FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Hillary Clinton is offering Barack Obama half a loaf on her way out the door. No joint appearance with the presumptive nominee and their families in prime time – which would be carried live on television. No appearances by folks like Harold Ickes and Terry McAuliffe who ran her campaign telling her supporters to unite behind Obama. No appearance by Bill saying "let bygones be bygones, and I'm going to offer to work hard to get Barack Obama elected."
Instead Senator Clinton is planning a public appearance on Saturday to talk about how "we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise."
Meanwhile, it turns out Clinton had to be pushed to get out of the race by several of her Democratic congressional colleagues... and reportedly she didn't even bother to call Obama to tell him of her decision. One more thing, and it's important: Clinton is expected to suspend her campaign instead of dropping out altogether. That means she will technically remain a candidate, and she will hold on to her delegates.
Some Obama supporters worry that questions about what Clinton does next will turn into a "second campaign" that won't end until Obama chooses a running mate, a job that Clinton is apparently interested in even though no one has asked her.
Mike Lupica writes in the New York Daily News that even at the end of this, Clinton is trying to rewrite the party rules that her people helped write in the first place, adding: "She acts as if she is the shadow president of a constituency that includes the 18 million people she says voted for her, as if those votes belong to her, as if all 18 million people are waiting for her to give them their marching orders. She leaves the race with the same air of entitlement with which she entered."
Here’s my question to you: How would you describe the way Hillary Clinton is handling her exit from the race?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Emma from San Jose, California writes:
I am sorry to see her traumatized by her loss. It seems she is inviting Democrats who supported her to stay bitter. No wonder the polls show McCain and Obama in a dead heat. When she does support Obama, the polls may change. Unfortunately we will be left with the memory of how she dealt with the loss in the early days after the Primary Election.
Chuck from Minneapolis writes:
Jack, Please go to Hillary Clinton's web site. What you will see is an embarrassing testament to Hillary's egomania. The first two pop-up responses and the only ones you can send to her easily are: (1) a stock "support me" message and (2) a "contribute money" message. Nothing about unifying the party. To the contrary, it's "continue to support me” not Obama, in big, bold type. There's nothing there about congratulating Obama, either.
CJ from Atlanta writes:
She's handling her exit like a lady! She has over 17 million reasons to hold her head up high!
Caryn in Washington writes:
Hillary and her $110 million are going to be just fine. It's the rest of us that I'm worried about. All of her supporters who claim that they'll vote for McCain, exactly who does that help? You're so worried about protecting her, she'll be living in her mansion when McCain's in the White House and the rest of us will be out on the street.
Susan (who calls herself an older woman) in Pennsylvania writes:
And she speaks for us women? I think not, not for this woman. She had a chance Tuesday night to show her strength, to be gracious and classy. And she showed her selfish side. Most were willing the next day/evening to cut her some slack. But now? She is just the same ole, same ole, selfish, self-centered woman she has and will always be. She gives us women a bad name. How embarrassing.
Mark from Arizona writes:
Jack, It’s been an historical campaign and an historical exit. No one in history has ever conceded 5 days after losing. Just imagine the possibilities of this strategy for the World Series or the Super Bowl!
The same way she handled her campaign stumbling from blunder to blunder. From the debut where they awaited certain coronation to the finale where she stayed at the dance too long, it was amateur hour.
Here in Avon we could see that Obama would take the nomination from the start and said so.
she is being respectful to her supporters and true to her beliefs. the obama camp is just grumpy because she is not bowing down to worship their arrogant messiah. why should she, she is the more qualified candidate. too bad the dem party decided to appoint obama without consulting the voters first.
I was incredibly disapponted with her speech on Tuesday night. I thought it was very disrespectful that she didn't acknowledge that Senator Obama had won the nomination. However, I am willing to accept her concession if it comes before the weekend.
For someone who claims to want the VP nod she sure is sabotaging her chances.
Well, Jack, it's all about her. Let's hope she gets picked to be the VP candidate so we can have 6 more months of the Bill and Hillary show.
Not well unless she is putting together her strategy to run as an indepedent, which she could easily win the general in a three way split. But if she is going to stay with the democrats then go ahead and throw in the towel.
Very similar to a 2 year old that had a piece of candy taken away from it by a concerned parent that didn't want the 2 year old to choke on it. In other words, not very well. Clinton never even acknowledged that Obama had won the nomination. That is indicative that no matter what she does now it will not be in Obama's or the democratic parties best interest. Clinton was a poor sport, plain and simple.
Like a loser- And she did not have to be. I was ready to be proud of her on June 3rd when I thought she would meet Obama on stage and raise both of their hands as champions. Instead I was disappointed with her pathetic showing- it was worst that McCain's!!! The Democratic Party could have been winners that night. Instead she made us Losers!!! The only winner was Obama.
Very poorly. There is no plausible excuse for her actions She should have bowed out gracefully Tuesday night. But like a spoiled little brat who has been told she does not own the Democratic Party and must give it to Mr. Obama she threw a temper tantrum and refused to give it up. She wants it on her terms or she will just destroy any chance of Obama winning the election in November.. She will not apologize or even congratulate him.
She makes women in politics look bad and and is deliberately causing a permanent riff in the Democratic Party.
Well to insert a little music into it----
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to – you would cry to if it happened to you!
You know, it makes me wanna SHOUT, put my hands up and SHOUT.....
How do the stars go on shining, why do these eyes of mine cry – no one knows, it's the end of the world, it ended when you said "goodbye."
Jack: Not very well, but business as usual. Hillary is the energizer bunny; keeps going and going aggressively without much reflection upon her conduct. Noticing this during the campaign; i switched to Mr. Calm Obam.
I'll let you know Staurday after she makes it official. Is she really exiting or just suspwnding the campaign? There is a big difference.
I will believe it when I see it.
Jenny Rome ga
The media needs to stop covering Hillary now its over if the press stops showing she`ll stop talking ! ! !
