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August 25th, 2008
02:05 PM ET

Could not picking Hillary cost Obama the election?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

I have started writing a weekly column for CNN.com. This week the headline is "The Beverly Hillary-billies come to Denver." (You will be able to read it tomorrow on cnn.com.)

Despite all the rosy assurances from both sides, there are signs of lingering deep bitterness between the Obama and Clinton camps. And it's a division and bitterness you could see coming in South Carolina. And John McCain is using Hillary Clinton like a baseball bat to hit Barack Obama over the head, using her own words from the primaries against him.

The Clintons will have ample opportunity to try to heal the wounds this week at the convention, but I'm beginning to wonder if they're capable. Hillary speaks tomorrow night, former president Bill Clinton on Wednesday night.

Watch: Cafferty: Clinton overlooked?

According to CNN's own poll, 66% of Clinton supporters – these are registered Democrats who wanted Hillary to be the nominee – 66% say they're backing Obama. That's down from 75% in June. At the same time, the number of Clinton Democrats who say they will vote for John McCain has gone up 11% since June.

And this may be the telling number. Only 59% of Hillary's supporters say the selection of Senator Joe Biden as Obama's running mate was an "excellent" or "good" decision. Among all registered Democrats that number jumps to 73%.

Here’s my question to you: Is it possible that not picking Hillary Clinton as a running mate could cost Barack Obama the election?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom from Jacksonville, Florida writes:
Absolutely not. The Clinton name enrages and energizes the Republicans and she does not help in attracting the independent voter. I hope that all of her supporters come to their senses and realize that a vote for McCain is against their own interests. In these complex and difficult times, we cannot afford to have the same unintelligent and shallow republican leadership that we have had for the past 8 years.

Carol writes:
It was the easy way to mend the Democratic Party, but some people enjoy doing things the hard way. I think his chance of winning could be lost on his choice. Many of the attributes of Biden are the ones that they use against McCain. Temper and age being just two. And he looks like McCain.

Mark writes:
Jack, it is possible that not picking her could cost him the election. If he had picked her, it definitely would have cost him the election.

Colleen writes:
Obama lost my vote when he did not pick Hillary as his running mate. To quote an old phrase he “cut off his nose to spite his face” – really a stupid move. Had he picked her, he would have won, hands down. Now his chance has diminished. I will vote McCain.

Shirley from Jacksonville, Florida writes:
Wrong song! We are not voting against Bush. We are voting against Republican policies that see teachers forced to buying supplies, health clinics under-funded, jobs gone overseas, insurance costs and the song goes on. Do not count us out - us quiet voters who listen to the talking heads and hope you realize we are out here.

Phil from Queens, New York writes:
Biden is the right choice in one regard: the energy crisis. He is the largest source of natural gas in America. If you can figure a way to hook him up, he would light up the entire eastern seaboard.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    No, Since she represents the past and why in the world would Barack Obama pick someone who practically spent the entire primary resorting to the same dirty tricks the Republicans used. I glad Obama picked Biden because he has a lot of experience and he could help Obama in foreign policy matters as well against McBush

    August 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Frank from Peterborough

    My observations so far tell me the GOP are basing their entire hopes on fear mongering and slander to disguise their policies or lack of policies. If by chance this is correct then having Hillary as a running mate would have simply given the McCain campaign more ammunition for more slander and fear mongering.

    In short I would say Obama's choice of Biden will be the best since any perceived advantage McCain may have had in National Security is now gone and the ecomony will put Obama well over the top in November.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Yes, but who is surprised? It is obvious to me that he picked Biden because he is going to lose PA, when would be fatal to any Dem.

    But the real mistake is to nominate someone who can't win. Again.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  4. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    If he is going to loose, it will be because the American voter is as dumb as a post, not because of his running mate. If you vote against Obama and his policies, which are almost identical to Clinton’s just for spite, you are insane and deserve insane McSame as a president who will complete the total destruction of the U.S.A. as we know it.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  5. True Believer Mississippi

    Jack No not at all. That was the GREATEST decesion Obama could have ever made. Great thinking and GOOD MOVE. Picking Hillary would have been a sure lost.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  6. Allie in San Diego

    I don't think it's a mistake not to pick Hillary, Jack. For the past twenty years, either a Bush or a Clinton has been in the executive branch of the government. It's time for a change.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  7. Jim in British Columbia

    Choice.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  8. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Dear Jack,

    You may have noticed by now that Obama is not in the habit of making mistakes.

    Everybody respects Joe Biden and most folks like him. He's nobody's toady. We will transition from this blind leading the blind administration to two farsighted men leading a resurrected America.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  9. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun, VA

    Jack, there was no mistake in picking Hillary. She has the best of all worlds here. If Obama wins, she can be his agent in Congress and affect change and setting herself up for success in potentially eight years.

    If Obama loses, she is in the catbird seat to run again in four with a serious ax to grind with the Republicans.

    For this election cycle, she is too divisive. Nothing fires up the GOP base like the name “Clinton”. Patience Hillary, good things come to those who wait.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  10. Uncle Jimbo - Chicago

    Absolutly not Jack ! The Clintons would have been nothing but trouble for the new Obama administration. Remember NAFTA ? Clintons are like Republican Lite.

    Joe Biden is an excellent choice.

    I am already hearing some of my Republican friends saying they are voting Democratic tghis time. They are totally fed up with the Neo-Con agenda. That should make up for the Hillary fanatics that are a no show.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  11. Jackie in Dallas

    No, I do not think it was a mistake. Hillary, while a fascinating and gifted woman, would have demanded or forced herself into center stage, which should be reserved for the Presidential candidate. And I'm not all that fond of some of her votes over the last couple of years.

    In addition, despite all of the PUMAs comments, she has virtually no more experience that Obama. She's a single term Senator. No offices prior to that - that she was elected to - and no more foreign/diplomatic experience than Obama, regardless of her time as First Lady or the Governor's Wife. She is intelligent, yes; educated, yes; but experienced with DIRECT experience, no.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  12. Jed in Redding, CA

    Nobody that isn't voting for Obama because he didn't pick Hillary was going to vote for him anyway. Despite the results of the democratic process (remember: Obama won, fair and square) the PUMAs and the people just like them want Hillary on the top of the ticket and not second banana. Nothing else is palatable, or acceptable.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    No, a resounding no. The polls be damned. I do not believe the poll numbers at all. I work with the public on a daily basis and overwhelmingly they are for Obama and most are glad Hillary is not on the ticket. I would like to know who all these people are that the pollsters are talking to. It almost sounds like they are calling numbers from a Republican voters list. Obama picked who he feels is best qualified for the VP slot and just like in the primaries the winner was not Hillary. Hopefully after the convention the vocal minority of Clinton supporters will go home and practice some degree of acceptance that Obama 's choice was the best for him and our country.
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  14. bobbi

    Having been a lifelong Democrat I think Obama made a good choice for VP, I don't think Hillary (who should have gotten the nomination) can help him. He and Michelle are their own worst enemies. Once again the Democrats have shot themselves in the foot.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Ceee, Kansas

    Obama did the right thing. Hillary on the ticket would have energized not only her supporters but also those who hate her. He presence would have been a wash at best.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Jerry--- Illinois

    If the 18 million voters who voted for Hillary turn their back
    on the Democrate party and side with John McCain, just
    remember "You shall Reap What You Sow".

    August 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  17. Peter TX

    Heck no, if he did, i would have requested my donations back from his campaign. she lost, and she should learn to accept that, period! and all the PUMAs should get a life.

    Peter, Dallas TX

    August 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  18. Linda

    No, if he looses the election it will be because of the Karl Rove lying, slime machine. It's amazing how many awful e-mails I get from Republican fear mongers and hateful people out there.

