Let Go Of The Primary Anger
by slinkerwink, Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 08:05:15 AM EDT
I'm talking to both sides here in this post--yes, to the Obama supporters, and to the Hillary supporters as well.
Obama supporters, let go of the primary anger. It's not productive anymore. We are in the general election, folks. I live in Washington, D.C., and let me tell you, Hillary Clinton is working behind the scenes to get her people onboard with Barack Obama. She knows she's not going to be the Vice-President in the end even though she is being considered like other candidates, but she IS determined to help wherever she can.
She's holding a conference call today with her donors, asking them to donate to Obama since some of them are still on the fence. She has been calling her delegates, asking them to support Obama as the nominee.
The reason why you haven't seen or heard her is because she ran for 18 MONTHS straight in a hard-fought primary contest. I think she deserves whatever time she gets off, but she'll be back in the Senate next week. Also, she's not trying to steal Obama's limelight as the nominee because he needs all the media attention on the fight between him and John McCain.
You know I was one of the harshest critics of Hillary's campaign during the primary. I've let go of that primary anger. I don't make snide remarks about her anymore. I've moved on to the general election, but some people clearly haven't.
And to the Hillary supporters, thank you for supporting Barack Obama. It's what Hillary wants you to do, and I thank you for listening to her. Now, to some of the other Hillary supporters, please be aware that Hillary is doing everything she can to support Obama, and no, she is not going to be the nominee. No, there isn't going to be an override at the convention in Denver.
Hillary Clinton is a Democrat. Whenever she says something, she means it. When she says she's a fighter, she IS a fighter. When she says she supports Obama, she SUPPORTS Obama. I thank her for doing so, and I look forward to her working in the Senate and to becoming one of the great lions of the Senate.
She and Obama both have become great icons as a result of this primary, and they will be interacting with each other on a constant basis. They once were a team of rivals, but they now are a team.
And Barack Obama has continued to recognize the great assets of Hillary Clinton in defending her against some that still hold onto their primary anger, like at the rally last night in Michigan:
Obama responded to some vocal Clinton critics in the crowd, who had reacted to praise for the senator from both the presumptive Democratic nominee and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a longtime Clinton supporter.
"I want everybody here to be absolutely clear -- I want everybody here to be absolutely clear -- Senator Clinton is one of the finest public servants we have in American life today," said Obama, noting her work on behalf of children's rights and universal health care.
"She has been on the right side of just about every battle that we have fought -- she has, in her own words, shattered a glass ceiling into 18 million pieces. ....She is worthy of our respect, she is worthy of our honor.
"...And she's tough! That's why this race took so long. She's a fighter and we need fighters in the Democratic Party. Because we've got a lot to fight for. There's a lot worth fighting for."
Thank you, Senator Obama. Thank you, Senator Clinton. I look forward to you two working together in bringing McCain down, and helping elect more Democrats to Congress.