AM EDT
John King on CNN: "Expect a very positive address from Senator Clinton. Don't just look for her to endorse Barack Obama but look for her to enthusiastically make the case of why it is so important that her supporters to get behind Barack Obama." Also, "Senator Clinton will make the case of why it is so important for Democrats now to come together and take the campaign against John McCain into the fall."
6,000 tickets were distributed online to attend Clinton's speech today.
Anyone else think it's funny that the cable news networks are stalking Hillary Clinton's home to get the shot of her leaving for the National Building Museum?
Update [2008-6-7 12:0:34 by Todd Beeton]:Some more speculation about what to expect from Hillary Clinton's speech from Richard Wolff on MSNBC: "I suspect that...what really matters here is that this is a call for Democratic unity. She has to show some leadership in taking her supporters to the issues that are at the heart of Obama's agenda, to say their issues and his issues are the same and that's why they should work together."
Update [2008-6-7 12:10:6 by Todd Beeton]:If you're not at a TV, CNN.com will be streaming the speech live. The speech is not expected to start before 12:30pm EDT at this point. From the cable networks' SUV cam at casa Clinton, the Clintons haven't left their house yet.
Update [2008-6-7 12:18:14 by Todd Beeton]:OK, I think I'm going to have to go back to CNN. Keith just asked Timmeh whether Al Gore's concession speech is the model of the modern day concession and Tim of course pretended that the US would have ceased to exist as we'd known it had Al Gore challenged George W. Bush instead of conceded to him. "One of the most extraordinarily gracious comments in American political history, absolutely. What could have happened on that day if Vice President Gore hadn't been so magnanimous in understanding the need to unite the country." Umm, pray tell, Tim, what exactly would have happened? Christ. How does Keith talk to this guy with a straight face? See ya MSNBC.
Update [2008-6-7 12:26:39 by Josh Orton]: Things aren't much better on CNN. Instead of going over the same conventional wisdom again and again, would it kill cable news networks to maybe find some Hillary Clinton supporters and interview them about how she inspired them? Or how Clinton brought them into the political process? Probably don't have the resources for that. Better to stick with the stakeout of Clinton's house and pointless banter with the same pundits saying nothing useful.
Update [2008-6-7 12:32:28 by Todd Beeton]:Breaking: the Clintons are on the move.
Update [2008-6-7 12:32:28 by Todd Beeton]:The rehabilitation of Bill Clinton in the media is underway. Wolf Blitzer has been asking what Bill Clinton's role in the upcoming election will be and the consensus is that he is uniquely able to appeal to certain segments of the population and has a unique skill at framing issues that could help Barack Obama in the fall, but clearly he will not be nearly as visible in the general as he was in the primary. I like that Wolf asked Donna Brazille why she and Al Gore decided not to use him more in 2000 and she said "We used him strategically to turn out the base...We saw in our polling that Al Gore needed to appeal to independents and Bill Clinton had lost some support among independents."