    Linda
    from Corinth, TX

    August 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  19. Mark Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

    Jack, it is possible that not picking her could cost him the election.
    If he had picked her it definately would have cost him the election.
    Mark

    August 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  20. Jayne

    I'm more concerned with manipulated voting machines costing Obama the election, but no one wants to talk about that. Biden was probably the most qualified in the primary field to be President, so he's certainly qualified to be Vice President. I can't imagine people not voting for Obama because they're in a snit over Hillary since their policies are nearly identical and are both the complete opposite of "Bomb-Bomb-Bomb-Iran-John" and his desire to end abortion rights, social security and employer-based healthcare benefits. People who vote for McCain should be prepared to pay for a $12,000 health insurance policy with their $5,000 tax credit and seniors better stock up on dollar a can tuna.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  21. Marilyn from Louisiana

    I hope not. It is time for the Clinton's to step down and guide all her supporters to back Obama. I am concern that Hilliary will try to over turn the convention in her favor. The Clinton's do not understand the word, (FAIL). If Obama had selected her as a running mate he would have to change the word "CHANGE". Hilliary is from the old government not the "NEW".

    August 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  22. Bill Browne

    No. Whatever the Clintonistas and PUMA wish, HC is not what will cost Obama the election. What will cost him the election are the Repubs mascarading as Democrats that may. Their viciousness has nothing to do with winning the Democratic Election. They are intent, through the aegis of the Right WingNuts, to infiltrate the DP and tilt the election (they hope) in favor of McCain. If however Obama fails to be elected President, the Clintons will be blamed, lingering racism will be blamed, and McCain & his cohorts will go forth to make this country even worse than it is. White working class white men and women will have no problem voting against their own interests; some radical feminists are so filled with hatred of men, they will vote against their own interests; and with bonafide racists who love to hate, it's a given where their 'patriotism' lies. What a country! God, I hope I'm wrong!

    Bill Browne – Catskills New York

    August 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    It's possible, but I have a sneaky suspicion that the so-called angry Hillary supporters are actually Republicans in disguise, trying to thrown a wrench in the works. It's certainly not a stretch to imagine.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  24. lou

    The Democrats are about to make history by selecting the first black nominee and what is everyone talking about??? The Clinton Circus. There is no way Obama could have picked Hillary. The media has way too much of a tabloid love fest with the Clintons that clashes with Obama's focused, serious campaign. He'll still win without her, since the Clinton factor is all hype generated by our ratings hungry news friends.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  25. karen-phoenix

    PS: Jack: one more thing. I'm a registered republican (64 years old) with a land line phone. Yes, I have been polled and the polling was all one sided toward McCain AND I kept repeating Obama, Obama, Obama and they laughed. The polls are all wrong! Never thought it was this bad but it is!

    August 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  26. Emma, San Jose, CA

    So many of us voiced the need to move away from Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush being in charge of the country. None of us can say Obama will be elected or not because of Hillary, but the Hillary supporters who are not for Obama do not seem to have good sense.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  27. J/ARK

    She didn't want the job, so he didn't pick her.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  28. Laura , Oregon City Oregon

    No Not at all, I agree with previous poster, it would have been a wash, plus we have to remember Bill roaming around the white house...Scary thought

    August 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  29. Charley

    I think it is best that Sen. Obama did not pick Sen. Clinton, because she would bring unwanted controversy and cattiness that could hurt the campaign. I think the styles with which they run a campaign and carry themselves are polar opposites and I think Sen. Biden brings seniority and experience that puts Sen. Obama's campaign for presidency over the top and ultimately gives him the best chance at winning the election and become the next president of the United States of America.

    Homestead, Fl

    August 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  30. Martha Lynne -- Los Angeles, CA

    You mean if Obama had nominated Hillary/Bill? Which of the three of them would we then have been electing at the top of the ticket?

    August 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  31. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Yes. Hillary would have united the party, whereas Biden will not. The number of hillary supporters who will not vote or vote for McCain has actually gone up since June. Rather than coming together , the party is pulling apart. In his first 'Presidential' decision, Obama scores a D+.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  32. eddie

    No– it is time for someone who is running for office to stand for something there is a saying (if a man does not stand for something he will fall for enything) for so long to run for public office ment being turned,twisted and proged by every group in this country to get its way. What ever hapen to picking the best person for the job no strings.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  33. Dave of Oregon

    No, it will not cost Barack Obama the election by not picking Hillary Clinton! The Drudge Report is already making this an issue which points to the obvious thing that the republicans can use against Obama, namely, that there will not be a Hillary Clinton on the ticket to malign. Essentially, by choosing Biden, Obama has made the right choice of vetting a better vp pick than Hillary because there will not be the fodder of negative republican gimmickry against Biden. Why? Because Biden, being from the credit card and banking state of Delaware, already supports big finance which fits well with republicans. These can't be negative against Biden for that. Clinton would have been an anchor around the neck of Obama had he chosen her. Obama has been smart in avoiding Clinton for these reasons! Secondly, the republicans could not force Obama toward selecting Clinton by whatever means which points to a lessening influence that republicans have in this regard.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  34. Jyde Toye

    Choosing Hillary as running mate could have cost Barack more damage than Biden, because the damaging ads and utterances Hillary had made towards Barack during the primaries will be nothing but a raw poison for the democrat in November. What Biden had said to Barack is nothing compared to Hillary's utterances, and those Biden comments can easily be categorized as a statement made in the process of familiarization.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  35. KCLaw in Kansas City

    I sure don't envy Sen Obama. No matter who he picked, there would be complaints. I don't think not picking Hillary is going to sour the deal. Hillary's pay-off will come later, perhaps a Supreme court appointment, or AG, now that John edwards has disgraced himself.
    BTW, I am disappointed with his picking Biden, A 35 year insider with ethics problems and abrasive personality. It seems like the "change" will just be a change of power if he wins. We do not need a Democratic Dick Cheney. We need profound change in Washington, or there will be nothing left to govern at the rate we are going.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  36. Katherine

    It's very possible that Obama could lose because the sore loosing Clinton supporters are going to vote for McCain. Look, if you are a Democrat, then you are a Democrat. Whether Hillary was chosen as Obama's running mate or not you have stand behind your candidate and unite as a party.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  37. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: No. Picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama will strenghten his weakness and inexperience in office and on foreign policy rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.

    He selected a 35-year veteran of the Senate, an ultimate insider, rather than a candidate from outside Washington, or from outside his party, or from outside the mostly white male club of vice presidential candidates. Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't even make his short list. National security advice is much more in demand during these trobuling times in America. It takes many years of experience to see what the world has been doing to itself to understand how to organize an effective, disciplined strategic course for the United States, particularly at a time when the Bush administration has wrecked whatever global equilibrium previously existed.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  38. virginia

    Yes it was a mistake. Regardless what everybody thinks, she should have been on his short list, morever, it seems that he is/was afraid that maybe she wouldn't take the VP position. I really think she would have made a "Great" president. She has been treated like so unfairly by the DNC along with Obama. Taking votes from her and not taking in account of all the 18 Million votes she got (I'm one of them) then to pick Biden who ony received 9 Thousand votes-there is something wrong with this picture. My advise to Hillary-take the GOP's VP position and take all those wonderfull votes with you.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  39. Lois

    Jack,
    The mistake I see is all of the news commentators and analysts continue to insert the Clinton's into this race.
    Get over it Jack. If you people stop talking about the Clinton's, we can focus on the important issue of defeating McCain. Let McCain retire to one of his homes (he is retirement age), if he can not remember the locations, he can ask Liberman.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  40. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    The only mistake Obama made was deciding to text people at 3 in the morning. But his choice for VP was actually my choice for President, so good for him!

