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"No Way, No How, No McCain"

Nine weeks from tonight, when the election returns start to come in showing that Barack Obama has been elected President, he and all Democrats will look back on this night and thank Hillary Clinton.  Her speech tonight was gracious, eloquent, funny, hard-hitting, and exactly what Obama and the party needed.  I've been critical of Clinton in the past in this space, and I wrote critically about her supporters just the other day.  But tonight she showed herself to be not only a brilliant politician, but also a class act, who has dealt with a painful defeat and turned it into perhaps the defining moment of her career in public service.  She was extremely generous to Obama tonight, and I hope that he will be no less generous to her in his speech on Thursday.


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Aug. 27th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
That speech was made of awesome.
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was. Better than I could have imagined.
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
I think she did an awsome speech. Even though I don't agree with a lot of what she said, I think her delivery was spot on.

Does anyone know if she writes her own speeches or does she use a writer? If she wrote that, she showed herself very capable.
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
That's a good question, Mark. I would expect (and I don't know for certain -- Does anyone who's reading this?) that like most high level politicians she has a speechwriter (or a team of writers) to whom she gives thoughts on themes and specific wording in places. And then she probably polishes and edits herself at the end.
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Agreed. Clinton gave out just the speech she needed to give, and one I think will go a long way to mending the party fences. I haven't thought very highly of her since the primaries, but I'm hopeful that her speech last night will really turn things around. Now if Bill can quit sulking around and saying stupid things...
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
I think Bill will come through in the same way. He doesn't want to be remembered as the guy who cost the Dems the White House. He'll give a good speech, and so will Biden.
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
I, too, have been critical of her, but she has been absolutely stellar or late and that was nothing less than an amazing speech.
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Thanks for the comment, Mark.
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
I read a few comments in the blogosphere -- a few being all I can stomach.

The sad thing was to read such a large number of comments condemning her for 1) only talking about herself; 2) not talking about Obama at all; 3) not refuting McCain's commercials using her name and talking points (I guess they missed her previous speech about NOT approving the messages); and 4) generally being her usual, greedy, grasping and bitchy self.

Sigh. For some people, if a white dove perched on her shoulder and pronounced "this is my daughter of whom I am proud," they would accuse her of stage-managing God.
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I really think that a lot of what you see in the blogs these days is Republicans claiming to be Democrats and trying to exploit the "divisions" in the party. I was reading something today on one of my favorite sites -- www.crooksandliars.com -- that basically said that the PUMAs, the alleged Clinton hardliners who refuse to back Obama, are not Democrats at all, and are led by someone who has given money to McCain.
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