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August 27th, 2008
01:39 PM ET

Can Hillary make the difference for Obama?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If someone in the Obama camp doesn't turn this into a campaign slogan, they're not as smart as I thought they were. "No way. No how. No McCain.” With those words, Hillary Clinton finally hit one out of the park last night for Barack Obama. Our John King got it right last night when he said Clinton is "a big game player" and this was a "big game speech."

It might have been the best speech she ever made, calling for party unity and for her 18 million supporters - the "sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits" - to back Obama in November. One of her better lines was, "We don't need 4 more years of the last 8 years.”

Clinton also lashed out at John McCain on the economy, health care, Social Security. Another good line: It makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart.

Watch: Cafferty: Can Hillary help?

Joe Biden turned out to be "bounceless"in the polls but Barack Obama might just get one from Hillary.

It was interesting that in her speech Clinton said she was honored to be there as a proud mother, Democrat, senator, American and Obama supporter. With her husband looking on in the audience - she made no mention of being a proud "wife."

Hillary Clinton plans to attend Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field tomorrow night. But her husband is reportedly not going to be there. Bill Clinton speaks tonight… and while he's good, he'll have to bring his "A" game to top his wife's performance last evening.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to Barack Obama winning the White House, can Hillary Clinton make the difference?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mitchell from Arkansas writes:
After last night's speech? Absolutely. Up until this point, I would have said absolutely not. She's redeemed herself, in my eyes and I would be very happy to see her do whatever she is willing to do to help. I just wish the Democrats , themselves, would get their acts together, so that us independents and crossover Republicans, who seem more passionate than many Democrats, about our man Barack, don't get left behind, and stuck with another one of the 'twins', [Bush/McCain].

Annie from Atlanta writes:
Her speech was certainly impressive, but the difference will be made by us, the American voters. Unfortunately, we don't have a real good track record.

Manuel writes:
She won't make any difference. It's up to him to show to the voters what he plans to do, how he is going to do it and above all how he is going to pay for it. Talking is cheap but accomplishing all he had promised so far is quite a different matter.

Alex from Kamloops, British Columbia writes:
Hillary Clinton supporters who say that they will vote for John McCain demonstrate that they never really supported Hillary Clinton's principles in the first place.

Vinnie from New York writes:
Jack,
It's too late for HRC to help Obama win the White House. That ship sailed when he picked Joe Biden to be his VP...

Laura from Kentucky writes:
A despondent Hillary supporter said on camera last night. "He's got two months left." He still needs to reach out to all the Hillary supporters that he magically expects to "Get Over It." I think Obama supporters need to try on a pantsuit and walk in our shoes for a day.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. Adrian Jackson

    I guess I don't get out enough, but I'm not still not convinced that a majority of people who voted for Mrs. Clinton are refusing to support Mr. Obama. What is clear is that the Clintons have not been as supportive as they should have been, and showing why another Clinton reign would have been about pride and not service. She never wanted to be vice-president, and I'm sure she and Obama spoke weeks ago about this issue. Clinton is not a second-banana type of lady, and this media/RNC led assumption that he snubbed her is a lie, but it's working. Which only goes to show you that negative media works.....when that's all that is reported.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  2. Terry, Chandler AZ

    She can make a difference but not enough of a difference for him to win the election. He has to to achive victory on the merits of his message and the manner in which he delivers that message.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  3. Doug from Bloomington IN

    Hillary can be part of the solution for sure. If she can get her "lunatic fringe" (PUMAs) to realize that this is about ideology and not gender, then the country will be moving forward after January 20, 2009.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  4. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    Joe Biden makes a heck of lot more differnce to me than Hillary Clinton.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  5. Roxie

    Hillary could have made a big difference if Obama had picked her for VP. It's almost as if he thought she might "upstage" him so he had to pick someone else to show that he is thinking independently; however, I am concerned that this is his first bad major decision – does he care what the people want or does he care about his own ego? At this point, I don't think that Hillary's endorsement will help, but I will vote for him because the only way I would ever vote Republican. I like having my rights as a woman and as an agnostic.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  6. Lynda Joyce Cummins

    Hillary at one time would have been a perfect choice for Obama, however she messed that up with her demeaning comments , she now needs to clean it up because McCain's folks are using her own words against him. She got very negative and nasty and she needs to clean up her mess now. She owes him that.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  7. James Kipler

    Jack,

    I think ,actually, that Hillary Clinton could help Obama win the White House. That being said, it begs the question, will she? The Clinton's are so hung-up on their own persona, that their megolomania won't allow them to truly support him where he needs it. Hillary's constituents and supporters. It's already a 3 ring circus with the demands she's made on him at the Convention. Who won here? Jim Buffalo, New York

    August 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  8. jim kanous ny

    Obama should stay focused on getting his message to the voters ... Hillary should get back to work for the voters that elected her to represent them in NY.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  9. cy gardner

    Of course she can help. She has visibility, name recognition and a following. People will listen when she makes the case that the Republicans have been ruining this country. We Americans face many problems that need solving. The Republicans only worry about helping the rich get richer, the rest of us can all go to hell as far as they're concerned and McCain is no different. Hillary will help make that case. cy arlington va

    August 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  10. Dave Fryett

    Yes, Hillary can make a difference for Obama–she's the only person who can keep him from the presidency. And heaven knows she's trying.
    Seattle, Wa.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  11. Jim, from Las Vegas

    If she had been picked to be Obama's VP then it was a lock for the Democrats. Unfortunately, for whatever reason they had, the DNC allowed Obama to make a horrible strategic mistake in picking Biden.

    Hillary Clinton gave what has to be one of the all-time great political speeches last nite, but as unifying as it might have sounded, it also had a very real effect of saying "See what you could and should have had?" There is a good deal of buyers-remorse among Democrats right now, and anything short of HRC on the ticket won't cure it.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  12. Bonnie / Arkansas

    What will make a difference is stopping the usual Republican dirty tricks from subverting the election.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  13. Alan in Los Angeles, CA

    I think by asking her supporters whether or not they were voting for her personally or for the issues she was fighting for, she helped make it clear that if they agree with her on the issues - such as the idea that all Americans should have basic health coverage, that women should be paid equal pay for equal work, and that women should maintain the right to choose and abortions should be rare but legal - they should support Obama. I think it was a great speech that will help a lot.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  14. Anthony Smith

    She was like a big ole offensive lineman pushing the running back into the end zone last night. She helped Obama and herself. We will be seeing more of Hillary in 4 years and don't be surprised if Chelsea jumps in the arena as well.

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    August 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  15. Karen - Nashville

    If Hillary Clinton sincerely wants to help Barack Obama, she should tell her disappointed followers that she is no longer in the race. Period. Then she should send her husband and daughter home and go back to work in the Senate unless she can honestly support Obama's campaign, in which case her help would be invaluable.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  16. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I think Barack and Joe can handle it all themselves with the help of stong surrogates like Senator Bob Casey, Governor Bill Richardson, Governor Tim Kaine, Senator Claire M- from Missiouri, and Governor Janet Napolitano. Both Barack and Joe are brilliant and talented men. I still don't believe Hillary is for Obama despite her great speech last night; she wants to run again in 2012. I sort of dread Bill Clinton's speech tonight as he is even more negative towards Obama than Hillary. They need to get over it! OBAMA 08

    August 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  17. Darlene PA

    I am no fan of Hillary's by any stretch of the imagination however as a realist it does help Obama with her more rabid supporters if she helps them make the switch from her lovestruck puppy dogs to suppporting him.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  18. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    She did a pretty good job last night of showing the differences between her and Obama, and McCain. When she said "did you vote for me? Or for the issues we believe in?" she made a big point, and the cameras showed a lot of women nodding in agreement.

    Up til now, a lot of the problems have been Hillary's fans (what a celebrity, lol). But Obama has to do it now himself, with Biden's help. Those long primary months, people kept saying Hillary was giving the Repubs too much ammunition, and they were right. They're even using Hillary's quotes against him.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  19. Dave in MO

    I think it is clear the only way he would have won the White House was by selecting Hilary as VP. So at this point there is nothing she can do.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  20. Rich, Long Island NY

    Hillary's ever-changing erratic behavior during the primaries (tough talking, crying, pleasant, etc) fueled her loss....she just came across as phony. If she really wants Barack to win she'll be more low-key.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  21. David from Texas

    I think Hillary can and will make a difference. Her speech last night was powerful and was basically the first speech of her campaign for 2012. I feel we saw the "real" Democratic nominee last night. She never once said Obama was a 'leader". America needs a leader. I think her avoiding using this adjective to describe Obama will hurt him in the polls. Hillary definitely should have been the nominee. Since she isn't, this Democrat is voting for John McCain.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  22. Steve Peach - Indiana

    She can absolutely make a difference Jack, but she has to go about it in the right way. If she plays the role she played last night, Barack is in, period. If on the other hand if she plays the role of the also ran that "was this close" to winning it all, then he'll lose because the Hillary faithful will stay bitter and abandon the Democrat's come November. There is probably more pressure on her now to deliver her 18 million voters to Obama and assure his future in the White House than what she felt when she was trying to get there herself. Real strange twist of fate Jack, but then again that's the fickle finger of fate when it comes to politics.

    Steve Peach
    Nappanee, IN

    August 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  23. Richard McKinney, Texas

    No. I don't think that anything Hillary Clinton says or even Bill Clinton for that matter is going to effect the outcome of this presidential election. For over 19 months America has been inundated with politicians and their promises. With less then 3 months to go if people have not made their minds up about who they are going to vote for then they probably shouldn't be voting in the first place..

    August 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  24. Bruce St Paul MN

    Based on her speech last night, I think she can make a big difference. If she keeps reminding people what the stakes are in this election and who the real opponent is, and what they stand for, she will swing some votes and motivate some voters. The Republicans are hiding from their record, and they need to be dragged out into the light. She is a talented speaker and people will listen to her. Maybe, if she gets people to focus on the party, the issues, the future, they will be able to overcome their fear regarding Obama's race. Racism is fear. It can be overcome.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  25. Conor in Chicago

    No. She can help, and I think she did everything in her power last night to do that. I think she made it clear to her followers that, "either you are a democrat or your a feminist-go ahead and choose which is more important". Sadly I doubt it will matter in the end. Americans tend to vote the devil they know-even if it is the worse of the devils in play.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  26. James, Cary NC

    Maybe, but she shouldn't. Obama needs to win on the basis of his own message and ability, or his administration won't work. Bush got elected thanks to a slick and brutal campaign team led by Rove. Look how that turned out. If we let ourselves be tricked into thinking abortion and gay marriage are more important than energy policy, jobs, and national security then we deserve McBush.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  27. Andrew Ryback

    The great speech was that of Kucinich and I don't even see CNN mentioning it. Shame on CNN, as usual.

    August 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  28. Armando

    Hillary could certainly add to Obama's chances. Here's a thought; if Obama doesn't win the White House, she hadn't given her all in Denver, what chance would she stand in 2012

    August 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  29. Mark - Asheville, NC

    No.

    No one can give him now what he does not have already, which is more serious working years in public life, whether it's in Congress, as a governor, or in other fields. I have noticed that when asked what qualifies him for President over others, his supporters can only say "good judgment", and draw blanks after that. No nominee of a major party in modern times has had so thin a resume, and he will fail accordingly. It is not enough, to elect him because he is NOT Bush or McCain!