    August 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  41. Jyde Toye, Indianapolis IN

    Choosing Hillary as running mate could have cost Barack more damage than Biden, because the damaging ads and utterances Hillary had made towards Barack during the primaries will be nothing but a raw poison for the democrat in November. What Biden had said to Barack is nothing compared to Hillary’s utterances, and those Biden comments can easily be categorized as a statement made in the process of familiarization

    August 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  42. Ted from Beaverton, OR

    Hillary refused to be vetted unless she was picked becausr of Bill's objections. She can make or break this convention, and ultimately her entrire political career just in case she is looking ahead. Bill is her biggest obstacle to moving ahead. Let's see what he offers in his convenntion speech. He may surprise even me.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  43. Gerald Rowe`

    With the high expectations Hillary Displayed, not to mention all the bad mouthing of Obama he couldn't have wanted her as a running mate. No he did the right thing not picking her. Now for the selection he made time will tell, but Joe's as good as anbody McCain has to pick. I say it still comes down to Barack Obama vs John McCain. One a national hero with no vision, and one no history to speak of but with great vision. It will be a close race, and we the people will go on with the same lousy choices we always have. Not Much. Gerald Rowe Port Townsend Wa. St.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  44. joeann edmonds,mill valley,ca

    No mistake. Bill and Hillary were not the right team for Obama.
    Obama makes careful, thought out decisions and this is a good example.
    Hillary will make a great Supreme Court Justice.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  45. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    The combination of Joe Biden and Barack Obama is much better. The team now brings experience, enthusiasm, charisma. This makes a winning team. If they don't win, it will not be because of Hillary not being on the ticket. If they lose, it will be that the US voters have once again choosen fear over progress.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  46. Fish

    Not at all; Obama is smart and wise. Because the McCain camp would have come up with more attack adds than the ones they are running now. Those PUMAs are only looking for excuses; they never wanted to vote for Obama, and bringing Hillary on the ticket wouldn't change that.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  47. George (Somerville, NJ)

    Jack,

    Obama made the right decision because Hillary is not the kind of person you want in power if you want to unite both parties for the good of America.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  48. Greg in Cabot AR

    I think offering Hillary the V/P position would have been like asking your ex wife to open a business together.

    Not much good would have come from her being on the ticket and probably would have created too much distraction from Obama’s message of choice for change or more of the same.

    I think he made the right choice, this election is about Obama…. the Clintons have continually tried to hi-jack his spotlight and, they have too much excess baggage that would have given the Republicans motivation to get out the vote.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  49. Lisa in GA.

    Jack, I am so sick on this Hillary Clinton business. She lost fare and square! . Now what does it say about her and her supporters for them to cheat Hillary's way back into the White House. They need to let it be.

    If Hillary has accepted it ... then so should everyone else.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  50. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo, MD

    Jack, this is ridiculous. Obama is no less entitled to HIS choice of a running mate than his predecessors. Who do the talking heads and the PUMAs think that they are that they would try and brow beat, coerce, extort, blackmail and otherwise demand Obama play puppet to their puppeteering? Were the shoe on the other foot, they wouldn’t put up with themselves for one minute. I see why they chose their most fitting acronym. They are indeed making Plain Unadulterated Monkey’s A*#@’s out of themselves.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  51. Paul

    Jack,
    It is possible but not likely. He picked the right person. It seems the Republicans wanted Hillary as VP because so many of them hate her. With all of them saying Hillary should be the one along with the die hard Puma's she was not the one. She has more not to gain as VP. Kennedy may step aside soon and she would have more power in the Senate which would be a good thing for both her and the party.
    Paul
    Texas

    August 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  52. Ozzie

    It seems like the election is up for grabs. I don't think anyone can say for sure what will or will not cost him the election. Hillary's supporters are cancelled out by Hillary's Republican haters.

    A war escalation– anywhere in the world– with Republicans fear mongering and false claims to be best on "security" is the biggest threat to Obama.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  53. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Not choosing Hillary is the kiss of death. Obama is about to find out the true meaning of the expression about "Paybacks". It's two against one and they wrote the instruction manual.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  54. Karl in CA

    It was not a mistake. Joe Biden is the perfect fit for this ticket. Remeber, you don't just get one Clinton, you get stuck with both and to move forward we don't need pouting Bill and "Annie Oakley" Hill dominating the scene. Hillary can do a lot more good in the Senate then anywhere else. Bill's ability to convince the world he isn't bitter anymore will go far and if he doesn't it will be the Clinton's that will pay the price if Obama loses because of them. Bill and Hill have their political future and legacy in their own hands and they better realize it fast.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  55. rosemary (NEW JERSEY)

    Jack, I must admit, I was terribly disappointed when my candidate Hillary Clinton suspended her campaign, and Barack Obama became the democratic presumptive nominee.... I must honestly say I truly did not know how I was going to vote in November. After waking up on Saturday morning to the news that Obama selected JOE BIDEN as his veep running mate, I now know I can vote for the democratic ticket in November, no problem, by pickiing Joe Biden Mr. Obama showed me that he really wants to fix this country....GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    August 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  56. DavidJ from Atlanta

    No mistake...why give the republicans the fight they were counting on with Hillary as their target? Also, you fools in the media don't have the Clintons to kick around to distract us from the real issues.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  57. rob

    Jack,
    If he picked her – thats old news .She would turn off the real voters that do want change. Hillary is about Hillary and nothing else. Does anybody really care what she or good old Bill have to say ? Not really . His day is over and now so is her's . Just go away

    If McBush wins its time to go to Canada

    August 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  58. D

    Jerry in Illinois:

    Some, possibly many, of those 18 million Hillary voters were planning to vote for McCain all along. And even 18 million votes would be a drop in a bucket in the general election.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  59. Mary Asheville NC

    He would have gotten my vote had he picked her; however it is better for her that he did not choose her as for an inexperienced person; he will have a very difficult task should he win the election. McCain sure won't get my vote; he would be a travesty! If Obama doesn't win; of course you in the media and press will blame Clinton; but it will only be Obama's fault if he can't beat McCain as he hasn't run a good campaign since February and that is his own fault, not the Clintons.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  60. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I think O was stuck between a rock and a hard place with choosing Hillary as VP. He would have been viewed as weak had he caved to the PUMA terrorists (and that's truly what they are), but now he's considered egotistical because he didn't put her on the ticket. It's asinine that the Democratic party is being held hostage by these people.

    I think Biden is a fantastic choice and is more than ready to step in should, God forbid, the need arise. And anyone that compares Biden to Cheney is a fool.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  61. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,this was a big mistake,is this more of his great judgement and change.Obama could have hit a home run with hillary,with Biden,he just bunted the runner over to second base!!!!

    August 25, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  62. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    She would have been like a bad wart can't get rid of it no matter how hard you try.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  63. Claire in Vermont

    Jack,

    Anything is possible, just look at what has happened in this country in the last 8 years. Senator Obama had the good sense and courage to pick who he really wanted and not cave under to special interest groups like PUMA. If he loses, it won't be because he didn't pick Senator Clinton. It will be because the majority of the voters don't get it.

    Claire in Vermont

    August 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  64. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Actually,the vice-president nominee doesn't mean anything. The right-wingnut,religious,conservative republicans believe that the republican party is the party of God and would vote for Hitler if he was the republican nominee. Americans have stopped thinking for themselves and are a bunch of sheep being fed dogma,lies and propaganda. If McCain is president,then the United States is finished as the military-industrial complex will finish us off,once and for all. Eisenhower was right!

    August 25, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  65. Audrey Fryer

    Of course not – Joe Biden can charm all the senior citizens and besides he's really good looking too just like Barack.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  66. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Anything is possible Jack, of course if he had picked her your question would be if it was a mistake TO pick her. The real mistake here was in giving us the choice between Clinton and Obama. You'd think the Democrats could dig up somebody qualified for the job, or at least someone who appeals to your average low information voter.

