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From Talking Points Memo is Hillary Clinton's email to supporters about her plans for Saturday.  Unfortunately the letter is missing some things that she must address in her speech on Saturday.

The letter is 9 paragraphs long. Appropriately there are paragraphs thanking her supporters and such. And just two deal with supporting Obama:

On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.

I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.

The theme of both these paragraphs is the same, "I will be supporting Obama because he is not McCain."  There is no other mention of what qualities Obama has that would make hiom a great President.  The only thing apparently Obama has going for him is that he is not McCain.

Now add that to this paragraph

I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.

Does that sound like somebody who truly supports the parties nominee, or does it sound like someone who is being forced to fufill an obligation?

Why are these important? Well for one obvious reasons, Hillary has a responsibility now to convince her followers to back Obama.  This letter makes absolutely no attempt to do that.  At no point does she encourage her supporters to now support Obama.  There is no reconciliation in the letter, simply a sense of obligation and resignation.  If you read the letter it is mostly about her and it seems to me it will have the effect of galvanizing her followers even more.

I come not to bury Clinton, nor to praise her. I just hope this letter is precursor to the speech, which hopefully will be those things which the letter isn't: enthusiastic in her support for Obama with a message to her followers that they should share her enthusiasm. We'll see.

Originally posted to Gangster Octopus on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:15 AM PDT.

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  •  I fear less than some think she will. She may (0+ / 0-)

    stop the campaign, but, the primaries are over so big deal! So will say she supports him, but then reserve the right to take it to Denver.

  •  Who knows what she will do... (1+ / 0-)
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    It is just so sad.  But the key to watch for is whether she can be gracious on Saturday, and whether it continues to be Me Me Me, or if she can change to We - and the importance of the coming election.  

    As of now, I'm just glad that she is going to do something, and the coverage can switch to the candidate.  One thing for sure, she has proved what a distraction it would be to have her on the ticket, and her inability to step back to the second place.  

  •  hillary is just being hillary (3+ / 0-)
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    Kitty, theran, Joe Beese

    If you read the letter it is mostly about her...

    Kind of like all her speeches so far, you mean?

    Hillary is just being Hillary.

    •  That's why it's pointless to expect graciousness (3+ / 0-)
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      Kitty, theran, agent

      from Hillary on Saturday - or even civility. The classless narcissist we say Tuesday night is simply who Hillary Clinton is.

      She'll say the bare minimum she calculates necessary to  keep Rangel and her other fucked-over supporters off her back while she sits on her pledged delegates and hopes something "surprising" will happen between now and August.

      All but the small fraction of die-hards will naturally gravitate towards the sunshine of the Obama candidacy rather than the sulking gloom of Hillary's resentfulness.

  •  Ho hum, it's her legacy at risk (2+ / 0-)
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    theran, Joe Beese

    If she wants to do something that only a Hillary could do, then only a Hillary will be damaged by it, in the end.

  •  My prediction: (3+ / 0-)
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    Cali Scribe, theran, rosecar

    The level of support for HIllary among rank and file voters is more Democrat than we give them credit for.  We've been obsessing (and I surely was one of them) about the virulent cries of her diehard supporters.  

    It's not going to happen overnight; but I think we will be amazed at how much the party coalesces.  Unfortunately, after Tuesday's shameless display and her actions for the 24 hours after, I think you'll find more loss of support than hardening.  

    Could she help enormously?  If she is not totally gracious with an unequivocable endorsement and rallying around Obama, she'll lose even more.  

    I may be wrong.  I don't know for sure.  And it's hard to figure how long it will take for her supporters to realize the stakes.  Dean said it took his supporters three months.  But that was different:  that was at the beginning of the primary season, not the end.  I think more people will realize how little time we have in order to defeat the Republicans.  My gut reaction is that it will take about 3 weeks to see Obama coalesce steady support.  

    Let's remember:  half of her voters have already said they would be happy to vote for him.  Do you honestly think the other half are all the Harriet Christians of the world?  

    We will have to live without Geraldine Ferraro's and Gloria Steinem's vote, I'm afraid.  Although Barack Obama will do more for women's issues than has been done over the last 20 years. He will be more respectful of feminists than the Clintons ever were.  But they may be blinded to that forever.  Hopefully not.  

