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The Fix Covers the Night

DENVER -- The Fix is writing the main story documenting tonight's proceedings over at An excerpt is below and you can continue to monitor the constantly-updated story all night.

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to address the Democratic National Convention this evening in a much anticipated bid to unify her party amid lingering signs of tension and unease between her supporters and those of Sen. Barack Obama.

With some Clinton supporters still voicing reluctance to back Obama in November, the former first lady's appearance was one of the most highly anticipated of the convention -- behind only Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field. Tonight's program also includes the convention keynote address, which will be delivered by former Virginia governor Mark Warner.

Even as Clinton is expected to make a strong plea for her supporters to get over their disappointment and throw their support behind Obama in his tough general election battle with Republican Sen. John McCain, there are lingering signs of tension and unease between the two factions."

Read more here.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 9:26 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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What Hillary's speech SHOULD remind you of is that we cannot allow the Republicans to win, and that as Democrats, we can accomplish so much more for our country!
The press is making this more of a dog fight than it ever really was. They need something to fill these pages.
You KNOW Barack Obama will be a great President (Hillary knows it too) and Joe Biden should reassure you that Obama will be the RIGHT President.
Hillary is on board, and so are her supporters now - including ME, and many of my friends. We wanted Hillary to win in order to put the Democrats back on path to get healthcare for all and to end all the insane wars, to restore our place in the global economy, and to come together with all nations to end global warming.
These are the issues. Republicans won't change anything!! Do you really want to remain stagnent while the rest of the world passes us by????
It's time for a Deocratic President and that is Barack Obama!
Obama/Biden '08
former Hillary supporter

Posted by: CrazyMe | August 27, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I Think it is the WP going another step to capture your information so you can be identified.

Point of information:

Starting late this evening, I've been getting a white page that says "The Fix" - Confirmation" after I make a post. The page has no graphics other than the words. It looks like a "spoofed" page. It does not have anything else than IDs it as a WaPo page.

Is anyone else getting this -- or is this the "parallel spoof internet," what W refers to as the "internets"?

Posted by: scrivener | August 27, 2008 12:20 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

What exactly are you saying, you won't vote for Obama because he decided to run for president? You republicans are not even making sense anymore. Better if you stick with the copy and paste method pretending to be democrats then actually write something.

Hillary's speech only reminds me of how tragic it is that she is not the democratic nominee. She was great but I still won't vote for Obama (the guy who said he wouldn't run for President on Meet the Press only 2 years ago). In 4 years, America will be ready to put Hillary in the White House...she seems to have impressed everyone tonight.

Posted by: Florida Democrat | August 27, 2008 2:37 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

testing comments ...

Posted by: Bob Greiner | August 27, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's speech only reminds me of how tragic it is that she is not the democratic nominee. She was great but I still won't vote for Obama (the guy who said he wouldn't run for President on Meet the Press only 2 years ago). In 4 years, America will be ready to put Hillary in the White House...she seems to have impressed everyone tonight.

Posted by: Florida Democrat | August 27, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Point of information:

Starting late this evening, I've been getting a white page that says "The Fix" - Confirmation" after I make a post. The page has no graphics other than the words. It looks like a "spoofed" page. It does not have anything else than IDs it as a WaPo page.

Is anyone else getting this -- or is this the "parallel spoof internet," what W refers to as the "internets"?

Posted by: scrivener | August 27, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Why don't we let Hillary's own words from tonight speak to her supporters... if you can read these words and still vote for McCain, then the truth is you were never her real supporter to begin with. You were and are just using her as an avenue to vent your own bitter issues...

"I haven't spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women's rights at home and around the world … to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people.
And you haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership.

No way. No how. No McCain.

Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our President."

Posted by: Boutan | August 27, 2008 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Diane72- Congratulations- you just may be the lowest form of waste on this post. And it's not like you don't have competition.

Posted by: Yellowfin | August 27, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Do you think Michelle Shaniqua Obama will leave "watch-springs" in the Lincoln Bedroom? Ewwwww!

Posted by: Dianne72 | August 27, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

JL Mealer- WTF?

Posted by: Yellowfin | August 27, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse


Since when does the nominee have to pick the person who came in 2nd? Kerry and Edwards didn't get along, Bush steered well away from McCain in 2000, Gore-Lieberman worked well overall in the popular vote.... heck- Bill Clinton didn't pick a runner up either!

So then let's compare the records: Joe Biden, much more distinguished career (not to disparage HRC in any way- but Biden is on paper more qualified)

Personalities: Biden is a gregarious and smart campaigner who gets on well with Obama. HRC and Obama don't have the same chemistry, and I think everyone knows there's no love lost between Bill and Barry.