Well maybe !
The news here is that Obama is has made history! The next generation, the young people we hear so many bad things about have managed to do something that our generation failed to do! Thats put a black man on the ticket of one of the major political parties.
Maybe we can be proud, for once of the young people!
Go Obama Go!
For a person who claimed to be ready to answer the red phone at 3AM, she sure didn't seem ready to acknowledge Obama's win, even though everyone else saw it coming for months. Part of being a leader, especially a world leader, is the ability to recognize a situation and act on it. Either she was unable to recognize the end, or she was unable to act on it. " Give her some time to adjust to the situation" does not cut it for the commander-in-chief who was going to be ready on day one.
I believe Hillary should have been more gracious than she was on Tuesday night. I understand that she needed to manage her crowd very carefully on that night, but she could have and should been more gracious and less indignant than she was. I am glad to hear that she plans to officially recognize Obama's nominee status on Saturday. I'm sure she will do so in front of a live audience that will allow her to say what she needs to say.
Jack, I think that the Clinton's are showing their true colors. They are going to have things their way or no way at all. She needs to realize it is not about them, It's about the U.S. If she cared as much as she or he said, she would have congratulated Obama the first night. Her and her ragged husband need to go some where and sit down. I am tired of them taking the light from Obama, this is historic.
She should not try to force herself into the ticket (as husband Bill seems to want), because if Obama accepts it this way he would seem a weak leader, which is precisely what the Republicans want.
With the class and dignity of a hang-nail.
Typical spoiled little brat. If she doesn't get her way, she'll destroy all around her – WHILE the little girl makes the rules for the world.
She's still hoping something will happen to Obama – tsk tsk tsk.
Not presidential material, that's for sure.
With the style and grace expected of a self-absorbed, megalomanical, dictator that refuses to accept the facts of the real world. She talked about how "she is for this.... and that.... and you... and you" and all the wonderful things she'd do as President for all the people because "she hears them". When in the end here it seems all that really matters is her winning. And they wonder why we don't trust her????
I still wonder if this is truly an exit. I think she will remain the 800 pound gorilla in the room until Obama and the Democratic leadership show her where the exit is. Suspending her campaign, not appearing with Obama, not taking her name out of the nomination...these are all signs to me that she is not looking for an exit. If Obama does get elected, he should look in all the closets throughout the White House to make sure that Hillary isn't hiding in one of them. He might want to look under the desk in the Oval office as well. I don't think she is ever going away....period.
As a yellow dog democrat and an avid Hillary supporter, I am disappointed that she has not been able to put aside her ego and to do what is expected. Everyone agrees that she is an avid campaigner and ran a good race but she lost and it is time for her to recognize that and work toward party unity.
If everyone would just ignore her, she will go away.
As with everything else that she has publicly, she has demonstrated no noticeable graciousness, or lack of consideration for others. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin has described her, during the latter stages of the primary process as, "...deranged narcissism...", and I couldn't have said it better, myself! As far as her Veep prospects, and running with Obama, the thought makes me queasy for his sake; for he'd have to sit with his back to the wall, and carry a machete every time he was in close proximity to her. Perhaps, her singular lack of consideration for his greatest moment on Tuesday night, was enough convince the Obama camp...as if they had any doubts....that she does not mean him well, and that she is best left to "...twist, slowly, in the wind...". That would be my "prescription" for a particularly nasty "headache"...
In typical Clinton fashion, Hillary is ending her campaign with a lot of class. Unfortunately, it is all low.
Fort Collins, CO
Very poorly, she does not project her often stated discription of herself as "Being ready on day one." Here it is Day three and she still is not ready to go. Some commander in chief she would have been. Is this the type of behavior we would have witnessed every time something did not go her way if she had prevailed to become president of the United States. She needs to practice acceptance, acceptance that she lost and it is time to pick up her toys and go home.
St. Augustine, FL
As I said before she is handling it just fine, and doesn't need any more daggers, or is it personal insults lobbed at her from the media. Now get all of her followers to come along with her, and you have done your job. You will get your history making election, not because she lost., but because she is still willing to help her party take back the White House., so don't be too critical of the way she exits the race, she still has reserved the right not to help.
She's going into her plan B. strategy, forcing the country to keep one eye on Hillary and the other eye doubting Barack's legitimacy. Hillary will not release her 18 million votes to Obama and keep the Democratic party polarized in hopes he will lose the election to John McCain. This will help set her up for 2012.
There is obviously a hidden agenda that the Senator feels will benefit her in the long run. I believe this exit strategy will kill any chances of her running for President in the future and divides the party. As usual the Democrats do everything they can to turn a landslide into a close race.
She has acted like a child.The dream team is actually
Barack & Al Gore.
Exactly how we would expect from any Clinton--Poorly!!!! They once again made a tactical mistake in thinking that you campaign for the VP spot. It does not matter what Hilly or Billy want their time in the limelight is over, they just cannot accept it!
I think she is doing it the right way. It wouldn't have mattered what she said on Tuesday night, it wouldn't have been right to the people on TV that night anyway. Tuesday was the last 2 primary's of the contest, it seems to me she did win South Dakota. So why not give a victory speech.
With her question, 'What does Hillary want?" she showed what was truly important to her–herself. If she truly wanted what was best for America, she would have bowed out gracefully to unit the party. Instead, she refused to acknowledge one of the most historic events in American's history: nominating the first black man for president.
I'm just as upset with the media. Even after Sen Obama won the nomination, all the headlines were about Hillary. Her photo was even on the Yahoo home page instead of Obama's. She lost, guys. Quit reporting on her every breath, quite pushing her onto Obama and let us aborb this truly wonderful event and give the publicity to where it's due–the next president of the U.S.
She is not realy exiting. She and Bill will be hiding in the weeds
Well I don't know how she is handling it but I sure hope she doesn't campaign for that loser the DNC annointed.
No comment.There is nothing more to say about that woman whose name I can´t condescend so low to mention.