    When will the Dems ever learn?

    August 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  30. Jackie in Dallas

    Yes, she can make a difference if her stupid PUMAs do not act like the brats that they seem to be. And she has got to stay after them in order to accomplish that.

    The election boils down to one major question in my mind:

    Do we want a continuation of the same type of irresponsible spending, debt, wealthier getting wealthier and poorer getting poorer economy, or do we want a change?

    After 8 years of Bush's administration, I don't think I can survive another 4. Even if Obama makes mistakes, and even the most experienced leader can, at least they'll be different TYPES of mistakes and less likely to be ones that see us in even further debt!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  31. Mona Noon

    I am astonished that Hillary Clinton will be blamed if Obama loses. She is'nt as powerful as Mr. Caffery would have us believe. Your dislike of Hillary is palpable and your comments cruel. Obama may lose because many in the county don't really know what he stands for. It is no more Hilary's fault than it is your fault. The media in this country want to blame someone for Obama's lackluster numbers, try blaming him and his staff for not putting his message about who he is out there!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  32. Harry Shaw

    Why all the speculation about tonight's speech. Bill Clinton lied to us before on national TV.
    Why should tonight he any different?

    August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  33. Greg Lancaster, Tx

    Yes she can. But it won't be the difference that Obama wants her to make. Clinton has been saying positive things while quietly urging her dead enders to continue an insurgency campaign designed to sabotage Obama and pave the way for Clinton 2012.

    Obama needs to wake up and realize that those people are not going to vote for him. He should stand up to Clintons, stop letting them hog the convention and inform them that they lost fair and square and it is up to them what political legacy and future they have left.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  34. Rick Browne

    Jack,

    Yes Hillary can make some difference, so can Mr. Clinton. But for heaven's sake they have to be sincere and even more strident with her former supporters. They need to be taken behind the woodshed for their selfishness, after all she did LOSE the nomination. With women under the most serious risk with a McCain presidency and the Supreme Court he'll appoint, it's mind boggling that some are threatening to vote for him because "theirbaby" didn't get enough votes. Grow up already!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  35. Greg in Cabot AR

    Jack, the only way she can make "THE" difference if he wins or not is to declare that Obama "IS" qualified to be president.

    Hillary's speech last night was quite impressive but had some subtle overtones of… if I'm not going to be the next President, Obama has to be elected…..she still seems to unable to come to grips that the voters preferred him to her.

    I think Obama and Clinton are both very well qualified to lead our country but Hillary needs to publically admit this if she really wants to keep McCain our of the White House.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  36. Ethelbert James

    I am from St. Lucia, an island in the carribbean. If hilary supportes are truly democrats at heart, it would not matter at all but to throw their support behind barrack. a new man for the changing times. It is through the actions of G W Bush that the world is in crisis today.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  37. David Elliott

    I believe Senator Clinton's speech will certainly help to unify the party, but I have little respect for people who refuse to acknowledge Obama's victory in the primaries anyhow, especially the moronic element, who threaten to vote for McCain simply because THEIR candidate did not win! They are totally missing the point, that it is imperitive for the future of the United States, that a Democrat wins in November!

    David Elliott
    Simi Valley, California

    August 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  38. Derick, Greenlawn NY

    Hillary Clinton can be an invaluable part of Obama's winning formula. She's the only one who can convince that large portion of her supporters who haven't accepted her primary loss that Barack Obama should be the next president. Politics is repetition, and if she hammers home that point on the campaign trail, McCain's 3am ads will dry up and we'll see Obama take a lead in the polls.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  39. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    There's no way that an Obama victory in November can be credited to Hillary Clinton. Her speech was strong and gracious, but it came after 18 months of negative attacks on Obama which are now being used by the Swift Boat Party. If Obama is elected President, it is because he was the best candidate running the best campaign.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  40. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    She has to make the difference, but that will only happen if she can pound some sense into the PUMA’s tiny little baby brains.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  41. Rose

    Oh yeah, she can make a difference for Obama and it will not be a good one. She still thinks she is better qualified to be President and if I were Obama, I would not let Bill Clinton speak, we never know what this guy is going to say. In my opinion the X Y comment Bill Clinton made was like an endorsement of McCain. The Clinton's are unforgiving forever.

    Rose
    AZ

    August 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  42. pat tennessee

    The Clintons are continuing to undermine Obama's candidacy. Mark Penn contributed to Hillary's speech and is helping Bill Clinton write his....what a joke. If the press would only stop dwelling on the two of them, we'd all be better off.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  43. Curt W

    Not any longer. That bus left with the VP selection of Joe Biden. Now its up to Obama and him alone. I'm not riding that bus.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  44. Gina Simpson in Racine, Wi

    Although Hillary needed to do what she did. I honestly think that most of her Supporters, that haven't joined the Obama Campaign already.......only need a gentle nudge to get them over to Obama's side.

    Except for a few bitter, vindictive crazies....I think most people that voted for Hillary know that we cannot afford 4 more years of Bush policies.....and will vote for the change this Country so desperately needs.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  45. Gordon

    Jack, Hillary cannot help Obama, because she is not on the ticket. Endorsements can reinforce real strengths, but endorsements seldom offset weaknesses. Obama doesn't need help from anybody regarding his strengths ... he is compelling. Obama's major weakness is his lack of exprience, and Hillary cannot transplant her experience to Obama by endorsing him.
    Gordon
    Los Angeles

    August 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  46. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    "Nothing can stand in the way of the power of MILLIONS of voices calling for CHANGE"

    Hillary's is one of those voices, Jack, so YES, she can help the Obama/Biden ticket when she stands up and says "No How, No Way, No McCain!"

    August 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  47. Michael, Toronto, CANADA

    The ball is in team Obama's court. Hillary Clinton has done everything she can to help persuade her supporters to the Obama camp, but she can only go so far. Now it's time for the Obama campaign to reach out to Hillary supporters and unify the party. But my take on the situation is that Obama supporters, yourself included continue to stir the pot when they attack Hillary Clinton and her supporters. How do you expect us to get over the anger of not winning when you anger us by attacking our candidate?

    August 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  48. Shameka

    Of course, she can. Obama needs those blue collar workers and independents. She can make the case with 18 million people that voted for her.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  49. bertha doucet

    Jack,hillary's speech was phenomenal,she is total in support of obama.she did every things she needs to do.obama has to win the american voters himself Houston Texas

    August 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  50. Sam from Philadelphia, PA

    Hillary could have made the difference...if she was chosen as Obama's veep. By refusing her the spot on the ticket and choosing an old, white, Washington establishment liberal who voted in favor of the most recent War in Iraq, Obama both undermined his message of change and took away all of his arguments against McCain.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  51. Sandee - Florida

    No, she cannot make the difference with speeches such as was delivered last night. It was the least she could do for Obama under the circumstances. It was mainly about her and calling his name a couple of times so that it did not seem self-centered. Since she needed to speak it really should have been very positive about Obama's abilities in which nothing was mentioned. We as citizens can agree to disagree, but this Clinton hostility has reached it's peak with me. It is "nice nasty". Her village (voters) knows she was not sincere and so does everyone else. Again, my heart is heavy, because this is because she and her campaign are sore about the outcome of the primary and really have not let it go. This is a decent gentleman (Obama) that really deserves to win and because we have such prejudice and ignorance in these states everyone including the media both press and cable news are adamant about making sure he does not. He gets a lot of coverage but nothing much positive. I hope the saying is true "You can't keep a good man down". Obama will overcome this media blitz full of bias.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  52. Brian from Puerto Rico

    Jack

    She made a difference last night, how significant that will be, time will tell.

    But the only people that can really make a difference for Obama; is Obama and Biden. They are the Democratic ticket. They are the ones that have to convince the American people that their agenda is the one to bring the US back to its feet.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  53. randy

    take back our party,this is no longer the party of ted ken. (he could not even win the dem nom as pres an cost jimmy carter reelection), this is not the party of john kerry(he lost an election we should have won) this is not the party of oboma (he is gone to lose), this is the party of bill clinton (the only dem to win two consecutive terms as pres) and until we as dem accept this we will continue to be lossers. get with it dems and take back our party form the ultra liberal north easterners, the las three dem pres have beenfrom the south accept it and get over it ted ken.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  54. joe m

    i'm sure hillary and her minions would like to think so.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  55. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Of course Hillary can make a difference.
    Of course the lack of unity must stop.
    Of course, the Democratic party needs every
    supporter they can get.
    Of course the Democrats will win in November.
    Of course Barack Obama will make a great
    president.
    Obama/Biden of course.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  56. Mark - Asheville, NC

    No.

    No one can give him now what he does not have already, which is more serious working years in public life, whether it’s in Congress, as a governor, or in other fields. I have noticed that when asked what qualifies him for President over others, his supporters can only say “good judgment”, and draw blanks after that. No nominee of a major party in modern times has had so thin a resume, and he will fail accordingly. It is not enough, to elect him because he is NOT Bush or McCain!

    When will the Dems ever learn?

    August 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  57. Larry in Florida

    She can indeed help Jack. She had as many supporters as Obama did during the face off. Even in losing she knows as well as the rest of us we can't withstand another 4 years of McSame. She's carrying alot of clout and Obama knows it. Maybe her heart isn't completely in backing Obama but I give her an A for effort. She's party loyal and that is another thing Obama supporters can believe in.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  58. Mike - Hot Springs, Ar.

    No She cannot make the Diff. I believe that there is no way he can win. The American people are just not going to vote for a Black Man. We are still a Racist nation and the Republican tactic of calling him an elitist is just another way of calling him an uppity Black Man. I find it sad because I admire him and like him. He is what America needs but sadly will not get. For the record I am an old White Man.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  59. Pablo, Charles Town, WV

    Being that Hillary was a resident in the White House and wife to the President for eight years, her endorsement is important. What is even moreso vitally important, and is more likely to put Obama over the top, will be a ringing endorsement from Bill, having served two terms. When I hear people who havn't served as President, more or less as a public servant in any capacity within a governing body, that Obama is not ready to lead this country, I have to ask, "and just how do you know that"? One can argue that "W" wasn't ready, yet many Americans gambled with him and we all know how that is playing out.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  60. Rosie

    I think the Dems are in for one heck of a fight. BO couldn't beat HRC in the primary in the big states. What makes you people think he will beat McC? BO was shoved down our throats and I personally don't want someone telling me who to vote for. I'm a registered Dem, but I can't see voting for BO. He is so inexperienced and a big phony. All will come out in November.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  61. Alex Stanioch

    Hillary can help by reigning in her rabid supporters who would rather vote against their values and beliefs to spite Obama for having the audacity to actually win the primaries. After 8 years of the Bush administration's hijacking of our country, it should be the Democrats' election to lose. I hope the Democrats do not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yet again. After her speech last night, Hillary can only help.

