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.