Hillary Rosen: "I'm not a bargaining chip. I'm a Democrat."
by Travis Stark, Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 10:34:39 AM EDT
Hillary Rosen, a Clinton supporter of the highest level, is saddened by Hillary Clinton's performance last night. You know Ms. Rosen. She's often seen on TV supporting the point of view of the Clinton campaign. Today, in an article in the Huffington Post Ms. Rosen expresses her profound disappointment in Hillary's speech last night.
I know she is exhausted and she had pledged to finish the primaries and let every state vote before any final action. But by the time she got on that podium last night, she knew it was over and that she had lost. I am sure I was not alone in privately urging the campaign over the last two weeks to use the moment to take her due, pass the torch and cement her grace. She had an opportunity to soar and unite. She had a chance to surprise her party and the nation after the day-long denials about expecting any concession and send Obama off on the campaign trail of the general election with the best possible platform. I wrote before how she had a chance for her "Al Gore moment." And if she had done so, the whole country ALL would be talking today about how great she is and give her her due.
Instead she left her supporters empty, Obama's angry, and party leaders trashing her.
She goes on to talk about how Hillary is taking time to determine how to use her political capital as a bargaining chip. It's Ms. Rosen's closing that struck me.
But not my vote. I will enthusiastically support Barack Obama's campaign. Because I am not a bargaining chip. I am a Democrat.
Hillary missed an opening last night, an opening to cement her legacy in this campaign. Let's hope she finds another opening in the next few days, and that she takes it.
I'd encourage you to read the whole article for the details.