June 3rd, 2008
06:17 PM ET

The art of losing well

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Bruce Weinstein
The Ethics Guy, BusinessWeek

Why does Hillary continue to run, when the odds against her winning the Democratic Party’s nomination are so slim? Perhaps it’s because she truly believes she is the best person to be the next President of the United States. Perhaps it’s because she is convinced that, with continued determination, she can succeed at this formidable task. But the reason could be much simpler.

She may consider losing to be a form of personal failure.

If so, she is clearly not alone in feeling this way. We live in a culture that celebrates winners and chastises losers. “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” might well be the unofficial motto of this country. Indeed, everyone loves a winner, but losers are viewed with scorn and derision. This is more than unfortunate; it’s unfair. I will argue that we should rethink losing and that we ought to embrace our losses, rather than run from them.

UCLA football coach Henry “Red” Sanders (who, not Vince Lombardi, coined the expression) was mistaken in holding winning to be “the only thing.” No one would rationally want to live in a world in which winning is our sole objective. There are other considerations that are as, or more, important than winning, whether the subject is football, corporate management, dating, or any other social activity.

The five fundamental principles of ethics are:

Do No Harm
Make Things Better
• Respect Others: 1, 2
• Be Fair: 1, 2
Be Compassionate

If winning were truly “the only thing”, then there would be no problem with hurting other people, cheating, lying, or stealing to achieve this objective. As we’ve seen too often over the past several years, however, the politicians, CEO’s, and athletes who have made a fetish out of winning at all costs have lost their careers, their marriages, their reputations, and sometimes even their freedom. The outrage over steroid use in baseball is fueled by the recognition that winning at the expense of fairness is just plain wrong. Getting rich by destroying the pensions of one’s own employees is, as Enron’s Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling discovered, winning at its worst.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the idea of winning, but if we ignore the ethical responsibilities of avoiding harm, being honest, and treating others fairly, we will forfeit the most important thing of all: our own integrity.

With the above considerations in mind, I propose the following rules for rising to the challenge when you don’t reach a goal you’re trying to achieve:

1. BE ANGRY…BUT NOT FOR TOO LONG. It’s understandable to be upset when you lose, but dwelling on the loss, obsessing over it, or making it the focus of your life is more hurtful than helpful. As difficult as it may be to deal effectively with anger in every situation, it is in your own interest not to let anger get the best of you.

2. ACCEPT REALITY. We often tell ourselves, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Unfortunately, we have less control over our lives than we’d like to believe, and there is nothing we can do to alter this. There *is* such a thing as a zeitgeist (literally “spirit of the times”), and all the determination in the world cannot make other people do, say, or vote for something if they don’t want to. It should lessen the blow to realize that there is only so much we can do to affect the change we seek.

3. LOOK FOR THE LESSON. Yes, we learn by winning. (Think about how you surprised yourself the last time you accomplished something you thought would be too difficult to achieve.) But we also learn by losing, if we have the courage to pay attention. In looking honestly at a failed attempt to get a job or develop a romantic relationship, the lesson could be that we need to rethink our approach, or that we need to change something about ourselves. The best way to succeed next time, or to learn how to handle defeat better, is to find the lesson from our loss and take it to heart.

4. CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK. The ethical responsibilities to be fair and compassionate apply to how we treat ourselves, not just others. Berating yourself for losing isn’t a kind or decent way to treat yourself, and doing so prevents you from getting back into action, which can lead to further losses.

5. KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE. How many successful people do you know who are burdened by the weight of their past failures? If you let losing get the best of you, it will be all but impossible to go forward. Allow yourself to feel angry, but accept reality, learn from the experience, don’t be too hard on yourself, and move on.

These guidelines are intended to help you make the best of a losing situation. Let’s not forget, though, that the first order of business after losing is to congratulate the winner. Anyone can win. It takes a person of courage and grace to accept defeat and honor the victor. Such a person is will move beyond loss and emerge a stronger and better person…and be a true winner.

This is an adaptation of an article that first appeared on BusinessWeek.com.

Write to Bruce@TheEthicsGuy.com.