    August 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  67. Illinois citizen mad at Obama's taxes

    If you looked at the primaries you saw that Clinton overwhelmingly got the support of the Democrats while Obama racked his votes in by independents. People should vote for who they believe in and if the Democrats don't have a candidate they supported running- why vote for them? why not get angry? Why not get mad at the overwhelming black and young peoples votes that only showed up now after 8 years of needing them.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  68. Cora

    Jack, the only thing worse Barack could have picked is his nose . . . on stage at the Convention.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  69. CC from Chicago

    I wish people would just drop the Hillary issue. It's done. Get over it, people now have the option of either Obama,McCain,Nader,Barr. Choose wisely or be doomed to live with the results for the next 4 years. I wish the media would stop perpetuating the Hillary drama. It's too bad she lost, she was a good candidate, but she did so it's over.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  70. Ana, from CA

    Not picking Hillary was a no-brainer for Obama. He picked Biden and McCain immediately made an attack ad with footage of Biden calling Obama inexperienced. But that comment is nothing compared to what Hillary has said about Obama. Hillary said that she and John McCain are prepared to be president while all Obama has is a speech he made 4 years ago. There has just been too much conflict between Obama and Clinton during the nomination process, and the republicans would only use that to cause doubt about an Obama-Clinton ticket.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  71. Curtis

    Jack, what part of "primary elections" don't Hillary's supporters get? The nomination wasn't hers for the taking, why do her supporters have this notion of entitlement that it was her nomination and nobody else's? Anyone who would go from supporting Hillary the democrat to supporting McCain the republican, must not understand politics or our current political situation, unless of course Hillary's female supports want Roe v. Wade overturned. Don't they understand that McCain's view of foreign policy will make Bush's look like rational and almost intellectual. If Obama loses the election, it will be Hillary Clinton's supporters fault for not being true blue democrats, but rather country club type republicans complete with their notions of entitlement.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  72. cliffh

    So Obama's "change" is represented by an aging white male with a long DC resume having broad foreign policy experience, voting for the war in Iraq and with the added penchant of sometimes running his mouth? This is HIS choice to take over if the unimaginable happens? Anyone see the complete IRONY here?

    August 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  73. Citizen Scott

    He has doomed himself and opened the cage for John McCain and his soon to be announced VP pick to attack like attack dogs. He is preaching about change and all and than picks someone who is just as old politics as Hillary is. I am a firm Hillary Clinton supporter and I am voting republican for the first time in my life. I apologize to the people who vote democrat regardless of the nominee, but my vote is with someone that has experience and that just isn't the senator from Illinois. I completely agree with the ad that McCain is airing now that Barack was afraid of hearing the truth and I applaud John McCain for using Hillary's words against Obama. Barack Obama will say or do anything to get elected and he has everyone caught up in the hype of having the first african-american president well everyone except me oh and people, he isn't even african-american he has a white parent!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  74. Papo

    Why is it The Clinton's responsibility to win the Election for Obama? If he can't win it on his own he's not experienced enough. What about the other democrat candidates why are they not responsible to help him. I'm a white, male, educated, senior, democrat and Joe Biden can not charm the pants off of me.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  75. Reynald, New York, NY

    Yes it will cost him, but with a fight he'll be fine. He just need to stop being so hypocrite about his "love" for Hillary and say 'look i like Hillary a lot, but it was best not to pick her'. Just explain it, and attack McCain. Then he'll be fine

    August 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  76. Can we just be American?

    No Jack,

    Joe Biden was the best choice... Biden and Obama look good together and their body language shows that they are really fond of one another which I did not get that feeling with him and Hillary.... besides I think Hillary will be better serve as secretary of health ... which would be ideal for her ... I am glad he made his choice though now the party can unite and get the repugs out of office for sure :0)

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  77. Colleen T

    Obama lost my vote when he did not pick Hillary as his running mate. To quote an old phrase he "cut off his nose to spite his face" - really a stupid move. Had he picked her, he would have won, hands down. Now his chance has diminished. I will vote McCain.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  78. Cyrus K.

    Jack:

    I think Obama made the right decision by picking Biden. Unlike the self-proclaimed "Maverick" on the other side, Biden has a long record of making pragmatic, and sometimes maverick, decisions. Biden is also unapologetic in his approach to foreign policy, a democrat to his core, and connects well with the working-class voters everywhere.

    While Sen. Clinton's journey has been historic, and as a New Yorker I am proud of her accomplishments, I am afraid I have not seen anything she has done during her campaign that make her stand out of the crowd. She came to the platform with the same old policies that she has been advocating for years, and to a certain degree, showed lack of leadership in her ability to control her campaign staff. Sen. Clinton is a remarkable woman, no doubt. But at the end of the day, it is Sen. Obama's discretion.

    It is unfortunate that millions of democrats, including many of Sen. Clinton supporters, have turned Sen. Clinton's "right to be elected" into an entitlement. Our presidency is not an entitlement, and her supporters should know better.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  79. Kim - Nebraska

    I live in a Republican state but I have heard lots of negative about Hillary from the Dems that do live here. If Hillary can dig deep enough to find an ounce of sincerity when she speaks, it will help.

    I don't think Barack made a mistake. He is sticking to what he feels is best for this country & I agree with his choice.

    Biden can be almost as feisty as you at times, Jack.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  80. Scott M

    If Obama loses, much of it will be Hillary's doing. Hillary launched the viscious attacks during the campaign. Hillary stayed on when she should have dropped out. Hillary came across as egomaniacal and untrustworthy. Obama has been calm, cool, and confident the entire way. Hillary may have torpedoed the Dem's chances this cycle - and her husband certainly did his share - but there are many people who would never vote for a ticket containing Hillary's name, so I don't think picking her would have made Obama more likely to win. I think he is doing all he can to salvage what's left of the Democrats' chances this time around.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  81. Brian, Cincinnati

    I don't care anymore. For the first time, those 50 and under will actually have a presidential ballot that doesn't have a Bush or a Clinton on the ticket. It's been 32 years since we had a choice that didn't include either family. I'm hoping now for at least 32 more years of no Bushes and no Clintons.

    Brian, Cincinnati

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  82. Sarah

    Those of us that support Sen. Obama did so because we did not want Hillary for our President. We chose Obama. Hillary on the ticket would be a slap in the face to all of us that voted for Obama. He saw that and chose the right person to be Vice-President.
    Sarah
    Roscoe, IL

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  83. Ed

    Did Barack blow it? Not at all, Jack.

    In fact, he passed a major test- to do the right thing,
    even when it's hard. Even when it might cost him.

    Hillary is a tremendous politician, and her candidacy
    has been a phenomenal step forward in American politics.

    Barack knew, however, that he & Hillary would not be a
    team that could govern well together; and put the nation's
    interest first. Knowing that there would be blow-back, knowing
    that it would upset some. But in the interests of positive
    governance, he decided to take the hit.

    He passed an enormous test, and I wish the news media
    would start acknowledging that, instead of, as usual, relaying
    the standard Republican talking points as truth.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  84. Jodi in Portland, OR

    Wasn't this question pretty much asked a month or two back on a what-if scenario?

    If Obama somehow manages to actually lose the election, all of Obama's 19+ million voters will remember that when Hillary runs again in 2012 or 2016 and then she will NEVER be allowed to become president.

    Things happen for a reason and if these Hillary supporters are going to spite Obama just because Hillary did such a horrific job of running her campaign ( 20+ million in the red ), then she can expect the same spite in return when she runs again.

    If these Hillary supporters are actual democrats, then they will support the party. I was all for Gore in 2000, but just because Florida screwed that up, that doesn't mean I should dislike Florida or the FL Supreme Court.

    Obama out-campaigned Hillary whether Hillary supporters want to admit it or not. Point is, it just wasn't her time to run....

    August 25, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  85. Ben Andrews

    Jack,
    As a Canadian I follow this election very closely and discuss this through eMail with many of my foreign friends. This election will affect every one on this Globe. If the USA elects McCain the world will be very disappointed. We are convinced that Obama can restore the trust and respect that the USA had before the Bush administration. McCain is seen as the continuation of the Bush foreign police. We hope your voters will see this, elect Obama and we all will breathe much easier.