Hillary is handling her exit better than I would if I was her. After the
miserable treatment of her by the media, especially you, Jack, and the Party bigshots who should have stood by her, I would do nothing more than issue a press release and go back to Washington. And all
that my press release would say is I'm suspending the campaign.
I think she's handling it about as well as a four year old that's just been told they can't have a piece of candy. She's been in full on temper tantrum mode for a few weeks now complaining that she's been treated unfairly in this campaign. But wait, wasn't she the one who was saying to Obama, "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen."? I guess that's just another example of how Hillary feels there should be a special set of rules just for her that ensures she gets everything she wants. I hope her supporters start to see just how petty and childish Hillary is so they can not feel bad about abandoning her and supporting Barack Obama.
She's trying to raise funds so she can attend night classes on how to be gracious and how to close the deal. Her first class starts Saturday night back in the real world.
Thanks Jack for the venue. This has been a real lesson in psychology and civics.
To Diane/Allentown, PA: great angle!! but you left out -
How can you mend this broken heart? / How can a loser ever win . . .?
Scary – she is like a lunatic you never know what she will do next. If she is the role model for women for "PRESIDENT' God help us! However, I do feel she has an agenda, something up her sleeve she will pull another rabbit out of the hat, you wait and see...we haven't heard the last of this woman, its like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Obama please don't pickl her for VP.
With Hillary leaving her name on the ballot for nomination at convention is Hillary quitting the race? I think not. I live in Michigan where Hillary stated that it did not matter if her name was on the ballot because our primary did not count anyway.YET!
Hey Jack – is this a trick question? She's the oldest brat I've seen on TV. She's had at least a month to see where this was going – it didn't just happen! C'mon now... It's time for her to begin acting like a grownup. She's sending the 'My way or the highway' message to her supporters and she is quickly becoming the single cause for the rift in the democratic party. If McCain wins, I hope he sends Hillary a great big 'Thank You'...
Hillary's exit behavior simply reinforces my negative feelings about her, feelings she alone created early on in the campaign by her attitude of absolute entitlement. I went from considering support for her to feeling nauseaus when her very name was mentioned. It's over, Hillary, and YOU LOST. Now just GO!
Dot from Orange Park, FL
Considering that she has neither said nor done anything negative, and has had only praise for her former rival, even you Jack must admit she is handling it very well. She knows that her future is bright, and that the Clinton name will be in the White House again, we just don't know when or who that Clinton will be.
Well Jack, I think she is handling it very selfishly especially conceding on a Saturday when she could have done it Tuesday after Obama clinich the nomination which would have immediately start the uniting of the democratic party. This just goes to show that she has a weak side to her and may not be the person who she says she is. It seems as though it is all about her and not about the American people.
Unfortunately, not as a person who wants to be a leader. There's one thing I realize though. When she didn't acknowledge Obama winning that night she will not be able to go back to that day to make it up. And doing so this weekend will not be nothing amazing. She has went out and disgraced her legacy and her willinginess to be ready on day one by her immature attitude towards her (friend) as she said. It was a special night and it could have been one for her too. But, she really showed democrates and her close high profile supporters who worked with her just how selfish she really was. They did everything to support her and she embrassed them by acting like she was in control of them. And that they should wait for her to decide when she was ready to make up her mind. It's just something I wish to now to forget.
I forsee her trying to steal the VP position... and then arranging an unfortunate mishap. She'd do anything.
Her primary concern in "Hillary" not the democratic party. She should have acknowedgled Senator Obama for his win and should have done so with humility. It is best she did not win, especially if this is any indication as to how she would handle an upset in the White House. Let's face the fact, men already think that women are "crazy" and now she has provided the evidence that we "women" should not be placed in the high office of President....due to the possiblity of emotional instability.
I am a woman, but I think Obama is better equipped to do the job.
Hillary's handling her exit like a sore loser that she is. I believe Sen. Obama does not need her to pull the votes in for him. All he needs is a good running mate who has his beliefs for our country and that person has to be someone he can trust with his life. Sorry to say, Hillary is not one to be trusted. She proved that more times than once throughout her campaign. The 3 time comment of RFK's assasination was the ultimate.
Hillary and Bill are good people who have done a lot of good for the American people and have been mercilessly ripped to shreds by Obama's people and the democratic party. It has been disgusting that the party will destroy their own. Hillary should now run as an independent. She would probably win.
The surreal thing about the way she has handled this up until this point is that she is handling it in exactly the same way I would have expected Bush to handle the same situation. It's as if she has only listened to the "yes men and women" around her that haven't given her the true picture of the situation. This was completely evident by her choice of speech location on Tuesday–it was practically a bunker! where no news could come in and ruin her party.
Her primary concern is "Hillary" not the Democratic Party. She should have acknowledged Senator Obama for his win and should have done so with humility. It is best she did not win, especially if this is any indication as to how she would handle an upset in the White House. Let's face the fact, men already think that women are "crazy" and now she has provided the evidence that we "women" should not be placed in the high office of President....due to the possibility of emotional instability.
Hillary has shown her true colors over the last 48 hrs. It's all about what Queen Hillary wants. She doesn't care about Obama or the Democratic party one bit.
Even as a Canadian I am appalled and disgusted by her lack of basic deceny towards Obama. He has bent over backwards to show her respect and she spits in his face.
Enough already Hillary! Go home and take Bubba with you!!
PS Jeffrey Toobin was right "deranged narcissim" are what the Clinton's are all about
what exit? I will believe it when I see it. I still think the Democratic Party leaders will have to drag both Hillary and Bill kicking and screaming off the stage in Denver.
Jack, She reminds me of in-laws that come to visit and become squatters in your house. They just wont leave until they have completely exhausted your patience, wallet, and fridge. Finally they leave in a huff, feigning suprise at your anger. Yep, that sounds like the Clintons.
