Transcript Of Hillary Clinton's Excellent Concession Speech

by: Chris Bowers

Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 17:44


I have included a transcript of Hillary Clinton's speech today in the extended entry. Because I was at the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee meeting today, I missed watching her give it. However, I thought it was an excellent tribute to her supporters, a phenomenal call for party unity and working together in the general election, and also a pretty darn solid vision for the future of America. There are many great parts of the speech, but this is the one I would like to highlight:

All of you were there for me every step of the way. Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other. To catch each other when we falter. To encourage each other when we lose heart. Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone. The changes we're working for are changes that we can only accomplish together. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are rights that belong to each of us as individuals. But our lives, our freedom, our happiness, are best enjoyed, best protected, and best advanced when we do work together.

That is what we will do now as we join forces with Senator Obama and his campaign. We will make history together as we write the next chapter in America's story. We will stand united for the values we hold dear, for the vision of progress we share, and for the country we love. There is nothing more American than that.

Fantastic. And indeed, even progressive. We need each other. We need to look to the future. We need progress. And those really are American values.

It will be interesting to watch the Rasmussen and Gallup daily tracking polls over the next few days. On Monday, Gallup's poll will be entirely post-clinch. On Tuesday, Rasmussen will be entirely post-endorsement from Clinton. On Thursday, the same will be true for Gallup.

Obama is very slightly up in both polls since he clinched, but mostly static. I am hoping he can pull out to a 4-5% lead in the polls that are entirely taken after Clinton's excellent speech. It would be very nice to start the general election campaign in the lead.

Transcript in the extended entry. Obama's thank you page to Hillary Clinton can be found here.

Chris Bowers :: Transcript Of Hillary Clinton's Excellent Concession Speech
Hillary Clinton delivered the following remarks at a campaign event in Washington D.C. this afternoon:

Thank you so much. Thank you all.

Well, this isn't exactly the party I'd planned, but I sure like the company.

I want to start today by saying how grateful I am to all of you - to everyone who poured your hearts and your hopes into this campaign, who drove for miles and lined the streets waving homemade signs, who scrimped and saved to raise money, who knocked on doors and made calls, who talked and sometimes argued with your friends and neighbors, who emailed and contributed online, who invested so much in our common enterprise, to the moms and dads who came to our events, who lifted their little girls and little boys on their shoulders and whispered in their ears, "See, you can be anything you want to be."

To the young people like 13 year-old Ann Riddle from Mayfield, Ohio who had been saving for two years to go to Disney World, and decided to use her savings instead to travel to Pennsylvania with her Mom and volunteer there as well. To the veterans and the childhood friends, to New Yorkers and Arkansans who traveled across the country and telling anyone who would listen why you supported me.

To all those women in their 80s and their 90s born before women could vote who cast their votes for our campaign. I've told you before about Florence Steen of South Dakota, who was 88 years old, and insisted that her daughter bring an absentee ballot to her hospice bedside. Her daughter and a friend put an American flag behind her bed and helped her fill out the ballot. She passed away soon after, and under state law, her ballot didn't count. But her daughter later told a reporter, "My dad's an ornery old cowboy, and he didn't like it when he heard mom's vote wouldn't be counted. I don't think he had voted in 20 years. But he voted in place of my mom."

To all those who voted for me, and to whom I pledged my utmost, my commitment to you and to the progress we seek is unyielding. You have inspired and touched me with the stories of the joys and sorrows that make up the fabric of our lives and you have humbled me with your commitment to our country.

18 million of you from all walks of life - women and men, young and old, Latino and Asian, African-American and Caucasian, rich, poor and middle class, gay and straight - you have stood strong with me. And I will continue to stand strong with you, every time, every place, and every way that I can. The dreams we share are worth fighting for.

Remember - we fought for the single mom with a young daughter, juggling work and school, who told me, "I'm doing it all to better myself for her." We fought for the woman who grabbed my hand, and asked me, "What are you going to do to make sure I have health care?" and began to cry because even though she works three jobs, she can't afford insurance. We fought for the young man in the Marine Corps t-shirt who waited months for medical care and said, "Take care of my buddies over there and then, will you please help take care of me?" We fought for all those who've lost jobs and health care, who can't afford gas or groceries or college, who have felt invisible to their president these last seven years.

I entered this race because I have an old-fashioned conviction: that public service is about helping people solve their problems and live their dreams. I've had every opportunity and blessing in my own life - and I want the same for all Americans. Until that day comes, you will always find me on the front lines of democracy - fighting for the future.