    Ben Andrews, Ontario, Canada

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  86. preston moore

    dear jack. there are those out there who say they do not know senator obama using their words then please tell me why they voted for mr bush if they knew he was going to ruin the country as he has.jack these people are condemming themselves jack one does not need to resort to this kind of lies this is america please just vote for john macain if you are happy with the country in the mess it is in americans need to wake up before we destroy ourselves as the romans i pray that this my comment will start these people to think about how they cast their vote.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  87. Jerald A, Puigdomenech - New Port Richey FL

    No, I don’t think it was a mistake. Ask yourself the question, if the situation was reversed and Hillary had won, do you really think she would have picked Barack Obama as her VP. I don’t think so. In the end, I do believe Democrats will rally around this ticket when they realize that the alternative is four more years of the same misery we are now dealing with.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  88. Al from Vegas

    I have to believe just the opposite. With the teardown of Obamas person by the Clinton campaign, I'm surprised that they (the Clintons) want to support Barack in the first place. For myself and others like me, a trio of presidents is contradictory. Unless I see a legitimate backing of Obama by the Clintons, it is in my opinion that he Dems have another election lost that could have been won very easily. Hillary seems to playing a game for her own success. She knows that whoever wins this election (without her support, in Obamas case) will fail. And, in doing so, almost gaurantees herself a presidency in 2012.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  89. bob in California

    It not that he did not pick Hillary, its that the DNC has chosen Obama that will cost the Democrats the election.
    Polls showed a very tight race for him even at the end of the primaries. They showed Hillary would beat McCain by wider margins.
    The primaries themselves, if you look at primaries and not caucuses, were Hillary and she carried major battleground states.
    Why blame the DNC? Super Delegates that were forced on board to forge party unity instead of doign what they were supposed to do- offer the non popular at the moment vote. Instead they mimicked for the most part whatever they were told.
    Obama's loss would belong to the DNC and then Obama. Hillary comes in 3rd on the excuses list.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  90. David

    It's possible that Barack Obama will cost Barack Obama the election. As a Hillary supporter, I have always felt that the Obama "phenomenon" was media driven. He had a good ground game, but the press treated him like the second coming, and her like an ex-wife with PMS. Since clinching the nomination, he's had the field to himself, and as voters take a closer look, they seem to like him less. His choice of Biden shows he's sensitive to charges that he's unqualified, but also shows contempt for the runner-up. She brings eighteen million voters to the table. Had he chosen Hillary, I would've happily supported the ticket, but instead he chose the guy who came in fifth in the Iowa caucuses. For the first time in 36 years of voting for the Democrat, I'm wavering.

    David
    New York

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  91. Rose

    I want Hillary to be president on her own accord, which she can manage without Baracks signature. If Barack loses he will do it on his own. John McCain does not have my vote, too old, too conservative and out of touch with the average American. Barack, as of yet doesn't have my vote either. He needs to show more of his "plans", health care,energy solutions, trade deficits, budget deficits, immigration solutions, convince me! And yes I'm a voter, female, professional, and older.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  92. debbie

    I cannot believe that the Hilary voters would be so shallow and stupid as to let McCain win the presidency b/c of petty hurt feelings. They are just showing that it's all about them and not what's good for the country. Grow up people!!!! this is not jr high.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  93. Tom Bjorndal

    Mr. Cafferty,

    "I belong to no Organized Party! I am a Democrat!" Wish I'd said that, but it was Will Rogers, way back when. Things ain't changed much, eh? Remember when one of your bloggers called it "Electile Disfunction"? We're STILL suffering from that!

    Tom
    Lafayette, CA

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  94. __Nathan

    The real question is: "Did Hillary blow it by running a negative campaign against Obama?"

    We're already seeing her words rehashed by McCain for his advantage. Can you imagine if she was the running mate? Can you imagine the questions in a VP debate?

    Hillary Clinton blew the primaries, and in doing so blew any chance at a #2 spot. Period.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  95. bill byers

    Absolutely! I could have voted for a Clinton/Obama ticket. Obama needs a lot of "on the job" training. I would not have voted for an
    Obama/Clinton ticket. I will not vote for a Obama/Biden ticket. Most
    all of my circle of friends and family look at the election the same
    way. Many of my friends and family have always voted Republican
    but this time voted for Clinton in the primary. The Democratic party
    has blown anoyher election.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  96. Myra

    Asoluteley by obama disregarding the other half of the country that voted Clinton and not respecting their votes thhis will cost him the election.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  97. Erik

    Emphatically NO Jack. He is the Democratic elect and has earned the right to make his on his terms. Hillary supporters have this illusion that they are in charge of part of this election and there are not. Also Jack if they think they can spoil this election for Obama and expect those who support Obama to turn around and support Hillary next time they are crazy. Most people will hold the Clintons Personally responsible for Obama loosing this election and will never vote for a Clinton again. You reap what you sow, and right now Hilary and her supporters are cutting their own throats by not supporting Obama.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  98. Kat

    let's see, he doesn't pick Hillary because she represents the old politics as usual so he picks a man who has been in the senate for 30 years? Humm, yep, the Democrats have picked another winer alright! UGH! Write in Hillary.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  99. William James

    If Obama somehow manages to actually lose the election, all of Obama’s 19+ million voters will remember that when Hillary runs again in 2012 or 2016 and then she will NEVER be allowed to become president.

    Things happen for a reason and if these Hillary supporters are going to spite Obama just because Hillary did such a horrific job of running her campaign ( 20+ million in the red ), then she can expect the same spite in return when she runs again.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  100. Marlene

    As the election cycle progresses, supporters of Sen. Clinton will come to see more clearly the differences between Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain. Obama is aligned with Clinton on every important issue. McCain is not. Furthermore, as a woman and former Clinton supporter, it is clear to me that voting for Obama-Biden is a vote for the issues important to women, such as equal pay, and a woman's right to choose. A vote for McCain is a vote for pushing back the progress of the women's movement. Although I was a Hillary Clinton supporter, that is why I'm supporting Obama-Biden, and that is why I'll be voting for them in November.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  101. Cindy Central PA

    Yes.

    Smart women eveywhere know that the 19th Amendment gave to vote to black men but not women. It took 50 more years for women to get the vote in 1920.

    It is astoundingly arrogant of him to turn his back on a sure bet, Obama & Clinton to pick Biden. He will rue the day he made that choice. Run Obama run.

    People are far more independent these days, than the old "fall in line" party days. Few things are more powerful than a pack of angry women, perhaps a tornado or a hurricane, but that is it.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  102. Paul Fleschauer

    I don't know if not picking Clinton will cost Obama the election but picking her certainly would have guaranteed a win. Obama's camp has treated Hillary so poorly that I'm not surprised many are willing to go through 4 more years of McSame rather than vote for Obama. Obama has shown himself to be just another politician willing to lie when it's convienient on everything to wire tapping to off shore drilling to Hillary being on anybody's short list. And the American electorate has shown that it is more important to have a good speech than any real substance, that's exactly how Bush beat Gore 8 years ago.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  103. Diane

    Big Mistake!! Dems need every vote possible to win this election. Whether we want to all face it or not, our country will not elect a black man, sad, but true. I can look pass race and gender, many people can not.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  104. Redhawk de Ruise

    Not just Hillary...the fact that he didn't chose any of the very qualified women at his disposal, I believe, assured his loss of election. Over 18
    million people voted saying they wanted a woman president. Wasn't he listening?? I WAS going to vote for him until he picked a "good ole boy!"

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  105. Zoltan orban

    Yes if he had picked her he would get all of the Clinton supporters and those who just don't like Obama and those who don't think he is experienced enough that is alot of votes if he had picked Clinton it would have been a slam dunk but since he picked joe biden who is the same politics now he has the same chance as McCain

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  106. Art

    Novmeber 5th, 2008

    Hillary supporter: Oh my gosh! Maybe I should have voted for Obama yesterday…

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  107. Emma Horton

    No Obama did not blow it. I am so sick of those Hillary supporters who are jumping ship supporting McCain. As far as I am concerned, they were never in the Democratic Party. they are not loyal and true Democrats. They are acting like spoiled children.

    Who is Hillary or her supporters who insist on dictating to Obama what he should do? If Hillary had won, do you think she would have lowered her crown to ask Obama who should be her VP pick?

