August 26th, 2008
04:56 PM ET

Hillary’s advisers skipping Obama speech?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Hillary Clinton is expected to be a cheerleader for party unity when she takes the stage tonight in Denver, but there may be less there than meets the eye. Reports are that tensions continue to run high between the Clinton and Obama camps.

The Washington Post reports that some of Clinton's top advisers will leave town before Barack Obama accepts the party's nomination on Thursday night – that includes Terry McAuliffe who was Clinton's campaign manager.

One Clinton supporter who is staying on for Obama's speech says it would be unrealistic to expect that there wouldn't be tension between the two groups... and that the convention is a good chance for the two groups to bond – which is hard if you're leaving Denver.

Two longtime Clinton backers who are leaving early have excuses: one says it's for his daughter's weekend wedding and the other for an overseas business trip.

Nonetheless, the Democratic Party is probably not as unified as Barack Obama and many others were hoping it would be at this point. Obama was forced to address reports that Hillary Clinton was never even vetted to be his running mate, saying he did in fact consider her. Meanwhile, John McCain is now out with his 4th ad using Hillary Clinton's words from the primaries against Barack Obama. The infamous 3 A.M. ad is back with the announcer intoning, "Hillary was right."

This is not the way the Democrats drew this up.

Here’s my question to you: What message does it send when some of Hillary Clinton's top advisers plan to skip Barack Obama's acceptance speech?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

James writes:
No one will ever accuse the Clintons and their inner circle of having any class. The supporters leaving town are consistent with their track record over the years.

Yvonne writes:
Jack, I'm not sure what it means, but I know what it means to me. If Hillary's supporters can't support Barack Obama now, I will never support Hillary later.

Susie from Washington writes:
It sends a very appropriate message. This should have been Hillary's year – Obama is an inexperienced interloper supported by a bunch of people with stars in their eyes.

Peter from Brevard, North Carolina writes:
They realize that they won't get any high profile jobs in a Clinton White House.

Rob from Denver writes:
Are they really going to walk out? It's an interesting rumor, but so much of this rift between Obama and Clinton seems to be blown out of proportion by the news media and talk radio simply trying to fill up air time with something controversial. Until Obama's speech on Thursday, your question is moot, Jack. But we love ya anyway!

Alex from Sacramento, California writes:
It's sad. It's like children not staying for the cake at a birthday party. Sad.

Dylan writes:
Jack, The question is not so much "What message does it send" but more, if Hillary was the one making the acceptance speech, would a family wedding or a business trip pre-empt it?

Filed under: Barack Obama • DNC Convention • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Kerry Diehl

    Sour grapes, party discord and total loss of focus on the issues facing our country or rival party candidate.

    August 26, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  2. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    they don't like it or him and want Hillary and making it obvious. called "snubbing."

    August 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  3. BOB in Michigan

    So what Jack let them leave.It's just more sour grapes. There will be less negativity in the air without them there. Good riddance !

    August 26, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Chad Stover

    Jack – I think that we should be asking, are Obama's advisors paying attention to Hillary. It doesn't look they have been so far. Otherwise, they would seen the discontent rising and done something about – like, I don't know, included her in the process? He may well have wished his advisors were watching her more closely.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  5. Tearched Scott Chicago, IL


    It shows how much of the Hillary Clinton people are sore losers. They should be there for the whole convention and not skipping out because they lost the nomination. How can you unify a party if you can't stay and support the whole campaign? In my eyes the Clintons have shown there true colors and its not the colors of team players.

    Scott – Chicago, IL

    August 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  6. David of Alexandria VA

    It sends shivers up my spine that this "team" was touting itself as one of the great uniters. If they can't yet bring themselves to accept that she lost, imagine the accrimony which would have ensued in Washington if she had been elected with this group opf adolescents!

    This might also say something about Obama's team's ability to work with the "other side of the aisle." I mean, "We've met the other side of the aisle...and they is us." (Pogo, with license)

    August 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I don't blame them, I won't watch it either. They know he is not going to win, and no amount of convention hoopla, and no numbers of Dem bigwigs praising him can give him what he lacks: qualifications to be President, and confidence of voters.

    Perhaps these advisers wish to avoid the spectacle in the stadium – the Berlin speech didn't work at all and neither will this. People out in TV Land will see it as nothing more than the culmination of the year and a half of shameless star-creation by the media and the DNC, and many will really be turned off. The biggest production yet, for the least qualified nominee ever. I suppose there is symmetry in there, somewhere.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  8. L.M.,Arizona

    They are playing with fire this is a country that voted for Bush twice which means it only takes a little nudge for McCain to win which could hold this country back another four to twenty years. If they think 2012 Ameica and Clinton will be the same as they are now they are as naive and selfish as Nader was in 2000.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  9. Vince

    Equlivant to taking their ball and going home Jack?

    I wish all this Clinton stuff would just go away I'm sick of it. I didn't vote for her and wouldn't vote for her if she were running for dog catcher!

