"This isn't the party I planned but I sure like the company," Hillary said as she opened her concession speech at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
Speaking to the "18 million...all walks of life," who voted for her, Hillary congratulated and endorsed Barack Obama, stating:
"The way, the way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand is to take our energy, our passions, our strengths and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama, the next president of the United States."
This is a quick and short diary. I just would like to say to everyone here to just relax a little bit and stop swaying left and right and in this direction and the other with every statement and news flash.
This has been a 14-month process. We, Obama and Clinton supporters, have all been waiting for an end to this process. It seems that the end is near and we just need to show a bit of patience. People are still voting in South Dakota and Montana. The polls are open and will be open for 4 or 5 hours. Let us all wait until they close and both candidates make their statement and we all will have our answer.
I recognize that, for some of you, this has been your first rodeo and the excitement of ending this campaign is barely bearable for you folks. But believe me (as someone who has been involved in two presidential campaigns in the 1980s) when i say that this is only the beginning, the very beginning of a very rocking, head-turning, breathtaking, and eye-dazzling ride. Punches and counter-punches are going to be flying at such a speed that you won't be able to keep up. So, my advice to you folks is to relax a bit. This has always been a marathon, not a sprint, and you need all your energy in the next 5 months to finish strong.
One more word before i wrap up this short diary: Whatever happens to night be magnanimous and respectful, and keep your emotions in check. We will not be able to win in November if we act and behave like a bunch of assholes and remember that this election has been extremely close and no candidate KOed the other. This has been a victory by points and the scorecards look awfully close, which means that there will be no victory in the fall if one half pisses off the other.
On a conference call late this afternoon with about 30 top donors, senior advisor Harold Ickes conceded that the likelihood of Clinton securing the nomination was growing more remote. But he emphatically argued to donors that the end was not here yet and that they should continue to support the Senator until she says to do otherwise.
Ok, fair enough. The amount of debt her campaign has racked up is in dispute- at minimum $20 million, but figures as high as $40 million have been reported. Telling the donors to stop ensures she's completely on the hook for it, and that's no good.
But for of Sunday's kerfluffle, what this?
Ickes said Clinton most likely would not appeal a ruling by the Democratic Party rules committee seating the delegation from a disputed primary in Michigan, according to a participant who described the call on condition of anonymity.
Peniel Conin, President & CEO of Global Basic and eNameWiz.com, has written a detailed 13-page statistical report and analysis of caucus vs. primary results from the 2008 Democratic nominating campaign. (This has been reported at Talkleft here and here and here.)
Conin suffers from a disability resulting from a car accident 40 years ago, which left her wheelchair bound at a time when there were no curb cuts or ramps and many places were inaccessible. That is what fueled her passion about caucus information.