Program note: Bruce Weinstein is a guest on CNN's American Morning, Wednesday, June 4, beginning at 6a ET

Filed under: Bruce Weinstein • Ethics • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Dianna from WA

    Why does everyone expect Hillery to be a "good sport" .
    Geees get over it! Hillery made a smart play tonight.
    " Obama,you take me with you as Vice pres., and I will deliver 18 million votes " Check mate..

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  2. Pat NY


    Do you judge Eleanor Roosevelt, Coretta Scot King or Jackie Kennedy as harshly? Or your female friends? You have no idea what goes on behind closed doors, and it's not really any of your business.

    Maybe if everyone wasn't trying to bully Hillary out of the race every single day for months.... maybe if it wasn't SO close.....maybe if Obama had shown ANY graciousness BEFORE tonight......maybe then Hillary would have made a different speech.

    This speech was for her supporters who are feeling robbed. Have you people no insight at all?

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  3. Rhonda Tuckett

    I have always had a great deal of respect for Hilary Clinton and where she stands on the issues until this evening. I must say that Sen. Clinton's stubborness and refusal to concede the race to Sen. Obama reveals an unflattering personality flaw, a real lack of understanding of the political process, and just plain old "sour grapes" regarding her defeat. Enough is enough Hilary, give it up already; try being more gracious!!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  4. Margaret Boyajian

    The Democratic Party had two very extraordinary candidates vying for the presidential nomination. Hillary lost the nomination but not by much, and she can hardly be described as a loser. It has been a long, hard-fought race with many factors involved, but both candidates share similar beliefs and aspirations. The dream ticket would have Hillary as vice-president to help Obama achieve his goals and to gain the support of those who voted for Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  5. Tony James

    Driving home tonight, listening to Hillary speak, I realized just how far she had allowed her ego to go. Thanking everyone for all their efforts, saying her goodbyes, expressing her unwaivering dedication to "the cause", yet being so secretive about her intentions....made her sound like a cult leader! I was waiting for her to start passing out Kool-Aid. The entire discussion was wrapped around her, with very little about the reality of her losing to a candidate who ran a more successful campaign. No intentions of party unity. No perceptions of reality. If Obama considers her in the least for the Vice-Presidency, she would be a cancer from within, with her holding a constant candle for the presidency.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  6. Louise

    We need you to take a step back this is not about you or your husband this election is about the american people, release us from bondage, you are leaving a big sore. you think of nothing but yourself and what you can get out of it, you said your mother 's birthday is tomorrow well give her a big present by showing her she taught you something and that's how to lose and step back. You gave it your best, rules are rules and you are the loser not the winner. we want to move forward and rise above you and your husband tactics. PLEASE GO HOME

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  7. Denzel

    I am a Hillary supporter,but I strongly feel that tonight she should have said thank you to her supporters,and then let our next president Obama have his night in HISTORY.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  8. rosey

    Every day she denies that she lost , she cashes checks from hard working women. Thease women can ill afford to pay off the debt from Hillary's mismanagement. Hillary is a multimillionaire but will take a bike from an eleven year old and then brag about it. Greed does not begin to describe her motives!

    I am a retired white women who can clearly see Hillary's motives in not admitting she lost.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  9. Job well done

    Congratulations Obama!

    I am upset with the way H. Clinton is handling her loss. The bulldog clenched teeth hold she has on this democrat nomination with her 18m and refusal to concede, is beginning to look like she can believe a man of color beat her. She is beginning to be a thorn in my flesh.

    I now believe if Obama chooses H. Clinton he will need to watch his back at all times. She will try to sabotage him as a president. But then again the saying goes; you should keep your enemies close so you know where they are at all times.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  10. Joy A Lorton

    What did the blogger mean by "Give her [Hillary] time to adjust. This should have been her night." If Hillary is as much of a leader as she'd like us to think she is, she ought to be rising above and beyond what to me sounds like "She's the female – the most sensitive gender – who has to be given time to adjust because of her sensibilities." I'd thought all along that Hillary – while it can't be denied she's a woman – wanted to be "one of the guys" in a lot of ways. It seems to me that when it's convenient for Hillary to be "as tough as the guys," and when it's convenient for her to be "a woman and you know how sensitive a woman is," she's manipulating our perception of who she is. In my view, I believe this makes Hillary inauthentic. We need an authentic leader – whether winner or loser – whether male or female – and for me, Obama represents the authenticity I haven't seen in a politician in a heck of a long time. I'm a child of the 60's and as an 18-year-old, I was youthfully enthusiastic and excited about seeing John F. Kennedy elected as President. Now, as a woman "in my 60's" instead, it's the first time I've felt that same youthful enthusiasm and excitement about seeing Barack Obama elected as President.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  11. Donald M. Smith

