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Hillary suspends her campaign and endorses Obama; what to expect now.

After being forty-five minutes late, Hillary made the speech we all knew she was going to make. She officially suspended her campaign and threw her support behind Barack Obama.

Hillary Rodham Clinton ended her historic campaign for the presidency on Saturday and told supporters to unite behind rival Barack Obama, closing out a race that was as grueling as it was groundbreaking.

The former first lady, who as recently as Tuesday declared herself the strongest candidate, gave Obama an unqualified endorsement and pivoted from her role as determined foe to absolute ally.

"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," she said in a speech before cheering supporters packed into the ornate National Building Museum, not far from the White House she longed to govern from.

"Today as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary campaign he has won. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him and I ask of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me," the New York senator said in her 28-minute address.

With that and 13 other mentions of his name, Clinton placed herself solidly behind her Senate colleague from Illinois, a political sensation and the first black to secure a presidential nomination.

For Clinton and her supporters, it was a poignant moment, the end of an extraordinary run that began with an air of inevitability and certain victory. About 18 million people voted for her; it was the closest a woman has come to capturing a nomination.

"Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it has about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before," she said.

Indeed, her speech repeatedly returned to the milestone her candidacy represented for women. She also acknowledged the unprecedented success of Obama's candidacy.

"Children today will grow up taking for granted that an African-American or a woman can, yes, become the president of the United States," she said.


First of all, let's be clear about everything here. Yes, Barack Obama is the nominee. However, Hillary didn't actually concede. I don't know what the point of that move is, as we all know that Obama's the nominee, but I guess she's hanging on to one tiny thread of hope that she might still get it.

Here's some of her speech; the full transcript is here.

This is just Hillary trying to salvage her political career. She realizes that the Presidency can still be hers in 2012, and that she needs to do a little ass-kissing if she's going to have any hope of saving her chances.

Of course, there was the expected GIRL POWER! angle. Just because she didn't win the nomination didn't mean she's stopped being Hillary; she's still just as arrogant and elitist as she was before. This speech wasn't about being humble or gracious. It had nothing to do with Barack Obama; it was all about Hillary. It was reminding us all that she was a history-maker, too, that she's a pioneer and a groundbreaker, just like he is. Gay Patriot noted that she didn't offer any kind of advice or encouragement about dealing with McCain, which was interesting. And again, that's because this speech was all about her -- not Obama, not Democratic party unity, but her.

She also got going on the healthcare issue, like with this troubling quote:

We all want a health care system that is universal, high-quality and affordable so that parents don't 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 and no excuses.


No exceptions and no excuses? Do we have any choice in the matter, or under Hillarycare are we forced to participate in government healthcare? Maybe she's just taking a page out of John Edward's playbook.

Anyway, since we all know now for sure that Barack Obama is going to be the nominee, conservatives and Republicans need to brace themselves, along with anyone else voting for McCain: independents, Hillary supporters, moderates, disenfranchised Democrats, etc. When Barack was announced as the nominee, the world media started hyperventilating about how "historic" this is, and how ground-breaking and unbelievable his clinching the nomination is, and so on and so forth. So ready yourself, because we've got one hell of a battle ahead of us.

Every ad aired against Obama will be deemed racist. Condemnation of any of his policies will make you a racist. Questioning any of Obama's voting records, past remarks, "charitable" donations and earmarks, and associations will make you a racist. You'll be accused of being too small-minded and racist to be willing to support a black man for President. It will be all about Obama and the fact that he's half black, all the time, and we will get smeared and attacked every day that we fight to try to defeat him. The very fact that we will try to keep him from being elected will get us labeled as racists.

When McCain and Obama debate, McCain will likely be attacked and excoriated for criticizing Obama in any way, shape, or fashion. He'll be called a bully and will be accused of using questionable and unethical tactics (like swift-boating!). Instead of being lauded in the press for being a "maverick", he'll be excommunicated as just another cog in the Republican hate-filled racism machine.

Here's what's especially troubling. If Barack Obama loses, it will make Bush Derangement Syndrome look like a Bush lovefest. The media will erupt in indignation, angrily shouting about how racists stole the election, how McCain is a racist for riding the backs of racist Americans to victory, and how America is still filled with racism for not electing a half-black man President.