    We will have to put up with "gaffes" and lukewarm, left-handed support from Bill and Hillary.  However, the implosion of their legacy that happened Tuesday night might wake them up.  But then again, this went to lengths I never dreamed possible.  

    What I am looking forward to is taking this fight to the Republicans.  It has hurt my heart deeply to feel the way I've felt about another Democrat, and that that Democrat was a Clinton has been particularly painful.  Obama has already achieved more than anyone could have imagined.  I have complete faith that he will the vast majority of Hillary supporters over and win big in November.  

    •  I think we'll get Steinem's (0+ / 0-)

      though perhaps grudgingly -- she's pragmatic enough to realize that McCain would be a disaster for women and the nation, solely by his SCOTUS appointments (and we can't completely count on the Dems in the Senate to block them). And we can live without Ferraro and those of her type -- I've had a lot of those East Coast older women in my family, and they're dying out quickly (too many cigarettes and not enough exercise in most cases). The votes lost from the Ferraros and Harriet Christians will be more than evened out by the independents and moderate Republicans that Obama is attracting with his message of Politics Not As Usual, including Republicans in my family.

      It's not going to be easy, and a lot of work is going to have to be done, but we've got 5 months which is an eternity in Internet years. Many of those folks have been so set against the idea of Barack Obama and so pro-Hillary Clinton that they've never listened to an Obama speech or interview, have never looked at the policy statements on his website. It's going to take education, just like we had to educate people about Obama going into IA and NH and the other primaries and caucuses. They've been looking at Obama through the dark-tinted lenses of Clintonism, but now they have the opportunity to see him clearly. And I think most of them will like what they see.

      "Old soldiers never die -- they get young soldiers killed." -- Bill Maher

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:40:57 AM PDT

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    •  Obama is a far more charismatic leader (0+ / 0-)

      Than Kerry, too.  His campaign seems to have planned for every contingency as well, so between those two factors expect Hillary's diehards to be reduced to a clown car distraction.

      Warned you we tried. Listen you did not. Now screwed we all are.

      by slippytoad on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:56:05 AM PDT

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  •  She needs to step up. (0+ / 0-)

    If her speech sounds like anything less than a full-throated endorsement of Obama, the rest of the party needs to come down hard.

    Hopefully, she will collaborate with the Obama camp before Saturday on the remarks.  Richardson & Edwards both did and those endorsements came off very well.

    BTW, Where is Al Gore?

  •  I'm willing to give her the benefit of the (1+ / 0-)
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    doubt on this -- what good is it to take it to Denver when her superdelegates are deserting her in droves? She's a savvy enough politician to see the writing on the wall -- and that she'll have far more power and influence available in a Democratic Senate with a Democratic President than in a Senate under a Republican President.

    I'm cautiously optimistic, but I'll keep my eyes and ears open...

    "Old soldiers never die -- they get young soldiers killed." -- Bill Maher

    by Cali Scribe on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:31:52 AM PDT

  •  Wants to keep her name on the ballot (0+ / 0-)

    in case something happens.  Announced by CNN this morning.  Now, that pisses me off. It does not sound like unity but wishful thinking.
    Lanny Davis and Rendell were on Fox News last night and when questioned about Obama's weaknesses they   did not defend Obama, but kept stating what a strong candidate Clinton is.
    This has got to stop.  It is hurting us. Someone needs to stop this and soon.

    "If any question why we died. Tell them, because our fathers lied".... Kipling

    by TNforkerry on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:35:02 AM PDT

  •  "If something happens" (0+ / 0-)

    I don't know as she'd automatically get Obama's delegate support?

    •  After the way she's acted (0+ / 0-)

      it's more likely that if the unthinkable became reality before the convention, the Party would be more likely to reach for a "unity candidate" like Al Gore -- which is likely one reason why he's stayed neutral, probably at Howard Dean's request.

      "Old soldiers never die -- they get young soldiers killed." -- Bill Maher

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:47:00 AM PDT

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      •  It would be truly ghoulish (0+ / 0-)

        for her to take over after the RFK South Dakota remarks. For one thing, the tabulators in black precincts would be spitting out negative votes (little minus signs) next to her totals if she did that.

        I hate keeping this awful issue going, but wanted to post on how truly horrific the "anything can happen" candidate popping up would be if "something" did!

