What Stands Between Us? A Losing Candidate
by SovSov, Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 09:40:58 PM EDT
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.