See, with liberals, it's never about policies. It's always about superficialities.

The whole point of bringing this up is to be able to arm yourself. Be prepared, because we all know that this is what is coming, and we need to be ready for the assault. No matter how civil we try to make this fight, no matter how careful we are, this is what we will be accused of, and we can't let it scare us. The media will try to intimidate voters into supporting Obama, and we've got to be prepared to stand up to it.


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Comments (21)

I watche some of Hillary's ... (Below threshold)

I watche some of Hillary's speech and she looked like she was passing a kidney stone when she endorsed Obama. She is saying the words but she will never put a lot of energy into supporting Obama.

There is a lot of time between now and the Democrat's convention and you can bet your bottom dollar she will do whatever she can to make the party dump him and default to her.

Chuck

Black men who are 100% blac... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

Black men who are 100% black lose elections all the time in Africa. Is that racist too?

Humble pie doesn't go well ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Humble pie doesn't go well with crackers :-)

Clinton ran one of most poo... (Below threshold)

Clinton ran one of most poorly managed campaigns for president this year, that only became somewhat better when she was hopelessly behind in delegates. She was very likely to win both the Democratic nomination as well as the presidency, but made way too many critical campaign mistakes due to her poor management skills and inability to delegate responsibility to effective managers.

1. Clinton only won 1 of 18 caucus elections. Her campaign completely failed to organize efforts well enough to win any caucus except for the small Nevada event.

2. Clinton spent too much money early on, often wastefully, and had little cash left to continue after Super Tuesday. Clinton went on to lose 11 primary or caucus events to Obama, and also the nomination as she planned a terrible Pennsylvania "firewall" effort that was too late to reverse the outcome.

3. Obama is a political phenomenon, the greatest from Illinois since Abraham Lincoln. He has proven far more capable at both raising funds and delegating responsibility to excellent quality managers. Clinton is a well known factor, with some serious voter fatigue issues over the many years of ongoing ethics problems with the Clintons, and the fact that other things that Clinton managed such as a law office, ended up in the Whitewater scandal, the White House Travel Office, in scandal, and she could not manage the Clinton national health plan to success either. Unlike, Obama, Clinton simply has a poor record of management of anything she is charge of and cannot seem to bring it to success. Clinton is a poor manager, although she certainly is highly intelligent.

Obama has proven himself to be an excellent manager or at least someone who delegates responsibility to the right persons to see things through to success. This is why he is most likely to also win in November and to manage a White House that effectively deals with issues in constructive ways that show real results. This is one of his biggest advantages over rival John McCain, whose campaign has so far been cash-starved as well as not too well managed. McCain was only able to upend his GOP primary opponents like Romney, Giuliani and Huckabee mostly because they liked these other guys far less for various reasons. But head-to-head with the far better run Obama campaign machine, the McCain campaign likely will come up short. The better campaign, not candidate, will likely decide the election.

The Belmont may have a less... (Below threshold)
epqdor:

The Belmont may have a lesson. Big Brown finished last...

As a life long Republican I... (Below threshold)
John S:

As a life long Republican I am strangely ambivalent on which Democrat wins: Obama or McCain. At least with Obama the blame for the economic disaster that will unfold in the next 5 years will be firmly at the feet of the Democrats.

Paul dream on. Obama is sti... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Paul dream on. Obama is still a extreme liberal with no experience and all the organization in the world is going to hide that fact. He is McGovern pat deux.

Michael, you are talking ab... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Michael, you are talking about democrats here. Hussein O has and will collect billions if needed from the terrorist in the middle east. Money is all that matters to a democrat. I've yet to hear one bitch about the war and deaths in Iraq that didn't add, and it cost too much. Never mind that the military budget during Slicks administration was much higher than it is now. During the 90's billions went to downgrading the military or down a deep rat hole called a democrats pocket. At least the military is now using their funding to equip and train the military to protect Americans. It's pitiful to watch someone complain about 4,000 military deaths and then support the murder of 289,750 babies in 2006 alone. That is the mindset of a democrat. I will never again be one.

