Not All Have Been Healed
The big question this morning, of course, is whether Hillary Clinton's speech last night quelled the unhappiness among her supporters and brought them back into the Democratic Party's big tent, where Barack Obama is the presumptive presidential nominee.
Eli Saslow interviewed delegates in Denver and reported that "when Clinton stepped off the stage and the standing ovation faded into silence, many of her supporters were left with a sobering realization: Even a tremendous speech couldn't erase their frustrations." They remain divided, he wrote.
Our Readers Who Comment this morning all over the lot. Some think Clinton did the job for the Democrats and as a result they will support Obama, some think she did a great job but they're either going to sit out or vote for John McCain. Some think the whole question of Democratic disunity is an invention of the media, and some lead cheers or raise other questions about what will decide the presidential election -- Obama's race; health care; McCain's committment to conservative Supreme Court justices, etc., etc.
We'll start with HydeParker, who wrote, "OK, Clinton supporters--she gave you your marching orders tonight! Are you ready to run on for this country, despite barking dogs? She laid it on the line: No way, no how, no McCain."
But chaya08 said, "It was a great speech by Sen.Clinton.Reminded me in the first place why I supported her. Obama did not show good judgement when he did not pick her as VP. It is not only our loss it is his too.I will not vote for him."
azjimn2son wrote that "These dead-ender Hillary supporters remind me more of a cult than of supporters of a political candidate or Party. I suspect there are many Ron Paul supporters who won't vote for anyone else either. But add them all together and you get 1%"
tazmodious wrote, "Yes, it is sad that Hillary didn't win this time... I feel Hillary really proved she will make a great president in 2012. What is really disconcerting is that Hillary supporters would rather let McCain win than vote for a person who truly holds your beliefs. What is it that makes this happen? I really don't understand..."
kskss4 said, "I'm disappointed that Hillary didn't win the nomination but I am a Democrat and a home health nurse... If Obama loses I won't be able to afford to continue my nursing job and my patients will have one less nurse who really cares about her profession and the welfare of her patients... Who, in anyone's right mind, wants another 4 years of what we are experiencing now?..."
maxd1 wrote, "The truth of the matter is that while Hillary gave a good speech, she belongs to the past.... this election is about the future. And that future is better represented by Barack Obama."
But geca reported that "My good 64 year old democrat friend said that he will be putting Hillary's name down because he will never vote for a black man. This is the issue and the so called progressive all inclusive democrats cannot be honest or come down to say it publicly but it is what it is: race and his mother was white..."
bobby12320007 wrote, "...Most of the Hillary supporters I have talked to say they were considering voting McCain. I am one of them. Barack has a lot of work to do. He better get busy campaigning!"
kstack said, "so some clinton supporters are still "frustrated." well you know what? that's a condition of adult life. cowboy up! we have an election to win."
morningglory51 wrote, "I have been a Democrat for more than 30 years and I do not like Obama, nor do I trust him and will not vote for him. Obama supporters use Rovian tactics to beat down Clinton supporters, and use name calling to gain their support..."
GSWAGNER said, "Obama has some responsibility now. He must reach out to former Hillary supporters. They are not a sack of potatoes to be delivered to Obama by Clinton. She has done everything she can do."
DemoDevil was one of several who suggested that "The media got together and decided that the story this week was the conflict between Hillary and Barack. So they seek out the outliers to validate their point..."
And WinstonSmith4 opined, "A surprising news article, given that nearly every other news outlet is talking about the wonderful "unity" the Democrats have now found. Lions and lambs, Clintons and Obamas grazing together again. Is the Post getting soft or has it actually taken on a project in objective reporting?"
We'll close with these two comments:
rpsboyz said, "HRC gave a speech asking democrats to unify and vote for Barack. She never once mentioned BHO's character, ability to lead,experience, etc. I am very happy that she left that stuff out. This was actually a good speech to electrify the Republican party! Let's go McCain!!!!"
And merrylees wrote, "And when McCain nominates another old white male to be his running mate, will the Clinton supporters still vote for McCain? Hillary had her shot... The Rebublicans have never nominated a woman for VP or President and they don't even have anyone in the running. To reinforce the status quo is not showing support for Hillary it is political suicide."
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