    August 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  10. Joe in DE

    The only rational reason for this questio is stir up discord. That has been the story of Obama supporters since the end of the primaries. This may be satisfying to the vidictative but it comes with a price.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  11. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    The message they are sending is one of sore losers who are upset they won't be getting those plum political appointments that Hillary would have given them. If they want to miss an historical speech, that's their business. Nobody will shed a tear over it.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  12. Marieth Chicago

    Total disrespect. It is time to move on. It is more "red meat" for the Republicans at least, and for people who want a better future than what the last 7-1/2 years have been, it is pathetic. You can't win at everything. But wait: Maybe they ARE Incognito Republicans. (If I were a Rpublican, I'd hide that fact, also.) What pointsare they trying to make? Sure, Hillary ran an historic campaign, but Barack Obama WON an historic primary. OBAMA - 08 - OH-YEAH!!

    August 26, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  13. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Jack, The message it sends is that they are hard losers, and they have no real interest unless it's on their terms and the person they wanted.

    Thomas Jefferson said, "One vote more than the opposing view is still the majority".

    August 26, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  14. sarah, indiana

    can't say i blame them, i will be skipping it also.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Mark Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

    Jack, It means a few less "back stabbers that the Obama camp has to watch out for"

    August 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    If there are still tensions, its because of the Clintons' unwillingness to pass the torch. Personally, I'm a little suspicious that this tension may be media created and driven. Corporate owned media, that is. The folks that probably stand firmly behind McCain.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  17. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    There will be so many thousands of people in attendance that a few less Clinton aides will not be noticed (or missed, for that matter).

    August 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  18. Ron K.

    Hi Jack:

    It means thay are a buch of winers. They need to: GET OVER IT. MOVE ON AN SUPPORT BARRAK AND THE PARTY.

    Ron San Diego

    August 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  19. Chris

    The message it sends is that they are human and disappointed their candidate lost. It means they don't want their noses rubbed in it any more than they already have been. In short, they are no different than 99% of us.

    Chris – Atlanta, GA

    August 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  20. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    It means that they, along with Blitzer and meat-hungry Carville, don't get the concept of "change." Evidently they would find bipartisan politics boring. As Michelle said, the Obamas believe in respect and dignity even if you don't know the other person or don't agree with them.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  21. ajks

    Mrs. Obama showed the Clinton group last night what "class" is. It isn't something you can teach–and Clinton and her aides do not have it. They actions are not for a better Democratic Party nor for a better America. All they think about is themselves.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  22. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    That Hillary, Bill and their crew are still hoping Sen. Obama does not win in November so that she can run in 2012, but I and many people I know would never vote for her again seeing how narcissistic she is. Where is her concern for her Country and the American people now. She never had any to begin with, it's all a power grab and her and Bill will never concede. And, after all is said and done, Obama certainly has as much experience as Bill had in his first run because he was only a governor and had not even served in national politics. Amazing how soon people forget.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  23. Jayne

    It's childish and rude – I don't know how else to react.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  24. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It sends the message that PUMAs are completely insane people. They would rather see the United States crash and burn than accept the reality that their candidate failed to capture the nomination. Proof of their insanity is that they would vote for or enable insane McSame’s election in spite of the fact that not only would he continue the Bush agenda, but would ignore that Obama has essentially the same policy that their heroine had. It just don’t make no sense.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Tina (Texas)

    They are sore loosers. I have a novel idea.....McCain can pick her as his Veep cause she will bring 18 million voters and they both can get elected and if this happens he better watch his back cause she will be woman with running knife.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  26. Bertha doucet

    Jack, the message is that they are not on board with brack obama!Houston Texas

    August 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  27. Frank, Quebec

    Well Jack, I was playing Nintendo Wii with my 8 years old nephew last week and he was always happy and cheering for me to get bad results in every contests. I was getting frustrated and I had to explain to him what was anti-sportsmanship. It was the first time he had heard of that but he eventually got the point. People have to learn to be good winners and also good losers. When children are not taught that when they are young, they grow up to become bad losers in their adult life. I think it only highlight the fact that some parents did not do their job right on that point while raising their childrens. They are simply bad losers, that's all.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  28. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    It just confirms that the bitterness has not waned and the Hillary people would rather derail Obama than support him.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  29. Norma Leonard

    Its time for Clinton's supporters to acknowledge that their candidate lost and move on. It is understandable that they are disappointed but in refusing to support Obama, or worse yet voting for McCain, in the general election, they are being childish and vindictive. Almost everyone agreed during the primaries that there wasn't much substantive difference in the platforms of the two democratic candidates; so if these people throw their support behind McCain, they weren't very committed to the issues - they just wanted a woman in the Whitehouse and are throwing a tantrum because they didn't get their way.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  30. Rob from Canada

    It means that the Hillary camp still cannot face the fact that they lost. I'm also starting to think that Hillary supporters are trying to ruin Barack Obama's chances of winning in November so Hillary can run again in 4 years. They just might get their wish & their beloved Hillary will be able to run against President McCain in 2012. Unfortunately though, after 4 more years of the Republicans in office, the damage may be irreversible. I guess the Hillary camp are just too selfish to see this & care more about Hillary becoming President than they do about their party or country. What a shame..

