She is going to hold an event on Saturday to announce her strong support for Senator Obama’s presidential bid:
On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy,” the New York senator and former first lady said in a letter to her backers released early on Thursday morning.
“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.” […]
“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,” she said in the letter.
“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.”
Clearly, this is a concession and Clinton is now ready to move forward. We’ve all given the Clintons a very rough time here over the past couple months – so much so that we could, at times “no longer rationally discuss” it. Fair enough. Her camp has aggravated us. At the same time, I really kind of feel for her. For years, it has been assumed that Hillary Clinton would be the first woman president of the United States. It was also assumed, rightly or wrongly, that this would happen this year, and I have no doubt that was in her plans (and those of the Democratic Party) all along. At the beginning of this campaign, nearly all of us assumed she would be the nominee until this phenomena named Barack Obama joined the race.
So while I didn’t like it, I can completely understand how Hillary wanted to go right till the end, making every argument she could, even when to the rest of us it seemed irrational. It was her dream job and she was going to make history. But someone else comes along who’s going to get that dream job and is also going to make history. It’s got to be quite a kick in the stomach. Think about it: You apply for the job of a lifetime. You know you’re going to get it because there is no competition. You psych yourself up, knowing the job is yours and the interview process is merely a formality. All of a sudden, a new candidate for the job comes along and becomes the favorite with the recruiting manager.
That’s really got to suck, and you need time to come to grips with it. From a purely emotional perspective, it can also be very embarrassing to go from near certain victory to having to concede to someone who was a long shot has only been around a short time.
I’m not saying Clinton has been right in her actions. I’m just saying that, upon reflection, I can understand where she’s coming from and why it has taken her so long to admit to herself that she’s not going to get a job that she was clearly the favorite to get. Personally, I want to look forward now, and forget about the squabbling of the past several months. I hope that Clinton’s promise to support Barack Obama 100% is sincere and that she does everything possible to get her very disappointed supporters to do the same. I hope that Clinton supporters like Jeralyn, BTD and Taylor Marsh follow her lead, knowing that their candidate lost fairly and that electing a Democrat has to be the goal. For all the fault they find with him, Obama will be an infinitely better president than the alternative.
Finally, I hope Barack Obama supporters will focus more on electing him that they do on what’s happened in the past. We’ll accomplish more by bringing the Clinton supporters into the fold – sort of a post-primary “Marshall Plan” – than we will by rubbing defeat in their faces.
It’s the only way we’ll defeat John McCain in November.