    I don't think so. Get off of his back. Support McCain but don't come crying.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  108. matt in san francisco

    Of course it hurts his chances, but if there is one thing that will bring us so-called "Hillary Democrats" to Obama at this point, it is McCain and the Republicans continuing to play anti-Obama ads with her in it. The last thing we want to happen is Hillary taking the blame for Obama failing to become president. Those ads will push more Hillary supporters to Obama than anything Obama himself could do. Keep up the good work McCain...

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  109. Lee

    I waited until his VP selection to decide who I was going to vote for. I thought it he picks Hillary for VP then Ill be ok with voting for him. I even signed up on his website. Must to my dismay at 3am no less (feel slap here) it was not Hillary.
    I think Obama is a weak candidate and have ever since the primaries. I think without Hillary he will fail and now I hope he does. He has lost my vote and the votes of many dems I know. We will wait for Hillary in 2012 – weve been through 8 year...we can wait 4 more.
    Lee
    PEI Canada (voter from Arkansas)** which btw, Hillary would have carried Arkansas.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  110. Virginia Dobson

    I admire Senator Obama for not choosing Hillary Clinton. Not because she is not capable of being a great vice president, but because he would not bow down to pressure from her supporters. If Hillary Clinton supporters choose to follow John McCain it just proves that they were not true Democrats.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  111. Emily, AL

    If bitter Clinton supporters vote against their own interests on the issues to make a spiteful statement, the Republicans are the least of our worries. These people disgrace the honor of the right to vote out of hatred and enormous stupidity. They don't deserve change. I'd like a PUMA to come over and explain to my kids why they don't deserve change either.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  112. Matt from NY

    I absolutely believe not picking Hillary as Obama's running mate will cost him the election. I am a big time democratic voter and have been for the past 12 years, but honesetly Jack, how many more slaps in the face can Hillary supporters take? Barack has already answered that question: 18 million. Although his camp may think we are on board, we are not!! The real slap in the face will come this november!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  113. Keith - Cleveland, OH

    Are you kidding, Jack? Where would Obama hide Bill for 4 years?

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  114. David in Atlanta

    I believe not picking Hillary as a running mate is the best for Obama and this country. I am puzzled as to why the media continues to bring Hillary’s name up when Obama won the nomination and yet we continue to use Hillary as a distraction to this historic event. Hillary should do the right thing and quiet her constituents by strongly denouncing anyone who’s against the Obama-Biden ticket. Otherwise, she will not be looked upon favorable by anyone in the Democratic Party. This is Obama’s time to shine and not Hillary’s yet the media won’t allow this historic event to unfold like it really and truly should.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  115. Kristen

    Obama is too much of a celebrity and not fit to be president. I would have voted for Hillary, but now my vote is going to McCain. If Obama gets in, it will be the end of America as we know it. This newbie cannot just come in and "change" the damage that has been done. We need experience and we need to finish what we have started.

    And let's face it, everyone knows that America will vote for an inexperienced black MAN over ANY woman, disgusting but true. And the blacks are completely overjoyed- the local hip hop stations interview Obama at every chance they get Vote McCain!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  116. Ray42tn

    I think the obama campaign made a mistake when they cut Hillary out of veepstakes.I am withdrawing my support for the first time in my life, I will vote for republican.....Ray knox, tn

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  117. jay

    barrack obama message for change has change,and it shows in his choice for vice president.that's what is costing him the ellection,barrack is becoming more like the washinton regulars..say one thing do another what else is new in washinton they're all the same,GOOD FOR NOTHING!!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  118. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Anthing's possible and the Clinton die-hards could indeed contribute mightily to a Republican win in November. If that happens, those people had best keep quiet and nobody will want to hear them complain about McCain.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  119. Ron, Centennial, Colorado

    I am more concerned about vote fraud.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  120. Vic

    I am amazed by these so-called Democrats (Clinton supporters) that are voting for McCain or not voting for Obama. Did these people watch the Democratic debates? Obama and Clinton have particularly identical positions and policies. So why not vote for the Democratic Party nominee? The Republicans are laughing at these fools all the way to the white house. I truly believe these voters have issues with the person or the color of his skin; they are using other excuses (e.g. experience, leadership, etc) for not voting for Obama. If Obama does not win these elections, I will never vote for a Democratic presidential candidate ever again. I will encourage family and colleagues to support a third-party.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  121. Tanisia, CA

    Obama made the best decision he could for his campaign and his future administration. By choosing Biden, he signalled to the world that he wasn't going to be a pushover in this election, nor in his future administration–not to internal pressures, not to public opinion, and especially not to special interests. Joe Biden is of the same cloth, and I look forward to the united front they will present for the Democratic Party and the world.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  122. Dale Kim Thorup (from Colorado)

    Hi Jack,

    It is clear that the Hillary supporters who would now support the McCain campaign belong only to one party, the Feminist Party. With this Country on the edge of a moral and economic abyss, its time for Hillary's supporters to get over themselves and do what is right for the Country. Four more years of the criminal and flawed domestic, economic, and foreign policies of the Bush Administration via John McCain is certain to push this Country beyond all hope and recovery.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  123. Adrian

    Obama is a no win situation pick Hilary and get Bill. Who is acting like the kid who bring the ball to the court and because their not pick they want let the others play. Don't pick her and all her seemly sick and tired of of the last 8 years will vote for McCain? Even though their message has the same tone "A Government govern by the people."

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  124. rosemary ratty

    he should have picked hillary as his running mate–it would have pleased many of the voters and as a senior i give up –i won't vote for something that is not very promising for the little bit of life that i have left-forget it-

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  125. Jason

    In my opinion, the media is purposely making a big deal out of the Hillary/Obama rift to generate ratings. Cafferty, you are no different.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  126. Ralph

    The Michigan and Florida primaries or lack of, decided who was the Democratic candidate. The DNC padded the votes for Obama. The DNC really wanted Obama to win, so they set the rules to assure that. Now with the Convention started, the rules committee, is giving them full voting rights. If I lived in either state i would be rioting at the convention. Dirty politics at its worst.
    I am an independent, and certainly will not vote for McCain. He just does not have it to be President. Tucson, AZ here

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  127. Marilyn

    If Obama loses because of disgruntled Hillary supporters, they're going to have a tough time walking again after shooting themselves in the feet. It's tragic to think that they would put their disappointment ahead of what's best for the country especially when Hillary and Barack have basically the same agenda.

    Marilyn

    August 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  128. sara

    I think it was a good thing that he did not pick Clinton, she has too much, drama around her. I'm tired of her supportes saying that they will vote for Mccain!!!! Do they want 4 more years of this mess were in now!!!! it make me sick like spolied little children that don't get there way, grow up she lost now support Obama, it's time for change!!!
    sick of the clinton supporters and there whinning!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  129. Chrystal

    BTW, contrary to the speculation of some, this Hillary supporter is no Republican in disguise. I have been a life long Dem but just cannot support this ticket.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  130. Nancy, Tennessee

    Hillary supporters are still not happy with the nominee and he has done everything possible to alienate them further. Hillary may be trying to unite the party, but Barack Obama just doesn't get it. Sure Joe Biden may be a good choice for foreign policy, but what good is he going to be when Barack is left on the sidelines in November because Hillary supporters throw their votes toward John McCain. Letting Hillary and Bill speak at the Convention doesn't make up for not even looking at Hillary for Vice President. Barack Obama is showing how arrogant he really is when he continuously slaps Hillary and her supporters in the face. Every blow brings the Republicans a little closer to a victory.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  131. Mary Buckeye, Az

    I am soooo sick of hearing about poor Barrack and how it will be Hillarys' fault if Obama doesn't win. How about laying the fault where it belongs ! Barrack has done nothing to bring in the Clinton supporters and at every end goes out of his way to disrespect them. Hillary needs to go back to her job in the Senate and let Prince Obama sink his own ship ! She has done all that was asked of her to try to float his boat and now it is time for him to sink or swim on his own . Stop blaming the Clintons and their supporters for his upcoming downfall. I will never vote for him now and have been a Democratic voter for almost 40 years.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  132. Rashieka Jackson, MS

    No, he made the right choice. That would be one to many people trying to wear the pants in the White House! Aside from what the media is saying, some people actually hate the Clintons. All the clips of her undercutting Obama would be on a continuous loop on cable news channels. Bill would be and issue as well. It's funny how the same Republican party that worked so hard to get Bill impeached is opening their arms to the Clinton's this year....um isn't it ironic?!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  133. Steve

    No, I think that Hillary and her supporters will eventually realize that he only way for her to become president is for Obama to be elected in 2008. If he doesnt make it for any reason whatsoever it will be perceived as being Hillary's fault by a majority of black voters and a small percentage of whites. By loosing either, she will never see the whitehouse.