    August 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  31. Terry in Hanover County

    Her aides have every right to express their lack of support for Obama by their absence just like it is everyone's right to vote for whom he or she chooses. It's a very personal decision. We don't all have to walk lock-step or follow the leader in any election.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  32. Kate

    A bunch of spoiled brats. "If I don't get to play it my way, I am not going to play" Get over it folks, it is a new day.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  33. B. Ferguson - Ohio

    Let's flip the script! Would Hillary's campaign staff/people be as giving or gracious to Obama if the spot light was on them? I don't think so!. Don't be haters. She can't blame her lost on anyone but herself for the outcome (thinking she would have NO competition, inward fighting among staffer etc. Things only happen to you if YOU allow them. The opportunity may arise again for her, if the current demeanor and /or behavior of her people doesn't cause the Democrats to lose this election on November 4th. SHAMEFUL!!!!

    August 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  34. Tom Fitzpatrick

    Has anyone asked Hillary if she would have accepted the Vice Presidency nomination? Why would she? She can be more effective and more powerful as a Senator from New York. Clinton and her supporters must realize that if they don't back Obama now, Clinton will not have a unified party behind her at anytime in the future. Not supporting Obama doesn't help Clinton four years from now; it is self-destructive and immature.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  35. circy in New Mexico

    It means sour grapes can never turn sweet. But then, some people actually enjoy shooting down their political futures.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  36. Keith, Birmingham, AL


    The message is clear. They are having great difficulty accepting that Hillary lost. I think that it is a slap in the face to the foundation of the Democratic party. Whether her supporters realize it or not that the Republicans are sensing that dis-unity exists within the Democratic party. This divisiveness within the party will do nothing other than give the GOP the ammunition that it needs to keep the White House.

    Birmingham, AL

    August 26, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  37. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun, VA

    Jack, disinterested sycophants skipping the acceptance speech does not send any particular message at all. Now if Invesco Field is empty during the acceptance speech, then you can consider that a message.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  38. Heather- Kennesaw, GA


    It doesn't send any message at all, but it sure does give you guys
    something to do. I'm sick of the whole news media bent
    on "reporting" on the Democratic party's disunity. I swear you guys
    should be writing for day time dramas. You'd win an Emmy.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  39. Richard

    Hillary Clinton is not doing women with future Presidential aspirations any favors with her lackluster enthusiasm and unconvincing graciousness toward her Party's nominee.

    Her husband whatshisname is worse.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  40. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Who cares about their message, we have been hearing their message for far to long. The silence from their camp will be welcome after all the negative racket they have produced until now. Better question............. do you think anyone will miss them?, I don't think anyone who will be there will even notice their absence.

    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  41. T. G. from the virgin islands

    It means that some of Hillary's supporters refuse to accept the fact that she lost the primary. They figured that if their girl doesn't get the nomination, nobody will. They must be bitter and clinging to guns.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  42. Candy in New England.

    They are starting early on their 2012 campaign strategist jobs for Hillary's upcoming "successful presidential bid". The Clintons never give up.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  43. Terry from North Carolina

    Just another " brick in the wall ". Nothing that Bill, Hillary or any of their staff or supportors would surprise me anymore, there is no unity in the democratic party and all this nonsense will cost Barack Obama this election, and we will be stuck with Mcsame.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  44. Joan, Ontario

    It explains why she probably didn't get the VP position, why they weren't asked to work on his team and why she won't get any high profile position in his government if they keep this up.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  45. anna in new mexico

    It shows that they are PUMAs themselves. PUMAs should be in the same category as the people who voted for George Bush–not once, but twice. They rather satisfy their anger, hatred, and revenge than do what is best for the country. And they call themselves Democrats! They should have given the money they spent on air fare and hotel towards the Clinton debt.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  46. John

    Jack: It means nothing, because Hillary will be there to deliver her speech in support of Barack Obama. The only people who care about missing aides is the media.


    August 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  47. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    It sends the message that they are Americans and have the freedom to be anywhere in the nation they wish to be.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  48. Les Young Oklahoma

    The Clinton's need to follow Ted Kennedy's lead and show a little class. If they would have had the interest of the country at heart then I would feel different about them. The Clinton's and their supporter don't care about their country it all about themselves. I think if they don't have a change of heart they will get the government they deserve

    August 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  49. Dave in MO

    In means that they want McCain to win so she can run in 2012. It is that simple.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  50. Jerome

    I'm offended that this is even news. If you having been living in this country for at least the last 8 years, you realize we need a change and a significant one at that. Will the real Democrats please stand up? Can you say sore loser?

    All sore losers should go home. Who cares about sore losers anyway? Have some cheese with your whine.

    If you are a baseball fan then look at it like this: its the Mets or the Yankees. Whichever wins the Pennant, all of New York will celebrate. All Democrats win with Barack Obama, 'Nough said.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  51. Caryn, Washington DC

    This is no longer about Hillary and her fanatics. It's Obama's time and anyone who doesn't want to come on board should go home.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  52. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: In politics, there are the "winners and looser," unlike the Olympics there are no sliver or bronze medals.......there are the winners and, of course in the Hillary campaign staff, first place looser...and Americans don't ever remember who lost.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  53. Pat in Maryland

    Jack – it means that Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and her top aids are the idiots we thought they were.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  54. Shane from Montreal

    Screw them and the Clintons!