Hiram Rapids, Ohio
Although Clinton may feel that she and her supporters are deserving of some recognition, holding her delegates as leverage – if that is in fact her motivation – is a self serving scheme that does not consider the "best interests of the party." Clinton continues to be divisive at a time when Democrats need to rally behind Obama. If she continues this course, it is possible that her anti-Obama rhetoric will fester and defeat Obama in the general election. Hillary, please put your spite behind you. Another warmongering crackpot must not be elected president!
Regards, Richard, Vancouver, British Columbia.
She is handling her exit just the way she should. She does not owe Obama ANYTHING. The DNC and other party leaders threw her under the bus, just like you and other media pundits have and continue to do so. She should run as a Independent after the way she has been treated by the leaders of the Democratic Party, and Hussein Obama supporters. Now wouldn't bust Hussein Obama's bubble? .She would win hands down. And don't forget, she could still be nominated at the convention. Hussein Obama has not been completely vetted yet, so she still has a chance. Hillary or McCain in 08
God bless Hillary Clinton, and God bless America
God but I'm tired of reading about Hillary. She's devious, self-centered, deluded and exhausting.
just the way she is pretentious .. like a man ...and drunk for power..so sad I use to love them both but !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not anymore
What a suprise! I wish I could be a fly on the wall to be sure, but I'm betting she plans to be a spoiler, and run as an independent if she isn't offered the vice presidency. I hope Obama will plan accordingly, and have a back-up plan to deal with such lunacy.
There has been many candidates in the past that have taken time to settle their campaigns affairs. JACK get off your HIGH HORSE and CHILL, things will settle down by the weekend. Then you will have all the time to keep checking on those frog's gluteus maxius's and report on your findings. What a journalist JACK.
Jack as I've said befoe, this woman has lost it!! ! Her and most of her supporter thinks that the White House belongs to the Clinton's. I can't believe her action on Tuesday when Sen. Obama won. I knew she would'nt expeditiously leave and not to acknowledge that he beat this women that had "most of the popular vote" this is her way of thinking, I feel that she isn't stable any more, now that she has been beaten by a black man of all things. This should have been easy for her to win since she ran aganist a black, that no one in their right mine would vote for against this White Women. This is why she had no plans after super Tuesday , she underestimaed Sen. Obama's worth. Therefore she lost the most important thing to her and this black man has it an like a pamperd child she wants what he has now, and although she said that she would get behind him 100%, If I where him. I would watch that closely. " She's not stable now that she has lost what was personal hers in her mine."
How do you think jack? She is a lady. A smart one. The best candidate for president. Just because she wasn't selected like Obama, doesn't mean she has to go crying. Just hope her 18 million voters vote for him. he caN'T WIN W/O THEM. I am not voting for him. I know, you won't post my msg. It's not pro-Obama
She is going way overborad to apppease those that stabbed her in the back. She should tell the superdelegates that flip flopped to go to hell and not quit. She and Bill together with some centrist republicans could then start a third party to beat McCain.
This question begs for a nasty answer, but for the sake of unity I will resist the temptati..........ohhh
She's handling it like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens would at Jose Canseco Book signing.
For some reason, Tonya Harding comes to mind. ... My respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton has dwindled down to just about zero ... wouldn't put it past her or Bill to try to sabotage Obama.
Not well at all. But if we really look at her behavior particularly in the past 6 months, is it really any surprise. She has made some of the most harsh comments of the entire Primary. (Dems and Reps. included.)
One other thing, if she doesn't want to be treated in a sexist way, she shouldn't pout and behave like a brat.
She is like a spider trying to get out of some glue, and she is stuck to her large and willful ego that does not want to admit defeat. She needs to pay her debts, so she won't completely resign from the race. By holding on to her delegates she still believes that she might become the nominee. Her next graceful or ungraceful and ungracious move will occur this Saturday. Maybe she'll really smoke a big peace pipe instead of grinding her ax and blowing redundant rings of smoke, acting like Rocky and the Terminator.
EL PASO, TX
Hillary is a women she has feelings it will take longer for a women to get over this defeat then a man would, but she is strong and willing to unite the democratic party regardless of what position she takes in this election. I am hoping maybe VP or Health Secretary or any other position she would do fine in really. She will take it harder then most people but she will put it behind her and move on.
Her behavior does not bode well for future female presidential aspirants. It will long be remembered that the job is President of the United States, not a role on Days of Our Lives..
She acts as she believe the world owe her everything that she want , and she no concern or regards for any one else.
Hillary supporters are getting their money's worth. Millions of dollars were donated to Hillary's campaign and supporters deserve to see her pledge delegates cast their votes for her in Denver. This ones for the record books! Women and blue collar workers united to see a woman nominated in a major party and almost made it. So call off the dogs and let history run its course. She doesn't own her supporters, but she does owe them a grand finale.
It is with the greatest lack of grace and dignity I have ever witnessed. When is the DNC going to stop handling this diva with kid gloves and let Obama take his rightful place in history and secure this election in November?
Jack. Hillary is showing you what the Clinton's are really like. Hillary and Bill have been lying and cheating for so long they actually believe the world can't get along with out them. They are so over rated that it boggles the mind. They are the kind of people you have to stomped on with both feet. I would think you in the media would be sick and tired of there act by now. I would say she is handling it like all losers do. Badly.
I'm no expert but Senator Clinton seems to be is truly delusional. She has completely lost touch with reality and thinks this race is still winnable....even though IT IS OVER. It's like the crazy Uncle you have (in this case a crazy Aunt) who is unpredictable and can do completely ridiculous and harmful things at any moment. Everyone in the Democratic party seems to be walking on eggshells waiting for the other shoe to drop, not wanting to say anything cruel to her because she might snap!
Hillary does have a large constituency that Obama has snubbed and degraded throughout his campaign. He has won the nomination by the barest of margins and lost the popular vote cast during the primaries. After the insults any words of concilation from Obama ring hollow. I would love to see her run as an independent. She would be them both.