The way to continue our fight now - to accomplish the goals for which we stand - is to take our energy, our passion, our strength and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama the next President of the United States.

Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him, and throw my full support behind him. And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.

I have served in the Senate with him for four years. I have been in this campaign with him for 16 months. I have stood on the stage and gone toe-to-toe with him in 22 debates. I have had a front row seat to his candidacy, and I have seen his strength and determination, his grace and his grit.

In his own life, Barack Obama has lived the American Dream. As a community organizer, in the state senate, as a United States Senator - he has dedicated himself to ensuring the dream is realized. And in this campaign, he has inspired so many to become involved in the democratic process and invested in our common future.

Now when I started this race, I intended to win back the White House, and make sure we have a president who puts our country back on the path to peace, prosperity, and progress. And that's exactly what we're going to do by ensuring that Barack Obama walks through the doors of the Oval Office on January 20, 2009.

I understand that we all know this has been a tough fight. The Democratic Party is a family, and it's now time to restore the ties that bind us together and to come together around the ideals we share, the values we cherish, and the country we love.

We may have started on separate journeys - but today, our paths have merged. And we are all heading toward the same destination, united and more ready than ever to win in November and to turn our country around because so much is at stake.

We all want an economy that sustains the American Dream, the opportunity to work hard and have that work rewarded, to save for college, a home and retirement, to afford that gas and those groceries and still have a little left over at the end of the month. An economy that lifts all of our people and ensures that our prosperity is broadly distributed and shared.

We all want a health care system that is universal, high quality, and affordable so that parents no longer have to choose between care for themselves or their children or be stuck in dead end jobs simply to keep their insurance. This isn't just an issue for me - it is a passion and a cause - and it is a fight I will continue until every single American is insured - no exceptions, no excuses.

We all want an America defined by deep and meaningful equality - from civil rights to labor rights, from women's rights to gay rights, from ending discrimination to promoting unionization to providing help for the most important job there is: caring for our families.

We all want to restore America's standing in the world, to end the war in Iraq and once again lead by the power of our values, and to join with our allies to confront our shared challenges from poverty and genocide to terrorism and global warming.

You know, I've been involved in politics and public life in one way or another for four decades. During those forty years, our country has voted ten times for President. Democrats won only three of those times. And the man who won two of those elections is with us today.

We made tremendous progress during the 90s under a Democratic President, with a flourishing economy, and our leadership for peace and security respected around the world. Just think how much more progress we could have made over the past 40 years if we had a Democratic president. Think about the lost opportunities of these past seven years - on the environment and the economy, on health care and civil rights, on education, foreign policy and the Supreme Court. Imagine how far we could've come, how much we could've achieved if we had just had a Democrat in the White House.

We cannot let this moment slip away. We have come too far and accomplished too much.

Now the journey ahead will not be easy. Some will say we can't do it. That it's too hard. That we're just not up to the task. But for as long as America has existed, it has been the American way to reject "can't do" claims, and to choose instead to stretch the boundaries of the possible through hard work, determination, and a pioneering spirit.
It is this belief, this optimism, that Senator Obama and I share, and that has inspired so many millions of our supporters to make their voices heard.

So today, I am standing with Senator Obama to say: Yes we can.

Together we will work. We'll have to work hard to get universal health care. But on the day we live in an America where no child, no man, and no woman is without health insurance, we will live in a stronger America. That's why we need to help elect Barack Obama our President.

We'll have to work hard to get back to fiscal responsibility and a strong middle class. But on the day we live in an America whose middle class is thriving and growing again, where all Americans, no matter where they live or where their ancestors came from, can earn a decent living, we will live in a stronger America and that is why we must elect Barack Obama our President.

We'll have to work hard to foster the innovation that makes us energy independent and lift the threat of global warming from our children's future. But on the day we live in an America fueled by renewable energy, we will live in a stronger America. That's why we have to help elect Barack Obama our President.

We'll have to work hard to bring our troops home from Iraq, and get them the support they've earned by their service. But on the day we live in an America that's as loyal to our troops as they have been to us, we will live in a stronger America and that is why we must help elect Barack Obama our President.

This election is a turning point election and it is critical that we all understand what our choice really is. Will we go forward together or will we stall and slip backwards. Think how much progress we have already made. When we first started, people everywhere asked the same questions:

Could a woman really serve as Commander-in-Chief? Well, I think we answered that one.

