Obama Make THE Speech to Hillary Supporters
by wasanyonehurt, Thu Sep 11, 2008 at 06:03:43 PM EDT
I've debated whether we need to wait a few more days before writing this but as more state and national polls come out, it's clear to me with each passing day that this bounce is probably not a bounce but an actual game-shifting surge. Your surrogates try to point to this or that in these polls to rationalize that it's solely due to independents or just renewed enthusiasm from the Republican base. Blindly believing that some of Hillary's supporters aren't still hurt and seeking closure for those feelings, at this point, leads us closer and closer to defeat.
Hillary made her speech to her supporters, Bill made his speech to Hillary's supporters - they were fine speeches but those speeches were not enough for many.
** BARACK IT'S TIME YOU MAKE 'THE SPEECH' DIRECTED STRAIGHT TO HILLARY's SUPPORTERS **
And you need to do it NOW. But you say, "I always ask them for their vote at every stump I give". No, not in a stump speech. In a focussed speech targeted at HILLARY's supporters with Hillary by your SIDE.
Don't worry that detractors might say "insincerity, it's self-serving because he's losing and needs them now" or that no way is it going to work, don't even bother - The ELECTION is at stake. Nobody needs to rehash what happened in the Primaries and the VP selection, but try to think how your supporters would have felt if you were in Hillary's shoes after a hard fought primary and being skipped over for VP - and you'll know in your heart how they feel.
You've taken it this far to not go take the last measure needed to get the train back on its tracks - a little empathy, humility, sincerity will work. Explain in your own words how you viewed what transpired and REALLY ask them for THEIR VOTE.
Look up the word 'ELOQUENCE' in the dictionary and your picture is there - we know you can weave the words. You won't convince all of them but I believe those that have gravitated to McCain/Palin will at least hear you out and you'll get to many of them. At the very least if they still can't support you - they might not vote at all rather than pulling the lever for McCain, this may be just as important in a close election.
I know you'll do the right thing.
Anyone that's read my posts know that I am and have been a die-hard Clinton supporter but I have made the decision to support Obama because I don't believe this nation can stand four more years of an Economy where families lose their homes/jobs and make routine decisions about whether to put gas in their car or feed their kids; or where they're gonna get the money to heat their homes. I'm old enough to remember how a bad economy destroys lives and flows into every aspect of society and pits people against each other.
I believe he needs to speak directly to Hillary's supporters, if not - all he has left to change the momentum of this race is the hope of a McCain/Palin disaster in the debates. And that's too risky of a hope to make.
For those of you Obama supporters who have a knee-jerk reaction of attacking anything "Hillary" that pops up or saying "screw you" to any dem ready to turn to McPalin - you need to STOP if you want to WIN this election. Show some empathy and consideration and let Barack do his thing to mend fences. He doesn't need you working against him.