Pretty pathetically, Jack. She moved it from a Friday suspension of her campaign to a Saturday suspension so it is out of the typical news cycle. And not to mention it is just a suspension, and not a full out drop. Give it up already, Hill.
Quite frankly she reminds me of a small child who cannot understand that she does not always have to get her way. Between the lies and pouting that she did throughout the campaign I can't imagine why the American public would want her in the position of VP- She needs to grow up and move on. Everyone faces disappointment but most learn to deal with it and move on. Grow up Hillary.
An awfully lot of Repulicans voted for her to mess up the process.
She really DOES NOT have 18 million supporters. It's a lot of good old Repulicam Dirty Tricks inflating Hilliary's ego.
Hillary is acting like most women, with her emotions out of control she need to get out the race is over support obama.
She needed a reality check on Tuesday!
It was Obama's Night and 08 will be Obama's year!
He should not choose her as vp... She is NOT change!
She was not entitled to the nomination (...maybe she thought she was) and she is in no way entitled to the vp spot
Obama 08! Yes We Can!!
From what I understand, she still owes millions to her campaign and would like to still have the means to hopefully raise money. Having said that, she should have shown the men in this country that she was woman enough to acknowledge defeat and that she was in Obama's corner.
The truth is Jack she is handling it in a normal way. Most folks are sore losers, they just don't show it. She has just decided to show it. She lost, she is angry, she wants to blame someone, anyone, the media, men, white men, white media, black men, black media, her husband, her campaign advisors, educated people, and the list goes on, she is just Sore. Like so many sore losers they eventually get over it. If she doesnt get over it then the clown show will really begin. And the legacy she so worries about will be destroyed. She will ultimately do more harm than good.
At such an historical moment in our nation's history Clinton's actions are stunning and disheartening. Leadership flows down to followers, and I've been equally stunned by Hillary's supporters blaming everything on either Obama or his supporters. The overwhelming concensus is that he conducted himself as a true gentleman towards Clinton, while she leveled sarcasm and disdain freely at him. As a woman I've felt she always had an unfair advantage, because God forbid a man was perceived as beating up on her, especially a black man.
That's why her behavior as she turns all this into another media circus is so distasteful and rather mean-spirited in return.
Sarah in Indiana, why don't you get your facts straight before you write anything? No one gave Obama anything, He did it the old fashion way, he earned it. Its the kind of uninformed people like who say what they think and not what is true.
Hillary will not exit the race. It is being reported that she will only "suspend" her campaign. This does nothing to improve the country, i.e., by ending the war in Iraq or to help those needing health care. Her "entitlement" behavior will continue to divide her party (and the country) by giving license to her anti-Obama supporters to vote for McCain.
For a person who put forth a herculean effort, survived scandalous innuendo and character assasination, endured irrational hatred of so many of her own countrymen, and nearly tied her opponent who out -spent her almost 3-1, Sen. Hillary Clinton is showing poise, humor, and grace. We can be as proud of her as we are another lady who is ever vigialnt as she graces New York harbor.
One president and one Vice President. No two presidents.
I think it,s time to move on and support Obama . There are only two really choices the way I see it. stay the course or change our direction. And we all know staying the course is going no where.......
Well, I think. As I told a friend, "Even though I voted for Obama, Hillary Clinton is not finished,. In fact, she may still be President some day. She did not lose the nomination, she just got beat."
This only verify's to my friends why I didn't vote for her.
By not supporting Obama on Tuesday, she lost her chance to be a part of history.
This prolonged exit of Hillary clinton speaks volumes about her character......She always needs to be the centre of attention even in the face of defeat!!
Instead of letting the nominee Senator Obama bask in this *moment of history * she partly stold the moment by not conceding and congratulating him.It shows her true colors but her supporters are blind to her faults
You can bet if the roles had been reversed he would have had the class and dignity to concede and congratulate!!!
She's handling her exit the same way she handled the latter part of her
campaign.....badly!. I understand her supporters disappointment with the results but Hillary's fundamental lack of grace and her inability to see how anger has clouded her judgment is fostering this mind blowing herd of insane followers to believe she was somehow "robbed" of the nomination.
They believe that because she continues to allow them to believe that and that is not the way a leader should behave.
Shame On You Hillary Clinton!!
The longer Hillary waits to concede, the less believable the whole thing will be. For me, she's already waited too long. I don't think she believes a word she'll be saying on Saturday.
Hillary may smile when she delivers her concession speech on Saturday......but you know Jack, its got to hurt......and hurt bad when the political knife cuts.......but cuts you rather than the opponent. Consulation, time will heal Hillary's wound and history will record it. Endure and live with it....her defeat was not terminal.......or was it?
The way Hillary is handling this whole process reminds me of a snow day when I was a kid in school – NO CLASS!
DJ – Detroit
Looking at Hillary Clinton's approach to leaving the campaign and endorsing Obama, one is reminded of a certain Queen of France in the 1790's who, when asked about the hunger of the masses, is reported to have said, "Let them eat cake !"
That is exactly what she is doing with her so called 18,000,000 voters. She claims she is doing what she is doing for them. Baloney ! She is only interested in herself, her career, her ego and her destiny to become President of the United States. This is perhaps her last shot before she is perceived to be too old !
Those 18,000,000 voters are not hers to own. Her 290 odd superdelegates ought to show her the door now rather than later and endorse Obama en masse with the understanding that Hillary will NOT be the VP nominee on the Democratic ticket.
Her actions bring her discredit and dishonor. I am truly, truly disappointed in her.
By not conceding on Tuesday night and by apparently suspending instead of ending her campaign this coming Saturday, Hillary Clinton is being very disrespectful at this point. This is a great moment for many African-Americans, who are traditionally Democratic voters, and her arrogance and sense of entitlement is ruining it. That is absolutely not sitting well with Black people in this country. I don't know where her career will take her, but Black people will not forget this.
