June 4th, 2008
01:16 PM ET

I am not a bargaining chip. I am a Democrat.

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Hilary Rosen
Political Director, The Huffington Post

Senator Clinton's speech last night was a justifiably proud recitation of her accomplishments over the course of this campaign, but it did not end right. She didn't do what she should have done. As hard and as painful as it might have been, she should have conceded, congratulated, endorsed and committed to Barack Obama. Therefore the next 48 hours are now as important to the future reputation of Hillary Clinton as the last year and a half have been.

I am disappointed. As a long time Hillary Clinton supporter and more importantly, an admirer, I am sad that this historic effort has ended with such a narrow loss for her. There will be the appropriate "if onlys" for a long time to come. If only the staff shakeup happened earlier; if only the planning in caucus states had more focus; if only Hillary had let loose with the authentic human and connecting voice she found in the last three months of the campaign. If only. If only. I have written many times on this site about the talents of Hillary Clinton and why I thought she'd make a great President.

After last night's final primary, she was only about pledged 100 delegates behind him. Ironic that after not wanting to make the decision for so long, it was in fact, the superdelegates who made the decision. But I guess they did so for another reason...

It just isn't her time. It is his time. It's a new day that offers a freshness to our party that many have longed for. We felt the rush of new voices and a new energy in the Congressional sweep of 2006 and the sweep continues. It has been an organic shift. And a healthy one.

The life's work of Bill and Hillary Clinton in partnering with so many African Americans uniting our purpose and promoting our mutual issues is as responsible for Barack Obama's success as our first African American nominee as anyone. And yet, that joy is being denied for them by themselves. It is so sad.

So, I am also so very disappointed at how she has handled this last week. 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 said she was stepping back to think about her options. She is waiting to figure out how she would "use" her 18 million voters.

But not my vote. I will enthusiastically support Barack Obama's campaign. Because I am not a bargaining chip. I am a Democrat.

Editor's Note: This essay first appeared on The Huffington Post.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Democrats • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Linda from Mo.

    I do not feel like a bargaining chip. Easy for you to sit on your fanny and tell her what she should do. Hillary has worked so hard all these months, I think she has earned the right to close her campaign when she is ready. Her supporters needed to hear the speech she made last night, we are all very sad.
    I believe the media needs to show some respect and stop the bashing of Hillary. I had to turn off cnn last night, it was just too hurtful to listen to all the so called experts that only know how to trash someone.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  2. Arlene Moore

    I am very disappointed at Hiliary's refusal to conceed last night. Hillary has done alot for this country but she is also a very selfish person who will stop at nothing to realize her dream. I am standing stronger than ever behind Barack.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:33 pm |
  3. Memy Selfandi

    Hillary lovers will vote for her and Obama lovers will vote for him. The Obama-Clinton ticket is a truly a 'dream ticket'.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  4. Memy Selfandi

    The only thing Hillary asked for was a few days to get her act together to decide what to do next and how to do it. What the heck don't you all shut up and give her a couple of days to get her affairs in order before she concedes. Is that asking too damn much?

    June 4, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  5. Jim

    Hillary is now faking leaving the stage by "suspending" her campaign. Hillary's "18 million" supporters may be down to 1800 after she put on a victory speech for herself after Obama clearly had the required delegates. Many she counts as supporters want to support a winner not a poor looser.

    She needs to END not suspend her campaign. Step off the stage and let her delegates go. Suspending is not conceding. She still wants to twist arms and broker power.

    Obama needs to choose anybody but Hillary for VP and he needs to tell her soon she is at the bottom of the list and has a chance if everyone else declines. She is not exiting. Saturday is not the end but starting her arm twisting machine including the threat of restarting the campaign. The party doesn't need Hillary breathing down Obama's neck all the way to the Convention. Go away Hillary it is over.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  6. Bernie - Michigan

    Of course, Obama is a gifted speaker. As he spoke Tuesday evening (06-03-08) I couldn’t help but be reminded of another gifted orator. A man who also promised change to his fellow countrymen and fore filled those promises. He not only changed his country but the world.