  •  It's not really going to matter (0+ / 0-)

    Her supers are bolting to endorse Obama so that can be part of the winning team (which is, after all, the best thing for their careers), and the media is already covering Hillary as a curiosity that will soon go away.

    Whatever she says on Sat., the party is rapidly unifying, and this includes her supporters, with the exception of a not unusual number of likely crossover voters anyway and a tiny number of Hillaryis44 ``liberals'' who will vote for McCain out of spite.

  •  c'mon. The Good news (1+ / 0-)
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    is it sounds great, and it's from Hillary.
    The bad news is it sounds great and its from Hillary.

    Still a lot of bullshit floating around.

    No Veep.
    No money.
    No more ass kissing.

    While they are punking the Party, and dominating the media, They are Punking the Hillary supporters more to wring more dough out of 'em. And what happens if THAT money isn't used for paying off vendors?

  •  What worries me is... (2+ / 0-)
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    that she will undermine his victory and make it less legitimate with that whole "popular vote" hogwash that is entirely Clinton math. If she does that, her supporters will continue with the theme that she had been cheated and is a victim of the process.

    I will warm to HRC when she can she the same level of grace as BHO.

  •  Just let her do that without pressures from (0+ / 0-)

    the Obama supporters. I think i feel like the more you intervene in this process, the more they might harden.

    This is a conversation that i had this morning and it is pretty telling if you read between the lines. I was golfing with an old and dear friend of mine. She is a judge (family matters) and a fervent supporter of Senator Clinton. As we walked and talked and golfed, i asked if she is going to vote for Obama and she said that she did not know and has not reached that bridge yet. She went on to say something that is extremely important i think. she said that she needs to hear somethings from him. What things exactly she needed to hear thinking that they were about policies and positions? And She said that she needs him to acknowledge that "he feels and understand the pain of millions of women who have had their dreams crushed. It is not about policies or Roe v.Wade and all of that. It's about connecting with us and he hasn't done that yet." I think that bit about pain and dreams being crushed is very important and a sincere feeling.

    I was stunned, to be honest since i don't vote anymore and i haven't connected emotionally or otherwise with any politician in decades. However, i think what she said is understandable because, in my opinion, voting is 40% about issues and policies and 60% about intangible things. If it were only about issues, we would have won one election after the other because we are and have been right on the issues.

    Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

    by Mutual Assured Destruction on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:44:27 AM PDT

    •  I guess I can understand that (0+ / 0-)

      but let's put the shoe on the other foot -- what if Clinton had defeated Obama? Would your friend have understood the need for Clinton to reach out and understand the pain of millions of African-Americans who had their dreams crushed? And what does Obama have to do -- go on Oprah and talk about how sorry he is that Clinton lost? He ran to win -- I don't know if Clinton would have been half as gracious as he has been, in complimenting her and thanking her for making him a stronger candidate for the fall, if she had won the nomination.

      Grieving I can understand -- but acting like an overgrown toddler with a temper tantrum and voting for John McCain out of spite, I cannot.

      "Old soldiers never die -- they get young soldiers killed." -- Bill Maher

      by Cali Scribe on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:54:31 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know how to answer your question (0+ / 0-)

        i just reported what i thought was a keen observation. I think there are ways to do that and he has some serious work before him. I think Clinton can bring her supporters (most of them) half way, and he has to do the rest half. Talking about the issues/policies is only half of the task, as i see it. He is good with words, he can do  that.

        PS: i don't know anything about Oprah as i have never watched her show. I don't watch TV news and talk shows. Sorry about that.

        Don't give a damn a/t each & every politician currently alive in the US. Last time i voted for the top part of the ballot was 1972. Never missed SB election

        by Mutual Assured Destruction on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 10:13:42 AM PDT

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  •  I wish, wish, wish - so hard - that she will (1+ / 0-)
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    stop spreading the "WE WUZ ROBBED" theory. She needs to assure her grieving core supporters that Obama won fair and square, that he didn't "steal" anything.

    Until she does that, his candidacy will always have an asterisk to these voters.

  •  I think that (0+ / 0-)

    With that announcement going out, the air has been effectively let out of her campaign.  Not a whole lot of people are going to be listening to her speech, because she has destroyed her relevance with her ridiculous posturing and vanity.

    And with her supporters turning to unify with Obama in droves, and her own party apparently taking her aside to tell her what for, it's obvious that her chance to bully her way to some sort of position is gone.