    Clinton got my vote not for her but for the party. Now that the primary is over for the party so is Clinton. Its time to tell you that My vote is for Obama. I speak of Democrats across America. Tomorrow, please stay home Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  12. mike

    Stop beating on Clinton, it was tight race till the end and she got as many votes as Obama did. I am proud of her. CNN stop beating on Hillary just because she does not do and say what you want!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  13. Judy Mitzel

    How in the world is anyone suppoze to trust a political party that has a Bush mindset going back to Gore/Bush contest the will of the people was to have Gore president but because of DELEGATES not the PEOPLE we have had 8 LONG years of terrior. Why cant the people's vote not the DELEGATE vote be the stongest? I am American first this is what Obama says then why does'nt the vote of the Americans count more than the hand picked DELEGATE. Thank you!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  14. John E

    Well Clinton didn't surprise. She was at least consistent. It continues to be all about Hillary and all about the power she desires and not about the party and about the country. That is what I have seen with her from day one and she just keeps on showing us this fact.

    Sad but at least consistent.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  15. Tori

    Also I thought it was interesting how the political team was talking about a generation gap that was voting for different candidates. I would like to point out that the age group of 18-24 is the 9/11 group. To me I choose Obama because he confirmed what the youth vote knew. The republicans always use fear to get the votes. He would not do that. Many of my friends that voted for Obama agree with me that Hillary Clinton's stance on Iran sounded too much like McCain. Fear again.

    The 9/11 generation started High school with the 2000 election debacle. Went through 9/11 watching the terror unfold on our classroom TVs. We also went through Afghanistan and then Iraq. Now as we leave or enter collage we are faced with a crumbling economy and rising costs. What do we do next?

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  16. Robyn

    Congratulations Barack!!!!!
    Thanks for allowing my 87 year old mother see this day.
    Take on Hillary as VP to insure the victory. You will still be PRESIDENT!!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  17. Andrea

    To the Clinton supporters...You're giving women a bad name.Your behavior,the tantrums and some of the comments are embarrassing-we women are smarter and better than that. Quit whining,take a "Big Girl Pill " and get over it. Let's beat the pants off of the Republicans in November.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  18. douglas

    It is no longer the White House it is now the Black House. Ha Ha Ha Go Obama

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  19. Lynda K. Raheem

    My family and I have been invigorated by this presidential campaign. As an African-American family, we never thought we would live to see this historic night. (My octogenarian parents and three year old granddaughter have been mesmerized by this process). We are proud to have been part of this process. As proud African Americans, proud democrats, this has been the most exciting process we've experienced. We are disappointed Hillary didn't accept defeat and acknowledging Barack's success.

    We are looking forward to volunteering in Miami to help "our" candidate win the white house.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  20. Judi Smith

    Hillary Clinton is going to become our next great president the media has bit their selves in their own buts about this fact! They threw Hillary under the bus months ago and keep backing up on her every day. The democratic party is a joke, last Saturday about 19 out of 30 people decided that Michigan should not count in the past primary election, so they alone in effect as you well know decided the very next president of the United States Of America

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  21. Carl

    I am disappointed that Hillary did not use that very historic moment to unite the democratic party, but I am not surprised. I guess she'll have to leave under intense sniper fire......yeah, right. If I could take a page out of coach Dennis Green's book, "Hillary is who we thought she was." She is not VP material today or no day, and she showed us why tonight. Why is everyone dancing around the truth? That other network that ends in "x" tells untruths all day every day. Will CNN stand up for that part of our country that, for once, would like to hear the truth put back on the table. No network plays the National Anthem late at night anymore, and it would sure feel good to know that it's okay to truly bless America with some truth. I am a veteran whose served in both the Marines and the Air Force. I think I'm intitled to that much. Thanks, and God bless you all.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  22. Jesse