    Alex
    Seattle, WA

    August 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  62. Terry in Hanover County

    No. Those who were going to vote for McCain won't be swayed by Ms. Clinton. Those voting against Obama for whatever reason won't be swayed by her either. Those who were going to vote for Obama anyway weren't turned off. She gave a great speech, but she's just one voter hoping others will follow her lead. I don't think that will happen although she tried her best.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  63. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Who is kidding who here,Hillary has only one thing on her agenda and that is to pay off here campaign debt. Once she accomplishes that she will concentrate on her next presidential campaign and hope that Obama is a one term president.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  64. John (Topock, AZ)

    Jack, I think Hillary and Bill have done enough for Barack Obama already.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  65. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun, VA

    Jack, last night started out with a “Wow, look at me!” video then flowed into a diatribe of HRC accomplishments and self appreciation. But the turning point of the whole thing is when she threw the gauntlet down to her supporters.

    If she gives speeches that come close to the second half of her speech last night, then that will go a long way into putting a Democrat in the White House. It also may mean a prominent Cabinet position for HRC.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  66. HLNJRII Mississippi

    If Hillary could help Barack she should have started helping when she left the race. Supposely dropped out. It's very little and small thing that she can do now. She can try but Hillary has allowed herself and suppoters went to far and stayed too long. The damage is already done. The answer is yes, if she want to she can help Barack but she don't want to help.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  67. D M

    Enough about Hillary, where is Barrack Obama? It doesn't even seem like it's his convention. Why isn't he there? Why is he watching it all from random stranger's homes. Shouldn't he have been there for his wife's speech? It seems very strange.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  68. Marie, Toronto

    Obama – Biden – Clinton – Richardson make as good leadership group as you will ever find.

    Hillary showed some class last night and made you forget many of the things many of us didn't like about her.

    I would take any of these over John McCain. John McCain sounds desperate, bitter, ancient, disgruntled and quite frankly – not very intelligent.

    Hillary will play an important part in an Obama led government.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  69. Kerry Diehl

    Kudos to Hillary for giving such a brilliant speech last night. To my surprise, she honestly seems to be more in favor of a united Democratic effort than her own Presidential goals. To this end, she will be a big benefit to Obama.

    If there is a down side….it would be in that her speech was too good and her many die hard supporters may now rally with more resolve to try and reverse the Dem’s choice for Obama.

    My guess is the pivotal point on help or hindrance will come as a result of Bill Clinton’s speech this evening.

    kerry diehl
    grosse ile, mi

    August 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  70. Mertis in Atlanta

    Jack,

    The media is giving her way too much credit. Let's not forget, Senator Obama got the majority of the popular vote as well as the majority number of delegates in the primary. He didn't need her help to do that....

    I don't thing real Democrates will vote for a Repubilcan that will likely orchestrate the overturn of Roe vs. Wade and attempt re-instate the draft.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  71. dennis north carolina

    YES

    August 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  72. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I don't think so. All through the weekend and throughout the first day of the Democratic convention, we seem to have heard nothing but commentary from the press corps on "What Hillary has to do in her speech" and "What Bill Clinton has to do in his speech" and how much pressure is on Hillary and what they (Hillary and Bill) have to do in their speeches. Excuse me - who is running here? All the Clintons did or will do is to channel the "power of positive resentment." Obama is own his own......and he will have to be elected on his merit and his vision of change. Hillary's speech last night was not the end of Hillary, but the beginning of Hillary's 2012 campaign.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  73. Isaiah

    Hillary Clinton will bring her voice. As we witnessed last night, her words ressonates in the minds of female voters, voters who would jump off of a cliff if she asked them too

    August 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  74. Frank from Peterborough

    The only thing that will help Obama is the electorate taking an interest in the issues and becoming informed on what policies are beneficial to their particular circumstances and their country.

    If the electorate once again proves it can be swayed by fear mongering and slander then they'll obviously get what they deserve..........4 more years of war and strife with an economy that will likely emerge into a full blown depression.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  75. Aaron in Carolina Beach

    Hillary has done as best a Clinton could do at accepting defeat and moving on. The news media sure has not gotten past covering every syllable she says and debating wether she is sincere enough, Clintons are never sincere.

    As well the news media has just loved running Mr. Magoo's attack ad's using her criticisms of Obama, for free.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  76. Isaiah in Kansas

    Hillary Clinton will bring her voice. As we witnessed last night, her words ressonates in the minds of female voters, voters who would jump off of a cliff if she asked them too.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  77. Sara

    Jack thanks for your intelligent and razor sharp insight.

    If Obama needs Clinton to win then he shouldn't be elected – because it will be just more of the same hypocrisy.

    The question perhaps should be why would Obama's advisors and Howard Dean give the Clintons so much power during the convention? Why would Obama's staff allow him to do a John Kerry in August (surfing instead of sailing)? Is this a case of wish fulfillment? What you try to prevent (another Republican victory) you actually encourage( a fragmented party).

    I can only guess that the Democrats have become so much like the Republicans that they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
    They can't criticize McCain too much because they're part of the corruption as well (the prime example is Nancy Pelosi).

    That's why we've had George Bush for 8 long shameful years. No opposition party.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  78. Nikki- Corning, NY

    Jack,

    Hillary will make the difference in November. Some of those voting for her would rather see McCain win than Obama. Come November, I would be interested to see, after McCain becomes President, how many of those that voted for him were originally Clinton supporters. Count me as one of them.

    Nikki
    Corning, NY

    August 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  79. Ryan - Champaign, IL

    Yes, she can make the difference, but she shouldn't have to. If Americans were getting some "straight talk" about McCain's pandering and gaffs, and what his corporate buddies are doing to our country, Obama wouldn't need her support. Unfortunately we're getting the sanitized version of John McCain, and it is up to Hillary to help set the record straight.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  80. Ralph in New York

    Jack, I'm afraid the only way Obama will ever see the White House is if Hillary was candidate for President and Barack her running mate. In the last months of the primaries, and in the months subsequent, including her speech last night, she has proven the better person for the job of our leader.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  81. Jerry Harrison

    Jack,.....I feel that deep down in her heart Hillery would like to be President. I think people could feel it in her speech. She would also know that this means McCain must win in order for her to make a new run in 2012. On the surface she advocated Obama, but i detect a mental undercurrent in her mind....she still wants the big prize........I don't fault her for this & her 18 million fans. Thank you, Jerry Harrison. Burbank, Ca.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  82. Mike

    Hi Jack,

    Of course Hillary can make a difference but the Democrats seems to be failing to recognize a much larger issue that goes to the heart of McCain's attacks ads against Obama. All we hear about from McCain is Obama's 'lack of experience', over and over again.

    It is amazing to me that neither the Democrats nor the media are pointing out one glaring problem with McCain's argument. Eight years ago the Republicans rejected the 'experience' of McCain, to select George W Bush – a complete Washington novice (albeit with an ex-president father), as their choice of candidate for President.

    Obama has substantially more real experience in 2008 of personally working in Washington than Bush had at the time of his election – Bush was previously the Governor of Texas!!! I can't believe that nobody seems to be pointing this out, either in the media or on the democratic side. It is utter hypocracy for the Republican's to place this at the heart of their argument.

    Regards

    Mike

    August 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  83. Cynthia

    I hope so Jack. She maybe should have said to her supporters that I have no doubt in my mind that Senator Obama is ready to be President, I have every confidence in that fact, etc. She was supposed to put the sugar on so thick until a diabetic would have gone into a diabetic coma. We will have to take what we can get because she could have gone the other way with her comments like she did in the primaries.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  84. Rose Black

    The differance will not be Hillery. Her speach was wnderful as expected. There will be a big differance when CNN and the rest of the Media gives balanced time to Obama. Please Stop showing McCain comercials every 10 minutes.For McCain you are positive, For Obama Negative. Jack you are sounding like a partner of Rush. I am gettin annoyed with your so called expert opinion. State the facts. I am not interested in your opinions.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  85. Maggey- Southern California

    Mr. Cafferty-
    Hillary Clinton delivered a phenomenal speech last night. She's done everything she can to help Obama, now it's up to himself and Biden to bring together the democratic party. If they fail to sway Senator Clinton's supporters now, it is no one's fault but their own. She has done far more than her share of the work toward unifying the party, and now the ball is in Obama's court. Let's see how he plays it.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  86. Allan - San Jose

    She's made a difference by supporting Obama and the party ticket. And she'll make a difference by not being on that ticket. Her negative ratings are too strong a barrier to crossover votes from the Republicans, independents and libertarians who are much greater in number than the almost non-existent PUMA group.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  87. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    Hillary may help with some of her target supporters, but the big questiion is what will Bill do tonight? Will he support Obama or will he talk about himself and his presidency? Commentators keep excusing bill because "his feelings are hurt". Well guess what- when you lose that happens, he needs to finally grow up and get over it! If he doesn't support Obama, and Obama loses, Hillary will have to share some of the blame, and I imagine life will be hell around the Clinton household! She would never be able to win a future electiion if she gets blamed for costing Obama this one.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  88. Jackie in Dallas

    Hey, Sam from Philly!

    Hillary voted for the war, as well. Or aren't you willing to look at HER voting record as well? Basically, the VP position boils down to who the candidate feels comfortable with, and can count on to guard their back. While Biden wasn't my first choice, either, he has experience and foreign affairs experience in particular, that can balance Obama's lack of practical experience. We've had plenty of Presidents with little or no national experience, including our current prez, who made a Mess of Texas as governor. But we've had others that did very well. The secret is a person of integrity, judgement, and wisdom - not the number of years on the Hill. We already know that doesn't describe McCain; it will take time to discover whether that describes Obama, but so far, in my opinion, he's a lot closer to the description!

    By the way, can anyone tell me where Hillary got all her vast experience that made her a better choice as President? She's only been elected to one office, her current one. Years of being a First Lady and Governor's Lady don't really count, you know!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  89. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    No, hasn't she done quite enough already? Obama will defeat McCain just as he defeated Hillary. You know Jack, there ain't that much difference between Hillary and McCain when it comes to politics, just compare the ads that are out. Hillarys ads were the blueprint for McCains. See what all that experience does, it creates political Monsters. It's time for someone new who does not have that kind of experience, we deseve a change, a Change for the better.
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  90. Luke

    I don't know Jack, but I will be sure to listen to the CNN paid political pundints for their opinion, on behalf of their party. Fair and balanced!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  91. Donald in CA

    Very little i think. This Hilliary thing has turned into a mess for
    Obama.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  92. Domagboje

    Difference with her negative attacks and in so doing arming neocons bloggers and dirty Repubs.Never say things that would come back to hurt you 'cos if Dems lose, you can be sure the Clintons politcal career would find it tough to rise from it's ashes. let her supporters come on board to save her carrier if they actually believe in her concerns so that we can put these McBushes out of power. Concord, CA

    August 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  93. Michael, Toronto, CANADA

    With Hillary's amazing speech last night, she has done everything that has been asked of her. It's now Obama's job to convince Americans, including the Clinton Democrats , that he's the right man for the job. So far, he's been failing in doing that based on recent polls. Clinton supporters are still feeling lingering resentment from Obama supporters be it from TV commentators or blog posts on a website. Obama is now the leader of the party, and it's now his job to unite the party. He won't win if he can't unite the party.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  94. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    She sure can. By convincing her supporters that Sen Obama is Her choice she has shown that she is doing what is best for the Democratic Party. Her speech clearly showed all the rumor mills that she is completely supportive of Senator Obama.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  95. Gord From Boston

    Jack this election has become a referendum on Barack Obama and there is little Hillary Clinton can do or say that will miraculously make him look qualified to be President in the eyes of those who feel that he isn't. Holding is acceptance speech in the only venue large enough to hold his ego will not help him either.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  96. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Hillary made a fine speech,but the only one who can get Obama elected president is Obama. Remember,Bill Clinton was a nobody when he ran for president in 1992. He turned on the charm and won. Obama must do the same thing.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  97. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Dear Jack
    Yes, Senator Clinton can help, and judging by her remarks last night she is putting country before personal ambition and professional disappointment. It is my hope that all 18 million Ceiling Crackers will join with her.
    We cannot afford 4 more years of the heedlessness, the ideological rigidity, and the repeated violations of the laws and the Constitution. It's bad enough we have to put up with it for 4 more months!
    Thanks
    Pablo in Arlington, Texas

    August 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  98. Frank, Quebec

    Jack, I was an Obama supporter since the beginning and when Hillary went negative I became an anti-Hillary. However, I must admit that I was impressed by her speech last night. I think the primaries helped Obama to become a better candidate but the same applies now to Hillary who seems to be much better at speeches now than she was during the primaries. Before I could not connect with her because her speeches did not feel heartfelt, it was if she was trying to be like Obama with only limited success. She has open the way for herself to become an icon in the democratic party like Ted Kennedy if she continues like this. Therefore, the answer to the question is : "Yes she can!" but another question is : "Will she?"

