|Hillary Clinton's Speech at the Democratic Convention
||[Aug. 27th, 2008|12:13 am]
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It was a pretty good speech, actually. Rousing, at times electrifying, at other times funny (I loved the "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit" line). She did such a good job that even Bill seemed captivated by her. Michelle Obama and Joe Biden gave her a bunch of standing Os throughout. All in all, very well done.
(The news coverage leading up to it, however, was abysmal. How many times can a dozen different correspondents ask a dozen different pundits the exact same question: "What does Hillary have to do tonight to bring her supporters to Obama?" And just once I wanted someone to answer with the truth: "Hillary doesn't have to do anything." I also would have liked to hear someone ask what Obama has to do to win over her supporters.)
I do think the speech swayed a lot of the on-the-fence Clinton supporters toward Obama. Especially female voters, when Clinton reminded them about McCain being anti-choice and anti-equal pay. Did it sway all of the holdouts? I doubt it. I don't think anything can. There are some who are still waiting for an inscribed invitation in the form of Joe Biden suddenly deciding he'd rather spend time with his family and being replaced by Clinton; and there are others who are simply using Clinton's defeat as an excuse not to vote for someone they weren't going to vote for anyway (the PUMA people come to mind, as does this new group Democrats for McCain).
I'm still not a big Hillary Clinton fan. I think she's the political machine personified. But she did her part admirably tonight in trying to foster unity between her camp and Obama's. Now Obama himself is going to have to pick up the slack and do the rest of the unifying work. It may be unfair that her supporters aren't all behind him -- or rather, their reasons may be unfair -- but he can't expect Clinton herself to be the magic wand that makes it all go away. It's on his shoulders too.
Tomorrow, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden go head to head to see who can publicly put his foot in his mouth first! (Actually, I expect both their speeches will be quite good. The convention is when people bring their A game.)