    Yes, Hitler hid his true aims in flowery words. I’m left to wonder what Obama is hiding. The point is that great speakers do NOT equal great leaders or great leadership. And change does NOT equal good change.

    Also, just may-be McCain would point to Obama accomplishments if he had some. Yea okay he gave a good speech in ’04 and wrote a couple books with overblown claims. Big deal. He also decided to join Trinity Church. He also decided to remain a member until it was no longer politically expedient. That is certainly shows his lack of good judgment.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  7. Aleksey

    Brian-You do realize that Obama will actually cut taxes for 96% of Americans? He plans to get rid of the Bush tax cuts but that will affect only people making $102,500 or more a year. Hillary also wants to get rid of the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

    And since when did Obama not win the popular vote? If you give Obama the uncommitted voters in Michigan and count the Caucus voters according to CNN's estimates you will see he wins the popular vote! This is the only way of counting the popular vote which makes sense: many people did not vote in Michigan because Obama was not on the ballot and many uncommitted voters voters would have also voted for him had he been on the ballot.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  8. sally

    well if you were her friend , and i am guessing you were really not. you would have given her more than one day . time to come to terms with all of this. time to talk to her supporters . she worked hard for a long time and it is not easy to lose after such a long race. i am a clinton suppoter and i will stay that way . i will not vote for obama i am a 58 yr. old dem. but not this year.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  9. Ann Twiggs

    I am confused as to why a person who claimed to be for Clinton would say she would vote for McCain instead of Obama. Obama and Clinton positions are virtually the same. If you were a Clinton supporter, why, if not because you supported her positions? Personally, I like the British system where you vote for the policies of a party and the PM is chosen by the party after the party is voted in – principle above personality.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  10. Gaelle (Gail) from Montréal

    I Completely agree with you Ita, I thought i was the only one who noticed. I also think she encourages this behavior by not saying anything, what a shame. I thought she and her husband had more class.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  11. Marvin G.

    As a highly decorated veteran, I am truly saddened by the lack of sportsmanship Senator Clinton has displayed on this past Tuesday's speech. Intentionally cutting off all media communication to ignore the announcement of Senator Obama's selection as the Democratic Party's nominee. Additionally, she has placed her character into the pits of hell while becoming the first woman to receive 18 million votes and at the time lost the honor she once had. Attempting to muscle Senator Obama with 18 million votes will only remind the world of the negative campaign she ran. The United States needs change not negative approaches and bad attitudes.

    June 4, 2008 at 11:06 pm |

    Who are you to tell Hillary R. Clinton what SHE SHOULD HAVE DONE or said in his speech last night.

    If you are a long time supporter, you should not have written this stupid piece.

    Americans and especially Democrats dropped the ball big time by not electing her.

    The super delegates gave this nomination to Obama, he did not win anything...

    June 4, 2008 at 11:03 pm |
  13. susanolfield


    we love Hillary- and milions of Americans want a women- to be on the ticket- please realize her appeal is quite real- 18 million strong-
    we love you Hillary .Sue

    June 4, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  14. Bill, Fairfax Va

    What did you expect from a self centered, say anything, do anything, to get what I want Clinton. She even said on camera, "What does Hilary want". Well here is what the American People want. "Never to see or hear a Clinton take center stage on anything ever again"
    We want a person of substance and energy in the White House this time and not someone adept at earmarks and business and political favors, even if that person doesn't have 20 years of Washington political debts behind them. In fact we prefer that they don't.
    It is time for a change, a real change.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm |
  15. Vanessa from South Carolina

    Hillary is on ther verge of never getting another black vote.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:57 pm |
  16. Cory from Louisiana

    any clinton supporters that chose mccain or not to vote are just plain FAKE. were they supporting the ideals, or were they just supporting the clintons?

