What Stands Between Us? A Losing Candidate

I want to hug the HRC people but Hillary insists on getting in my way.  I'm mad and frustrated.

Deep down I wanted the epic ending on this historic June 3, 2008 night.  I wanted to see her bust out, I wanted her to damn those Clinton Torpedoes, and let it rip in an unfettered gesture of support for the historic figure who won - Obama.  Yet, she couldn't do it.  Instead she reminded us it was she who was right, she was the better candidate, she won the most votes, and she was introduced as the "next president of the United States." As she reminded us it was all about "asking, 'What does Hillary want? What does she want?'" Sadly, for her great and devoted supporters the candidate fumbled the golden ball on the biggest of nights in American History.  She stole from her supporters the right to say "see we told you she was great.  How dare you question us or her!" Instead, as some said, "it was deranged narcissism."

She could have wowed us but instead she merely reminded us of who she was - the Hillary Clinton who detractors love to point to.  As much as I wanted Obama's victory, and at times really didn't like Hillary, I wanted that Hollywood ending.  The one where the narcissist sheds their self love.  The one where the naysayer doesn't play to our fears and doubts.  The one where we see transformation before our eyes.  The one where she says "Penn you are a fucking idiot." The ending where Obama's supporters are forced to say "I was all wrong about her...she is greater than we could have ever expected." Instead she merely begged the question and asked her supporter to "go to hillaryclinton.com and tell her how she should proceed." Hmmmm?  I wonder what they are going to say?  Support Obama?  HRC wants them to say "go to Denver" and she will then use that as her reason.  It was a pathetic begging for an answer.  It reminded me of that girlfriend who asks "do I look pretty?"   

I was watching Anderson 360 and in total shock when one of Hillary's surrogates emailed in about how "it was Hillary's night" and they should understand that and not be so shocked by her lack of concession and lack of a call for unity in her Tuesday night speech.  IT WAS ABOUT HER!  Jeffrey Toobin let it rip when he called that comment evidence of deranged narcissism.

In the end I was saddened by Clinton.  I wanted her to prove me, and all of us over the top Obamatons, dead wrong.  I wanted her just to put nothing but fuel in the tank of Obama's historic and moving speech.  I wanted her to make me ashamed of having doubted her motives.  I wanted her to give her supporters the right to tell me "see, she is great, she is a uniter, she is a loyalist, god damn it SHE'S HILLARY CLINTON! And you were an ignorant ass for having doubted her and her supporters." Instead she ignored the loss, thumbed her nose at the victor, and headed for a parallel universe.

Obama's speech was riveting, moving, and simply a jaw dropper.  It made Hillary, and McCain's, earlier speeches pathetic.  It was Hillary's historic moment to play the opening act to one of our nation's soon to be most historic speeches.  Instead she offered up little more than the Bronx Cheer.  

I so want to open my arms to Hillary's people.  If I could only get Hillary out of the way so the hug can be made.

Tags: concession, Hillary, obama, Speech (all tags)

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35 Comments

Re: What Stands Between Us? A Losing Candidate

But she's still shining on. Like polished gold.

Which is kinda shiny.

by X Stryker 2008-06-03 09:42PM | 0 recs
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I want to hug the HRC people but Hillary insists on getting in my way.

If you don't hug her they won't come... if you keep taking shots at her. They won't come.  As simple as that... otherwise it comes across as you are just patronizing them..

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-03 10:00PM | 0 recs
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More like Pyrite (fools gold)

by LordMike 2008-06-03 10:08PM | 0 recs
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I still have no good idea what that means.

by SovSov 2008-06-03 09:44PM | 0 recs
Well written piece

Share similar sentiments. I just shared my thoughts in the blog post below yours.  

Toobin was bold and spot on with his analysis. "Hillary's night"? What a $#($#($(*$ to do on her part.

by optimusprime 2008-06-03 09:49PM | 0 recs
ive got news for you - if you continue to TALK

about their candidate like this - they wont want to hug you back.

by canadian gal 2008-06-03 09:49PM | 0 recs
You seem confused


You really think that her suporters are up for grab, just like that? Without the person THEY support getting anything but a torrent of sarcasm from the MSM, from the Obama loving punditocracy?

you are confused

by TaiChiMaster 2008-06-03 09:49PM | 0 recs
I'm looking to history

And I have never seen such a speech by the loser.  It was graceless and a punch in the eye to her supporters.  It left them w/o a salve.  It left them in a protracted battle which is over.  Her supporters are democrats.  Thus, they are not hers.  If she wants to give them to McCain...have at it.  It's sick.

by SovSov 2008-06-03 09:53PM | 0 recs
Oh please

The biggest obstacle standing between us is continually slamming the Clinton's to their supporter's faces.