The bitterness of not having the power she aurtomatically thought was to be hers has made the Clinton Legacy tragic. She could have brought so much to the table, but instead chose to throw Senator Obama under the table by refusing to acknowledge him as the Presidential Nominee of the Democratic Party. This Woman (because I will not use the word lady) has lost what little respect I had for her. I think her and Bill were made for each other!!
Shamefully! This is a very exciting time in US history coming after the darkest 8 years of US politics and she has spoiled the moment with her sore loser stance. Now she appears to be using her position to almost blackmail Barack into choosing her as his VP. She had the opportunity with her speech the other night to acknowledge Barack as the winner to congratulate him and be a graceful runner up. But no, she came out swinging. IMO she has put women back 50 years and it will be a long time before we see another female run for this office because of her. I am disgusted and ashamed of her behaviour .
PS I am a white woman in her 40's with University level education and I would not have voted for her so the polls did not reflect all women in my category!!
she asks for so much respect but has given none back,you can feel her rage and her lack of class and style flashes off the tv screen,the woman is without grace and making her the veep would be a big mistake.
social circle ,ga.
Hillary Clinton is exiting this primary season like most of us expected. I think Hillary is at home wondering how she lost this, instead of how Obama won it. Hillary defeated herself, and I think that this is the hardest thing for her to accept. She underestimated Obama, and now her shock, appears more as being a sore loser, but I sincerely believe that Hillary is going to let the emotions settle, take a deep breath, and campaign as hard for Obama as she can. It's time for her to start showing that she is more for the party, and the route of this country than about herself or Obama. GO OBAMA '08!
Too nasty, too little, too late...so what's new? Now I just wish her campaign would pay the bills she owes our school districts of Bend and Redmond, OR for her team's (Bill's) appearances there. That really shows her interest in supporting education, doesn't it ? P.S. Obama has pd. similar bills by the time they were due. Is deficit spending the only thing she learned all those yrs. serving in the Senate? Keep her off the ticket and out of Obama's hair.
I can't believe how gullible and uninformed the American electorate is. There should be a woman president, but not this woman. From day one, she has acted with unbridled ambition and pure self interest. She has sold too many people on the concept, that her candidacy is there dream, when in fact it's her selfish dream, her current actions are proof of that. It appears Father Pfleger was correct about her feeling of entitlement.
While I am not a Clinton fan I was very proud as a woman in her accomplishments with regard to this race. However, I watched her Tuesday night and couldn't believe her lack of support for the Democratic nomination. Two days later I am looking at her as a kid in the sand box that is holding her breath until she gets the shovel that another kid is playing with. Get out of the sandbox dust yourself off and find another tool to get your castle built!
"How would you describe the way Hillary Clinton is handling her exit from the race?"
In a word - Appropriately. And in her way and in her time. I think she is wise to suspend her campaign rather than end it. As Obama just said, let's take time and settle down. Hillary is entitled to time if for no other reason than the closeness of the contest.
signed– an unabashed Hillary supporter
she is showing that she thought it was owed to her and can't be a gracious loser. too bad, she is a great lady but it deminishes her standing as a devoted democrate
Her exit strategy is as disjointed as her entrance. Indecisive, and emotional – the very reason we don't need a woman who does not play fare. Her exit is disrespectful, and underminding the larger picture. She Still does not get it. We are looking for a Leader and Obama has not commented on her exit – I think that's great. He is leading by example. She is not. There in lies the difference between the two.
St. Paul, MN
I do not understand why Hillary is not inviting Obama to be with her when she endorses him on Saturday. Obviously it would look very good if they did this and would show that they are united and will work together. I am amazed and bedwildered that they are not appearing together and I hope that everyone watching your show will email both the Hillary and Obama campaigns to encourage that they appear together for this endorsement. This is very important
She's in the bargaining stage of grief. Her ego is bruised; her entitlement has been swept down the river. She'll come around eventually, but the point is this: she needs to stop feeding the fire with her supporters. They're bruised as well, but they'll come around, too. When they compare the visions of Obama and McCain, they'll realize the future can't be mired in the same policies of the last seven years.
She sounds like the kid that brought his baseball to the playgrounds and then if the kids don’t do as he likes he takes his ball and goes home, pouting. She is SUCH a disappointment.
Regardless of what she does or how she acts, she is still going to put her down. I think she's handling thing the right way after everything she's been through.
I think she has handled this, at times, like a spoiled brat having a temper tantrum. The more the media focuses on her, and what will she do, and will she be the VP...this is feeding into her ego, and taking away from what SHOULD be the moment–Barack Obama's moment to shine. If he chooses her as a running mate, I won't vote for that ticket. I believed him when he spoke of change. How she has behaved now, shows a sampling of the problems it would be if she were his VP. I can't believe that Hillary Clinton is the only human being in this country that can help his ticket.
One word – despicable.
As a former Hillary supporter I am not suprised at how she is exiting this campaign. Notice I said former supporter, I switched in about April when it became apparent to me(and my wife another ex-Hillary supporter) that she was in fact acting "entitled". She acted ungraciously by giving and end to the primary speech instead of a Obama congratulations speech, and then asking "what should I do next"? We all know what her supporters will write in on that. Her 18 million "invisible" voters are not hers and if she really wanted to unite us she would have by now at least acknowledged his win, and at best rallied all of her supporters to the cause. Hillary cares about Hillary it was obvious to me in April, and fully confirmed to me this week.
Shame on you Hillary!
Hillary (and Bill) have revealed themselves over the course of this campaign to be primarily interested in their own interests, not those of this country. It was appalling that Hillary never acknowledged the historic nature of Obama's winning the delegate count. Now she is engaged in more tactics designed to promote the Clinton's agenda. As a African American women I am angry and saddened by her (and her husband's) actions which I view as a betrayal of years trust by African Americans. My grandmother used to say, "just wait a while, people will show you who they really are"! Now we know what the Clintons really care about- themselves!!!