    it's freaking unbelievable to hear large groups of women say that they will vote for mccain or not vote when 3 (or4) Supreme Court Judges will be appointed as a result of this election. mccain will not help the causes of women who believe in a woman's right to choose.

    i understand that Hillary needs time to breathe, but time (especially campaign time) waits for no man...or woman. it also doesn't help smooth things over when she was (after the votes and superdelegate counts made things obviously clear that it's over) introduced as "The Next President of the United States!" time and good pr can heal all wounds, but they won't heal when plan b appears to be "muscling" her way to the VP slot. what an example to set for her daughter and other future female candidates. as if they don't have enough hurdles and stereotypes in the way of being taken seriously.


    a vote for mccain is a vote for more of the same if that's what u want

    not voting is (refer to previous statement)

    June 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  17. Mimi

    I agree with you totally and admire you for being brave to write an article to support the Democratic party no matter who is the nominee.
    If people who suppose to be Democratic refuse to support Obama and want another 4 years of George Bush policies that is just ignorant. The way the economy is going they will be out of a job, with no healthcare or their children will be serving an unjust war. People is not looking at the affects of their anger that will cause them and their familes pain in the long run.

    Hilary allowed her anger to defeat her and it showed her bad side of being a sore looser. Hilary standard I thought is higher than that, regardless of what she still made history too. She should take account of her character and how she would be viewed as the bigger person in the long run. As a mentor/leader, she showed children and young people to loose you have to be bitter.

    Hilary offered alot with healthcare and economics however she forgot that the people she suppose to care about is actually hurting them (with her bitterness not to concede) that this might loose their chances of having a Democrat President in the White House.

    I want to thank you for writing this article and understand that you are not a bargaining chip and can not be used for anyone personal purpose. We need a Democrat in office that is final.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  18. Kent Fitzsimmons,Illinois

    This is a terrific post..........

    Early in the day AP came out and said Hillary would suspend her campaign that night, The View reported it and not 3 minutes later Hillary's people called the studio and told them to retract what they had said. I listened to her speech and thought the endorsement was coming and then it was gone.....................Hillary, you missed the opportunity to really shine for your party. I was mad, but now I feel bad for you...................why?

    June 4, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  19. JoAnn

    Anderson you ask what went wrong with Hillary's campaign?
    Well for starters it was the media. You and the rest of the media tip-toed around Obama, but slammed Hillary every chance you got....The media cost her the nomination, nothing that her husband Bill did.
    I am a life long Democrat, but I will promise this I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA!!! I think she ought to run Independent and blow both McCain & Obama out of the water!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  20. KT

    Barack is destiny in the making.
    Hillary is been there, done that.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Sandy

    I feel strongly that media had a great part in Hillary loosing nomination. Even last night when Wolf presented which candidate got the most popular vote, two of three situations Hillary got it. Wolf not only did not acknowledge that she won the popular vote, he passed by it to mention that Obama got the supper delicate vote. Completely ignoring the facts. Once again complete bias. News media all over and repeatedly did this to Hillary. This is a man's world and the hierarchy is white man, black man and then maybe women. Obama runs a great champaign but Hillary would deliver. It is so unfortunate

    June 4, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  22. Toni

    THANK YOU! I was stunned by the whole "voters as bargain chips" stance or assumption some people have. The American voters belong to themselves, and they will vote for whoever they please come November. We are in no one's back pocket. Obama doesn't need to negotiate with Hillary for their votes, he needs to negotiate directly with voters for their votes.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Esbee

    Hillary Clinton was O-bam-boozled!!

    Shame on Democratic leadership. Mr Obama is going to have a lot of political favors to repay if he is elected. Perhaps he will not. He sort of strikes me as passive aggressive.

    What does he stand for anyway?? And what has he done to support his beliefs???