    Everyone Needs to Shout Up, Hilary Clinton Had All The Right To Stay Until The End. The Media (Like CNN) Like To Make News From Nothing And Make It Big. Also If Bill Clinton Wants To Say Something About The Vanity Fair Jouranalist, He Can, He Has A Right To Question The Accuser. Learn How To Be Republican.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  23. david mckean

    Hillary came off looking small and petty. Obama was powerful in his ability to frame this as about the country not about him. No to Hillary as VP. She is not on his level

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  24. Fran Says

    Hillary proved tonight what the most of America already knows . . . this is not about the Democratic Party, this is about her.

    She has shown disrespect and disregard for her party and the voice of the nation. This should be a proud day for the democrats . . . Hillary has made it about herself . . . once again.

    It will be a mistake for Obama to even consider Hillary for VP. She is not interested in his vision. She is only concerned with herself and her personal ambitions.

    She promised America she will fight to ensure the democratic nominee will will the White House. Tonite, she showed America the truth. America takes a back seat to Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  25. Luwie

    Obamas speech was truly inspirational, as all ways he was able to deliver a brilliant speech. But most importantly it was a speech which sort to unify as opposed to divide, where he showed that he ran this campaign not as a African American but as a American. This is what the American people should remember when they vote in November, they should not choose their next president based on race, gender or nationalism but based purely on their policy and nothing else. And I have no doubt that Obama would win in November if this is done.

    Finally i would just hope for the sake of America and the rest of the world that Obama does not turn out to be all talk and no work. That he (unlike most leaders in developing nations who make a lot of promises that they do not keep) will keep his word and deliver what he promises!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  26. Glenda mbugua

    What Barack has done to night is he has created another history,
    that"America belongs to Americans and that we have to give our people [Americans] the best before we distribute it to others.
    I think " Barak Obama is a gift from God to America in this hard economic and cultural Times.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  27. imelda diaz

    very unfair to criticize Hillary for not getting out. I believe like most people you the media is and has been unfair to Hillary. Obama has not been the best either but yet all the credit you people gave him.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  28. Alecia

    It would seem that Hillary is not good at admitting defeat. That can be good and it can also be bad. Will she display this same type of attitude if she gets the VP position and will she know how to act as a helper and not a hindrance in the Big House? I am afraid she may never give up and will continue to fight. That can lead to disruption of the poltical process and keep President Obama watching his back.
    They have enough competition in the other party.
    I think it is time for her to stop competing and show that she can work for the country and the issues and her parties best interest.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  29. Kyle

    I watched both speaches. And while Obama made consiliatory overtones to Clinton and used "we" and "our" Clinton did not at all acknowledge Obama. Count how many time times "I" or "me" were used by her her. Who is trying to make a team here. For Clinton as it has alway been; it's always about her.

    PS I am haven't endorsed anyone yet. But after hearing her tongiht if she is the the VP I won't vote for the party.


    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  30. Sandi Simoneau

    Hello Anderson,

    I am a Canadian, but I have been watching this primary season from the first debate to the last speech tonight. I am female and 49 years old so if I was American I would probably be called a Hilary supporter. This has been an amazing race to watch.

    But tonight I have to say I am very disappointed in Hilary Clinton, and I agree with Mr. Tubin, that she did the wrong thing.

    She says she is committed to the party, the country and her supporters but she has let her supporters believe she will go on no matter which way you slice it. When she does not go on, and accepts some kind of position that she wants ( in the next couple of days), as a supporter I would feel more let down. She should have stopped all that Denver talk tonight.

    I believe she is supporting herself, and am very disappointed that she was not more supportive of the new nominee.

    As your neigbour I feel proud of you and what your country has done tonight.

    Thank you

    June 3, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  31. andrew achsen

    Happy Birthday Mr. Anderson!