    Never or 2016. It's their choice

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  134. lee morgan

    i hope not, but if it does, then the h-billaries will have just what they deserve when roe gets overturned by the new batch of supremes that mccain will appoint.

    lee 64 year old white female

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  135. joe

    I am so sick of hearing about the Clintons, and all their supporters that can't move on. These people need to get over it and fall into party lines.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  136. Joel

    Having both the first black president and the first woman vice president on the same ticket would have represented a real change. Obama squandered a chance to unify his party by not picking Hillary.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  137. Don Baker

    How Obama did not pick Clinton as a running I have no idea. Joe Biden? I do not think so. I sit on my hands or elect John McCain.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  138. Kim

    No Caferty, What will cost the Dems the election is the silly kool-aid drinkers that voted to nominate and empty suit, who could not win the presidency based on his flimsy resume. I am happy that he did not pick Hillary because she would be going down with the sinking ship, no matter who he picked would have more experience than he does so it doesn't matter, it just highlights in weaknesses.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  139. John

    Does anyone besides me find it amusing that, after hating Hillary for the last 20 years, McCain and the Republicans now suddenly love her when they think/hope that appealing to her supporters might be the only way they can have a chance in this election?

    I predict that Hillary and Bill will strongly speak out for Obama at the convention and after, and that in the end, nearly all the Hillary supporters will do what they know is right and vote for Obama. The Clintons and their supporters are too smart to allow another 4 years of the disastrous policies of the Republicans.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  140. David Underwood Sr.

    I think after the convention hilary will go away and barack will soar.

    david
    north carolina

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  141. Brooklyn in Wisconsin

    I supported Hillary Clinton and have been a Democrat my entire life. I am 63. I will be votingf for John McCain. I don't think O'Bama has the experience behind him to be our next President. I am so disappointed that Hillary is not the Democratic nominee. Hillary was the most qualified and I find it hard to believe that she doesn't have a shot at being our next President. I think O'Bama is a puppet and Hillary would not have been a puppet for special interest. OBama is the opposite of what he's been preaching during the primary. He just reads what someone else wrote on the prompters. I wish he'd get off McCains back and tell us what he'd do for this country if elected. Change, but what change, he doesn't have a clue as to how to go about doing anything.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  142. splitboxers

    Of course, it's possible! Once I saw people re-elect George Bush to a second term, I decided ANYTHING is possible! All the nutcases escaped the asylum. Clinton's supporters not only strike me as rabid, they're also using this sad tune of her not being fairly treated to mask the real reason they won't vote for Obama–because he's not white. I understand that politics is supposed to be rough and a little bit dirty, but these people have been more repugnant than republicans in their tactics. Both Clintons' used to be heroes of mine. Never more! She's using that "poor little ole me" role to play on the sympathies of her supporters when she had such an immensely huge advantage going into this campaign. Barack won fair and square! Hillarybillies need to get over themselves. FAST! Like, by around 5:00 pm TODAY!!!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  143. Rick Dean - Florida

    ABSOLUTELY....This shows Obama's political immaturity or arrogance thinking he can win without the people that voted for Hillary.

    It's simple math Obama Democrats + Hillary Democrats = Democrat in the white house.

    When you need to win an election you have to round up your base. The Republicans know this and are masters at it. All the Republicans need to do is put a conservative evangelical in the VP slot and it will be president McCain 08.

    Many Democrats voted for Hillary for a reason and Obama doesn't want to recognize this so put a seat warmer on Obama's seat in the Senate because he'll be back there in December and it will be cold.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  144. Caroll

    Yes. Obama seriously goofed by not picking Hillary as his running mate. I will not vote for Obama. His ego is so big, its sickening....and, his dumb jokes are beginning to remind me of GWBush. I think it is disgraceful how Obama places Ted Kennedy on a pedestal, and to all extents discs both Hillary and Bill. Bill was the last democratic president, he deserves more respect and Obama is the loser for not giving it to him. Ted Kennedy is a good guy, and he definitely needs lots of prayer right now as he deals with his medical situation. But, the Clintons have not been treated right from day one by Obama and his surrogates. We all know that the negative crap that started during the primaries against Hillary were started by Obama and he of course always knew about it. Obama is not God, nor Jesus. He is just another man greedy to grab onto the presidency and white house. I am a democrat. I will not vote for Obama. I may even write Hillary in.
    Joe Biden is a good guy...but, his 2000 votes or so, don't come near to the 18 million that Hillary was able to raise. We could have taken the white house this year as democrats, but, we will not get it now.
    Obama will pay in the long run for his own resentments and short sightedness. He is weak.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  145. Ronaldo N. Hollywood

    I for one will be happy when Obama has concluded his speech on thursday and hopefully I wont have to hear from Hillary or Bill until 2012. If Obama loses I can assure you that a large swath of the Democratic party will blame Billary. They better hope and pray that the Obama/Biden ticket wins or Billary's political future will be D.O.A.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  146. Beth/ Waco, Texas

    I have been reading blogs all over the internet over the weekend and today, and whether or not Sen. Obama chose Hillary, one thing is becoming clearer to me by the hour. If the democrats/delegates don't get behind Mr. Obama, John McCain and the republicans will take the White House in November. If memory serves me correctly, the democrats always seem to have so many devisive agendas when they get to the convention, but the republicans always seem to be unified when they get to theirs. I sincerely hope I am wrong this time, but so far most of the bloggers are bitter, disappointed women. What a message they are sending to the republicans and the rest of the world!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  147. jeannette

    Sorry. That was Jeannette in South Windsor, CT for "No, Jack, I don't think so."

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  148. Susan, Fraser MI

    Joe Biden adds too much to the ticket for her to complain; simply put, he's more qualified than she is.
    Hillary's people are just eating sour grapes. If they don't pipe down it will be 1972 again and the Democratic Party will lose a race that, by all rights, should have gone to them.
    If she plans to play rough in this convention she'll never, ever have a chance to be president again because she'll do nothing but burn bridges.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  149. eshamu

    Oh yes Jack ! Hillary has nothing to gain from this because if Obama looses he will come again and not her. This would erase the Clintons legacy in the party and they will be remembered for nothing else but their inability to accept defeat even for the good of the country.
    Speaking about not respecting the Clintons. Are you kiddin me? Hillary has refused to concede after defeat, made implicating blackmailing statements like the 18 million crack jargon, held on to her delegate and played too dirty during the primaries. Give me a break. The convention should pay little attention to prodigal sons and daughters of the party. They shall surely return.

    Eshamu
    GA

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  150. Rob from Florida

    In a time when the Economy is in such disarray and after 8 years of having a moron in the office. The american people are having problems putting a rookie in the white house. It's not about Biden or about him not picking Hillary. If he did pick Hillary, he would have gotten the regime of the Clintons which to most americans means a great economy with a great surplus. Like it or not, when the Clintons where in power the country was better off. I know that I was in a better situation when the Clintons were in power. We need leadership and experience in the commander in Chief and that is not Obama. McCain is better suited to be Commander in Chief. As far as the economy, Romney will help the republican ticket more than Biden will help Obama. Obama couldnt even reach across the democratic isle and put his personal feelings aside and to what was right for the democratic party. Instead, he's too busy trying to be right. Change, I dont see any change, I see the same old politics trying to pull the wool over our eyes.

    Instead of creating unity, he created a wedge which will cost him the presidency.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  151. Andrew

    Folks in San Diego, Chicago, Delaware, Maryland, and Mass. may think Obama is a good pick. But I am a rural Democrat and I don't know anyone who supported Hillary who are voting for Obama...everyone I know including me is now supporting McCain.