    Mr. Obama is merely the mule that is pulling the old tired cart of a bunch old, stale, bloated Democrats. He has no cart of his own.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  24. Kthy

    Everyone keeps criticizing Senator Cliinton's speach last night. My question is this – Since Senator Obama doesn't have enough pledged delegates to put him over the magic number; he only got there last night with a flood of super delegates, why was it so important to do it last night.? The uncommitted super delegates could have waited until today. Senator Clinton won the popular vote. She has 18 million supporters. In the spirit of party unity, couldn't the Obama supporters waited one more day and let Senator Clinton go out on her terms and have her night? He could have had the stage all to himself tonight. Senator Clinton can endorse Senator Obama but she can't deliver her supporters to him. He has to earn their support on his own. He's not off to a good start. We'll see.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Trudy in Peoria

    Exactly, Larry. People that don't see this as a problem don't realize just how bad this shameful epidemic has gotten. The media needs to step in soon and pound some common sense into their little heads.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  26. David

    Obama stole Hilary’s nomination but Hilary stomped Obama’s moment of making history- A black nominee. Next

    June 4, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  27. From Pennsylvania

    I am a republican voting for Obama. It is hard to understand that with all of the lying Senator Clinton has done, why she thinks we should trust her.
    But even more importantly. Where is the graciousness? How could Mr. Obama invite Senator Clinton to be the VP? She would be defiant, and fight him tooth and nail. He would have to watch his back. Let's not forget the comment of JFK's assassination. Already the party is having to tip toe around Hilary. What kind of coo would she cause after January. We have had this system for years of electing the nominees, however, since Hilary lost, she wants to reevaluate the system of delegates. Contrary to what Hilary believes, she does not own 18 million people, and she does not own all of the middle class white American votes. Obama did not run an African American campaign or a white campaign, he ran an American campaign. I want a better America not the same America riddled with pompous politicians who are fattening their own wallets, while we middle class pay the price. Let's talk about why we import so many goods from Asia, while they in turn import very little goods from U.S., or why we are paying so much for gas...

    June 4, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  28. DLH

    I am both disgusted and ashamed of the way the Democratic Party, the mainstream media and even women have disrespected Hillary Clinton throughout this nomination process. You don't have to be a supporter of hers to see the blatant bias and sexism that she has endured up to this point. Bill Clinton may have gone over the top at times with his criticism, but I don't blame him for defending the way his wife has been treated. Any scrutiny Barack Obama has undergone pales in comparison.

    She is conceding (and endorsing Obama) only because our party leaders have forced her into a corner, not because she wants to. The millions of voters that have pledged their allegiance to her see through this charade and will cast their ballots accordingly in November. Despite what the pundits say, the numbers that will not support Obama (including myself) may be significant enough to cost him the election. Anyone that is naive enough to take her supporters for granted is going to be in for a rude awakening on election day.

    The only solution to unify the party is for him to tap her as his running mate. It's not the outcome we had hoped for, but it would be the best alternate strategy. I heard several CNN contributors last night say that there were other good prospects he could choose (perhaps another woman). That would be a huge gamble at best, but selecting Hillary Clinton would all but guarantee that he secures the presidency.

    Sen. Clinton's endorsement of Sen. Obama is proof positive of her love for our party. If I had been treated the way she has by my own party, I don't know if I could have been so forgiving. She has shown a strength and tenacity unseen by a democratic candidate in a long time. Hillary Clinton can count on my (and millions of others') undying loyalty and support for as long as she decides to stay in public service.

    June 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  29. M.C.