    August 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  55. Robert C Lowenthal

    When I was in grammer school one of the things I was taught was how to be a good loser. Hillary's people must have been absent for those lessons. It's time for them to grow up.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  56. Karen - Nashville

    Let's hope the focus stays on Obama and Biden, and that any intended "message" is ignored. The media has wasted enough time on the Cinton issue.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  57. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    It is called fodder for the presses.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  58. Erin in Michigan

    The message I get Jack is that you, along with your flame-fanning cronies over at CNN will do anything to get a titillating headline or a mole-hill backstory propped up to look like a mountain.

    Just report the facts and stop acting like a bunch of little old ladies gossiping at the church punch bowl!

    August 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  59. Dan, Maryland

    Let them leave Jack. If these "supporters" can so quickly turn their back on a candidate that shares 99% of what Hillary Clinton stands for then they are abandoning their principles as well as those of the candidate they supported. The party doesn't need that and this country doesn't need that. When we abandon our principles we are left with nothing.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  60. T.J. Windsor, CO

    If Hillary cannot get her own people under control, how does she ever expect people to see her running this nation? She is at a crossroads in history... Hillary can be known in the history books as helping the first African American get elected president or go down as the poorest loser ever! All Hillary has to do is say, show some professional courtesy or you can hand in your resignation.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  61. Kirven Dunham

    I have talked to a lot of black males who said they will never back the Clintons again. If Obama do not win Hillary will be blamed. Her supporters are proving they are not true to the party or the country

    August 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  62. Julie From LA

    Terry McAuliffe says his daughter is celebrating her birthday and its the first time all the McAuliffe chlldren have been together in over a year.

    He's done 127 interviews at the DNC so far (it's only Tuesday and he's already hoarse). He's completely supporting Obama, and the unity message between the two campaigns.


    If he thinks he won't really be missed in the crowd of 75,000 at Invesco field–and can just as easily watch at home–I'd say he's absolutely right.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  63. Robert

    If the democrats loose this election, I will put 100% of the blame on the Clintons! Their lack of unity and willingness to accept the outcome if creating places for the Republicans to attack!

    Its tragic, self serving and wont help anyone!

    August 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  64. bob from traverse city michigan

    It sends the message that Hillary Clinton and her advisors (she could tell them to stay) are self centered egoists who speak glowingly about the goals and inclusiveness of the democractic party when they are asking for your vote but demonstrate selfish blind ambition when it comes time to unify and support the decision of THE PEOPLE. I think the one's that are threatening to vote for John McCain should just go join the republican party Too. They are demonstration all the worst qualities of the Bush/Cheney regime.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  65. T. Metcalf

    In the eyes of this proud Republican, It means you Democrats still don't have your act together. Keep trying, humor is an important component in life...;)

    August 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  66. Allison, Pittsburgh

    It means that they are just as immature and self-serving as their "candidate".

    August 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  67. Rosalynd Florida

    It does not matter that McAullife and other Clinton aids are hitting the road before Obama's acceptance speech. Clinton and her folks lost the primary and that is that. If the Clinton folks are still sore and angry that is is just more evidence that we did not want them running this country now or ever (Forget 2012 or 2016) they are done. Damn sore losers.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  68. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Apparently the Clintonistas thrive on a steady diet of sour grapes.

    Pablo in Arlington, Texas

    August 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  69. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    It just shows the depth of contempt that Hillary and her aids have for Obama. He didn't steal anything away from her. He beat her fair and square and they're acting like spoiled little children taking their ball and going home. I swear........Hillary is going to lose this election for Obama and we'll have four years of old pasty face McBush. I hope she'll sleep well at night knowing what her antics have caused the country.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  70. Valarie in Castro Valley,California

    It is unbelievable that after their own candidate says she fully support Obama we are still having this conversation. As an American it sadden me that people in this country still acts this way. It can't be the message cause we all suffer from the problems the plagues us all. I thought Democrats was a party of all people of America not the elite few like the Republician. Ignorance and selffish foolishness is what got us here and it will be those same reason that keep us here. Even a fool can see which is the better candidate Obama. Unless you are sitting on 5 millions which most of us are not.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  71. Mary - California

    Free country, free voting and free opinions!!!! If Clinton supporters don't want to support Obama, that is their decision and who cares what they do?

    August 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  72. Jenna Wade

    What message does it send when some of Hillary Clinton’s top advisers plan to skip Barack Obama’s acceptance speech?

    It shows that THEY are NOT interested in party unity!

    Shame on them!

    Guess THEY really don't CARE about America!