    Obama won't win Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, or Ohio now. Biden brings nothing like Edwards in 2004.

    Bad choice not selecting the Lady Senator from New York.

    McCain '08
    Hillary '12

    August 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  152. Andrea

    Not at all Jack. I can tell you this...the Republicans and Independents in my family are coming over to my side, the Dem side. They've had it with 8 years of Bush-Cheney and they feel their party"out Dem'd "the
    Dems. I think Mr. Obama made a wise choice to pick Mr. Biden. For the VP slot. I'd like to see Hillary on the Supreme Court....

    August 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  153. sheila

    Obama made the right decision in choosing Biden. Obama represents change and Biden represents experience. What a great ticket!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  154. Linda

    Surely the control power we have placed in the hands of "The Clintons and their so call followers have all the signs of a cult " This is nothing but a 2008 version of we are white and we should always win. If she had won there is no way American's would have allowed Obama to place any of the demands on the Clintons that the media and their follower have placed on him.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  155. Lorrie

    As a Obama supporter I say no. Biden is a good choice. The Hillary supports should just stop being babies, come together and support their party.

    Thanks Jack.

    Lorrie
    Oak Creek WI

    August 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  156. Carol Weis from Massachusetts

    Jack - I will use a term I have heard you use many times. Any 'moron' can see the impact Obama's selection has already had on this race. Once alhead by a fair margin, he and McCain are now dead even. And yes, I can see Obama's not picking Hillary losing the election for him. HE and I repeat, HE better do something fast to pull Hillary backers into his camp. It's not HER job to do that. We want to see HIM reaching out to us more than he has so far.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  157. Carl

    Any Clinton supporter who is going to vote for McCain is doing the world and themselves a disservice. Who cares if you are bitter – there are greater things at risk, like the future of the USA and your children. Why on earth would you make everyone suffer by giving power back to the Republicans who are infamous for not keeping a balanced budget, going to war, and sitting by while the economy drops. If you really want all those things then you should have not supported Hillary in the first place.

    Democrats must unite for the greater good.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  158. Fran Cassanto

    Jack:

    I hope not! These Hillary supporters better get over it;because if McCain is elected president, we will be going back to the stone age. He is already showing signs of dementia. (e.g., at the motorcycle rally that he crashed, comparing the motorcycles reving motors to the 200,000 people that greeted Barack Obama in Germany. ) The Republicans are dirty fighters and we shouldn't have them back in the White House.

    Spring City, Pennsylvania

    August 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  159. Mike (Vancouver, BC)

    As I have watched the post-primary election campaign unfold, I have concluded that Obama has sought the Presidency too early in his political career, and ought to have "waited his turn". Clinton was probably a shoe in, and while there is no doubt she would have had a polarizing effect and would have tapped into the anti-Clinton sentiment, she would not have been vulnerable on all of the other fronts that Obama is vulnerable on. Clinton would have made an excellent President, and ideally (if she had the foresight to select him), Obama could have been an excellent VP, which also would have given him a chance to gain some much needed experience. Had the Democrats nominated Clinton, the Democrats might have secured the Presidency for 8, 12 or 16 years running - instead, they stand to lose the race even after 8 atrocious years of George W. Bush. While I generally prefer the US system, I believe in this case, its focus on individual ambition over party unity will not serve the majority of Americans well in the years to come.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  160. L.M.,Arizona

    In a perfect world it shouldn't matter if it was Biden/Obama the lead would be about 20%. America still has to learn that black america means america.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  161. TonyG from Bellflower, CA

    No, the problem right now, in my opinion, is the coverage that these so-called Hillary supporters continue to get from the media which exacerbates the idea of no party unity. I’ve seen reporters questioning these so-called supporters and when the question is asked who they voted for in the last two or three elections it’s almost always the republican candidate at the time. I think it’s mostly right-wing whacko-women trying to disrupt the democratic (small “d”) process, but that’s not new coming from the ultra-right wing. “Obiden” also gets the unfortunate result of excess corporate media coverage by having everything scrutinized while flip-flopping and now ultra-conservative ideologue McCain gets all of his small talking points repeated over and over again WITHOUT seriously questioning his change in positions.
    Bellflower, CA

    August 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  162. Ese Egborge

    No Jack. Overtime the prodigal sons and daughters will return and the party will come out of the convention stronger and united. Hillary resorted to blackmail but Obama called the bluff for the good of the nation. Everyone will get it with time. It will be a convincing win come november.

    Ese
    GA

    August 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  163. p. baldwin

    No! Anyone who is a true dem. will vote for Obama. I've always felt that 1/4 to 1/3 of Hilary's votes during the primaries were more anti Obama than pro Hilary. This is about race and nothing else. Obama and Hilary had the excact same positions on 99% of all the issues. Neither Hilary, John or Obama have been mayor, governor or CEO of a company so as far as am concerned their resume's are the same. This election is about how is going to create jobs, help the ECONOMY and solve the healthcare situation!
    P. Baldwin

    August 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  164. Ilona in AB

    Jack,
    I really hope that it doesn't cost Obama the election. I knew that when Hillary had to run to the final contest instead of opting out when the writing was on the wall was damaging to the dems. It was a very polarizing move on her part and with the hopes that she will be elected in 2012 I'm absolutely sure. The problem is that she appeals to the type of folks that are not really getting it. If it is more about Hillary then being a democrat and voting on issues, then good luck with McSame. If it's about payback – then I'm sure she'll get hers in 4 years when the Obama supporters don't want to play nice. After all, GW was elected twice so nothing surprises me anymore when Americans vote.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  165. Emma, Florida

    No mistake. This is a classic Rove trick and CNN is falling right into it. It looks like most of your previous posters agree!

    August 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  166. Sara from VA

    Yes, think about it...he had 50% of votes...she had 50% of votes..it was like a no brianer they would have won together. Its like he went to great links just to pick someone who is somewhat 'like Hilary'.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  167. Sophia Forero

    Do you want a leader? Let's define one: a leader does not follow, he leads. He makes decisions, very careful thought out decisions, that yield the best return for those they are leading. A leader may make unpopular decisions that do not please all. But a leader sees the big picture and holds onto it with both hands. Barack is exactly that kind of leader- he knows the power of surrounding himself with those that will uplift him and get the change done that we so desperately need. Add the Clintons to the mix, and Obama would have diluted the very spirit that makes him already a great in our history.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  168. Matt in FL

    Any Hillary Clinton supporter who is planning to vote for McCain or to stay home is delusional. Obama's policy proposals are practically identical to Clinton's, so your argument doesn't stand up on the issues. If you think it was just "her turn", you need to realize that this is a democracy and no one has the presidency on hold for them until it's "their turn". If you think the primary system is broken, you might have a valid point - but that still doesn't mean that Clinton won. It means that the close race exposed flaws that should be fixed for next time. But by the rules in place, Barack won. If it had been the other way around, you wouldn't be complaining.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  169. marilyn beswick

    After your hitting Hillary over the head with Mr. Diplomacy – not, viciously, like a mad dog that seems like forever, you have done your bit, made your contribution towards the backlash that Obama, Mr. Bad Manners, is experiencing.

    Even Biden or Hillary or Bill can help Obama win, now. He can't even help himself, he really over reached.

    August 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  170. HALE M. SMITH M.D.

    As regards these die hard Hillary supporters. They seem unconcerned with the likelihood that ROE vs WADE will be lost if McCain is elected. It hard to understand that they are so willing to throw away what their generation fought so hard to get. I can only surmise that the reason they are so willing to act so spiteful is because they themselves can no longer directly benefit from ROE vs WADE.
    It reminds me of an article I saw on a bulletin board while in college. It was about the negative reaction of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the first EARTH DAY. Someone had scribbled a comment over the article that referred to the loss, through age, for these women of their ability to provide meaningful nourishment to those much younger than themselves. H. M. Smith

    August 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm |