Hillary Clinton was on her game Tuesday. It was probably the best speech she has ever given. She didn’t use any accents and maybe, for once, we heard the real Hillary Clinton — wrong about the issues and the history, but real.
Michelle Obama must have been thinking during the resounding welcome Hillary Clinton received, “How did we get here?” She thought it was supposed to be Barack’s convention, and the Clintons are stealing the show. Michelle and her brother didn’t crack a smile during the very long welcome.
Hillary cut to the chase early and said she was “a proud supporter of Barack Obama.” Bill Clinton stood up late and Michelle couldn’t crack a smile even then. As the speech wore on, finally Michelle Obama started smiling and looking and little more relaxed.
Joe Diaz takes his responsibility as a Hillary Clinton delegate very seriously. He supported and continues to support Hillary Clinton. When he arrived in Denver, he was angry but quickly realized that there were militant Hillary Clinton delegates who weren’t backing down. Joe intends on voting for Hillary Clinton and supports a total roll call vote that is not cut short. He wants his name on the list of delegates who voted for Hillary Clinton for his own sake but also as an example for his daughters. He went on to say that he wasn’t prepared for the emotional nature of this convention. But, like most of the Hillary die-hards, he will vote for Barack Obama in November.
Hillary delegates — or was it the Obama delegates? — worried there were obstacles to supporting Obama that could be insurmountable for the Clinton delegates to overcome. By Tuesday night it was hard to tell the different camps apart. During one of the news programs when the anchor tosses to the floor for reaction, the reporter said she couldn’t find any disgruntled Hillary supporters. The anchor remarked, “You are ruining our story line.”
Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Penn.) said on Sunday that the media did a poor job of covering the Obama campaign. He also said Mrs. Clinton wants to run again. Rendell gets the award for loyalty on that one.
The big tipoff to the Clinton strategy was from President Clinton, who said at an event on Tuesday, “Suppose for example you’re a voter, and you have candidate X and you have candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything but you don’t think that person can deliver on anything. Candidate Y disagrees with you on half the issues but you believe that on the other half, the candidate will be able to deliver.” He went on to say, “This is the kind of question that I predict — and this has nothing to do with what’s going on now — but I am just saying if you look at 5, 10, 15 years from now, you may actually see this delivery issue become a serious issue in Democratic debates because it is so hard to figure out how to turn good intentions into real changes in the lives of the people we represent.” He went on to “clarify” that this has nothing to do with this race.
So is there a Hillary problem, and will the 18,000,000 voters who voted for her get out and vote for Barack Obama, or will a chunk of these voters vote for John McCain? If it is the latter, it’s a game-changer for John McCain.
Hillary Clinton did what she had to do but left the business of unifying the party to Barack Obama. Aides for Mrs. Clinton have said it’s not her job to unify the party — it’s Obama’s job. She said in an event earlier on Tuesday that she’s not the Democratic attack dog, another tipoff that she’ll do so much but no more for Obama.
From the outside looking in, it appears Obama hasn’t done much to unify the party, but he did make the decision to beat her and join her. He seems to think these things will work out on there own. We’ll know for sure after President Clinton speaks and Obama takes on Invesco Field.
The Hillary die-hards want respect, and they believe Obama and his campaign have done little to give it to them. But Clinton insiders invoke President Bush as a model of how to bring an opponent in by citing the outreach to Sen. McCain in 2000. The question now is will President Clinton move on to the task at hand, bashing McCain, or will he bask in one more day of trying to remind the delegates that Hillary Clinton almost won this nomination?