Intangibles- Here's the one area where you could say she's better than Biden, but again, Biden is no shrinking violet here either. Pennsylvania roots in Scranton (tie), Catholic.

When voters get to see Biden they'll see what a perfect fit he is for Obama's ticket.

And not for nothing, but HRC could have wrapped this up but she followed an ill-advised campaign strategy. If you want someone to blame, Barry's not the guy. Look at Wolfson & Co.

I know you guys are upset- but stop blaming Obama.

Posted by: Yellowfin | August 27, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

15 August 2008
RE: McCain Economic Energy Plan, Mealer Companies.
Dear Governor Napolitano,
As a constituent of yours here in Arizona, yet across the political spectrum as a Republican leaning conservative, I must compliment you on the excellent job you have done governing Arizona. We will miss you when you retire from office this year.

I am writing this letter to inform you of the economic strength Senator McCain will be able to bring to the USA when he is elected president. Arizona will benefit from McCain’s economic & energy plan as will America. I began calling this plan the 3R plan as the private sector has defined Senator McCain’s outline to Rethink, Reform and Reinvent the US economy while taking on a tremendous energy plan.

The goals include massive job training for thousands of new USA mfg companies while utilizing existing (thousands of) abandoned buildings for training and new mfg arenas. We expect to allow the current owners of these abandoned buildings to take full advantage of the existing tax breaks as they allow America to retrain and ultimately take-over their defunct buildings. Americans demand more from themselves and from our struggling economy… We will create an incredible amount of new businesses and new jobs through this plan.

All of this while putting hundreds of thousands of people to work through support businesses (food, retail, housing, leisure, etc) while many more people will be furnished jobs during the building(s) transformation. This is a win-win situation and something more along the lines of Teddy Roosevelt… Who is, as we all know, one of John McCain’s political heroes.

We cannot afford a tax and spend, “giveaway-artist” who can’t seem to tell the truth about a single issue. Obama is not ready to lead the USA. You backed him over Clinton and surprised all of America by straying from your otherwise pro-American, pro-Economy, pro-Gun, pro-Freedom beliefs.

Mealer Companies along with many other green auto mfg firms have automobiles that will replace fossil fuel powered vehicles. Of course, Mealer Companies is a mainly Arizona based, wholly Made In USA, automobile mfg who, in my opinion, will offer the most viable green-engineered vehicles and full power supply systems for home/office to the public. Yes, power replacement device that is way ahead of it’s time, yet long overdue. We expect to have an incredible impact on the US economy, the world ecology and eventually we fully expect to halt the need for crude oil and coal as a power source.

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It’s almost comical how environmentalist groups have rallied behind a totally inane mysticism and the candidate furthest from any sort of solution! When they step back and see that Obama’s economic plan is vague, unambiguous and otherwise hollowed out for special interest groups… Perhaps they might still have a chance to make the right choice.

We expect to also gain celebrity insight, promotion and fan-based backing with other McCain supporters; Sylvester Stallone, Jon Voight, Tom Selleck, Lou Ferrigno, Dennis Miller, Roger Staubach and so many more sensible people as an added push into a massive McCain 3R economic-energy agenda.

We must replace the very rapidly lost fuel tax source before we replace fossil fuels. Through the McCain 3R plan, we have this opportunity and we expect to take it. We have the plan, we have the infrastructure, we have a very bright American future if we can put McCain’s plan to work. WE means people who can think for themselves and who care for our nation and for people in general.
Please, accept my personal offer to further honor Arizona and America as you part your ways in politics, by helping to promote a stronger America through Mealer Companies and John McCain’s Economic Energy plans. I am not asking you to drop the endorsement of your fellow Democrat Senator Obama, but simply asking you to endorse a truly American plan for economic growth through USA mfg and energy independence.

Mealer Companies and everything I am telling you may be researched and proven to be true and legitimate through the contacts enclosed- which include the City Government of Show Low, Arizona, the Arizona State Department of Commerce, Homeland Security, my lawyer, my excellent, personal and business references and the joint venture company itself.

John Lewis Mealer
Founding President Mealer Companies (original investor site) (parked domain)

Posted by: JL Mealer | August 27, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

As usual, 37th and O cuts through the pretense and the B.S.

Barack is looking small for passing Hillary over.

Maybe now it's the delegates turn to do the pass over act??

Posted by: scrivener | August 26, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse


"Rick" is probably a paid disinformation "specialist" and not a very good one.