And could an African American really be our President? Senator Obama has answered that one.

Together Senator Obama and I achieved milestones essential to our progress as a nation, part of our perpetual duty to form a more perfect union.

Now, on a personal note - when I was asked what it means to be a woman running for President, I always gave the same answer: that I was proud to be running as a woman but I was running because I thought I'd be the best President. But I am a woman, and like millions of women, I know there are still barriers and biases out there, often unconscious.

I want to build an America that respects and embraces the potential of every last one of us.

I ran as a daughter who benefited from opportunities my mother never dreamed of. I ran as a mother who worries about my daughter's future and a mother who wants to lead all children to brighter tomorrows. To build that future I see, we must make sure that women and men alike understand the struggles of their grandmothers and mothers, and that women enjoy equal opportunities, equal pay, and equal respect. Let us resolve and work toward achieving some very simple propositions: There are no acceptable limits and there are no acceptable prejudices in the twenty-first century.

You can be so proud that, from now on, it will be unremarkable for a woman to win primary state victories, unremarkable to have a woman in a close race to be our nominee, unremarkable to think that a woman can be the President of the United States. And that is truly remarkable.

To those who are disappointed that we couldn't go all the way - especially the young people who put so much into this campaign - it would break my heart if, in falling short of my goal, I in any way discouraged any of you from pursuing yours. Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. When you stumble, keep faith. When you're knocked down, get right back up. And never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on.

As we gather here today in this historic magnificent building, the 50th woman to leave this Earth is orbiting overhead. If we can blast 50 women into space, we will someday launch a woman into the White House.

Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it. And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time. That has always been the history of progress in America.

Think of the suffragists who gathered at Seneca Falls in 1848 and those who kept fighting until women could cast their votes. Think of the abolitionists who struggled and died to see the end of slavery. Think of the civil rights heroes and foot-soldiers who marched, protested and risked their lives to bring about the end to segregation and Jim Crow.

Because of them, I grew up taking for granted that women could vote. Because of them, my daughter grew up taking for granted that children of all colors could go to school together. Because of them, Barack Obama and I could wage a hard fought campaign for the Democratic nomination. Because of them, and because of you, children today will grow up taking for granted that an African American or a woman can yes, become President of the United States.

When that day arrives and a woman takes the oath of office as our President, we will all stand taller, proud of the values of our nation, proud that every little girl can dream and that her dreams can come true in America. And all of you will know that because of your passion and hard work you helped pave the way for that day.
So I want to say to my supporters, when you hear people saying - or think to yourself - "if only" or "what if," I say, "please don't go there." Every moment wasted looking back keeps us from moving forward.

Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. We have to work together for what still can be. And that is why I will work my heart out to make sure that Senator Obama is our next President and I hope and pray that all of you will join me in that effort.

To my supporters and colleagues in Congress, to the governors and mayors, elected officials who stood with me, in good times and in bad, thank you for your strength and leadership. To my friends in our labor unions who stood strong every step of the way - I thank you and pledge my support to you. To my friends, from every stage of my life - your love and ongoing commitments sustain me every single day. To my family - especially Bill and Chelsea and my mother, you mean the world to me and I thank you for all you have done. And to my extraordinary staff, volunteers and supporters, thank you for working those long, hard hours. Thank you for dropping everything - leaving work or school - traveling to places you'd never been, sometimes for months on end. And thanks to your families as well because your sacrifice was theirs too.

All of you were there for me every step of the way. Being human, we are imperfect. That's why we need each other. To catch each other when we falter. To encourage each other when we lose heart. Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone. The changes we're working for are changes that we can only accomplish together. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are rights that belong to each of us as individuals. But our lives, our freedom, our happiness, are best enjoyed, best protected, and best advanced when we do work together.

That is what we will do now as we join forces with Senator Obama and his campaign. We will make history together as we write the next chapter in America's story. We will stand united for the values we hold dear, for the vision of progress we share, and for the country we love. There is nothing more American than that.

And looking out at you today, I have never felt so blessed. The challenges that I have faced in this campaign are nothing compared to those that millions of Americans face every day in their own lives. So today, I'm going to count my blessings and keep on going. I'm going to keep doing what I was doing long before the cameras ever showed up and what I'll be doing long after they're gone:

Working to give every American the same opportunities I had, and working to ensure that every child has the chance to grow up and achieve his or her God-given potential.