    Such is the cost of hubris.

    Warned you we tried. Listen you did not. Now screwed we all are.

    by slippytoad on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 09:52:50 AM PDT

  •  I think you are way overanalyzing this... (0+ / 0-)

    Look the purpose of this letter was to thank her supporters for everything they did for her campaign. It SHOULD be all about her because SHE is the one we (I'm a Hillary supporter) have all been working for. We've all invested a lot of time, effort, and emotion in this campaign and so we want to here from HER and be thanked for everything we have done for HER. And quite frankly, if her Saturday speech is more about her than Obama that shouldn't be a big deal either. This is her chance to give a thank you to her supporters. That's what we want to here. I'm sure there will be an endorsement of Obama and the beginning of her effots to rally the troops to his behalf. Once she wraps things up she will be out there on the campaign trail rallying folks behind Obama and working to bring her people on board with the Obama folks. But this is the time for her to re-connect with her supporters and thank them before she turns around and starts working for Obama.

    For me personally, once she finally wraps things up on Saturday I will take a day or two to grieve and get over the defeat of a candidate that I was solidly behind and then move on to getting behind Senator Obama. At this point, I really don't want to hear more about Obama other than that she is getting behind him as nominee and we should too. There is plenty of time for there how's and why's and all that. Right now, though, I could care less about Senator Obama. The time will come (soon, because I know the general is coming up) when I do. But, that time is not now. Honestly, the fact that some of Obama's supporters expect her and her supporters to instantly reverse field, forget about the person we've been working for for months and just behind Obama right away is ridiculous. It shows a staggering lack of understanding of basic human emotions and conditions that make me wonder where they are coming from.

    Hillary will endorse Obama. She'll work her butt off for him on the campaign trail (VP or no - and, honestly, as a HRC supporter I really don't think she should accept the VP - she can do more good in the Senate). She'll work to bring her supporters (especially those who don't inherently get behind him as the Democrat nominee) back into the fold and organize them behind Obama. For now, back off and stop with the attacks. The fact that every single action (or in-action) by Hillary or one of her supporters is taken as some kind of attack on Obama is ridiculous. Its time to get over your persecution complex, reach out to the Hillary supporter next to you, and remind him or her that you're a democrat too and you have the same goals and what not.

    And before anyone asks, I'm not one of the Hillary supporters that has to be reached out too. Obama has and will have my support as the Democratic nominee.

    •  OK (1+ / 0-)
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      good, thanks, that's pretty good to hear from a Hill supporter. I support Hill too, the good side of her. A lot of us have been nervous about her scorched earth tactics - no doubt the punditocracy has stoked those fears. I agree, let it be about her. What the hell, slowly but surely, if she gets behind him solidly after she has her time, then that's all I ask. I just don't want her to do any more sabotage on our party than, it seems to a lot of us, she already has.

      Can you feel the McPAIN?

      by Green Bean on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 10:48:40 AM PDT

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  •  I'll reserve judgement until then (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not going to jump to any comculsions or make
    any silly "Projections" about what will happen.
    I hope that she keeps her promise to help unify
    the party. The party needs that. As horrible as
    the last 8 years have been, a GOP win in November
    is still possible. I don't want to see that happen.
    I hope that we can look past our personal choices.

    This primary season has been very trying. If I mentioned
    to someone that I liked Hillary, then I was accused of being a Racist
    for not supporting Obama. If I mentioned Obama, then I had to be a
    closeted mysoginist who hated women. Wrong on BOTH COUNTS.

    I'm A DEMOCRAT. Plain and simple. I believe that
    the DEMOCRATIC party represents the AVERAGE,
    hard-working person far better than the Republicans.
    Since I still have to get up and go to work every
    morning, I look to the Democratic party to work
    on issues that are important to me.

    Let's get back to ISSUES and POLICY instead of
    bickering about personalities.

  •  i think that (0+ / 0-)

    she IS being obligated so it's probably accurate.

    Can you feel the McPAIN?

    by Green Bean on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 10:26:51 AM PDT

  •  maybe a sign but (0+ / 0-)

    ..has been suspended for overuse of CPU.  The error message I got was:

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    Even the internet is tired of this.

    "You might well think that. I couldn't possibly comment"

    by Sardaukar on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 10:31:25 AM PDT

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