    August 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  99. Ajay Goel

    This election is about race and very much about it.
    The pundits can beat around the bush all dayand all we want but the bottom line does not change.
    We Americans do not know how to deal with issue.
    We are grappling.
    We are looking for flaws with Obama, to justify why we should not vote for him.Hardly anybody wants to mention race. But it sits like a 800 lb Ghost.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  100. Docb

    She never managed to say he was 'ready to lead!

    So Jack, I would say she can hurt him more than help...She made a topic by topic speech but not once did she appear sincere..That comes over in her body language and eyes.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  101. Amy, Kalamazoo

    Jack,
    I think she is a bigger impact and positive force on the sidelines than she ever would have been as the VP candidate. It doesn't take a brainiac to figure out Obama was in a catch-22 for selecting his VP. He obviously opted to go with the person who could fill his own experience gaps, who didn't come with the raw hatred that seems to follow the Clintons (from both sides of the aisle), and who would allow him to really be at the top of the ticket. Her speech last night was phenomenal and meaningful, and no matter which way Rudy "9/11 – McCain pick me for your VP" Guliani tries to spin it, it was a boost to Democrats nationwide.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  102. ber6964

    Jack you need your own show.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  103. Pete in NY

    Maybe on the margins.

    If Hillary went all out- and Bill didn't interfere- she might persuade some supporters to forget and to support Obama. I think that there are many of her supporters who were not just voting for her as a person, they were voting for a more centrist alternative than Obama and these people won't change their minds.

    There is probably a group who feel that she was unfairly treated by the media and by Obama and these people may not be persuaded either.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  104. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Of course, every vote counts and Hillary Clinton's one vote alone can make a difference.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  105. Simpliticus

    Hillary Clinton is really a non-issue regarding Obama's chances because Hillary knows that if she wants to be elected herself, she must play ball with the democrats or get overlooked the next possible time. So, she supports Obama now and into election, period!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  106. douglas gengler

    yes, her and her followers can but if they do vote mcaain (and obama loses) there will be an overwhelming hatred towards her and her presidential run in 4 years which means her political career is over.

    doug in arkansas

    August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  107. D, Ontario

    Hillary could have made a difference for Obama if she had run a different kind of campaign in the primaries. Her attacks on Obama were so over the top, insulting and demeaning that she became the new best friend of Republicans, allying herself with them against Obama. If you think Republicans are having a field day with Biden, they would have been exuberant with Hillary as his choice.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  108. gordin edheh

    Yes Hilary can make the difference in electing Obama to the whitehouse by reminding people of how hideous the Bush presidency had been and that John MCcain maybe Worse than more of the same.

    Gordin – Oslo Norway

    August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  109. Daniel, North Carolina

    I think that Hillary made the case for Obama very plain and has done all that she can do. Most of the Democrats who don't vote for Obama at this point will be doing so mostly because of his race. If the news media would stop spending so much time on Hillary this week and spend more time on Obama, he could make his own case for the job. Hillary has dominated the news for the entire convention. If she continues to get all of the attention I guess she'll have to make the difference.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  110. JBoyd

    As a Conservative, who typically votes republican, I can say thank you very much Senator Obama. Now I know that the Republicans will win this November. Not taking Hillary was like cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  111. Les Young Oklahoma

    I think the Republicans are going to help get Obama elected I read where FDIC is going to run out of money and the Tax payer are going to have to pony up. Who in their right mind would put another Republican in office.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  112. Steve from Hudson, MA

    Jack,

    With that craftily prepared speech, eloquently and forcefully given by Hillary last night, she gave Obama enough praise to unify the party while ensuring her plausible deniabilty if he loses.

    The ball is in his court now.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  113. Duke

    Hillary can make a difference, but I doubt she will be THE difference. She's not Ralph Nader, or Ross Perot or some other whack-job fringe candidate literally siphoning off votes while being on the ballot.

    That said, her and her husband have massive egos and that fact alone has kept this division alive. The Dems need this division like Michael Jackson needs a job at a day care center. Bill and Hillary need to get over their bad selves and get back to the real work at hand - electing a Democrat as president so we can end this war, formulate a real enegery policy, and get our country back on track.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  114. leslie cockrell

    i was polled as a hillary voter and asked if i will vote for obama in nov. the democratic party thinks hillary has lots of supporters due to the fact that individuals; like myself, changed to democratic registration, to vote for her in the primaries. a wonderful speech will not convince us to vote for anyone but mccain in nov.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  115. Jerry Pantzer - New York Filmmaker

    Dear Jack,

    I truly believe she will. Her speech last night was quite strongly supportive of Obama and was much needed for Democratic party unity. It was also inspirational for all women with dreams for a better life and true equality. The awed look on Michele Obama face reflected this. The CNN coverage of the reaction by one her delegates was very touching. She was African American and tearfully struggled to express how much she believed in Hillary's hopes for future America...even saying how presidential she was.

    I believe that if Hillary had been chosen by Barack as his running mate, there would be no question at all that he would become our next president. As it is, Hillary still will be a big factor in helping him to lead our country with change and vision.

    Jerry Pantzer

    August 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  116. anna in new mexico

    Yes, she can, she will and she has. I wasn't a Clinton supporter, but lastnight she made me proud that she was a Democrat. And tonight I'm contributing–for the first time–to her campaign debt.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  117. Ernie Hinds from Maryland

    Yes she can make a huge difference in his campaign. She had 18 million votes cast for her in the primary. If she is able to court her 18 million voters to vote for Obama in November than McCain has 0 chance of winning a general election. Her speech last night, I think, is going to be the first of many speeches to sway people that voted for her in the primary to vote for Obama in the fall.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  118. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Jack, as an avid supporter of Sen. Obama, and yes one who was upset with Sen. Clinton often during the primary, I must say her speech last night was just incredible. Her energy, her words and her message were inspiring to say the least. That speech was good for her, Obama, the party and the country. I'm impressed!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  119. Alain

    Jack, im an Obama supporter and I think the difference has to be done by each of us.Hillary did a great share last night,in fact i had some admiration for her. I think its time to get tougher on the republicans,who at the moment are at their dirty tricks doing all it takes to intoxicate whatever minds they can. Any true Hillary supporter who by now does not think Obama is their true option has litle or no sense at all.

    August 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  120. Kim

    Why are we making it sound like this is even Hillary's problem? 18 million people supported her because we felt she was the best candidate. Asking her to hand deliver those voters to Obama is insulting! Obama needs to do more to win in November. Obama needs to appeal to Hillary supporters. We're not sheep and will not follow if we don't truly believe in Obama. If Obama loses in November, it will be Obama's fault period! If fact, Hillary's speech only confirmed to me that SHE is the most qualified candidate and the DNC got it wrong.

    Kim Bauer
    Laguna Beach, CA

    August 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  121. Ethel, Key Largo

    Jack, weren't you paying attention last night? Yes she did. And yes
    she will!!

    August 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  122. Al, Lawrence KS

    Hillary did her part and I congratulate her. Anything else will just take the spotlight and the media narrative away from Obama. The media will continue to question her motives and sincerity, and continue to poll her supporters. I've had about all of that, in the last several months, that I can stomach. It's up to Obama to close the deal, and the intelligence of the American voter to make the right choice.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  123. randy

    take back our party, i no the media will try to blame hillary when oboma loses, oboma is the candidate, it is up to him to earn my vote and so far he has not

    August 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  124. Bob, West Palm Beach

    One thing Jack, . . I bet you can no longer find a PUMA if you search the
    jungles of the amazon.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  125. Kim

    Jack, the answer is no. The media is only talking about the Hillary's so called 18 million votes and keep forgetting that Barack Obama also got 18 million votes. Most of Obama's 18 million voters did
    not want him to choose Hillary as his Vice President . So let's see would you lose the votes you already have for votes you don't have. " A bird in one hand is better than two in the bushel". Obama will eventually win over voters based on the issues. There is nothing Hillary can say or do to make a diference except get out of the spotlight like all the other politicians who lost.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  126. DJ

    I think she is a liability to the party. The damage from the primaries has already been done with all the negative and irresponsible statements she made about Barack. She got the majority of votes later in the primaries when she knew that the southern white folks would be more inclined to vote for her. By the way, I still think that the speech last night was still to much about Hilary, Hilary, Hilary. Why is it that the Cintons feel that they are entitled?

    August 27, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  127. Irene

    Hillary asking her supporters if they voted for her or for the unfortunate citizens she mentioned in her speech last night......left a blank for them to fill in. MOST, if they answer that question as it needs to be answered, will VOTE FOR OBAMA as our next President.

    As Hillary said........NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!

    August 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  128. David From Washington, D.C.

    Sure she can. After last nights speech, I see no reason at all too believe that she would set out to damage Obamas chances now, or that of her own in the future.

    The Pepsi Center was filled, and all eyes interested around the globe were focused in on last nights convention. With that said, Hillarys "die hard" supporters will do as she requested and fall in line with the rest of the party.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  129. Seattle

    Disgusted in Seattle,

    Of course she would have, but I don't think she should have. Not if she wants to run in 2012,

    I miss the old way; hold a convention, lay out the party platform; have a rollcall, when a winner is chosen, they make a speech from the floor, THEN a VP is chosen. Where are the balloons?

    This is a DNC consert with a side show acceptance speech, planned before the delegates have voted. It stinks.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  130. Evelyn-Michigan

    She can make "a" difference, but it remains to be seen if it'll make "the" difference. I would love it tomorrow night if, after Sen. Obama's speech, every recognizable member of the Democratic party would line up across the football field like the Barackettes and present a real united front to begin the fight for the fall. It's unfortunate that some of them are planning to leave town.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  131. Jeremy in Orlando

    Jack,

    Let's hope so. Hillary's 18 million votes are key for Obama; the fact that so many of her supporters have expressed support for McCain might be the most immature thing I've ever heard. If the next 4 years were decided out of spite against the Democratic nominee, I'm not sure I'd have any faith left in the Democratic party, much less our electoral system.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  132. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    She already did and has....but there will be much more to come from both her and Bill before Nov.6th.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  133. Judy Brown, Westport Connecticut

    I think Hillary’s message at the convention was “I would have been better, but now you should vote for Barack.” That came across clearly. However, when compared to party divisions apparent at past conventions, Hillary’s comments were a sound endorsement of Obama.