A Pulitzer to the reporter who finds out who is behind such posts, which use mainstream media sites to libel and propagandize.

Posted by: A.J. Liebling | August 26, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

To those reading something into her speech, a "code" to her supporters, you are, as was so often said of Bush-McCain tonight- WRONG.

Was the speech perfect? No. Sure, you can say she left some things out, but don't sweat it/get too excited.

It was an excellent speech that will get most of the Hillary supporters to vote for the candidate whose policy positions they probably agree with (Obama).

Posted by: Yellowfin | August 26, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Trisha- You are just one more shallow hypocrite. Unless you're not taking policy into account at all- how on Earth could you "go back and forth" between HRC & McCain?

Posted by: Yellowfin | August 26, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse


Did anyone else notice that the statement from McCain was correct? The McCain statement said that Hillary said you must elect Barack Obama, but she never spoke to his qualifications for the job. She never spoke to his unique talents in a personal way... almost like electing Barack Obama for his talents and abilities was an afterthought.

She did not personalize the goal to Barack Obama, or make the argument that Obama's election is what is key to the goal. The key is electing a Democrat; that's what the speech said. Think about it.

I thought about it. The McCain statement is correct.


Posted by: scrivener | August 26, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think Hillary's speech was a good mix of humor & policy speech. Unfortunately, policy speech is Clinton's forte and doesn't go over well with the average American. Clinton isn't dynamic, but her mission was clear tonight and she did a pretty good job addressing that mission. Hillary Clinton made clear that supports Barack Obama for President of the USA. She spoke to her supporters directly when she made clear why she ran for President, and associated Obama with her policies vs. associating John McCain with the policies of George W. Bush. The Twin City crack was a great one. There was a shot of Bill Clinton laughing, wonder if that crack originated from Bill? Likely. But Hillary did a good job associating McCain with Bush & Obama with her policies. That was a plus for Obama to Clinton supporters. However, what Clinton didn't address that McCain is going to pounce on, is all of the negative things Clinton said about Obama in the D primary. She did not address her negative impressions of him then and McCain will run ads using clips of her criticizing Obama. In my view, the night was to see if Clinton can truly sway her backs to Obama's side. She should have addressed the negatives for which she critiqued Obama harder, but she did a good job elsewhere in her speech.

Posted by: reason | August 26, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Independent and was always going back and forth between Clinton and McCain. She was amazing tonight and it only depressed me that she wasn't the nominee despite the pleas for her supporters to back Obama. A lot of her supporters are going to be saddened, rather than motivated after watching this.

Posted by: trisha | August 26, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Rick... I actually just don't believe you are or ever were a democrat.

How any HRC supporter could listen to that speech and then declare a vote for McCain is beyond me.

The irony here is that Obama supporters are accused of buying into a cult of personality... yet here you are, bitter that your person didn't win, and then willing to throw the country into disaster out of your bitterness.

HRC made it clear tonight that any true supporter of her and what she stands for will vote for Obama.

It was compelling.

I believe that Rick, you are a republican hack who is trying to stir trouble. I'm not buying your BS.

Posted by: Boutan | August 26, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"Rahiq Syed" (see below) posted the exact same post some time ago. Obviously, this is part of an organized disinformation campaign and should be regarded as such. Why else would someone have saved this piece of agit-prop?

A Pulitzer to the reporter who finds out who is behind such posts, which use mainstream media web sites to libel and propagandize.

Posted by: A.J. Liebling | August 26, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Rick- Maybe you missed her speech through your tears- what a shallow, selfish and silly thing to vote for McCain if you were a Clinton supporter.

What a weak move. I pity you.

Posted by: Yellowfin | August 26, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Tonight the role of the Governor of Montana will be played by Chris Farley.

Actually, loved his speech- a great moment- and instant YouTube classic.

Hillary got it done. For all the talk of the Kennedy's torch being passed to Obama, Hillary could well be the next GREAT Senator in United States history.

Tune in tomorrow... GO JOE!

Posted by: Yellowfin | August 26, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

After Hillary's speech tonight, I cried knowing that it was the most beautiful speech I've ever heard! She's the better person, the most generous and in short, as a Democrat I know that she's the best candidate that now, we'll never have...she's the best...MAN for the job. I cried just now, because without Hillary on the ticket, I'll have to vote for McCain, instead. I was pro-Obama, but now, I'm just sad with the knowledge that this intelligent, articulate, woman can't be voted for this election. In response to Obama's decision not to tap her as the VP, I'll be voting for McCain, now. I hope your ego made it all worth it, Barack.