Am I supposed to jump up and down shouting my congratulations after this, eager and willing to vote for Obama?

Sore winners aren't my cup of tea, sorry.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-06-03 09:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh please

"oh please" that totally was my first thought.

by alyssa chaos 2008-06-03 09:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh please

So what exactly did you object to in Obama's speech? What exactly proclaimed him a "sore winner" to you?

Exact quote please.

by Aris Katsaris 2008-06-03 10:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh please

Nothing. I was referring to this diarist and diary.

I thought Obama gave a fine speech.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-06-04 04:45AM | 0 recs
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ooohhh man, I think I should email The Clinton Campaign and tell them that SovSov really wanted a concession and is heartbroken that they didnt get one. So to make one up quick for their entertainment pleasure.

[Im feeling snarky. So read in snarkish girl voice with a bit of sarcasm and wit rolled in;]

by alyssa chaos 2008-06-03 09:56PM | 0 recs
Re: What Stands Between Us? A Losing Candidate

This is an insult to my intelligence.

It seems that Obama and his supporters have a hard time understanding this. I am not supporing Clinton because I am in love with her. I choose to vote for her since I thought she was better suited for the job. Since she is not going to be the nominee I am going to look for a new one and right now it is not Obama.

You see it is irrevelent what Hillary does. I gave hope in her after IN/NC. Even her endorsment is not going to swing my vote. The problem is not Hillary. It is Obamas policy and if he wants my vote he should change them.

by navid 2008-06-03 09:57PM | 0 recs
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Go look at McCain's speech tonight.  Then ask yourself, was Hillary right when she touted him over Obama?  I would be livid at any democratic candidate who was doing this.  I'm disgusted by any candidate who decides, win or lose, it must be them.  Hillary is pissing me off b/c this is the narrative she pushes.  Her approach is to divide and that has frankly has not been shared by any candidate, dem or rep, during this cycle.  It is an insult, to her followers. Tonight, McCain was more gracious to Hillary's supporters than Hillary was to Obama's.  Now there's a kick in the pants.

by SovSov 2008-06-03 10:10PM | 0 recs
Re: What Stands Between Us? A Losing Candidate

Unbelievable.

Hillary Clinton is attacked for months and painted as equivalent to Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.  Some of her supporters are told to just get the hell out of the party.

All this while she won the popular vote.

And now you wonder why she wouldn't kiss up to your candidate who is claiming the nomination because RBC thugs stole some delegates for him?

This division in the Democrat Party is real because many of us are clearly in very different places although, technically, in the same Universe.

by FireLight 2008-06-03 09:59PM | 0 recs
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No one... absolutely NO ONE told Clinton supporters to get out of the party...  That is a myth.  We want you with us and simply can;t understand why you've been trying to steal the nomination from the guy who rightfully won the race MONTHS ago!

BTW, Obama just won over 2210 delegates without any of MI's, so that number of yours is bogus.

She hasn't won the popular vote, unless, of course, you disenfranchise the over 1 million caucus voters our there...

But, she is still trying to steal the nomination even though she has lost and lost decisively... so, what do you call that?

by LordMike 2008-06-03 10:12PM | 0 recs
FireLight is right

See the problem is that we've heard for months how we are racist, trailer trash, uneducated, old ladies, hillbillies, don't know what's in our best interests, etc., etc.  We've also heard how our candidate is a manipulate, scheming witch.  Well, remember something. Even though the short term memories of us old uneducated hillbillies are sometimes lacking, our long-term memories are quite good.

by lombard 2008-06-03 10:49PM | 0 recs
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What friggin' nerve and narcissism, buddy.

Today was the day for the SD and Montana caucuses.  Why Team Obama had to make it Superdelegate Election Day today, rather than tomorrow, well- basically because they were too upset about one more little 'he wins one, she wins one' PR cycle.  Pathetic, petty, classless.

I'm sorry, that was nowhere near The Greatest Speech of All Time.  Rather bland and boring, actually.  The man said nothing we haven't heard before 100 times- though if you add in the extra dose of clichés, maybe you have a point of it being different.