    I don’t think that Hillary will be much further help getting Obama into the White House. The Clintons are old hat, and they probably have as many detractors as fans among independent voters, making this consideration a wash.

    However, I believe that Obama’s going to be able to win on his own.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  134. Ed, Royal Oak, MI

    If Obama doesn't win, at least some of the blame should be on Hillary. She should have ended her campaign and gotten behind Obama much earlier than June. Instead she chose to run ads attacking Obama's lack of experience and divide an already weakened Democratic party. As expected, McCain is using this to his advantage (see his latest ads).

    However, now that she is in Obama's corner, many of her supporters have joined the McCain camp. I guess they are even more stubborn than she is.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  135. Hope in Madisonville, KY

    I think she has already made a difference with her awesome
    speech supporting Barack Obama. She zeroed in on what most
    people have been saying about the Hillary hold outs. This race has
    never been about any one person, it is about a new direction for
    America and we need Obama to lead that charge.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  136. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    I was a true doubting Thomas, but after last nights speech, she changed my mind. Now let's see if Bill can stay on topic, not talk about himself too much and get behind Obama with his speech tonight..

    I do think the party will come together if both of the Clintons endorse and do it convincingly.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  137. ET

    I don't think he has any chance of winning. I think her supporters will do like me
    (write in her name) or vote for McCain.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  138. Carlos

    Yes, Hillary can remind the voters how old Bill was when he became the third youngest president. We did not do too bad taking that risk on as voters in 1992...

    August 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  139. Diane Glasser

    we will have to wait until the night after the last election center closes. I hope she does a good job and Obama wins.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  140. Allan from Torrance CA

    Are you kidding, if Hillary were endorsing John McCain, Obama would not have a chance. If Hillary ran as an indepedent, Obama would have a chance. Leaving the experience question out of her speech is a subliminal endorsement to McCain.
    Wake up America do you want a cub scout or a naval aviator running the country.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  141. Dori in AZ

    Jack,

    Senator Obama and Joe Biden have what it takes to bring in the herd.

    But, it helps to have Hillary on board to wrangle the strays!

    August 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  142. Nancy - Jackson, GA

    For all of the negative primary mud slinging, Clinton did what she had to do as a politician to heal the party. This is a drama that SHOULD have been put to rest when she exited the primaries. It seems to be too difficult for some folk to vote for their interests instead of on their emotions. People lie to pollsters, but maybe they will be true to their interests on November 4.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  143. Bob Warwick, RI

    Yes Jack it can make a difference especially since she has done everything that was asked of her and now Obama must do his part to complete the circle. If the two of them remain together through this election The Bush twins er I mean McCain and Bush will be left in the proverbial dust.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  144. Dan Pennsylvania

    Jack,
    Obama can seal the deal. It is time to let the Hillary Obsession go.

    Dan Pa

    August 27, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  145. vern-anaheim,ca

    jack,yes she could make a tremendous difference if her suporters will support barack obama.her speech last night which i thought was great should persuade her suporters to vote for obama,after all a vote for john mccain is a vote for george bush and the status quo,can we afford another 4 years of this administrations failed policies?

    August 27, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  146. Jay-Mississippi

    Of course she can Jack, she does have her good side. But she is also like Anakin Skywalker, the Dark side could emerge at anytime costing him the White House. Here is the skinny, at this point race aside, only Barack can win the White House, and only Barack can lose the White House. Barack needs to speak up for himself. Tell America who he is and what his thoughts and plans are. He needs to learn how to push back. If he does not want to go negative fine, but stop letting the otherside define him. Hillary has done a lot of damage and last night she did a lot of good. but now it is up to Barack.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  147. David Richards

    Hillary better make the difference for Obama or she'll be blamed for his loss and her political career will be over.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  148. David Bakody Dartmouth NS

    Yes she sure can and it is in her best interest to do so Jack. If Obama wins and wins big time the Clinton's will step to the plate and take credit big time and that y'all can take to the bank the Clinton bank.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  149. PUMA person

    Way to go Hillary!

    Smart people who care about real issues affecting working women and men are voting Democratic!

    August 27, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  150. Joe, Boston

    Jack, it's not up to Hillary to make the difference for Obama. Obama is a grown man who is running for President. He's got to get out there and work for it himself. He needs to stop relying on everyone else to do it for him. After all, he is running for the most important job in the world.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  151. mariel

    Her support, however much she can give to Obama, will definitely help. Obama has done a great job in enlisting most of the Democratic candidates into his campaign. His job now is to remain visable in the key swing states for several weeks, and he should pull ahead.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  152. Robert W. Brooks

    Jack,

    I don't think Hillary can provide the one thing that I keep hearing from other people, experience. It looks like the deciding factor will be whether or not voters think Obama has enough experience to be president.

    Robert
    Forest, Virginia

    August 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  153. Kim, Dodge City KS

    If a successful run for the presidency depends on a speech given by a Clinton, then Obama, and this country, are in deeper trouble than can be imagined.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  154. James Linney

    Hillary changed my mind last night–I was just going to write in her name in November. I will vote for Obama– very, very, very reluctantly.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  155. Esther Malka cuyahoga falls ohio

    its us that will make the difference
    we the people of this country will make the difference if we are smart if not we will just throw it down the toliet and turn into the third world country they want us to be

    August 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  156. DJS

    Just like Hillary Clinton on the "stump" I will tell a personal story for my answer.. When my 62 year old mother meets me for coffee today with tears in her eyes talking about Hillary Clinton the answer is a resounding YES.

    My mother said Hillary inspired her and she stayed up until 2am thinking about her speech, specifically 'who were you in this race for'

    That point resonated with her along with millions of other voters and thanks to Hillary she is no longer an 'undecided' voter. She is Team democrats, Team BARRACK
    Orlando, FL

    August 27, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  157. Chicago

    Absolutely not. I am a Hillary supporter but unlike Obama's supporters I don't just march behind my leader blindly. Obama needed to court my vote and he did not. Obama needed to show some respect to the female voters who supported Hillary. Most of all, Obama needed to show respect to Hillary herself. The only thing last night demonstrated was the DNC got it wrong when it betrayed Hillary. McCain 08.

    August 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  158. Greg Pottstown Pa

    Shore she can. Anyone that can get 1800000 votes can swing a few opinions

    August 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  159. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    "Yes she can" AND "Yes she will!"

    August 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  160. Bill in PA

    Yes, Senator Clinton can make a difference, a big difference. She was born in 1947.

    She will be younger when we pick a Democrat presidential candidate in 2016 than Senator Mcain is now.

    She has plenty of time to run either in 2012 or 2016.

    So campaigning now is the next logical step in her march to the White House. She is good. She will continue in the U. S. Senate and be back again in presidential politics. See you in 2012 or 2016.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  161. Bill (Portland, Or.)

    Not only can she make a difference, she already has. Due to the nasty feud between the Obama and Clinton clans the Dems have handed the White house to the republicans again. This is almost as good as the Hatfields and McCoys. Yee haa!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  162. james, Prescott, Michigan

    We can all make a difference, Jack.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  163. Debbie from Blue Springs, MO

    Jack,
    My husband and I voted for Hillary. I do NOT like the way some people refer to the Hillary voters. We are not all nuts. MEN DID VOTE FOR HILLARY. I am now an Obama supporter. My husband is still on the fence. I think Hillary's speech last night may have helped him to support Obama.

    18 MILLION PEOPLE VOTED FOR HILLARY- MEN AND WOMEN!

    We love you Hillary! Obama 08!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  164. greg

    Her speech was so good that if she didn't say Barack's name , you would have thought she had won the nomination. I'm sure she will outwardly do what is required. But we all know that in her heart , she hopes he does not win so she can run in 4 years instead of 8.
    Women of the Democratic Party- you have missed your window of opportunity to break thru to lead the country. Now it's back to being a "man's world " for the next 4 or 8 years. Be careful what you wish for, you might get it !

    August 27, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  165. Matilda Brooks

    Jack, what do you mean can Hillary help Barack? She did her part.
    The rest of the voters have to get off of their happy fannies and go to the polls and vote. That's the only way that we can help Barack win.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  166. Leslie-Anne

    Sure she can Jack, and she should. I was not a Hillary supporter for only one reason: Republicans are not ready for her yet, and this country doesn't need more division. Obama gives us the chance to heal from the bitter shenanigans of the past 8 years. I now look forward to voting for Hillary in 2016.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  167. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    Clinton's speech was VERY presidential! Campbell Brown said it best on CNN last night: "And WHY was she not the Vice Presidential choice?"

    August 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  168. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I voted for Obama but I think Hillary's speech was wonderful, filled with hard-hitting points and doing her job in this instance, which was to promote party unity. In my opinion, she couldn't have done it better. Makes me wish I'd seen more of this Hillary a year ago - she might not have turned me off and I might have voted for her.

    Senior white woman for Obama/Biden '08

    August 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  169. mel from Ohio

    I believe her backing will have a positive influence. The Republicans will have to stop trying to convince themselves and others that the Democratic party is split and weakened. The truth is that their party is divided horribly because many of them detest McCain and know that he is an ineffective politician. Her speech reminded the Democrats that the election is about defeating the Republicans....pure and simple.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  170. Derek

    Jack,

    If Hillary can continue the same kind of message that she sent to her supporters last night, she can help out Obama. She needs to repeat the attacking she had on McCain and needs to toughen up her supporters as to why they are voting in this election in the first place. Along with her husband, they need to tell everyone that Obama is the Democratic Nominee and he is ready for president.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  171. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    No. Hillary could have made a difference two months ago. Obama's campaign is stagnant and nothing can help him, now. Obama has hit his political ceilling. John McCain will benefit from the 10% undecideds. Obama's charisma a tarnished.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  172. lol

    obama is sinking in the polls every day. hillary can't help that sinking ship, nor should she. the judgement call obama made when he picked biden who got 9000 votes, instead of hillary who got over 18 million votes is beyond words. obama could have united the party, and won the election had he picked clinton for VP. mccain 08,hillary 2012!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  173. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Yes she can, if Hillary and Bill Clinton will put some effort into helping Obama then I think it will pay big dividends for him.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  174. Kim - Blair, Nebraska

    Can she make a difference or will she make a difference? I am certain she can but still not sure if she will make a difference. I believe tonight will tell us more when Bill speaks.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  175. gerry

    No question, Hillary hit a home run. There's also no question her supporters will move to Obama-the alternative is 4 more years of the twins.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  176. Chad

    I have been a strong Obama supporter, but even I can admit Hillary did a GREAT job last night! I think it was so important to highlight that Obama is fighting for all of the things that Hillary stood for as well. There are so many brilliant policy ideas that Obama has presented, and I hope that during the remaining parts of the convention that this is highlighted. His plans for energy and job creation is truly revolutionary, and I believe that with him as our President, the country can be very prosperous again.

    If you want Jobs and a Strong Economy, VOTE OBAMA 08!!!!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  177. Jah

    I think Hillary Clinton will only hurt Obama.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  178. Kevin

    Hiliary gave a great speach and let her supports know where she stands, thats behind Barack Obama.

    Im still seing people that are saying they will write in Hiliary when they vote though. Do these Hiliary supporters really support her, or are they just Republican people try to stur up a ruckuss? Its hard to tell. I do believe she helped Unify the party a bit more, but im still worried that some Hiliary supporters just dont get it.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  179. C Wells

    "the" difference – NO, "a" difference – YES.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  180. Patrick Lanfri

    No. What it did prove is that Senator Clinton would be a great President, and should have been Obama’s pick for VP. How can Senator Obama clam that he can work across the isle with Republicans, when he could not work within his own house to bring Senator Clinton on-board as Vice-President? When you spit against the wind of 18 million voters, you’re bound to get it blown right back in your face. Senator Clinton may have made 18 million cracks in the ceiling, but Senator Obama has now plastered over those cracks by not honoring those 18 million voters. I find him more of an elitist and hypocrite now more than ever.

    Patrick, an Independent from Florida.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  181. Natorian, LaGrange, GA

    Jack,

    NOTHING! If Senator Obama is to win the White House, he will have to do it on his own. In the end, everyone will look past the Clintons, past Biden, and into the eyes of the candidate. And hopefully when they do they will see they need to vote for someone else. What ever happened to Ron Paul?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  182. freedom fighter

    Absolutely,
    Hillary is such a prominent figure within the party, her opinion is well respected. Therefore, I believe that Hillary's praise of Obama will be reflected in upcoming polls.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  183. John from Anchorage, Alaska

    Jack, she can and will if she wants a political future.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  184. tom glover woodbridge n.j.

    Jack – Only if she is supported by Bill. If not ,the perceived
    rift will be actual and all the pant suits in the world will not
    help.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  185. Pat, Pa.

    Hillary did a good job last night. Actually she did EXCELLENT. If we can get Obama in office, and he does a good job, I think she will be a definite in 2016.
    Go Obama 2008 !
    Go Hillary 2016 !

    August 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  186. Richard

    Yes, Hillary will help Obama a bit, but not enough for him to win, after all a year ago he was not ready on day one, and there has been no evidence that he is now..
    Yesterday Hillary 's speech ,should have shown America ,that she should be the one to lead this country.
    Why isn't anyone speaking about the miserable face Michelle was making when Hillary was speaking, that was disgusting , but they what do you expect for her , NO CLASS .

    August 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  187. Jan Illinois

    Yes she can make a difference , you are looking at a exceptional woman Jack, and we can and have always made THE difference. Why she is forced to maneuver around what she knows to be the truth is beyond me, in order to get BO elected . The ball was in his court and he could not stand her to out shine him, so he never considered her for Vb. Now SHE is responsible if he wins or loses. He wanted it all to be about him, now it is, GET your own self elected if you can, and leave Hillary alone. She has done ALL she could.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  188. Adele from Ontario, Canada

    Of course she can, but she has to mean it. Actions speak louder than words; we’ve heard the words. She needs to get out on the stump, day after day, saying the words. A few speeches here and there will not convince her die hard fans to vote Obama. If I see her at least 3 or 4 times a week on CNN over the next 13 weeks, speaking in support of Obama, I will believe she means it. If not; she will be blamed (deservedly) for his defeat.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  189. Ron In Texas.

    Damn Jack, you better get to the hospital fast. CNN call 911. Something is wrong with you, as you just said good things about Hillary and Bill. I didn't think you had it in you do to so. Hillary has done all she can do. It's now up to Obama. Can he do it, i don't so. He made a major mistake by not picking her as VP. He had it wrapped up by picking her. He is asking us to trust him his change polices, well why didn't he want change by picking Hillary?. I don't trust his judgement and will not vote for him. No How, No Way, No Obama. Hillary 2012

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  190. Sean from Orlando

    Perhaps if he had picked her, now me, my family, and many Dems I know here in FL will be voting for McCain because the Obama/Biden ticket lacks major experience on various issues. What you do not realize is that Hillary has not control over how we choose to vote and when Obama picked Biden (someone who cannot even pay attention to his own campaign enough to ensure the voter's money that was entrusted to him was not stolen over the period of over a year) we made our final choices of John McCain then. There will be no swaying us to vote for Obama, Obama has flip-flopped, supported Bush policy, lied, and displayed his weaknesses to us all when he sat on vacation in Hawaii as the nation of Georgia was invaded by Russia and Obama did nothing but stay on vacation like Bush did after Katrina invaded New Orleans. He will not get our votes now, and he is going to lose at the hands of his own party members who are (in most cases) voting republican for the first time ever. Go Dems 4 McCain, Go PUMA! Let’s take our voices back from the DNC and Obama!!!

    McCain 2008!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  191. Nick in San Francisco

    Barack Obama's problems have nothing to do with Hillary - so the answer is a resounding NO. Obama's problems are threefold: 1) his audacity to think that he can be president despite his inexperience; 2) his supporters who treat him as if he's an "American Idol," going to the extent that they all acted like Simons to Hillary and her supporters during the primary; and 3) an ego that he couldn't set aside to do what was right for the party, i.e., choose HIllary as his running mate.

    Obama's inexperience and newness to the national scene is the reason millions of us will not be casting a vote for him in November. If the Democrats really want to win, they should reverse the ticket so that it becomes Biden-Obama.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  192. Rick from Pa

    Obama is going to have it rough.
    He is not experienced enough to convince Americans to vote for him.
    Democrats really blew this election.
    What an embarrassment.
    Obama had one last chance to save the party last night with Hillary.
    It's a disgrace.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  193. Rasheed

    To use a sports analogy Hillary has provided the ticket with a very nice assist. Obama/Biden need to score the hoop. They need to have a quick reacting strategy during next week's RNC taking a page from the Republicans. They will attack and Obama/Biden need to answer those attacks and generate a counter attack swiftly and with force.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  194. may

    all i can say is that, Hillary is a very slefish women glued to the fact that she didn't get what she wanted. she really does think that the world revolves around her.
    she would have made a huge difference a long time ago, but she decided to be stuborn and pretend that her and her husband are the ebst thing that had ever happen to the democratic party.
    yes her husband was favored by many..but he also had his flows..
    why can't she just get over that fact that she lost and it is time for another person to be in the lime light..
    if the clinton's truely care and respect the views of african americans, they wouldn't have had such hatred and grudge against Obama. right now Obama is the new Martin Luther King, the new Federick Douglas and many more historic African-americans who had made a great difference in american society..the clitons will never be black and would never be Obam. Hillary difinately needs a wake-up call...this is 2009 and this is to my knowledge the highest level an African-american had reached int he American political system..

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  195. Shandon

    The excitement surrounding Hillary Clinton's support of Barack Obama is a testament to the intellectual ineptitude of a majority of Americans. Senator Obama's wisdom and ability to excel in spite of his disadvantages, has been met with resistance from backward-thinking Americans. To nullify this stupidity, it has become necessary for the Obama campaign to resort to catchy slogans from Hillary Clinton, and likely Bill Clinton this evening. It will work. I'm for whatever it takes to get this competent gentleman in office. It's just sad that his ability alone isn't enough to appease the masses...

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  196. Dian

    Jack,
    Yes she can, and yes she should. McPOW, McCheater,McSidekick , I don't know how may houses I own, is now using her words to attack Obama. I am still waiting for her to say that Obama is capable of being Commander-in chief.

    The Democrats need to grow a spine and go after the non-maverick Mcman. Do fuh do ent obeah!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!!!!!

    Dian,
    Calgary, Canada

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  197. An Old White Female Virginian

    Let's not forget that some percentage of Clinton's 18 million votes were Rush Limbaugh surrogates. Not surprisingly those "supporters" will vote for McCain no matter what anyone else does, and as a Democrat I have no problem with that concept. I believe Clinton has finally projected to her supporters that it is okay to vote for Obama and it's time to move past her primary run. Those who would rather vote Republican after supporting the Clinton issues, if in fact that's what they were supporting, need to seek some kind of psychiatric help. So it's now up to Obama to try to get enough people to the polls who are able to see him as a man and not just a black man as Charles Barkley so eloquently put it last night so that he can outnumber people like McCain who can't move into the 21st Century.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  198. Eric alabama

    If you are tired of high gas prices,people losing their homes,unemployment at an all time high,losing our sons & daughters to a senseless war,and a deficit that will take years to recover from,it only makes sense to vote barack obama 08.when you own so much property until you don"t even know how many houses you own, you surly cannot relate to the everyday american. VOTE OBAMA 08 !!!!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  199. Alex, Farmington Hills, MI

    The Clintons, and every Tom, Dick and Harry matters when one is running for an election into public office.

    I see the new hasty and eager to shove aside the "old",but then it is on the shoulders of "old", the new can see furthest.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  200. Kimberly Gainesville, FL

    Jack,

    If Hillary can convince her die hard supporters to throw their hearts into Obama's campaign, then certainly she will make a significant difference. However, if those supporters feel like they can relate more to McCain and his completely opposite views of Hillary's on the economy, foreign policy, and the future of our precious nation, then I suppose not. Have we learned nothing in the last 8 years?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  201. Debbi, Arvada, CO

    Jack, Hillary definitely helped–every Hillary supporter I saw interviewed after her speech last night said they will absolutely vote for Obama. I wish all those with negative comments about Obama would just admit they are racists.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  202. Kyle Irvine, CA

    Jack,
    Senator Clinton can defenitely help support Obama, but he's going to win the election on his own merits. If Clinton wants to have a political future, she has no choice to bo help him.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  203. Mere from Michigan

    Hillary has done everything she can. If she goes out to campaign for him it might help but it may also be viewed as Obama needing her stamp of approval to be elected. When you go into that voting booth you are voting for The President, not the people he chooses to bring along. The President is the final "decider" not his vice president, or advisors. Either he can close the deal himself with the American people or he won't.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  204. Arnold,WV

    She can help,the question is will she help.I still believe that her and a lot of her followers would sacrafice the country to see Obama lose and her have the chance to run again in 2012.Otherwise she would have pushed harder for the VP position.She has not earned my trust yet.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  205. theresa

    The only way Hillary could have made a difference for Obama was to have gotten out of the primary when it was adamantly obvious she was losing!! She has and always will hurt Obama, she is all about Hillary then, now and forever! Her speech at the DNC was all about Hillary with a "few" plugs for Obama! She would love nothing better than to have her name on the ballot in November, take away votes from Obama and surely as hell put John McCain in the white house, so if that's what the Hillary supporters truly want, then let them write her name in and NOT vote for Obama; however when McCain gets in the White House, I sure as HELL hope that once and for all SHUT UP, especially when we are in a constant war and economically down the tubes!

