Great Moments in Modern Punditry - Part 1
January 23, 2008 (emphasis mine, throughout this post):
I think there is no doubt that [Hillary Clinton] has higher negatives than any of the remaining Democratic candidates, that's just a fact. And there are some who will not vote for her. I have no doubt that once the nomination contest is over, I will get the people who voted for her. Now the question is, could she get the people who voted for me?
In contrast, Sen. Clinton made it very clear that she would unite her supporters behind the eventual nominee. Makes you wonder which of these two candidates is the one really running on a platform of unity.
Hillary again endorses McCain over Obama...
...I've received a lot of emails and comments like this from Hillary supporters. A recent PEW poll shows that 10% of Democrats who support Obama would defect and vote for McCain should Hillary become the candidate. But, a whopping 25% of Democrats who support Hillary would defect and vote for McCain should Obama become the candidate.
Are one quarter of Hillary's supporters racists? (Latte-drinkers not looking so bad, after all, eh?) Have they simply bought in to Hillary's incessant message that Obama, the possible Democratic candidate in the fall, is much less qualified than McCain? It's probably a mixture of both.
But, but, but, didn't Sen. Obama know to such certainty that "I have no doubt that once the nomination contest is over, I will get the people who voted for her"? And didn't he say that "the question is, could she get the people who voted for me?" (Sound of some Obama supporters' and pundits' heads exploding).
Clinton was asked by a questioner in the audience here what she would tell frustrated Democrats who might consider voting for McCain in the general election out of spite.
"Please think through this decision," Clinton said, laughing and emphasizing the word "please."
"It is not a wise decision for yourself or your country."
The crowd applauded loudly. [...]
"First of all, every time you have a vigorous contest like we are having in this primary election people get intense," she continued. "You know, Sen. Obama has intense support. I have intense support."
Clinton stressed that there are "significant" differences between her and Obama, but said "those differences pale to the differences between us and Sen. McCain."
"I intend to do everything I can to make sure we have a unified Democratic party," she said. "When this contest is over and we have a nominee, we're going to close ranks, we're going to be united."
Some Brilliant PunditsTM evidently don't understand that one can speak positively about an opponent without endorsing the opponent (e.g., Sen. Obama has made some positive statements about Sen. Clinton in the past and probably no one other than these Brilliant PunditsTM would assume that he was therefore asking his supporters to vote for her in upcoming primary races). Further, if the mindset of Sen. Clinton's supporters reflects hers, then the mindset of Sen. Obama's supporters reflects his. I'll leave it to the um, pundits, to figure out what that means (and all we need to do is surf the BrilliantTM diaries at one of the major Obama blogs).