    Jenna Wade
    Roseville CA

    August 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  73. Linda in Florida

    These people need to grow up, get over it and get real. If they intend to vote for McCain rather than Obama, because Hillary is not the nominee, then they were only voting for her because she was a woman and not because they believed she was the right person for the job. If they vote for McCain and he wins, we had better not hear any of them moaning and groaning about how bad things are.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  74. Amy

    To all the frustrated Obama supporters like me, who are certainly feeling ignored by the media and insulted by these fake democrats who call themselves Hillary’s supporters, who either venerate Hillary or are too blind to see what’s at stake, I say: Obama went through a lot worse, but if he got here while you are still trying to accept defeat, it’s because he chose the high road and I urge you to find out more about what that really means. It briing you respect and support, it bring you votes, it takes you to the white house! And keep trying to sabotage this convention we have worked so hard for, God is watching. We can’t do anythiing but we believe in fairness.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  75. corey from oakland

    I don't think it means any thing that a few partisan sore losers skip out on Barak but what i do think should be paid attention to is the fox news pool video that every one is forced to use from the convention.
    What i saw last night was disgusting and proves that roger ales southern strategy is still in effect.
    All the cut away shots were to black participants in the audience being exstatic then cutting to a white participant talking on the cell phone or frowning or yawning or talking to some one else.
    This tactic by the partisan repugnant republicans at roger ales fixed news station is designed to give the impression that the white convention goers are not happy with Barak and the black people in the audience are overly happy, thus propagating the disunity myth.
    6% of Clinton Delegates at the convention said they were still disappointed and that doesnt sound like disunity to me.
    why the Dems would let fox control all of the images coming out of the convention is beyond me, i mean it was roger ales that invented the southern strategy for nixon so now he is creating the myth of disunity with his cut aways and images.
    CNN should put a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen that says "warning, images controlled by fox news"

    August 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  76. Kelly, Philadelphia

    It says she plans to run again in four years.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  77. Amy

    Jack, did you really have to report that! Two anonymous clinton advisers getting the attention when the focus should be on what’s at stake in these elections?? Hillary is not to be blamed, the ones to be blamed are the media reporting non stop on hillary’s supporters and ignoring the majority of democrats and independents who are supporting Obama. This is their night and they earned it. Hillary looks so pathetic! what a shame! she and her husband better not hope to return to the white house because americans won’t risk that. To my eyes, they have lost the last seeds of esteem I still had for them! How pathetic! We certainly don’t share the same values of fairplay and dignity!Not at all!

    August 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  78. Francis Atuahene (Macomb, IL)

    Jack, nothing explains this behavior than the presence of apathy and the absence of party discipline among top democrats. Its beyond my imagination that these democrats cannot understand simple democratic theory. Would they have expected the numerous Barack supporters to grace the occasion with Hilary if indeed she was the nominee? What happened to the Golden Rule? I think if in fact, democrats want to win the White House this time, then it is incumbent on them to support Barack till the end. People should do basic comparative analysis of the post and pre primaries policies of these candidate to see the similarities of Obam and Clintons idea of democratic governance and stop quacking. I am very saddened that Democrats are playing political games when in fact they have a good chance of winning the white house.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  79. David Bakody

    As you mentioned many times during the primary race, Hilliary and her crew felt this would be over on Super Tuesday. There is no doubt many had jobs and cash plans so the wounds are deep, real deep and both Bill and Hillary may never get over it.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  80. Jes (State College, PA)

    Maybe they're going to fundraising events for Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  81. Paul

    No surprise Jack they want to form the Puma Party need I say more.
    Round Rock, Texas

    August 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  82. Odessa

    they need to grow up now!..they are acting like children..the primary season was over back in 2-19-08..it's time for the hillary advisors to start acting like a democrat or stay out off the political process...if obama loses, the only people to blame are the clintons..obama will do good in the speech for thursday and it's time for all democrats to start acting like progressive leaders instead being weak leaders!!..too much is at stake like the economy,women's health, jobs, war in iraq etc...if she's looking for 2012,she will lose because she can't lead her advisors to be quite..

    August 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  83. James, Cary NC

    It doesn't mean a thing. No one works for free, so they are not obligated to hang around.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  84. Tim Leeke

    It's about jobs. Should Obama promise jobs to the upper Clinton folks, then this unhappiness will go away. Or perhaps Hillary has presented her laundry-list, and all or some favors have been rejected. Nothing else makes sense.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  85. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    All I can say is Shame On You Hillary Clinton.

    She's going to have to pay the piper sooner or later if this election goes to the Republicans. Many are saying she's hoping for Obama to lose so she can run in '12. But if he doesn't make it, Hillary will be blamed. This may affect her entire political career.

    Besides, she is getting a bit long in the tooth. She may as well just pack it in and go home. Bad show.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  86. Charlotte

    Nothing, I plan to miss it too. The thought of one more MLK type speech, one more mention of the urgency of now, one more mention of I have a dream, one more mention of slavery, one more mention of JFK or any Kennedy, for that matter, is more then I can stomach. Too bad Obamas' success or failure rest completely on Hillarys' shoulders. I would hate to have that kind of pressure on me. (Kennedys/Clintons have become the Hatfields/McCoys of politics..)
    Clovis, Ca

    August 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  87. Douglas Pitcher, Urbana MD

    It is with much admiration of intellect, compassion and wisdom, that I share my thoughts about what is going on currently in this part of our world.

    I say to the Hillary fans out there, that if after watching yesterday's speeches by notable and decorated men and women of honor is not enough to be a part of this tidal wave of a new America, then I say to you:

    " Do not hesitate to give your vote to John McCain, and George W. Bush, because they can afford to remember your suffering let alone remember how many homes they have or their spouses "

    If Hillary Clintons presidency means more to you than what is going on right now to ignore a man like Ted Kennedy who got out of his sick bed to attend and endorse a man like Obama they I have nothing more to say that "Adieus"

    You guys behaved just like those who did not like Al Gore and in turn voted for Bush, yes and here we are today!!!!

    We can make a mistake or two but a third one is foolhardy!! beyond comprehension

    You live by example.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  88. Rod from Allentown PA

    It means what it looks like. Sour Grapes. They will derail the Democratic party just for spite, and then say I told you so. Like Hillary, they will not stop until she is elected by hook or by crook.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  89. Nancy, Tennessee

    Clinton advisers may sound like sore losers, but in fact they are being very civil considering how their candidate has been treated all through the primary. Barack Obama has done some pretty ugly things. Like hiring Hillary's fired campaign adviser to be the person who would work with his choice for VP. Then Hillary was not even on the shortlist for VP although he told the world that she would be on anybody's shortlist. When it may have made a difference, Barack would not agree to Florida's and Michigan's vote being counted anyway except partially. Now Barack wants to count all the votes from Florida and Michigan; surprise! surprise! And then there's how the media claimed Barack didn't go negative..Give me a break. He just did it by publishing brochures that stated untruths about Hillary's plan for healthcare. Yep, the advisers that have the stomach to stay in Denver and hear the acceptance speech are to be commended for their loyalty to the Democratic Party because I'm sure it's not admiration for Barack Obama.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  90. Lesley, Lighthouse Point, FL

    Jack, will you guys PLEASE stop with all this. You guys are on the spin cycle with this issue. Has it dawned on you that the media is keeping this one going? Does the republican party have you guys so much on your heels by accusing you of being in the tank for Obama that you feel that you have to continue with this issue to prove your objectivity?? Enough.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  91. Mike Cassidy, Cleveland, Ohio

    The Clinton aides are sending a message which only adds fuel to the fire that rages within the minds and are hearts of those die-hard Clinton supporters. The media isn’t helping the healing process either when they keep reporting this rift; it only serves to validate the opinions of these Clinton supporters. They refuse to accept defeat and would prefer to be small-minded, selfish, narcissistic individuals who only care about a candidate and not the country. No longer can we afford to be divided by our petty differences anymore.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm |

    Jack, It shows that many Americans minds are still being highjacked by Hate and Emotions. I don't understand why commentators that are outspoken like Jack just don't be up front and really this presidential race for what it is!!!

    Nora, Florida

    August 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  93. Vinnie Vino

    Here is their message to Obama, hey man we know a loser when we see one and by picking Joe Biden as your running mate makes you one...

    C.I., New York

    August 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  94. Robert in Greensboro, NC

    This is a great example of candidate before party and definitely before country. They need to get past this and stop being sore losers. Think about what is really important in this campaign which is solving the daunting problems that face our nation. That some people think Senator Clinton is "entitled" to the office and the only one who can solve our problems is incredibly arrogant and frankly...scary.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  95. Char

    If Hillary gets the blame if Obama loses, does she get the glory if he wins? If he wins the Obama-bots will merely say, he won, inspite of Hillary. Go Figure...
    clovis ca

    August 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  96. Danny, OH

    Jack, it may be 3:00am

    August 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  97. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Don't put this one on Clinton. I think she is doing everything she can. And don't say Obama hasn't shown her enough respect. Geez Louise, she and Bill get two nights, Chelsea is introducing her, and she gets a roll call vote. Some of it is sour grapes sure and some of it may be valid. But I don't think it matters that much. It's what she does and then what her supporters do. Whether they sacrifice this country in order to supposedly "prove a point".

    August 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  98. Paula, Los Angeles CA


    The message is: Get ready for the Depression of 2009 under the "leadership" of president McCain.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  99. Lynn, frustrated Republican, CA

    It probably just says that the top advisers aren't on the payroll anymore, they have other things to do, things they have put off because they were getting paid or promised some position if Hilliary won – that's politics. I would have voted for Hillary, my husband did, but we're both for Obama now and the top advisers probably are too – but their families and regular jobs have been on hold, in this economy who can afford to go without a paycheck? However, if they're doing this because they have their panties in a wad, they need to get over before the election.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  100. Jan Illinois

    " It means that THEY are not interested in party unity", What a load of dung, if B Obama was interested in Party unity, he would have chosen Hillary . The ball was in HIS court all he had to do to win for his supporters in a landslide victory, was to pick Hillary. He not only let Clinton supporters down ,he is gambling with a potential loss for all of his supporters. Face it, he made a thoroughbred horse race out of a pony ride. Extremely inexpierienced.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  101. T. Bax

    It just shows what "sore losers" they are and how they are really hoping Obama will lose. How can they be upset that Obama did not choose Hillary? She said so many negative things about Obama that the McCain camp would have had a field day–Obama did the right thing choosing Biden.