    Ms. Rosen, I have watched you on television for months now, pretending to support Hillary. It comes as no surprise that you would quickly stab her in the back. I have news for you and all the other backstabbers: Hillary people (men and women) will not forget how she was treated. What should have been a cake-walk for the Dems, will amount to a BIG loss in November. McCain is like Hillary, honorable and a true American patriot!!! If not Hillary, then McCain, they are both Centrists!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  30. Annie Kate

    I see on the news that Hillary is quitting the race. Maybe now everyone will stop the Clinton bashing? Its old and more than a little tiresome.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 4, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  31. Sheron-OH

    It isnt about Obama having his moment if the HRC people want to fight on that reason. It is about who won. Any game we play in life we must know when to and how to end the game and therefore HRC didnt. HRC was so caught on the idea of "OH LOOK what IVE (HRC) accomplished, this cant be happening and he must bowed down to me' moment. She simply forgot about the people that helped her get there for she was too busy praicing herself.
    A true leader knows when. This was never about HRC or OBAMA it is about the future of this country. If HRC was or is that better one-she should have played that card instead of patting hersefl on the back so much.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  32. Juan Perea y Monsuwé

    Hey you, editor of CNN, why keep my posts being censored, but I could read here stuff like "the witch is dead?"

    You are soooooo in the tank for Obama... Jeff Toobin has been the worst lately, calling the Clintons deranged narcissists... David Gergen should have knocked him down for that...

    You have been so disgraceful to Hillary and Bill Clinton... but guess what? The "whitey" tape with Michelle Obama will air, soon... and then I look forward AC360 plays it, and all pundits will furiously denounce that it exists..

    But it will mean the end for the Obama campaign and then all of you at CNN will weep as well I guess. Except for Bill Schneider and Lou Dobbs and Soledad, decent people. Even Wolf Blitzer is biased.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  33. Josephine Davies

    Thank you. I am a white, 62 year old, Republican woman who voted for McCain in the Primary, but who will vote for Obama in Nov. I have already contributed to his campaign.

    I was deeply hurt for the Obamas and for African-Americans in our country by HRC's ungracious speech on Tuesday.

    I am also tired of seeing more photos of her than him on cable and in many newspapers, even when he's the nominee. This is an historic time for African-Americans but the media treats it mainly from Clinton's perspective. Where was the coverage of his speech at AIPAC? I heard hers many times on TV. This is his moment. Let's give it to him before the Republicans start tearing him apart.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:52 pm |
  34. Mara

    I have been a Hillary supporter from the beginning. I truly believe that she is the most qualified candidate for the office. I have been closely following the campaign, which has been wonderful at so many levels. I must say, however, that the race/sex issue troubles me deeply. If the women who supported Hillary are supporting her out of loyalty to women, and the African Americans who supported Barack are supporting him because he's African American, then we are concerning ourselves with the wrong things. It isn't about loyalty to race or sex, it's about supporting somebody who understands the problems, the intelligence to help craft reasonable solutions, and the courage to stand up and open him or herself up to public scrutiny and severe public criticism. I rejoice with those who supported Obama, it is truly a historic day for our country. What troubles me is that there has been such discussion about alienating the "black vote"–as though black voters might base their support for Obama on race. There seems to be far less discussion about alienating the female vote. I blame the media, who are certainly focusing more on the former than the latter. What message does this send? I guess it's less acceptable to appear racist than it is to appear sexist. Now, having said that I say let's move foreward, Democrats, it isn't about the person, it's about the issues. Let's get behind our candidate and show up at the polls in November.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  35. Sef

    So I'm just curious, can any Clinton supporter tell me a media outlet that isn't bias? Or is it just some phenomenal conspiracy? Do you believe she ran a fair and admirable campaign or do you recognize some of her divisive tendencies? What does being a Democrat mean to You? How has Barack Obama personally offended you? If your a woman what rights are most important to you? Do you really believe she's a populist?
    If so why did it take her so long to express her populist views? Is their nothing you like about Barack Obama? What makes Hillary so experienced? If your so animate about the unfair treatment of candidates by the media where were your noble protest when Kucinich, Dodd, Gravel, Biden, Gravel, were virtually ostracized from debates? If you want to vote Republican go head that's your right, but don't pretend it's because Hillary was cheated out of the nomination. Their were no complaints of Florida and Michigan and superdelegates
    before Iowa when the country said she was the inevitable leader and had 100 superdelegate lead before anyone voted. Where was your democracy then? Stop being hypercritical!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm |
  36. FL DEM.