Posted by: Rick | August 26, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

That was an excellent speech. I'm not sure what more Obama could have asked for. I just think it would have been nice if Michelle Obama had come down to greet her at the end -- it would have been a good show of unity. MIchelle was frowing throughout the speech, and it seemed odd.

Posted by: Longtime Dem | August 26, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

No one but Brian Schweitzer should be allowed to speak for the rest of the event. Sorry Sen. Obama.

Posted by: Aleks | August 26, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

So I cannot help but wonder how long it will before the Hillary Clinton Backers
all suddenly wake up and realize that they
were SOLD OUT by Hillary Clinton,and that
Hillary Clinton was too big a coward to take the Battle for The Nomination to the
Democrat Convention in Denver. And that this idiotic party loyal crap is what is
destroying this country and that keeps on
giving us Losers Like Barack Hussein Obama
and Motor Mouth Old Joe Biden and Gutless
Wonders Like Hillary Sell Out Clinton and
all the out of touch with reality liberal
Democrat Losers. Say No To Obama & Biden.

Posted by: Claudine 1000 | August 26, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I have been in this country for 5 years and what struck me most when I arrived was how poor and uneducated most blacks are. I could never figure out why most had children out of wedlock, sold drugs, and were in jail. They also have the highest rate of HIV. I suppose it is the slave metality from generations ago but at some point they will have to take responsibility. I think that is the reason Senator Obama appeals to so many whites because he isn't 100% black. He has a black face but the mentality of a white person. That makes the vote palatable and they can feel good about themselves. I doubt many of these white voters would go for an Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson - just too black and they are for more representative of the black American - not Barack Obama.

Posted by: Rahiq Syed | August 26, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

That was Hillary at her best -- funny, forceful, and mindful of her place in history. And this was easily the most forceful attempt at placing the onus on her supporters to acknowledge that the cause supercedes the individual.

That said, just like her husband in 1988, that speech placed her hat in the ring for 2012.

Posted by: jb | August 26, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

This convention has more freaks than the bar room scene from Star Wars.

Posted by: daman1 | August 26, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The Real Meaning of Hillary's History-Making Speech:






Posted by: Outside the Box | August 26, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I've been hating on Hillary for a long time, but that's a terrific speech. Michelle's was good, Hillary's is better.

Posted by: Aleks | August 26, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I normally don't have much good to say about Hillary but I'd give her speech kudos so far (can't say the same for Bill). She is talking a bit too much about herself, but what she is saying about Obama is good. Her "were you in it..." series of questions was excellent.

Posted by: RealChoices | August 26, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

All Hillary is doing is recapping basic Democratic stances on the issues and saying support Obama.

Everyone knows she wants him to lose so she can run in '12, and this is just face time so she doesn't look bad to voters. There is a reason her supporters are joining the Mccain Campaign.

Posted by: Jeremy | August 26, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

10:10 pm post -

"I have taken the media's bait, and am talking up a situation not based in reality, only fantasy.

But what do you expect, from a poster who is always a day late with what's going on in the world? I have surprised myself that I did not make another in a boring series of posts about Rezko and Jeremiah Wright.

In my next post I will be talking about other "current" events, like David Archuleta, that lip-synching girl at the Olympic opening ceremonies, and the opening weekend for "The Dark Knight." Stay tuned."

Posted by: 37th&OStreet Translator | August 26, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Bills "Monsters of the ID" are in full control of his mouth. He will be speaking on WED. watch out Hillary Soprano is now on stage with wonderful "ORNGE: outfit. she looks like a rich Republican I wonder how much it cost. I know Sen Schumer will be asking he keeps tracking of these things/

VJ Machiavelli

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | August 26, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse


And Aaa-way we go!

What a speech! I wanna tell ya! He's got a little Gleason... a little Dangerfield... a little Jack E. Leonard... a little Alan King... a little Uncle Miltie!

I want the DVD of that speech! What a performer! What a performer!

Wait... he's got another one! Wait, wait!


Posted by: SCHWEITZER FOR POTUS | August 26, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse


Your headline should highlight that Hillary's people are showing up at McCain events even as she supposedly supports Barack Obama - the Clintons are the real story at this Convention - what they are doing behind the scenes - Do the Clintons want Obama to lose this year ??? - Certainly a first in American history that a former President and his wife are actively undermining the candidate of their own party.

Well, Obama is messing up his Convention something horrible.

The Clintons are the real story here. Obama looks like a midget compared to their antics.


Posted by: 37th&OStreet | August 26, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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