    Obama 2008!!!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  206. George

    She can make a difference if Obama makes a shrewd, unprecedented & preemptive move by announcing Hillary as his 'Secretary of Health & Human Services'.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  207. kelly namey

    Let's put it this way, until last night, there was no chance of me voting for Obama.After listening to Hillary I have changed my mind. She is an incredible person and would have been an incredible president.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  208. Janice Pound

    Not paticularly. Obama arrived at the nomination by his own bootstraps. Hillary's speech was an excellent one, but in the beginning it sounded like she was still campaigning And she continued to get the I/me in there, To me, her supporters are minimal, otherwise she wouldn't be in a campaign debt. It's strictly up to the millions of voters out there. If you think after 5yrs as a P.O.W., 11 yrs of no political involvment, and 23 yrs sitting in congress/going to meetings, and now pushing for over hundred nuclear power plants with who knows how many waste disposal plants, is a leader than McCain is your man. If you want someone who is going to try to dig this country out of the pit Bush put us in then with your sacrifice, vote for Obama one who has already proven he can lead. just by achieving the Presidential nomination

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  209. Mark W. Bormann, Renfrew, Canada,

    No!
    Obama and Biden will make it without her, or I'll give up on the common sense of our good neighbours down South...
    Hillary's speech last night was pretty good and a 2012 election speech in which she reminded everybody what she would have done, if they had elected her – and now Obama better do. Mark

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  210. Shandon - Atlanta

    The excitement surrounding Hillary Clinton’s support of Barack Obama is a testament to the intellectual ineptitude of a majority of Americans. Senator Obama’s wisdom and ability to excel in spite of his disadvantages, has been met with resistance from backward-thinking Americans. To nullify this stupidity, it has become necessary for the Obama campaign to resort to catchy slogans from Hillary Clinton, and likely Bill Clinton this evening. It will work. I’m for whatever it takes to get this competent gentleman in office. It’s just sad that his ability alone isn’t enough to appease the masses…

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  211. Citizen AJ, Northern Virginia

    Jack,

    It goes beyond what can Hilary do for Senator Obama. I think last night was a good start but she is not the ONLY elected democrat that can help swing votes for Senator Obama. Let me put it like this, if Senator Obama IS NOT elected the next President of the United States, then the democrats REALLY DID NOT WANT to have a democratic President in the white house starting next January. A republican in the white house next year will not be Senator Clinton's fault. I say that as an Obama supporter from day one, well right before the Iowa caucus, I had to find out what he was proposing first.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  212. Leo

    Hillary can ask her supporters to vote for Obama but she can't actually make them do anything.

    Hillary supporters (of which I am one) need to understand the message, it's McCain of Obama, period, end of sentence.

    You could not convince me that anybody that was going to vote for Hillary and, because she lost will vote for McCain, they where ever about the issues, it was about a woman president.

    Both Clinton and Obama are ground breakers, somebody had to lose and this was the first time for a woman or an african american, it could have gone either way.

    If you supported Hillary because of her stance on the issues there is no way you could vote for McCain. Those supporters who will not support Obama should take their toys and go home.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  213. rickG

    I'm a Clinton supporter but she didn't change my mind. This is one Democrat voting for McCain.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  214. Rick from Pa

    Democrats are NOT united.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  215. Susan - Plano, TX

    Yes. After listened to her speech last night I finally believe that she can make great contributions to Obama campigan that is to say if she sticks to her promises.

    After all, the country is betting our young generation's future and we need the right leader to change Washington and bring Americans to better future.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  216. Renee /Austin Texas

    No, there are too many things from Hillary's past campaign tatics that will make her look unauthentic in her endorsement. I remember the temper tantrums of both Hillary and Bill during the primaries lashing out at Obama. Even though she gave a good speech; she never once stated that Obama is qualified to be president. It was more about her and her accomplishments.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  217. Shandon - Atlanta

    The excitement surrounding Hillary Clinton’s support of Barack Obama is a testament to the intellectual ineptitude of a majority of Americans. Senator Obama’s wisdom and ability to excel in spite of his disadvantages, has been met with resistance from backward-thinking Americans. To nullify this stupidity, it has become necessary for the Obama campaign to resort to catchy slogans from Hillary Clinton, and likely Bill Clinton this evening. It will work. I’m for whatever it takes to get this competent gentleman in office. It’s just sad that his ability to navigate this country out of it's deplorable state alone isn’t enough to appease the masses…

    August 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  218. Shandon - Atlanta

    The excitement surrounding Hillary Clinton’s support of Barack Obama is a testament to the intellectual ineptitude of a majority of Americans. Senator Obama’s wisdom and ability to excel in spite of his disadvantages, has been met with resistance from backward-thinking Americans. To nullify this stupidity, it has become necessary for the Obama campaign to resort to catchy slogans from Hillary Clinton, and likely Bill Clinton this evening. It will work. I’m for whatever it takes to get this competent gentleman in office. It’s just sad that his ability to navigate this country out of its deplorable state alone isn’t enough to appease the masses…

    August 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  219. Valérie - Montreal

    She never put her heart fully to get Obama elected.
    I fear greatly that Americans will vote for the same USA destructive republican administration.

    Can't they use their brain?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  220. Debbie

    After reading so many of these comments, it sounds to me that it's the Obama supporters that are having a hard time with UNITY. Hillary Clinton gave a great speech last night, ( I am an independent) and she has presuaded me to the cause. But all the Obama supporters always talk bad about her. Give it up and embrace Clinton because she is the one who will get those others to support Obama.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  221. RI form Santa Rosa Ca

    Inspiring call for unity, etc., but she did not apologize for the damage she has caused (and is still causing via McCain's ads) to Obama and the party. it was more like, "This is what I ran for and since I'm not the nominee, Obama is the next best thing."

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  222. Rich, Pittsburgh PA

    I think Hillary can make a big difference – despite my support for Sen. Obama, I will always acknowledge Sen. Clinton's intelligence, heart and courage. Her speech last night not only may help Sen. Obama with this election, but she may help herself for 2016.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  223. Gigi in Alabama

    Her speech last night was enough to convince me, but I doubt it with those die-hard Clinton fanatics. They should listen to her and make sure that John McCain does not have a chance to put the final death nail in this country.
    She has shown that she will do what it takes to ensure a democratic victory in November and that should be enough for any of them.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  224. Dan Pittsburgh PA

    If Obama loses the Clintons will be blamed. The media will run on this point until every Obama supporter despises the Clintons destroying any chance of her getting into the White House. Mark my words. Its all about drama from the best political teams on television.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  225. Mary M.

    That speech was about setting the stage for her 2012 run and regaining the limelight for a spell – all about Hillary and what she's done. It was designed as a spectacular. As for as helping Obama, it was too late. She should have been doing that when she lost the primaries. What a schmuck she is.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  226. Lari

    Yes Clinton can make the difference if we don't stop talking about her Obama might lose the election. We need to stop focusing on the Clinton's and focus on Obama. I am saying this as a Clinton supporter. We need to get over it and move on and focus on getting Obama elected!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  227. Kevin - Albany

    Check out her website, Jack. No mention of Barack Obama anywhere. If Barack wins, it won't be because of Hillary or Bill Clinton. The Clintons seem to have become the biggest political liability of the Democratic Party. Remember, if it weren't for the dark cloud hanging over the shamed Clinton administration in 2000, Al Gore probably would have won a much more decisive victory. The Dems love to blame Nader for that one, but Bill cost Al more votes than Ralph did. How quickly we forget that 8 years ago Gore was doing his best to distance himself from Clinton, just as McCain is trying to do with Bush. Now Hillary could cost the Dems the White House once again. Grow up, Clintons. Having said that, if Hillary were instead the nominee, I would certainly vote for her over John "More of the Same" McCain!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  228. Mary

    Only if he were smart enough to put her on the ticket. Is Joe Biden really change? Is he not a Washington Insider?" Obama has snubbed Hillary and the Clinton's in general. He may pay the price.

    But, to answer your question: Hillary's speech was as usual wonderful, but it did not change my opinion of Obama.

    He is strictly a news media creation.

    Where's the Beef?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  229. Ruie - Michigan

    Dear Jack: She already has. Though some of her supporters are still dragging their feet, and some still hurt and angry, a good number of those interviewed last night said she convinced them. Basically, she told them the truth – if you vote for McClone you're an idiot.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  230. Kristi

    Mrs. Clinton will make a difference for Obama. They are both smart, educated, articulate people that can help our country. We just don't have the choice to vote for both of them. So why not vote Obama? Can he really be worse then Bush. Bush and McCain are two old farts that are out of touch with reality. Vote- Old fart or Young and Smart :) That's not a hard choice!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  231. Ron , Berkeley, Ca.

    Yes , Hillary is all the difference !!!
    The speech Hillary gave Tuesday evening was a smash hit!!!
    No one can express my feelings more than she can , AND HAS !!!
    I`m a loyal Democrat , and Obama will get my vote...I hope it will be enough to get him into the White House.
    John McBush , Could`nt hold a candle to Hillary Clinton. She would clean his Clock !... If what Hillary Clinton did for Barack Obama last night is`nt enough to get him over the top , then it`s all on him to sell himself to the public . She`s done all that was asked of her . Now , the ball is in his court.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  232. sandi-arizona

    In the end people will vote their pocketbook. 4 more years of my pocketbook being empty while the rich get richer isn't for me. I think the American public understands this. Hillary supporters need to head her words last night. You have to vote on the issues, and if you are a true Democrat you can't vote for McCain.

    Hillary needs to say in the coming days that Obama would be the best president between the two and that he is ready to lead. That will shut McCains crowd down.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  233. Amy

    Hillary was very good last night but only mentioned Obama a few times. I did find it fascinating to watch Michelle Obama's face during the speech. She had a very uncomfortable look and only smiled or applauded when Obama was mentioned. PUMA. Hillary did the honorable thing by speaking as passionately as she could have, but her supporters cannot be fooled into thinking that the 3 am text message wasn't a direct shot at her.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  234. Scott

    Jack – Hillary's speech last night was one for the ages. I am a proud member of the “sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits," (which I find pretty sexist since I'm a guy) and I find Obama's elitest attitude towards HIllary puzzling. IF Obama can't work with Hillary or deal with Bill Clinton, how am I to expect him to work with all the senators and foreign leaders in the world (many of which probably already hate him). Nevertheless, Hillary just gave the speech of her lifetime and if Obama wins this election, I hope Hillary would have an integral part of his administartion.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  235. J. Dotson

    You know, when George Bush was elected twice, "experience" ceased to be a show stopper. The country "experienced" Bush's first term and re-elected him so I could not care less about Sen. Obama's lack of experience. To all of you who keep proclaiming that you will give your vote to McCain, just do it and quit talking about it, that decision and the consequences are yours to bear, give the vote to him and shut up! Maybe one day, if you are lucky, you will be able to face the real reason that you are giving your vote to McCain and quit trying to blame it on Sen. Obama. If Hillary had won, there would not be one Obama ad that the Rethuglicans could use again Hillary like the venom they that Hillary supplied them with. I'm sure she realizes that now but it is too late. If Hillary was the VP choice, that ad would be even more negative, that is the consequence of Hillary's negative campaigning and desperation to win at all costs. I think she has learned a lesson but the campaign will be used against her for a long time. Sadly, this country is not ready to elect a President who is not a white male and I would not be surprised if McCain wins with the media as his base and all the closet racists trying to blame their twisted voting on Sen Obama because of what they feel is a lack of experience knowing that ONE person never is president and Sen Obama will surround himself with brilliant and passionate people who will be able to run this country with openess and fairness. But hey, we will get what we deserve.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  236. Dee Marzen in Richmond

    Jack, both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden can make the difference.What could potentialy harm Obama is the constant voicing of opinions by so-called "insiders" and "aides",who make their statements of he said/she said sound like Gospel Truth. Their job is to support and voice the opinions and viewpoints of their boss and not to engage in these Kindergarden tactics to make themselves feel and appear to be more important than they really are.The quotes and opinions should come directly from the horse's mouth and no-one elses.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  237. lois

    I think Sen. Clinton helped and I think she is the greatest, but now her voters should get a grip and do what she asked...Vote for Obamo...No pain no gain no McCain!!!
    Big Island, VA

    August 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  238. Jack

    Yes she can make a difference, but people like your freind Wolf Plizer and others at CNN are acting like FoxNews trying to spin things in attempt to divde the Democratic Party very sad. Thanks God We have MSNBC and C-Span I do not watch CNN any more except Larry King and you Jack.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  239. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    I would say anything for 23 million dollars to pay off looming debts. I could even say something nice about you, Jack.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  240. solape

    well thats is it i have enough of hilary she hurt obama in the primary but now everything is looking so ugly and making everything looks like obama campaingn treated her bad she try to rigged the primary rules and election and we played it low and accepted every of her demands so who is the mouse in the kitchen and who is the cat caught chacing the mouse pls give me a break if obama should lose this election the he his favoured to win then 2012 no hilary she will also be denied by the black communities and all kind of race who walked hard and obeyed the rules of the campaign and not being negative on our campaign towards her u can see how negative she was then and its used by the mc same lets see no obama no clintons for president .