I will do it with a heart filled with gratitude, with a deep and abiding love for our country- and with nothing but optimism and confidence for the days ahead. This is now our time to do all that we can to make sure that in this election we add another Democratic president to that very small list of the last 40 years and that we take back our country and once again move with progress and commitment to the future.

Thank you all and God bless you and God bless America.


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Do you think there will still be a significant (0.00 / 0)
number of people who supported Clinton that will support McCain or not vote because she isn't the nominee?

i don't. (4.00 / 2)
i think there may be some hard feelings throughout the summer, but i truly believe that by the time the convention comes along the vast majority of Clinton supporters will be on board.

Just look at MyDD today, there are unity diaries abound from very serious Clinton supporters. I think that if these democrats are given the time and respect they deserve they will come around.

Although i would also be very interested in Chris' take on the matter.


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It is interesting; (0.00 / 0)
the reaction from the various pro-Hillary blogs and sites doesn't seem to be nearly uniform. MyDD is jumping on the unity train; TalkLeft's attitude seems to be "eh, we'll support him if we have to -- after all, McCain is much worse"; while hillaryis44... well, you'll have to see that one for yourself.

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probably not (0.00 / 0)
It just isn't the GOPs year.

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It was never "not voting because Clinton lost...." (4.00 / 2)
....it was always about treating Clinton and her supporters, and women in general, with respect.

Dear Jesus, how many times does it have to be said?


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I would be willing to believe that more if it (4.00 / 1)
weren't for sites like Talkleft and Hillary44. The former being a little better, but some of the posters are well, to put it nicely, nuts. I just came from over there and they spin everything as now pro McCain and anti Obama. There is something seriously wrong with some of her now former supporers. I can only hope its not greater than these random blogs. And Hillary 44 - well that's just plain nuts. The thing that's making me less concerns are the stats that show 80 percent Democratic support for Obama. My question is whether that will increase or are these nutcases the norm, and until now, I just hadn't fully registered that Clinton had the same sort of cultist as people have accused Obama of having such that their views bear little connection to reality.

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this was an excellent speech (4.00 / 2)
As has been pointed out, it is ironic that the best speech of her candidacy is the one which ends it. Here's hoping Hillary Clinton undergoes a similar shift as Al Gore and John Kerry did after their losses.

Often the case... (0.00 / 0)
I think it's just "easier" to please, at the end of a candidacy.  Just look at Al Gore's 2000 concession, or even John Kerry's 2004 concession.  Concession speeches are almost always praised.

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many of you were very, very wrong about Senator Clinton (4.00 / 5)
In fact, it would be amusing to see a "greatest hits" thread of the most incorrect/hysterical comments about how she would destroy the party, take it to the convention, subvert the will of the voters, etc, because she had no choice, being a Clinton and all.

Truth is, she ran an exceptionally strong campaign that almost overcame the enormous liability of her war vote, came up a little short, and exited the race with a great deal of class and strength.

She wasn't my candidate (as I didn't have one), but I'm proud of her effort and contribution, and I hope her dignified and passionate exit from the race allows some of you to open your minds a bit and realize your Hillary Clinton caricature might need a little touching up.

My guess as to the post-mortem spin from the Village: "If only she had shown this side of herself DURING the campaign, she would have won!"


My post mortem (4.00 / 3)
She lost for 4 reasons:

a) Failure to apologize for Iraq and just say I was wrong, now here's how I am going to correct my mistake.

b) Mark Penn. She should ask for her money back.

c) The Clinton years were a double edge sword in a year where people were looking for a break from the past.  She needed to break from those years rather than taut this as virtues.

d) Inevitability pissed a lot of folks off (see Mark Penn- she really should get her money back from that guy).

Even then it may have been tough, but what was called for was re-invention, and she refused to do so.  


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A and B (0.00 / 0)
Personally, I think it was mostly A and B.  Even considering Penn as a detriment to her campaign, though, I still think she very well may have won if she had apologized for her AUMF vote and not voted for the Iran resolution.

If she voted against the AUMF and the Iran resolution?  She'd be the nominee, no question.

I've been a firm proponent of the notion that sexism hurt Clinton considerably, but I still think she wins if you take out that AUMF vote.


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I think C had a lot to do with it (0.00 / 0)
Some of that is from people's memories of the Clinton years, but as much as anything I think a lot of people looked at Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, and thought enough is enough.

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Many causes (4.00 / 3)
 
Edited version of a comment I posted on Kos last night:

 There were lots of factors behind Obama's victory over Clinton, all of which in their small way contributed to the final outcome.