    I was just listening to your panel's commentary on this evening's historic event, and I was saddened to hear Mr. Toobin's disdainful comment about the "Clinton's deranged egotism." Mr. Toobin should be ashamed of such blatant mean-spiritedness and unprofessional partisanship.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  32. Evan in Canada

    Hillary Clinton is forcing the party to decide the nominee and this act in itself shows an unpresidential indecisiveness.
    Barack Obama's speech was fantastic, brimming with positivity. I only wish they had turned out the lights in the arena and put a spotlight on Obama as the roar from the crowd rose from the surrounding darkness. The optics would have been even more powerful.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  33. Richard

    Hillary doesn’t need more time to realize she lost the race, she needs more time for supporters to go to HillaryClinton.com so the campaing can earn more money so she can pay herself back.

    It’s not about conceding and endorsing Barack and bringing the party together, its about her money!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  34. David L.

    Hilary Clinton ran a phenomenal campaign and she deserves the standing ovation. However, as she did in the past time and time again, she fails to make the key decisions at the right place and at the right time. The key decision for Hilary tonight was to acknowledge that Obama has earned the democratic nomination and that she will get behind Obama to ensure a win in November.
    Instead, we see Hilary trying to make a case for #2 spot and conveying her case for it in almost a threatening way, citing the fact that she has almost 18 million people behind her. Hilary could have accomplished so much more had she rallied her supporters to get behind Obama. That would have made a stronger case for her for any seat in the Obama administration.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  35. Adam - North Carolina

    I agree with Dadedi wholeheartedly. Laura, you talk about "white women" like they're some commodity that can be bought and sold. Last time I checked, you don't speak for all white women. You want to know why people just roll they're eyes and laugh when women start screaming about Den-ver, Den-ver! It's because you're a punchline at that point. I mean for god's sake, you got two states GIVEN to you when Obama wasn't even on the ballot in one. Let's be honest, Obama didn't win with only black voters, or only male voters. He won this primary when he brought home 11 states in a row white, black, brown and yellow. I'm sorry that you see Hillary as the great white "woman" hope. Dadedi hit right on the head...she's nothing more than a smart lady with a LOT of baggage.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  36. Waheed

    Hey Americans,

    I am Canadian and I am writing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have been following this election closely since the beginning. I am proud of all my American brothers and sisters who have finally voted a Black presidential nominee. Listening to Obama gives me goose bumps. I think he will be the next Ronald Reagan or JFK. I am very disappointed in Hilary that she can not fathom him being the next and first ever black president. She should not use her so called 18 million supporters for her own political gains. She should have just conceded and made this a truly historic night for Obama and the world.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  37. Lynne in AZ

    As a long-time Clinton supporter, I thought Hillary's speech was thoughtful and gave the respect that half of the democratic voters deserved. Some of the commentators seem to forget that this was a close race to the end – I don't think Hillary's speech was about arrogance, but about helping her supporters to stay energized into the race.

    Geez, guys, give us a couple of days. I was proud.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  38. Di

    Hillary did nothing but, embarrass all women tonight. She is considered a party leader but, did nothing to bow out of the race gracefully and take her place as a true party leader. Who is discounting white women? Take a look at the top echelons of corporate America. There are many more white women at top positions than people of color. Unfortunately Hillary lived up to every stereotype that gave white women the tag line in Working Women as the least trusted women. I really hate that. Every white woman isn't like that. Every white woman wouldn't be stupid enough to continue to stay with a man who is a loose cannon, a womanizer and a pathological liar. Who can win with that kind of baggage? Hillary disrespected minorities in South Carolina, she disrespected all Americans by attempting to make it seem as though non-whites aren't hard working, the RFK comment and now she can't even be graceful in losing? I'm not interested in hearing anyone's whining anymore. Let's all GROW UP! Obama is the nominee. Clinton was a great Senator. She can regain her dignity if she does the right thing.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  39. Karl Kamloops BC Canada

    I live in Canada and have spent last few hours listening to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama I laugh at the Cnn tag Team with Anderson tonight with why did Hillary not concede tonight distance her more from Barack Obama and the DEMOCRATS far from the truth this was Obama night she knew her speech was simple CNN reported many times over the your exit polls should that Hillary voters would not in fact vote for Obama but rather McCain so get over your stupid comments CNN Tag Team tonight was about both Hillary and Obama as the dream team both her speech and Obama's fantastic speech about Hillary I live in Canada and can see the big picture why cant the CNN Tag team not see it