Hi Jack, Hillary is displaying a side of her, that no suspected existed. This behavior will ultimately end her Political Career, and any other bid for the Presidency. She is not interested in the Party's interest, but her own. Barack Obama is so gracious about this. He will be the next President.
I think Senator Clinton really showed her true colors and continues to do so even now. She has shown the world that she lied when she said she cared the most about the American People when in fact all she cares about is achieving power. I watched the documentation on the internet called 'Hillary The Movie" and was inclined not to believe all that was said about her in the movie. Sad to say, I believe every word now and Senator Obama would be suicidal to put the Clintons in the same state with him, let alone in the same residence.
Technically, not too good but eventually she will do the right thing when everybody has gone to bed.
Whereas Hillary Clinton had the opportunity to prove a woman was intelligent enough and emotionally stable enough to handle the Presidency; rather she has embarassed the women of our Country by the way she is handling her loss. She has set women-kind back 100 years. She better listen to some of her piers and bow out cleanly and quickly before she completely ruins her political career. She once said "Shame on you to Obama". Well, we are all saying Shame on you Hillary. I am one of the white hard working females she claims are voting for her; well, I am an Obama supporter.
Hillary is acting like she really is entitled, I can't believe that she's
acting like a pure fool, she and bill, the contest was fair and square
we don't always get what we want in this world and when we fail or
get beaten in a contest we should be able to accept it and bow out gracefully
Leave her ALONE. Hillary will do the right thing and does NOT need media to pressure her.
If she thinks she is going into a negotiationon from a position of stregth, she is misguided. Didn't she just lose the entire NY democratic delegation yesterday? As far as a defeated candidate trying to control nominating voters: there are so many strong democrats like Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein etc that will bring those Hillary voters very easily over to Obama. For her next senatorial election she is in dire need of Obama to help bring back the African American vote to her camp, or she is going to lose badly.
I am an MBA student from India and I thought the Gandhi family was the most arrogant and high-headed political family in the world but I think they are nothing when you see Hillary "Bill" Clinton. She feels she has the right to the presidency for two reasons. One she is the wife of Bill Clinton and second, she is white.
I am not a US citizen but who says racism is over in the US. Today, Obama cannot come out in the open and aggresively claim his win only because he is black.
Where I have held Sen. Clinton with the highest regard, it seems as if she's now acting like a spoiled child who threatens to hold her breath until she gets her way. How quickly and in what manner she comes on board with the rest of the party can mean the difference between victory and defeat at the polls in November. Does the name Ralph Nader mean anything to you?
Hmmm handing over the country to someone who isn't as good as you. How would you handled it Jack?
This is not an exit, this is a suspension. Like when you hit the "hold button" the movie stops, but it's not over. TO BE CONTINUED!!!!!
I think she's been very graceful considering the way she's been treated by the party (and your blogs).
I would have personally liked to have seen her leave the party, take her 18 million voters with her, and run as an Independent.
This party hasn't treated her with an ounce of respect. This is why I left the party to become an Independent. Hillary nor her supporters owe Barack anything and he's got a lot of kissing up to do to win in November.
Jack, it amazes me that Hillary Rodham Clinton demands that she and the 18 million people who voted for her be respected - but she does not show that same respect to Barack Obama or his 18 million supporters. She has handled this exit the way she handled her entire campaign: as a fighter, but without grace, so ultimately, in a manner that does not dignify a person seeking the highest office in the land.
Hillary Clinton is handling her exit the same way she handled her campaign: Terribly! It lacks vision and direction, mumbles of ambiguity, and is filled only with her ego. "Suspend" her campaign?! She needs to do us all a favor and bury it!
I have two words to say about Hillary's exit: Childish! The other word I can't say.
Dear Jack, I read your book. I watch your program almost every day – and I am very concerned about how Clinton is staging things. She obviously is manipulating for something. The word "suspend" that she is using in reference to her campaign does not mean "To end" it as the media seems to assume. According to the dictionary it means "to defer until more is known" or "stop temporarily".
Here in Mi there is a primary for August 5, 2008. It is suppossed to be for state elections but nothing would surprise me after the last fiasco. Could she and Gov. Granholm be up to something here?
I am very pleased with the way she is handling her close loss in this campaign. Why is it that you and everyone else in the media had no complaints about John Edwards who took several days before he pulled out of the campaign, so why can't the media give her some space. This sounds like a Good O Boy question to me. She will do what is right for the millions of people who support her, and for the country. Give her the same consideration you would give to any "man"
She is being as careless getting out of the race as careful she was about getting in. She is burning bridges and insulting her supporters who don't want a continuation of the Bush Administration.
She needs to withdrawl, endorse, and disappear.
When Hillary stated that she is open to doing what is asked of her in "NOVEMBER" and not suspending her campaign, what she effectively is saying is that I have 17million votes that you need and I can take my case to Denver. Then hours later says I would be interested in the VP spot. Blackmail plain and simple. She needs to be reminded that at this point she is daling with possible our next President and start conducting herself accordingly.
She's handling her exit like she handled her campaign – like someone who cares more about herself than her party or her country. Not surprising, but sad.
Just goes to show the platform she's been running on this whole time: "Me me me! Now now now!" I started out in January really respecting Hillary Clinton; I described the field to my friends as an 'embarassment of riches.' Today, I hope she loses the next primary she fights to run for her senate seat and is never seen in Washington again.
I am a woman, and would have loved having a woman president this time around. But I am mortified by Hilary's behaviour. Ms. Clinton is acting the sore loser, and yet still wants on the ticket. If she had any honor, she would fall on her sword and do what is best for her party and the process, regardless of her ambition, pride and sense of destiny. She is being petulant; an embarassing display of sour grapes.
Mr. Obama should think carefully about considering her for VP, inspite her legions. Even if they win, he'll have to put up with Bill, who seemed a red-faced loose cannon on the stump. Mrs. Clinton should have dumped him after Monica, but clung to his public stature. Now he has become a liability to her.