 Clinton lost because of:

 -- her Iraq war vote
 -- her Lieberman/Kyl (Iran) vote
 -- a strong, focused, better-organized opponent in Barack Obama
 -- a dubiously qualified campaign team
 -- the voters' preference for a "change" message over an "experience" message
 -- the lack of a Plan B after Plan A (winning on Super Tuesday) went awry
 -- rhetoric that alienated African-Americans and progressives
 -- a somewhat disappointing performance among women voters

 (that last bullet was a reference to the premise of the diary)

 The problem wasn't any of those factors -- it was all of them (and several others, like the ones you mention). No ONE thing cost Clinton the nomination -- but together, they all added up.

 IMHO, the Iraq war vote was the catalyst. That drove a significant number of Democrats to at least consider another candidate. That's when Hillary's inevitability ended, though no one knew it at the time.

 And yes, Hillary's speech today was excellent, and exactly whet the Democratic Party needed. I can't imagine McCain's feeling too happy...  

"We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn


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Double-edged sword (0.00 / 0)
True, but let me just say  that the he-was-a-helluva-President edge is a LOT sharper than  the he-lied-about-a-blow-job edge.

The Clinton Presidency is not  something  Democrats need to run from.  Speaking as one of those aggrieved Clinton supporters--for a little clarity, I'll undoubtedly vote for Obama on a 2-evils basis, but I'm a long way from even being neutral about him, much less actively supporting him in public--one thing that could really bring me around is some kind of show that the Party is not going to perenially devour its own, that we're not just going to give up on history  and say we lost.  What has pissed me off as much as anything by the Obama campaign has been this incantation of the phrase "Clinton-Bush years," which is not merely deeply dishonest, but deeply dishonest in a way that cedes recent political history  to the Gingrich-Delay Republicans. I am a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long way from being ready to go there.

So I'd like to see a little love and respect from  the Party for #42, who has been bashed like a pinata from all sides this year over what has almost universally been perceived slights.  We need to stand by this guy. He has stood by us.


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Clinton isn't a mixed bag because of the impeachment (4.00 / 3)
though him parading THAT weakness wasn't exactly an asset.

It's because he did his dandiest over his eight years to undermine progressives and embolden the DLC.  He did not stand by us.  He didn't stand by progressive when he signed welfare reform, nor when he signed g-d DOMA.  

There's a chance Obama won't be much better, and his style of shaming the progressive wing of the party while praising right wing groups isn't a good sign.  But let's not forget this aspect of Clinton's Presidency.


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I don't much agree (4.00 / 1)
The only time I thought Clinton went too far to the  center was the Welfare Reform bill--and even that has turned out not so badly as I had feared.  Otherwise, I think he plucked a lot of low-hanging fruit and managed to stave off disaster during a period of Republican political dominance when Democrats in Congress were consisently doing their herd-of-cats routine.  He did a magnificent job in particular in his second term of governing progressively through agency action and rule-making when he was absolutely hamstrung legislatively by a stone-walling radically conservative Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

It's not just that Republicans won 4 of the 5 Presidential elections before Clinton, it's the way they won them.  Our only victory was the result of a unique circumstance, and even that one  was a squeaker, although it occurred right after Watergate against the guy who pardoned Nixon in what was generally assumed by the electorate  to be a quid pro quo for the Presidency.  The other 4 elections Republicans got 1,960 electoral votes, Democrats 190.  That's right, 1960-190, or an average of 490-48.

Clinton ended that dynamic.  And, although we can't of course know, I have always believed, based on his rhetoric, that he would have governed more progressively in a more  progressive climate.  I think he did what he could 1992-2000.  After  all, it was the  failure of his  biggest progressive stroke, health care, that  got shoved  up his whumpus and cost Democrats the Congress.


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Democrats hate success (0.00 / 0)
How else to explain the demonization of the Clinton presidency, when fiscal sanity returned to the country, and the willingness of some Obama supporters to repeat GOP hate speech about the Clintons?

Sure Clinton didn't govern the way we might expect Paul Wellstone to govern.  But (a) he got elected at a time when the rest of the Democratic party (the Sam Nunns of the party) no longer believed the Democrats would ever get the WH back (b) he faced a loony right Republican Congress and (c) he wasn't Paul Wellstone.  

I'll be interested to see if Obama with e.g. his gut-level free trade instincts governs significantly differently from Clinton.  I doubt it.