    August 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  241. Sandi AZ

    I was very surprised Hillary came through for Obama. Of course, she knew she had to in order to help her own future. I feel she now knows her place in the big picture, and who knows, she may be our next Secretary of State. Thank you Hillary for doing your job as a great leader and Democrat. I am sure Bill will follow suit.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  242. Candace from Richmond

    There are a couple of things she can do. She can finally say that Obama is now ready to be president. The second thing she can do is get her people like Carville and others to keep there mouth shut and hold back their negativity until the end of the election. It's necessary because right now McCain is starting to drive home a message that she put out there on Obama and it's working. She HAS to do something.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  243. Douglas McHenry

    Why dose John McCain (by the way, Mc means son of in Scotland/Ireland) never mentions the national debt being run up to nine trillion dollars during his and Bush's watch? Sure they (the Republicans) may not have raised taxes, but they sure raised the H--out of the national debt. Revenue is raised by taxes, taxes come from working people, working people coming from good paying jobs. Those jobs for revenue have been taken, sent to other countries and that equals the inability to pay the bill. (national debt)

    August 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  244. Ron -Chicago

    Maybe and that's a big maybe. I'm still trying to figure out how Bush got elected .......two times. I picture the voting booths full of Star-eyed Stellas. Remember her?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  245. garrick

    hi jack
    no this is not the Clinton ticket<Obama won and now only Obama can make this work,I think reporters dont have anything else to do besides talk about Hillary,shes not on the ticket and Bush isnt either
    clearwater,fl

    August 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  246. Bill (Portland, Or.)

    Jack,

    She can help. Let's just hope she doesn't get any bright ideas that she feels can't wait and she calls to share with him in the middle of the night... say 3:00 AM.

    He might not answer.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  247. Neil

    Yes, but only when she demonstrates her support by going to those small white towns where her husband stumped for her and do the same thing for Obama. She must walk her talk where Obama needs it most.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  248. cindy in nc

    Gee Jack... You have been one of Hillary's harshest critics. A few months ago when someone mentioned putting Hillary on the ticket as VP you said– "He doesn't need her" in a very nasty tone.

    Have you changed your tune? What's the matter, are you afraid your man can't win without her?

    How ironic...

    We lost.... 18 million of us had our hearts broken twice.
    When she lost the primary and when she wasn't even considered to be VP.

    And now we are the ones that will decide who becomes president.
    My vote is for the most qualified after Hillary-John McCain

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  249. Randolph in Lexington, Kentucky

    The real Hillary supporters are not stupid. They know the best choice of Obama and McCain is obviously Obama. Only the self-centered Hillary supporters would back McCain because Hillary didn't get the nomination.This election isn't about choosing a leader based on who they are or what their last name is, it's about electing the best person for the job.

    Randolph
    Lexington, Kentucky

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  250. Mark Kelly

    The Republicans have vilified and pilloried Hillary for 15 years, she has been the root of all evil for those on the right. Now suddenly they are telling us Hillary was right! Why are they being allowed to have it both ways? Do thye really think peole are that naive?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  251. RI form Santa Rosa Ca

    Since you are referencing good lines, how about Kucinich, "Wake Up America!" That had real power!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  252. Dave from Chicago, Illinois

    Who cares? McCain will just spout something about being a P.O.W. and how his guard drew a cross in the sand and that's all that people seem to care about ... not the economy ... not our standing in the world ... not the deluge of problems we face and certainly not what Hillary brilliantly said last night.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  253. Amber

    Dont hurt yourself Cafferty. Do you need to lie down? Quick Wolf, check his vitals. He gave Hillary Clinton a compliment.

    As for Hillary helping Obama. It is not Hillary's responsiblity to bring in the vote for Obama. It's Obama's responsibility. He wanted the nomination so bad that he cheated for it...then now its all on him. So far, he has NOT earned my vote. And no amount of begging from any other politician is going to get it. He disrespected Hillary and her supporters time and time and time again. But he wants our money and our votes. Umm....HELL NO. Tell your folks to pay off her debt and I'll think about it.

    You really had one shot at getting my vote Obama...and you blew it. You chose Biden (someone who got a few thousand votes) over Clinton who got 18 Million votes. Its not rocket science!

    August 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  254. Rena

    Jack this would not have been a question if Obama had chosen Hillary for VP instead of picking Joe Biden.
    Obama will learn to regret his choice.. there could have been a history in the making by picking Clinton and I believe that the Democrats would have had a winning pair , but all that is too late !

    August 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  255. atc

    "Adrian Jackson August 27th, 2008 1:44 pm ET

    What is clear is that the Clintons have not been as supportive as they should have been"

    *********************************************************
    And how is this clear... they really owe him nothing. Isn't it ultimately Obama's responsibility to convince the Clinton supporters why he should be President? I really cannot say I have seen him personally doing this.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  256. Gary Mn

    I'm not sure if she helped or not, But if the Hillary supporters are going to vote Mcain ,How can they call them selves Democrats, I think they should pull there thumbs out of there mouths act like adults, if there Democrats vote Democrat or stay home

    August 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  257. Liz, California

    My opinion is that everyone who voted for Obama made the biggest mistake. His charm is not going to do his job in the white house IF he gets elected. No wonder the republican are happy that he won because it’s going to be an easy win for them. As of right now I’m still not convinced that Obama can do the job. I rather see someone with experience instead of experimenting in the White House and hoping he can do a good job and “Change”.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  258. Dan

    If Obama indeed was to be about change,he should have selected Hillary as his vice president,as she represented the ultimate change.
    In fact they, together, would have set the tempo with the greatest challenge and change of the political system in America.With the fact that he ,the first black and she ,the first woman,would have complemented each other nicely considering his attributes and her unquestioned experience. I believe in the final analysis Barack will kick himself in the butt for not making the right choice.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  259. Robbie, Brunswick,GA.

    18, 000,000 supporters?
    Wouldn't it be the best day in the Democratic Party if she could persuade those supporters to vote for Obama.
    But, if that is not possible, I truly believe that Obama/Biden ticket will sweep it up.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  260. Mark from Yuba City, CA

    It's best that she goes home and continues to be a good senator from New york. I don't believe she will add positives to the Obama campaign-mostly becuase her husband is still hanging around.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  261. lampe

    She can,and will help him. If he wants her too. This is no longer about her, she did what he has asked her to do, and in case you don't know this she has probably been the only runner-up, who has had anything remotely nice to say about The Nominee. Check your history books on past races. But, I know one thing that will not help, that is all the trash talking that still remains on this blog. If she's in the news, she's stealing his thunder,if she's not seen out campaigning for him, she's trying to steal the election. Please for Gods sake it's time for Obama supporters to stop the trash-talking, or it will be you that cost him this election.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  262. Jo

    Hillary Clinton gave a great speech last night and hopefully it will help put Barack Obama in the White House. She said everything she could say. She could not make up his lack of resume or experience but said to vote for him. She cannot however make him win in November and if he does not she is not the one to blame. She has validated his nomination and done more than any other close presidential candidate has done. This is one Clinton supporter who would rather vote for her but will vote for him because I believe that the democratic nominee is closer to my views than the republican.

    I also will start saving my money for her next presidential run.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  263. Shannon

    HEY, I VOTE YOUNG AND SMART !!!!!!
    NO MORE OLD FARTS!

    GO OBAMA........... : )

    August 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  264. ellie of Ann Arbor

    The entire thing is sickening. With our country on the brink - power, treasury, wealth, influence and even our common decency as a people shamelessly squandered in recent years, the focus of on this media-fed squirmish.
    I'm a baby boomer, but I'm so tired of my own generation...It is time to move on from the MEMEME stuff and wake up to the truth that we are in a situation where we must rise above gender, religion and race issues to address the survival of our country as we came to know it.
    Shame on the press for exploiting this little, petty war. I know, the mood at the convention feels testy, but if networks get rid of passé pundits like mopey Carville and hire new voices, at least we could hope for better.
    Some of these guys cannot rule as pundits for too long; their ideas of what people really want and need in this country tend to smell over time,as do the old tactics. They spoil the mood for everyone.
    Hillary did not it out of the park last night. She did what the Clintons do best and feel entitled to: talking about them, with enough sprinkles on their party's presidential nominee to get by being called magnanimous. This is a concept they do not know.
    How can it be harder to shake out of the old Clinton tactics than 8 years of a disgraceful administration?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  265. Robert - Woodward, Oklahoma

    Hillary did a great job BUT she has never been the issue. It's the way the Obama supporters have treated the Clinton supporters; calling us racists all along the way and questioning our sanity. Hillary is a good party person; she has all my respect. Obama doesn't and his cahnging his positions on all issues after the primary is why. His supporters have made a lot of us angry and when it's time to go into the voting booth, I am not going to forget it.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  266. sue

    Oh--what might have been.

    Obama is a grown-up; if he is ready to be President, he doesn't need
    the Clintons' help. Who did Bill have?

    August 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  267. richard

    Jack,

    The only way Hilary will get a historical reprieve for her attacks on Obama in the primaries is if the Hilary crowd would start up a 527 and fund an ad showing McFlipFlop falling asleep in a committee meeting dealing with national security and some subtext of him not being able to even wake up at 3 am. Heck I would even donate to help her retire her debt if Ferrero and company put out a swift boat ad like that.

    August 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  268. nelson

    Jack, you betcha she can and will make a difference, and
    so can Big Bill. Dem's need to work together if they don't
    want another 4 yrs of Bush's policies. Even so, (1) person
    won't make this bad, sleazy policy of Bush go away.. gonna take
    a lot of work

    August 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm |