We can finally move from the primaries to the campaign for the General election. Or can we?
Barack Obama has surpassed the necessary delegate count to ensure that he is the Democratic Presumptive Nominee. Or has he?
Yesterday, voters from South Dakota and Montana had their say concluding 5-months of primaries consisting of the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam. Obama now has a combined total of 2,156 pledged delegates and so-called super delegates exceeding the necessary 2,118. It has been a long and grueling campaign.
The remaining so-called super delegates are finally moving – to Obama. Clinton supers are shifting to Obama in an effort to unify the party.
Hillary Clinton has dropped out of the race, endorsed Obama and encouraged her nearly 18 million supporters to unify behind Obama.
Well, not entirely.
Here are a few snippets from last night’s concession (?) speech from Clinton.
“I want to start tonight by congratulating Senator Obama and his supporters on the extraordinary race that they have run.
“Senator Obama has inspired so many Americans to care about politics and empowered so many more to get involved. And our party and our democracy is stronger and more vibrant as a result. So we are grateful.
“And it has been an honor to contest these primaries with him, just as it is an honor to call him my friend. And, tonight, I would like all of us to take a moment to recognize him and his supporters for all they have accomplished.”
So far, so good. This is exactly what we need. Party unity. Time to focus on McBush and his horrible foreign and domestic policies.
She thanked …”all those wonderful women in their 90s who came out to see me, because they were born before women could vote, and they wanted to be part of making history, and … who came to HillaryClinton.com and showed the tangible support that they felt in their hearts.”
Thank you, Senator Clinton. What else do you have to say that will help unite your HillBots besides thanking the people who contributed on your website?
“… Who will be the strongest candidate and the strongest…
“Who will be ready to take back the White House and take charge as commander-in-chief and lead our country to better tomorrows?”
Hillary, the answer should be ‘Barack Obama’.
“… . Nearly 18 million of you cast your votes for our campaign, carrying the popular vote with more votes than any primary candidate in history.”
“Even when the pundits and the naysayers proclaimed week after week that this race was over, you kept on voting.”
Uh, Hillary. The race is over. The pundits were right. Obama is the presumptive nominee. He has the required number of delegates. It’s time to unite.
“And I am committed to uniting our party so we move forward stronger and more ready than ever to take back the White House this November.”
Great. She’s back on message.
“You know, I understand that that a lot of people are asking, ‘What does Hillary want?’ ‘What does she want?’
“Well, I want what I have always fought for in this whole campaign. I want to end the war in Iraq.
“I want to turn this economy around. I want health care for every American. I want every child to live up to his or her God-given potential. And I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard, and no longer to be invisible.”
She’s trying to get her message heard. To unite it with Obama’s message. This is what John Edwards did, right? Well, sort of.
“While I traveled our country, … time and again you reached out to help me, to grab my hand or grip my arm, to look into my eyes and tell me, ‘Don’t quit. Keep fighting. Stay in this race.’”
Uh, Hillary. Stop. Remember. Party unity?
… the 11-year-old boy in Kentucky, who sold his bike and video games to raise money for our campaign, the woman who came to a rally hours early, waited and waited to give me a rosary, and all those who whispered to me, simply to say, ‘I am praying for you.’”
I never tire of hearing about the poor 11-year old who sells his possession to give the money to her campaign. Everything this boy had, he gave to her. And she is proud of this.
“Now, the question is: Where do we go from here? And given how far we’ve come and where we need to go as a party, it’s a question I don’t take lightly. This has been a long campaign, and I will be making no decisions tonight.
“But this has always been your campaign. So, to the 18 million people who voted for me, and to our many other supporters out there of all ages, I want to hear from you. I hope you’ll go to my Web site at HillaryClinton.com and share your thoughts with me and help in any way that you can.”
I think we need to contact her campaign and tell her what we think.
That she sounds like the psychotic girlfriend in Wisconsin that won’t leave after you break up with her.
She’s like that puppy dog in Cincinnati that won’t leave your side after you fed him a table scrap even after you tried to shoo him with your foot.
She’s like that lunatic man in Fresno who goes all ‘postal’ on his girlfriend after she dumps him and gets a restraining order then he says “If I can’t have you, no one can.”
Hillary, please. Unite the party. Return the HillBots to the Democratic Party so we can beat McBush in November and take back the White House.
And Hillary – when we say ‘take back the White House’ we don’t mean so you and Bill can move back in. This is Obama’s time now.