Mr. Obama must be prepared for possible sabotage by one or the other of them. Maybe she'll run as an independant. Perhaps that's what all those Clinton overnights at the Crawford ranch were all about.
She has every right to do what she wishes at this point. They both just came off of a battle ground, she is now licking her wounds – give her time – Actually, who is to say, maybe more questional things might come out about Obama -
Who cares how she handles it? This country's media is too obsessed with politics. There are other countries, cultures; even people in this country who actually are happy and function without analyzing everything about American politics. Get on with life.
it seems hillery is waitng for a (miracle) to happen - and at the same time mc cain is setting up obama for a fall– it's rough in america
Hillary Clinton's exit, or lack thereof, is just disheartening. The woman once led the charge of changing a corrupt system, now she refuses to let go. It's sad to see someone who once was such a bright light for our country fall so low as to deny the reality of the position she is in. It seems she is blind to the fact that the needs of the nation superceed her own.
The question to beg is how should we take the way Clinton is handling her defeat. It looks to me as if she is preparing to take both the Democratic Party and it's presumptive candidate for President hostage with motives only known to her. When and how she comes on board will mean victory -v-defeat for the Democrats in November.
Durham, North Carolina
Although I support Obama, I felt very strongly that the primaries should run their full course before Hillary should be asked to officially quit the race. That happened Tuesday, and she did not do the right thing. Her speech was self-serving and not at all appropriate to the situation. If she were the nominee, I have no doubt that Obama would have done the right thing. Her behavior is very disappointing.
"She wants to be respectful of her supporters?" Give me a break! She is no more interested in anyone than she is herself. I am 75 years old, dined with king and queens, lived in several countries (due to being a spouse of a proud military family) and I have NEVER seen the likes of HRC. She has surpassed the pathetic barameter. Have her voters been in a coma the last 10 years?
Dear God, don't let her take the VP nomination. Let Obama LOSE all by himself. After another 4-8 years of the Republicans (thanks Obama supporters) maybe this country will have learned it's lesson, she can run again in 2012 and we can finally get on with straightening out this country without the TARNISH of her having accepted his VP slot and been a part of his losing campaign.
The disbelief is still there. Hillary still thinks the primary that just ended was a like a pre-season game. The results don't count. The real thing is still about to begin.
Hillary, you just don't get it, do you? IT IS OVER. Wait for next time. You will be 68 only. Move on. Geeze.
Badly – as expected.
I am an Obama supporter and I see Hillary's letter as very gracious. She intends to congratulate and support Obama's nomination this Saturday. She will move her supporters to rally behind him and work with them to find the best strategy to help him defeat McCain in the fall. However, after reading the somewhat hateful comments towards Hillary I wonder if even she will be able to bridge the decisiveness fueled by the negative media press and these remarks. Its time to quit the hate rhetoric and come together if we really want Obama to beat McCain in the election.
It's her scorched earth strategy. She will ensure the Democratic party is split so that Obama will lose the election, leaving it for her in 2012.
It was never about the Party or the people. It was, and is, always about Hillary.
Obama, and your Country, would be wise to stay very, very far away from her. She is dangerous beyond definition.
Correction to my comment. I think it is wonderful she has ran in this race but it is time for her to help bring the party together. She should do what is best for the country. I know she said she has alot of ideas for the country. but listening to her and then to obama I beleive he can best sent us in the direction we need to go.
May God bless you.
I would say Hillary is handling this in the same manner she handled most of her campaign, childish. She is "taking her ball and going home" in essence, by not admitting defeat and trying to strengthen her party's chances through support of the winner. In my opinion, very petty on her part but not out of character from what we have seen from her during this campaign.
it is the people whosuffer if the party is divided, the same people she claimed to want to hear so mch from and be the voice of.
Hillary Rodom Clinton obvioulsy believes that she is entitled to reign as Queen of the USA! Most Americans are tired of the nearly 20 years of the Clinton-Bush imperial rule. If she really cared about the USA and the Democratic Party, she would immediatly embrace Obama and ask her supporters to back him 100%.
Barack was the stronger candidate and Sen. Clinton acts as if she still has a chance! She let her pride get to her infront of millions! His-story was made on tuesday but there is still a BLUR over his accomplishments.
I am really surprised at the way Hillary is handling this election. She is acting like a spoiled child who at all costs must get her way. By her recent actions, she's doesn't seem at all interested in doing what is good for the Democratic party, but moreover what is most advantageous for herself.
Her exit is Getting Ugly...
With tremendous disgrace. We had all hoped she would admit defeat like a FIRST lady and bow out gracefully. Now, it seems she's a bitter poor-sport. So much for VP hopes!
The same way she conducted her campaign..with no morals, no class, this is no big surprise.
Hillary is handling getting out of her campaign with Obama just like the skit performed by Saturday Night Live in showing how difficult it was for Mrs. Reagan to leave the White House on the eventual victory by George H.W. Bush in 1988. Mrs. Reagan was seen holding onto door sills, various furniture pieces, and the like in her eventual physical bodily removal from the White House. Hillary had been holding onto similar intangible effects by continuing this horrific process which mathematics made all the more eventful. Now, it seems that the letter signed by eight critically important democrats have seen to to it that Mrs. Clinton desist with her ongoing efforts so that the party doesn't implode. Kind of like being bodily forced out of the democratic front-lines, huh, Hillary?
The party, the elections and the world does not revolve around Hillary. She lost an amazing moment that cannot be recaptured when she did not conceed the night Barack won the nomination. She will go down in history as the narcissist that she is. Her loss in the primary does not have to be the end of her political career unless she pouts too long, try to strong arm her way into the VP slot or make more stupid comments like, "Shame on You Barack Obama" or Who do you want to answer the phone at 3am or she and McCain have passed the presidential threshold. Obviously she misspoke and obviously the democrats want Obama to answer the phone and believe that he is ready to lead on day one.
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