    New Orleans, La

    August 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  102. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    The only message it sends to me is that they are understandably exhausted, can't do any more for Hillary and are lucky to get out early. I won't be surprised or hurt if Bill and Hillary leave after tomorrow. It's up to Obama and Biden now.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  103. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    It tells me that the Democrats made a tactical error in getting Obama as their nominee instead of Hillary. Compounding that error, was Obama's strategic error in naming Joe Biden his running mate rather than Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  104. Andrew De Lisi

    I am appalled and utterly dismayed at the childish behavior of some of the Hillary Delegates who would even remotely suggest that they would vote for John McCain because Hillary did not get the nomination. Or whatever their noses are bent out of shape about. What about the issues at stake? Obama will fight for those same issues Hillary has supported and devoted her time towards. Will McCain? Are they willing to let another 4 years of Bush minded republicans control our destiny? That is utterly insane and I would think a slap in the face to Hillary as well. After all she is a Democrat and although she has had cross words for Obama I do not think she would rather see McCain in the Oval Office do you?

    Andrew in Minnesota

    August 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  105. Lynda; PA

    They need to look up the work "Unity" in the dictionary.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  106. Craig, Ocala FL

    Poor Sports! After hearing how great they are at the political game, Bill and Hillary are burning up that they got beat. I'm pretty fed up up with the whole thing!

    August 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  107. brian

    It means they aren't interested in having a future with the Democratic Party.

    Moscow, Idaho

    August 26, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  108. Gord O'Brien

    All i can say a house divided against its self with fall.
    How can you expect Obama to step across party lines
    and unit all, if within the democratic there is tension, and
    division? The issue that is really important, according to the national
    records 70% of children born in the African American community today
    are born in a single parent home(mom of course). And with-in this
    community there is a high level of poverty. How is Obama if elected
    going to deal with this...?

    August 26, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  109. Tony from Bowie, Maryland

    Unless you are born a Kennedy, Hunt, Rockfeller, or Marriott; all of us have virtually everything in common with the Obama family.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  110. Joe

    I think it is a good message. It is saying that Obama does not care about party unity or the 18 million voters who supported Hillary.
    And that is why he will lose this election.

    McCain 08
    Clinton 12

    August 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  111. wt

    why is this such a big deal???

    August 26, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  112. AL from CA

    it means that for the sake of America and not for the sake of democratic party they are going to "Do the Right Thang and Vote for John Mcain".

    August 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  113. FLewis

    Jack, Hillary and her supports need to go to hell!

    August 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  114. Ray Kinserlow

    Such a slap in the face should be answered in kind. Don't invite them to the inaugural.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    August 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  115. Dee

    My question is "Why are they even here?" "Who invited them?"
    These men launched the negative attacks that divided the party and made women look like a bunch of vengeful screaming banshees. The sooner they are gone, the better. And please, guys, let the door hit you HARD on the way out. Might knock some sense into you.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  116. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    This is a great example of why she would have made a lousy president. She can't even keep her own staff under control, nor can she set aside her own hurt feelings and admit defeat. Hell hath no fury like a Clinton scorned. Too bad for the party though, they are shooting themselves in the foot again and Hillary is holding the gun.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  117. Geraldine

    Do you really think this election is going be successful or fail because of the Clintons? Obama did not steal this election he won it fair and square. He is very smart and organized plus in touch with the younger views needed to survive in this new generation. Clinton still has unpaid debts? Why? Where are the 18 million voters who supported her? Why don't they bail her out? There is something very wrong with this picture. I am 73 have been Democratic all my life. Will continue to vote for for the nominee of my party. Another thing Bill Clinton has never came before the American public to ask for forgiveness, when he used the oval office for his pleasure with Monica. Give me a break. I am sick of these people and their selfish
    attitudes. Let's move on, the name of the game is forward ahead.
    Get over the past. As I stated I am 73 with wisdom and knowledge.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  118. David Peck

    The Clintons are, even for politicians, so self-serving and egocentric that they will work and work, manipulate, etc. to get their way. Their sense of entitlement is incredibly disturbing. Obama's campaign will get nowhere trying to appease them. They're just another type of bully, and need to be "sat on" thoroughly and consistently!