I think Hillary lost because voters were bored, after 15 years of RW hate speech about her.  Too many on the left, for reasons only they can account for, have been all too willing to buy into that hate speech.


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Destroying the Party (4.00 / 1)
That always did annoy me--this notion that she was going to destroy the party in a mad quest for power.  I didn't see a ton of that here on OpenLeft, but it sure seemed to abound over at Daily Kos and some other places.

Hopefully there are a few people who are realizing at this point that Clinton isn't some monster, just a tough politician, as anyone running for president should be.

I agree with your projected post-mortem, too.  They did it with Gore, I imagine they'll do it with Clinton, too.  One question, though, is how much this really will change her.  It will be interesting if she tacks more to the left and starts to become more bold on key issues.


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Well... (0.00 / 0)
I always approached this question with skepticism and a "wait and see" attitude. There were certainly quite a few people -- Andrew Sullivan prominently among them -- who expected the very worst from Clinton, but I didn't see why, or what, in her past behaviour, would suggest this. So I decided to wait, and let her show who she is by her actions. And the thing is - for the longest time, she didn't prove them wrong. She didn't prove them conclusively [i]right[/i], either, but it was enough to get me worried and keep me worried. It was really only now, three days ago, when that email went out, that a stone dropped and it was finally clear that: no, Samantha Power was not right. It was a tremendous relief.

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We won't know until after the election (0.00 / 0)
which way she will go.  If Obama wins, she can pretty much do as she pleases or enough to keep her Senate seat.  She can afford to be pretty much who she is.  Assuming Obama serves two terms and she is not VP, I doubt she will have a chance to run again.  She'll be what 72 in 2016.  My point is if being president is out of the picture, I think we will have a clearer picture of who she really is.    

If Obama loses then we'll get four more years of speculation about her every vote.  Is she voting that way just to be president or does she really believe that was the right vote?


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Am I the only one? (4.00 / 1)
Who gets pissed off when Clinton talks about the people who gave up their savings (or sold their bike...) to campaign in Pennsylvania? Clinton was toast by then but she still gleefully accepted money from needy people for an unwinnable campaign.

She ought to give that money back.


She still had a chance. (4.00 / 1)
I didn't see it myself beforehand, and I don't think many of us foresaw it, but have it she did. If she had held Obama to five points in North Carolina -- well below her own margin in Pennsylvania -- and won Indiana by a much larger margin on the same day, the Obama campaign would have been very seriously damaged, and the superdelegates rattled. And keep in mind, this is what many polls were predicting would happen. Follow this up with her absolutely crushing victories in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico (while again keeping down Obama's margin in Oregon, by virtue of momentum), and while I can't know if it would have been enough to wrest the nomination from Obama, the scenario is in hindsight frightening, and frighteningly plausible.

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And just to reiterate (4.00 / 1)
we are SO lucky Edwards dropped out when he did.  If he had hung around till super tuesday, and sucked up 15%-20% of the delegates then, there is pretty much no way that either candidate would have been able to get 50%+1 of the delegates by now.  

It was a headscratcher at the time he pulled out, but I think he saw this.  The party deserves to give him a huge thanks for doing what he did, to his own detriment, to save us from a total implosion.


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I don't mind giving Edwards props, but (0.00 / 0)
money had as much to do with him dropping out as anything.  He didn't have enough to compete with Obama and Clinton.  What you suggest may have helped him come to the conclusion he did, but money was the main factor.

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Yeah .. you are right .. (0.00 / 0)
but he also could have gotten a lot more votes .. just running on a shoestring budget .. just look at the votes he got in KY and WV(especially) .. when he had dropped out of the race 3 months before .. are you telling me he couldn't have received 20% in WV .. if he'd campaigned more .. and there specifically?

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I don't know exacty how much money (0.00 / 0)
Edwards has but, I don't know how you run a campaign without any money.  Apparently, he decided not to dig into his own pockets to run, unlike HRC.  Had he been able to stick it out to WV, who knows how many votes he would have gotten.  My basic point was that had Edwards had the money to stay in the race, I think he would have despite the fact that it would have really made a mess of things delegate wise.  Just think of the leverage he would have had, not to mention the possibility of getting the nomination.    

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Are those celestial choirs... (0.00 / 0)
I hear singing??? :-P

Excellent speech... (0.00 / 0)
I'm softening to the idea of Sen. Clinton as veep.

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