    I have admired Hillary Clinton for years now. I am a bit confused on how she could allow herself to be introduce as the Next President of the Untied States of America. This is a time to bring the party together. It was an exciting and close primary but the end as come. The time is now to bring this party together and win in November. John McCain and the Republican party are not just going to hand Obama the White House. It will be a hard and close race.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:19 pm |
  37. josta

    You said it right, yes she is hurt and so are her supporters that is why she wanted to hurt the supporters of Obama and the whole nation who revelled in this historic moment. she took the high road and lost a lot of credit and grace, another campaign mistake in a long list of mistakes.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm |
  38. joe m.

    jeffrey toobin just said what so many of us, and i suspect many on the panel, were thinking. it is jarring to hear the unvarnished truth and mr. toobin's remarks were jsut that. his word were turthful and on the money and he has no need to apologize for having uttered them. Go Jeffrey Toobin.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm |
  39. Micah DeBenedetto

    This is about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:

    we dreams of metamorphosis

    if you tolly the tally
    tickle the toob
    the black caterpillar will win,
    believe what the telly tell!
    even beat white butterfly's wings to end
    -the one with the estranged color.
    nobody likes to wait.
    so we dreams circle the date
    for the great debate.
    elephants do dry heat for means to life
    it is not for every other.
    doily desert does not divide we dreams here
    in these united states.

    we dreams whisper the beeny jop
    to the tickled tack teams.
    we dreams wish the polly party to unite
    there is still a chiral chance!
    we dreams fought the eight years of blunder
    like a kinder care nap.
    we dreams awake and roll safe in our own signs
    in front of plummeting yards
    and primitive minds.
    We dreams towards an end of meaningless drought of life
    The cocoon crumbles.

    now the ebony party sits smooth on high steps
    and parches the tip of the top wet with wealth un-bequeathed.
    the lolly land waits with scorched minds.
    field length stretches still to gain.
    we dreams wait for the discernible metamorphosis
    need any morph!
    we dreams to other turns
    then the black butterfly with white speckled wings prevails
    for a better tomorrow,
    for the life of a dream,
    we dream.

    to Barack Obama

    June 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  40. noemi in los angeles

    i have confidence that democrats will be united come november.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  41. Jules

    Again a Clinton will be responsible for putting another dictator into the White House because of their selfish, narcissitic desires. Read about Mussolini's youth and school behavior and McCain's. They are 2 peas in a pod. Oh what this country would be today if Bill kept his pants on and Gore was elected.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm |
  42. noemi in los angeles

    seah: you are blind. if clinton had won, you would have wanted obama to have already conceded... probably even wayyy before the primaries were over. she should have conceded after super tuesday and we all know it. thank you.

    June 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm |
  43. jessie

    Do people actually read these longwinded comments. I thought one of the objectives of this Blog was GET TO THE POINT!!

    June 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm |
  44. tracie

    I concur with Beth, Jessie and others. I feel as though Hillary is getting what she wants right now and she most definitely got it last night. On a day that History was set, it was mentioned in passing by the media with a dispoportionate time spent discussing what does Hillary want? what did Hillary mean? what will Hillary do? The significance of the event in history that occured was put in the shadows and not worthy of more than a sentence or two an hour versus 50 minutes of lets get into Hillary's mind.

    I think we all understand that this was a historical primary campaign on two fronts "first female" and "first african american", however the fact that Senator Obama achieved the new number needed to be considered the presumptive nominee has and continued to be overshadowed by Hillary. Today's breaking news is Hillary to suspend her campaign, on Friday no wait more breaking news Hillary to suspend her campaign on Saturday.

