After Hillary Clinton’s robust speech last night, I listened to the talking heads for a while, wondering if they heard the same speech. Kristol, Krauthammer, et al felt it was subdued – which I think is nonsense. Over on CNN, a cornpone Jim Carville enthused, “There’s levels to political ability, and you jes’ saw a real, Sandy Koufax major league fastball!” I thought that closer to the mark. He went on to say, “This is a baaad night to be a Republican!”
Actually, it could have been worse – she could have been speaking as a nominee instead of as a failed candidate. Last spring, I wrote, “I loathe Hillary Clinton’s ideas. But everything she says about sexism in politics is true.” The Republicans are capitalizing on this by holding a party in Denver for Hillary supporters. One angry attendee said, “The Obama people haven’t reached out to us at all…THEY should be the ones holding this party!” But the Obama campaign is so staffed with sore winners that they are backtracking on allowing Clinton to have her full due at the convention.
According to the Denver Post, the Obama campaign was trying to get delegates to vote at the delegate hotels instead of on the convention hall floor after Clinton’s name would be formally placed in nomination. Kelly Jacobs, a Mississippi delegate, immediately began a petiton which needs 800 signatures to succeed, to have a formal vote. "That's not what we learned in civics class," Jacobs said. "I could have voted from home...She is our captain. We don't want to see her disrespected." Another Texas delegate, called ‘visibly angry’ by the Post, said, "I came out here by God to vote for her, and I'm going to do it." Indeed, I wouldn’t want to be the staffer telling a woman like Senate President Murray that she’d be clandestinely casting a vote for Hillary so she could lose quietly in order to present a faux display of unanimity of the floor.
Really, it doesn’t matter if this effort is successful or not. The fact that the effort was made is alienating enough. Sen. Clinton upheld her part of the bargain last night, and gave a vivid speech endorsing Obama. It remains to be seen if any courtesy will be returned.