You were a Democrat,... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

You were a Democrat, Scrapiron? Well, I guess George Wallace was too...

Hmmph. Hyperbolist ought t... (Below threshold)
epqdor:

Hmmph. Hyperbolist ought to change his moniker to hypervapid.

Hang on Resco, Your pardon'... (Below threshold)
914:

Hang on Resco, Your pardon's on the way.

No, eqador, Hyperbolist is ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

No, eqador, Hyperbolist is not vapid, he's just another cheap name caller. Everyone who disagrees with him is a racist.

To quote Glenn Reynolds: "I can think of no better reason to vote against Obama than the prospect of an administration where any criticism of the President is treated as racism."

Hyperbolist just shows how right Reynolds is.

If I were Obama, Hillary o... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

If I were Obama, Hillary offering support would frighten hell out of me.
Going to repeat this, it's easier now the choice is narrowed, but McCain will receive my vote. His Presidency will do the least lasting damage to my country during his term.
The alternative is too horrifying to comtemplate.

hyperbolist - "You were... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyperbolist - "You were a Democrat, Scrapiron? Well, I guess George Wallace was too..."

Sen. Byrd slip your mind, or was it intentional?

Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds o... (Below threshold)
Chuck:

Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit.

"I can think of no better reason to vote against Obama than the prospect of an administration where any criticism of the President is treated as racism". - Glenn Reynolds

Well stated.

Apologies to poster # 12.</... (Below threshold)
Chuck:

Apologies to poster # 12.

I missed it when scanning a bit too fast and a lack of coffee this early.

:)

Paul, you are like soooo wr... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Paul, you are like soooo wrong. I am not even close to be a Clinton fan, but I would have to say, without a doubt, the MSM not only gave Obama a pass, but some were openly endorcing him. She not only had to campaign against Obama, but the press. He has been in the race for some time now and we still do not know his position on anything. This is your guy? I thought you were smarter then that? ww

You are exactly right...the... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

You are exactly right...the media will do everything in its power to intimidate voters into selecting Obama, making it quite clear that anyone who choses to not support him does so purely because of racism. This will be the most shameless and hypocritical media campaign ever waged against the American people. Most important will have to be the willingness of conservatives to make certain that these facts do not go unreported. More than ever before, the media must be exposed 24/7 for its activities, agenda and breathless willingness to ignore anything resembling fairness, truth, facts or honor

Hillary didn't actually ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Hillary didn't actually concede. I don't know what the point of that move is,

With politics, it can always be traced back to money and/or power. If she concedes her candidacy, she cannot legally continue to raise funds. And we all know that she needs to raise funds and, of course, doing it legally is so very important to her.

Clinton ran one of most ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Clinton ran one of most poorly managed campaigns for president this year,

Been hearing the "Clinton was a lousy candidate" line alot the last couple of days. What is it about Democrats and eating their young? I think most of them rather enjoyed Fpleger's remarks about her.

You were a Democrat, Scrapiron? Well, I guess George Wallace was too...

I guess life is full of surprises, huh? You probably never thought you'd turn into an intellectual poser, now did you?

You probably never thoug... (Below threshold)
Clay:

You probably never thought you'd turn into an intellectual poser,

That was terribly harsh and I do earnestly apologize. I really do not believe that you are a poseur. I believe that you have done a reasonable amount of study in modern philosophy. I'm obviously projecting what I see as my own inadequacies onto you. I built a life around the teachings of Kant, Hume, and Hegel, although I never fully understood them. Many years ago, I embarked on a study of Aristotle and, later, Thomas Aquinas that shattered everything that I thought I ever knew (or didn't know, as Descartes would put it). After reading Aristotle I finally understood Kant, and realized that he had made significant errors. I'm frustrated that the intellectuals of today have done what Kant, Hegel, or Descartes would have never dreamed of doing - they've dismissed two of the most beautiful minds of clarity that were ever created: Aristotle and Aquinas. And I took that frustration out on you and it was uncalled for.I'm extremely sorry. Please forgive me.

And just a bit of unsolicited advice: Be patient with us as we are all learning. Chances are we'll be patient with you in turn. The Golden Rule in reverse, I know, but probably the best I can offer right now.




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