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Author Grisham Still Supports Clinton

Anita Kumar

Internationally known novelist John Grisham and his wife, Renee, both active Democrats, drove from their home outside Charlottesville to the convention in Hampton.

Mrs. Grisham was selected this afternoon to serve as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, where she plans to support Hillary Clinton even though Barack Obama won enough delegates to secure the nomination. Grisham will accompany his wife to Denver.

Mrs. Grisham has known Clinton since attending a dinner at the White House a decade ago and campaigned for the New York senator in several states, including Texas and Mississippi, where she and her husband used to live.

The couple hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Clinton last fall on the historic downtown mall in Charlottesville. More than 1,000 supporters attended the event, which raised $200,000.

Grisham, who has sold more than 235 million books worldwide, served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990. He hosted a fundraiser for Sen. James Webb in 2006 in Charlottesville along with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and author Stephen King.

What do the Grishams think of Obama?

"We're Hillary people,'' he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 14, 2008; 3:38 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President  
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Let the idiot vote for McCain. 4 more years of war, plus a new war with Iran and Siria. Now, stand for the democratic party or let you you and Nader bask in the sun together...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 14, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Okay, just a guess, but I think "be nice to Hillary supporters," as per Senator Obama's guidance, probably doesn't mean calling them idiots.

Like you, though, I was so sorry to see that a nationally known figure like John Grisham would take a stand against party unity, because it does, undeniably, benefit John McCain. It is like voting for Ralph Nader in 2000.

I can only hope that the Grishams will look at the choice of candidates for the fall, McCain and Obama, with an open mind, and choose to support Senator Obama, one of the most inspiring and potentially transformational presidents in my lifetime. The fact that so many more US Senators endorsed Barack Obama instead of Hillary Clinton during the primary speaks volumes, and not about sexism or racism. It speaks to the judgment of experienced Democrats who have worked with them both, know them personally, and in many instances, have their own experience of the presidential trail.

I also hope the Grishams will come to the view that nowadays, support is needed as soon as possible, not after the August convention. Waiting til then is tantamount to sending a check to John McCain. McCain has enjoyed the support of his party for much longer already. Let's not keep giving him that advantage.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | June 15, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Hats off to John & Renee Grisham for continuing to support Sen. Hillary Clinton. I still do.

There's nothing in the article that they intend to support or vote for John McCain. Why are the comments assuming that? I mean, they may do that, but nothing in the present article says anything to that effect.

There s nothing wrong in Hillary Clinton delegates going tothe Democratic Convention and expressing their support for her. Obviously Obama has more than enough delegates (pledged, unpledged, switched, double-crossed, ...) for him to secure the nomination. He doesn't need to grab every last delegate by hook or crook, to show party unity.

I still think the Democratic Party is shooting itself in the foot, fielding this flawed candidate. Would you send your second best athlee to the Olympics, with teh argument that that owuld be good enough to win?

Posted by: Krishna | June 15, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Krishna - I don't think that either of the previous commenters indicated that they believed the Grishams had voiced the intention to support (or vote for) McCain.

"Anonymous" at 11:42 P.M. seemed to be saying, "A pox on your house! Go ahead and vote for McCain, then, and see what you get!"

And Fairfax Voter was pointing out that a refusal to actively support Obama at this point runs the risk of sewing discord within the Democratic party, effectively aiding McCain.

Posted by: Bob S. | June 15, 2008 3:41 AM | Report abuse

Another Grisham mystery.

Will there be a logical conclusion? Or just more delusion?

Posted by: NoVA | June 16, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Nothing is final until the convention. Obama is relying on unpledged superdelegates who could change their minds at any time. Give these people a break.

Posted by: Carol | June 16, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Good for the Grishams! It is great that there are so many of us who support Hillary Clinton. Since she is the most experienced, knowledgeable, and ELECTABLE candidate, it is wonderful there are superdelegates who see there are millions of us who want her as our next POTUS! No, there really is not party unity when one candidate can be SELECTED by the DNC and not ELECTED by the people. I just hope a few more of the delegates and superdelegates vote according to the voters they are supposed to be representing who cast their votes for Clinton.

Posted by: MS. BLUEGRASS | August 16, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

It's so nice to see that some delegates can't be bought! Senator Obama has not won enough delegates to secure the nomination. The pledged delegate count is just a little over 100 in favor of Senator Obama. Senator Kennedy was over 700 delegates behind when he challenged an incumbent President, Jimmy Carter. Super delegates can change their mind at any time right up to the final vote at the convention. And calling people idiots is not the way to get them to embrace your candidate!

Posted by: hipelayne | August 16, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

It just shows the difference between the Obama supporter and the Clinton supporter. Barack has bad judgment, bad associations, and bad character. He should be nowhere near the White House. People who love America deeply will work to elect Senator Clinton. Obama is unqualified and unelectable - his polls are tanking because more and more are realizing that.

Posted by: Alex | August 17, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

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