Senator Hillary Clinton wants her delegates to have a voice at the upcoming Democratic Convention… And rightly so. Like all candidates before her, who have fought a hard primary battle and have had committed supporters and delegates, Clinton wants her supporters to be heard. It’s not unusual… And yet, for some reason, it seems that some Clinton supporters are still out there misconstruing it all.
A video clip posted on YouTube, that has been making the rounds on PUMA websites ended up in an ABC News piece today. In the clip Clinton tells supporters at a gathering last week that she is “looking for a “strategy” for her delegates to have their voices heard and “respected” at the Democratic National Convention.”
“I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected. I think that is a very big part of how we actually come out unified,” Clinton, D-N.Y., said at a California fundraiser last Thursday…
“Because I know from just what I’m hearing, that there’s incredible pent-up desire. And I think that people want to feel like, ‘OK, it’s a catharsis, we’re here, we did it, and then everybody get behind Sen. Obama.’ That is what most people believe is the best way to go,” she said.
“No decisions have been made. And so we are trying to work all this through with the DNC and with the Obama campaign.”
I proudly supported Hillary Clinton here on The Dem Daily, in the primaries, and I still do, but I get what she’s saying and it is so not what the PUMA’s have made it out to be. And that was made clear in this statement also made at the same fundraiser (emphasis mine):
“What we want to have happen is for Sen. Obama to be nominated by a unified convention of Democrats,” Clinton said at the California fundraiser last week. “And as I have said, the best way I think — and I could be wrong — but the best way I think to do that is to have a strategy so that my delegates feel like they have a role, and that their legitimacy has been validated.”
She added: “It’s as old as, you know, as Greek drama. You know, there is a catharsis. I mean, everybody comes and, you know, they want to yell and scream and have their opportunity, and I think that’s all to the good. Because then, you know, everybody can go, ‘OK, great, now let’s go out and win.’ ”
“And that’s what we want people to feel. We do not want any Democrat either in the hall or in the stadium or at home walking away saying, ‘Well, you know, I’m just not satisfied, I’m not happy.’ Because, I mean, that’s what I’m trying to avoid.”
The bottomline, which some folks still don’t want to grasp is this: Hillary Clinton has endorsed and is now supporting Barack Obama and she wants her supporters to come together, follow her lead, and support Obama, too. She wants a unified convention and she wants Democrats to win back the White House this November, with Barack Obama.
The Caucus, who also reported on the ABC News piece has added this update the story:
[Update | 8:40 p.m.: Mr. Obama’s and Mrs. Clinton’s press offices released a joint statement: “We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success. At the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election.”]
Success means everyone coming together to win in November. Success means working together for the common good and the future of our nation. Hillary Clinton gets that.
Hillary will be holding a live webchat tomorrow on BlogHillary at 12:00 PM EDT. Tune in as she answers questions from her supporters and hopefully reveals more of what she is hoping to achieve in the way of unity at the convention.
And last but not least… Incase you missed it, read Hillary’s OP/ED in the WSJ: No Crisis Is Immune
From Exploitation Under Bush.