We apologize that Hillary didn't give you your boost of ego and selfimportance, and sense that you're taking part in the Greatest Historical Event Ever.

You Obama people and the media have been relentless about projecting your narcissism on Hillary.  It's been disgusting.

by killjoy 2008-06-03 10:11PM | 0 recs
Re: What Stands Between Us? A Losing Candidate

Umm... he WON the nomination today, pal.  It was HIS day, not hers...

They could have done it together, but she refused.  So be it.

by LordMike 2008-06-03 10:14PM | 0 recs
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He could perfectly well have had the superdelegates come forward tomorrow.

But no, it's Master of the Universe time.

by killjoy 2008-06-03 10:16PM | 0 recs
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It was better to have the pledged delegates put him over the top than the superdelegates... that way, the voters determined the election.

Everyone knew this, which is why it happened.

by LordMike 2008-06-03 10:22PM | 0 recs
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ironic though don't you think that he 'won' the same time he 'lost' 57-43%, and lost big in a state that was supposed to be his. how does that bode for the nominee?

by swissffun 2008-06-03 10:39PM | 0 recs
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She campaigned hard there.. he had moved on... I notice that you ignore that he crushed her in Montana and won the night overall in votes.

by LordMike 2008-06-04 04:43AM | 0 recs
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It was a cheap and petty manipulation/move to do it today.

You can deny it all you want, but that's simply what it was.  There is no other rationale for forcing it today.

by killjoy 2008-06-03 10:51PM | 0 recs
Because McCain was going after him

Yeah, the historic night that a black man gets a nomination and the Democratic Party, with its history of assassinated civil rights leaders, shouldn't take pride in it.  I guess having McCain take a free potshot at him is the way that you want the Democratic Party to support their presumptive nominee.

Talk about cheap and petty logic.

by Regenman 2008-06-03 11:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Because McCain was going after him


He didn't "get" it, as if the Divine had ordained this particular day.  He and his people were just pissed at Clinton and decided to insult her and take away whatever moment of sunshine she got out of the small win today.

What a big man.  Not.

by killjoy 2008-06-03 11:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Because McCain was going after him

Blah blah...

He's been letting her "shine in her wins" for the last month or so... all that its done is made her more defiant...

He is the winner... he should get his day.  She got to do her speech first, BTW.

by LordMike 2008-06-04 04:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Because McCain was going after him

How gracious.
by killjoy 2008-06-04 08:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Because McCain was going after him

He didn't "get" it, as if the Divine had ordained this particular day.  He and his people were just pissed at Clinton and decided to insult her and take away whatever moment of sunshine she got out of the small win today.

What a big man.  Not.

by killjoy 2008-06-03 11:53PM | 0 recs
it's that damn conspiracy again.

this time it's the MSM. Now can someone tell me why the MSM would back Obama?  Was it his 30 years of influence?  Was it his many years as the leader of the Dem Party?  Was it his ability to bring uber rich people together and broker deals?  Was it his deep connections after 8 years of leading the country?  No, Clintons had those things and Obama had pixy dust.  Yea, Obama was able to conspire to bring the media to their knees :-)  

by SovSov 2008-06-03 10:21PM | 0 recs
so angry


what about my hug.

Oh wait I forgot that I had to renounce Hillary.

by TaiChiMaster 2008-06-03 10:24PM | 0 recs
Daff?

Who said renounce?  Obama's speech was a glowing rendition of Hillary's better side and a "hug" to her supporters.  No one said to "renounce."  Maybe just act like a democrat and support the party's choice.  The one which won.  It wasn't a problem for Biden's, Richards, Dodd's, or Edwards' people.  What the heck?  

by SovSov 2008-06-03 10:35PM | 0 recs
Re: it's that damn conspiracy again.


It's because he was the centrist candidate.

You can deny it all you want and pretend he was the candidate of liberals.  There are plenty of Obama supporters who admit he was the moderate.

Clinton stands for the hardcore Democratic agenda since Nixon's times.  Obama's version is a softer, gentler, 'bipartisan' thing that the Blue Dogs find far more agreeable.

by killjoy 2008-06-03 10:55PM | 0 recs
That's OK.

I don't want your hugs anyway.

by lombard 2008-06-03 10:43PM | 0 recs

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