    August 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  119. gene hogue

    We the people of this country were damn fools to let this bunch of bastard's hurt our nation. This so called president just never got it. I wished someone would stand up and tell him , your a phony. The two Border Patrolmen that shot that guy in the but , wonder whose dope he was delivering ? Sutton or Bush's

    August 26, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  120. CarrieinSterling,VA

    Obama and his campaign have hardly been gracious to her, and yet they exspect so much from Hillary. This is another example of his weakness. It is on you Obama-you must convice voters that you are qualified to be president-Hillary can't do it for you. Stop whining. Show Clinton supporters why you deserve our vote.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  121. Ann CA

    Hillary is not running for President and she has accepted that. If her campaign managers feel they must leave when the party needs them the most then we will remember this selfish action four years from now. Hillary does not have nearly the qualifications that Biden has and that is what picking a V.P. is all about. When Barack was making his V.P. decision it was for our countries safety and well being and the ability to run against McCain, not Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  122. Emma, San Jose, CA

    This matches Hillary's behavior of polarization. One wonders if she will have the same campaign staff next time she runs for President.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  123. Kyla from San Francisco

    Clinton's advisers skipping out on Obama's acceptance speech looks like they are sore losers. The only people they should take their anger out on is themselves for they did not do their jobs by getting Hillary the nomination.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  124. Paul Alexandria VA

    It sends the massage that they have something else to do. They support Obama but there are more than 4000 people there. It is unreasonable to assume that every single one of them would be able to totally free up their scheduals to be at every speach.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  125. anne casey

    Having been a Clinton supporter for many, many years, I finally see what it is about the Clintons that people hate. I never could see their ruthlessness and just figured that I'd vote for her in 2012 or 2016. But her ego is out of control. What a poor loser. Her henchmen now admit that their strategy in the primary campaign against Obama was to portray him,..."as though he was not an American" . Despicable. She could stop these idiots making this fuss in Denver at any time.
    She has hurt Obama, by giving Fox News all the fodder they need .

    There is nothing she can say in her speech to change my mind. I know that there are others who were strong supporters of her, like me, who see this and now will NEVER cast a vote , at any time in the future for Hillary Clinton.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  126. ed from chicago

    It is unbelievable to me that these faux progressives are willing to play this stupid, selfish game with the lives of our servicemen, the prospect of 3 more conservative justices appointed to the high court, and a host of other disasters that a McCain victory will bring. If these are the people that Sen. Clinton surrounded herself with, then I'll consider the fears I have always had about the Clintons and their posse putting themselves ahead of America. If McCain wins this thing, we can point directly at Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  127. A.Elliott

    Surely the Democratic Convention didn't sneak up on these advisors! Their failure to attend Obama's acceptance speech is gasoline for the media to build up the tension in the "Democratic Story" and an indication that they received inadequate parenting when it comes to being a good sport.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  128. Marjorie from Canada

    Sadly you can not please every one all of the time. I pray that the democrats come together and support this man. I could not be more impressed! What a president he would make!! I hope the United States majority do not miss out on the opportunity of having a real leader with a real, genuine love and concern for all. I have never seen such a bright, compassionate, well tempered and charismatic leader in my life. Why is it that the people of United States can not see what every one in every other country across the world can see?

    August 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  129. Dan Leahy

    Absolutely none. Actually, it might signal that Wolf and team will finally stop pushing this Republican talking point that is designed to create what it claims to exist. Of course there are some bad feelings among some, but's it's SO less of a story than the media has tried to make it, especially in the last few days.
    Dan Leahy
    Santa Barbara

    August 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  130. Eshamu Esin

    Jack people look for all sorts of reasons not to vote for a particular candidate. Although the media's spin on this issue is apparent. A few disgruntled Hillarimaniacs skipping Obama's speech sends a message of disrespect.


    August 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  131. Billy Robinson

    Some of Hillary's supporters are leaving because they have lost their focus. They wanted her to be the nominee more than they want a better America. Furthermore like Hillary they refuse to accept Sen Obama as the people's choice. This election isn't about Sen. Obama nor Sen. Clinton but it's time for Democrats to unite and change the direction the country has been going the last eight years.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  132. Brady

    You can't have it both ways, Obama supporters keep saying the Clintons need to go away, it was said by you, Jack, just yesterday and now everyone has a problem with them leaving. If he loses it's because of Him no one else, Hillary herself has worked her butt off for the past month and a half and will continue to do so. Obama should just say Thank You and give them their rightful spot at the Table!!!

    August 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  133. Aaron from Tampa

    The message is that instead of choosing a capable leader like Hillary, the party has accepted big rhetoric/small substance message from an unpreprared media darling named Barack. And America might have to pay the price for this lapse in judgment...

    August 26, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  134. Jay-Mississippi

    Jack; I played Varsity sports and College Sports, There are always sore losers and those who feel entitled to win even when the score board shows they have lost. It is too bad that the Hillary camp has not accepted that they lost and that they are not calling the shots. To risk losing the election in November is senseless. i guess they have not paid any attention too Hillary's earlier statements the differences between her and Barack are minor compared with john McCain. It amazes me how the Republicans always manage to come together to acheive there ends, Democrats are like crabs in a barrell

    August 26, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  135. godwin

    it sends a wrong message to our youths that there is dignity in accepting defeat. In fight one person will have to win and one wilhave to loose. If Clintons supporters want the democrats to loose because Clinton did not win, that shows what level of patrotism they have for the country.Because they want the same wrong direction to continue because their candidate lost and if they think Hillary will come back to win the white house in 4 yrs they are dreaming because what measures they did now is the same measure they will get from obama supporters especially blacks and only 18million voters cannot send her to white house if at all she crosses her senate reelection.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:28 pm |