Reaction to Hillary’s Speech Mixed
Hillary gave a good speech, but it needed to be a great speech. It was a concession speech, perhaps the speech Hillary should have given in June.
Hillary’s speech should have been the equivalent of a nomination speech. I didn’t hear that. What I heard was a heartfelt thank you to Hillary’s “sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits.” There was no Obama-like oratorical knock them dead explanation of why Obama has to be president.
More important, Hillary didn’t offer a rebuttal to defuse her devastating critique of Obama’s lack of experience.
The reasons that Hillary gave for supporting Obama were all ways of saying that Obama is a Democrat. She managed to say some nice “words” about Obama in her speech (she was proud to support him), but subsequently she immediately launched into a litany of the many important issues for which she’d fought and sang out with a paean to all the people who had placed their faith in her.
In the end, it came down to being all about her.
On the other hand, here’s a news flash. Hold on to you hats. Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow loved it. Olbermann once again goes just a wee bit over the top (He couldn”t have written it better himself!):
If someone like her was not convinced after seeing Hillary speak live, who did Hillary touch last night? Did anyone on the fence change their mind? Will the 18 million people who voted and campaigned for Hillary over the past 12 months switch gears and join the Obama camp? We won’t know the answer to that until November.