    So you all failed tonight with your reporting this was in fact bringing the Democrats togeher even more for the push to November

    June 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  40. Lynne Palmer

    Wow! The best political team on tv! You are making race an issue when Senator Obama is not. You are over the top in your criticism of one of the most amazing polibical leaders in America 00 Hilary Clinton. She is tough and a fighter and she has a huge following and a right to be heard. Many.... your bias is amazing. You are incredibbly fortunate as a nation to have Barak Obama.... but you also should be incredibly grateful for Hillary..... C'mon....
    ... I'm an interested Canadian ...who enjoys universal health care...
    But I am amazed at just how bias your coverage is. Bill Clinton was right about the media in the US. I love both candidates and thought Hillary's speech was fabulous tonight.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  41. Shawn

    Listened to Hillary's speach and thought it was fine. Then you hear the Pundants and they are just nasty to Hillary Clinton, We are so tired of it. Months and Months of Pundants criticism.
    Obama said he will be talking to the leaders of countries that the United States has never had a positive relationship, if he is saying he can do is then why couldnt he work with a Clinton. I know the Pundants cannot see it, but the Pundants have proven to me they consider themselves to be more enlightened than they are. Pundants have caused more division in this race than any canidate.
    Hillary did fine, put yourself in her shoes, Long Days, long hours, Millions of Dollars and way too much horrible criticism than needed.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  42. Lois S. Walsh

    I support Senator Hillary Clinton. I am NOT planning to support Senator Obama. I do not feel I am Un-American or Un-Patriotic by holding this position. On the contrary... I am allowed- last time I checked- to form my own opinions and draw my own conclusions,. Please therefore, stop preaching the "unity" speech – ( translation: this way or you're wrong)

    While Sen. Obama delivers a moving speech- oratory skills shouldn't elect a president. I'm permitted to feel this way since this is America, right?

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  43. J.D.

    I think Hillary would have won had it not been for the committed stripping the vote from Michigan and Florida

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  44. David Raj

    The Race at the Democratic Level resembles the Victory of Jesse Owens at the Olympics.
    Its about Time we Democrats who have Matured over the years now realize its time to accept another Champion such as Arthur A
    or Michael J
    or Tiger W
    in the field of Politics and ensure that Barak Obama gets a Fair Shot at the Title in November instead of continuing to fight as Cats & allowing the Monkey to take the Share!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  45. Tim Gabel

    Why could it not be that she believes that since this is suppose to be
    a democratic country that believes in one person one vote and since she has the "popular" vote that this should not be over.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  46. Eugene Robinson

    Give the lady a break. She has fought a great fight. She is hurt and disappointed. She is not going to do every thing the way you think she should. There are many that are hurt and disappointed, women included.

    As far as the Clintons legacy, it is secure. Bill was one of the best presidents in history. He who is with out sin, cast the first stone.
    Remember, we all have something in our closets we are not proud of.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  47. Steven

    Anderson – I think your political map is wrong. Florida and Michigan should NOT be light blue (Clinton). After last weekend, the delegates were divided and those states should be represented like Texas. Clinton did not "win" those states – especially Michigan where Obama wasn't even on the ballot. I believe that changing them to be more like Texas is a better reflection of the truth. Thank you!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  48. Cindy in San Dimas, CA

    First is first, second is last in politics. Hilary Clinton more than anyone else should recognize this. No one remembers a sore loser which is what she pulled tonight. She needs to get over it, unite the party and accept whatever Mr. Obama gives her.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  49. Susanne

    Earlier a MSNBC commentator said that his sources reported that Hillary has been lobbying to be offered the Vice Presidential nomination so she can turn it down and save face. He also said that the Obama camp wants it that way too & has considered offerring if IF she agrees to turn it down, for their way to attain her loyalists, and as both agree they couldn't work together.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  50. Johnnie T Martin

    Dadedi, I am a black female and she speaks for me. I fell betrayed and am dismayed at what has happened during this campaign. Obama does not speak for me. I will not be voting for him. I will be writing her name in. If you want the good old boys to continue to run your life ,good for you.

    June 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
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