A Letter from Hillary Clinton

From Hillary to my inbox:

On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans.

I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party’s nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.

When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House.

I made you — and everyone who supported me — a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I’m going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.

I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.

We need to be gracious in victory.

Clinton had a lot of great people who supported her. We need to respect that and hope that they will come around to Obama as soon as they can.

If the shoe were on the other foot, I’d be angry and I’d be saying I would vote for McCain, but I know that I would eventually get over it and support the Democrat.

Most Clinton supporters will support Obama, and no matter how hard it is for me to hold back my snarky comments, I will post no negative about Clinton from here on.

McCain is Obama’s rival from here on.

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6 responses to “A Letter from Hillary Clinton

  1. I applaud you. I don’t know if I can say the same about posting nothing that can be construed as negative about the Clinton. Not out of anger, but really out of fascination. This campaign by them has raised a hell of a lot of questions in my mind that weren’t really there before. It’s going to take some time to sort out, though.

  2. I applaud your magnanimity, but I think I will reserve the right to make negative comments about the Clintons until after the election is over. With those two, you just never know what they might do. We’ll see how she reacts when she fails to get the nod for the vice presidency. And November is a very long way off.

    I applaud Obama for already starting to reach out to Clinton supporters. I know it’s being done out of necessity, but it can’t be easy. Senator Clinton, President Clinton and their campaign and surrogates have behaved so disgracefully, so shamelessly, so brazenly….it must be hard to turn off the acrimony.

    Mrs. Clinton did have a lot of great people who supported her. By her actions, however, she was seldom deserving of their favor.

  3. My mom just sent me an e-mail saying “Isn’t that Hillary a selfish a-hole?” Um, but with regard to her supporters I can only compare it to 2004. As a staunch Dean supporter, there was a time when I loathed John Kerry (remember Kerry’s connection to the Osama ad?). But, in the end, I voted for Kerry, as I think most Deaniacs did. Wounds will heal and Hillary will hopefully do what she needs to do to help unite this mo-fo party and win the White House!

  4. One other thing: I hope that in supporting Obama, Hillary will put the kibosh on this news story that she is maneuvering for the VP slot. When he doesn’t choose her (and I don’t think he will), it potentially will re-ignite the vitriol of the Hillary supporters if it is perceived that she was begging to be on the ticket.

  5. Zen, GB, well, after reviewing some of the ridiculously rabid anti-Obama sites, I stand by my pledge to not attack Clinton or her sane supporters.

    But the batshit crazy ones at places like Larry Johnson’s No Quarter, the PUMA site, or hillaryis44.com will not get such consideration. They’re nuts and I doubt if they are Democrats.

    The Clinton supporters who are mourning Clinton’s defeat and who are not yet ready to accept Obama as their candidate have my support. I hope they come around. I’ve been there many times.

  6. Laura, I think she’s backing off the VP stuff. I can’t understand why she would want to be VP, given the fact that she would have a lot more power and influence in the senate (especially if he’s elected majority leader, which I think is quite possible) than she would as VP.

    I think the VP thing was a way to ask that Obama stroke her ego (and the egos of her supporters) more than anything else.

    As for the Dean comparison, I think it’s quite apt. Dean was treated horribly by the Democratic party and (especially) the media. In the end, Dean people became some of Kerry’s most enthusiastic supporters because they understood what was at stake.

    Kerry wasn’t perfect, but he was 1000x better than Bush. I hope that some of the Clintonistas come around in the same way.

    We need them to win.

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