    I feel that breaking news is the history that was set last night. I feel that breaking news is a story on a tornado touching down. I don't feel that it is breaking news that Hillary has changed her mind from Friday to Saturday. As a woman I am truly disappointed that she did not see fit to represent women as she should have with grace and dignity.

    June 4, 2008 at 8:54 pm |
  45. jack

    Racisim reared it's ugly head once again from the Clinton campaign. On the night of Barrack Obama's GREAT VICTORY as a Democratic canidate winning the nomination for his party he was dissed publicly before the nation by, not Bill Clinton or Hilllary this time, but by former DNC chairman Terry Mc Nut job. To take the stage and announce he was introducing the next President of the US, Hillary Clinton, was shocking. Hours before, Barrack had passed the 2118 mark for the nomination and for her campaign to make such blantant LIES before the national audience and her to ask her supporters "what she should do", DISCUSSTING! And they wonder why she was soundly REJECTED even if she did get 17 million votes.

    We need to velcro a Secret Service agent to President Obama's back to protect him from the Clinton's and their political hacks .

    June 4, 2008 at 8:54 pm |
  46. Yen

    First, there was so much pressure for her to drop out. Now, there is tremendous pressure for her to endorse Obama. Edwards took his time before dropping out of the race (as others) and no one attacked him for this. In my opinion, she will exit graciously and endorse Obama. Why can't we just give her some space and respect? Obama needs her supporters and I don't think it's a good idea for his supporters to continue to attack her. She ran a great campaign and Obama, by no means, won by a landslide. People are forgetting that she made history too.

    June 4, 2008 at 8:52 pm |
  47. daniel

    the last time i tried to send a comment i was told it would not be posted. I am so disappointed in cnn and the other networks. You have treated hillary clinton so badly and no one seems to care. I think its a shame and hillary rosen should shut up and sit down nobody asked al gore to hurry up and concede. and there are many other examples.
    i fully intend to vote and support senator Obama and hope to see him
    take the oath of office. But the way the media has treated mrs. Clinton
    is just awfull and someone needs to speak out about it. True jounalist
    are completely objective and should have no view either way on an issue.

    June 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  48. Larry from Houston

    Would someone please discuss how it is possible for "Democrats" who voted for Clinton, to in good conscience vote for McCain. Obama's ideas are so close to Clinton's and so far from McCain's that it would mean that those switching who they vote for is based not on views, but some sort of Clinton cult of personality.

    June 4, 2008 at 8:41 pm |
  49. Connie

    Hillary Clinton should be ashamed. It's over for her, allow Barack Obama to have his moment. This is an historic moment for America. Had she made it to the finish line first, I imagine Barack Obama would have handled it with the grace and dignity he has shown throughout this entire process. I applaud her for her efforts, but as a woman I am so embarassed how she has handled herself throughout. She kicked, screamed and at times appeared to act like a 3 year old in a grocery store not allowed to get the sweetened cereal. I ask that America put aside any thoughts of racism and the ridiculous thoughts of inexperience and back Barack Obama....the voters and the superdelegates have spoken.

    June 4, 2008 at 8:40 pm |
  50. Angela

    Thank you so much for your comments. It does not matter whether or not she concided, we know throughout the campaign the Clinton's were not very supportive of Obama and I found each week of tactics by the people running her campaign to be very distracting from the issues and quite unbecoming of them. The tactics and planning of her campaign people throughout the campaign and last nights behavior exhibited by her, solidified for me, that I would not want someone in the second spot like her because she hasn't been very supportive .Bill hasn't been supportive as well. I would say now ...Hillary the best person won and you know the delegates is how campaigns are won. If it were the popular vote that won electons, then Gore would have won. Suck it up Clintons, Hillary offer a congratulations, show the world and the country that you can back up what you have been saying all this time and congratulate the man. Do not be a DIVIDER.

    June 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
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