Last night in her speech, Hillary encouraged voters to go to her website and leave messages with their thoughts on what she should do next. Here is what I wrote to her:
Dear Senator Clinton —
I’m not entirely sure what to say to you today. You fought a good campaign, but in the end it was your opponent who crossed the finish line first.
It’s been very frustrating these last few weeks watching you and your campaign team spin the results and crunch the numbers. Last night you spoke of winning the popular vote — trying to steal Barack Obama’s thunder on the night when he secured the delegates needed to clinch the nomination — but your tally left out millions of voters like me who live in caucus states where Obama won. Apparently, in your mind, we don’t matter.
Your speech last night did a disservice to the Democratic Party, and I believe it will later be viewed as tarnishing your legacy. Instead of gracefully congratulating Obama on his moment of triumph, you spoke only of a campaign well-fought, as if you were the candidate with the necessary delegates for nomination later this summer, not him.
You spoke of unifying the party, but I’m not sure how you hope to accomplish that given the overall tone of your speech. There were undertones to the speech that were distinctly threatening, as if you plan to take your 18 million voters and go home if you’re not given the Vice President spot. While I agree that a ticket with both you and Obama would likely be unstoppable come November, was last night’s speech really the best way of securing a spot on that ticket?
Your speech last night was something of a political masterpiece, I must admit, in terms of communicating a number of things without saying them outright. I’m sure the pundits are having a field day parsing it right now. But the very fact that it was a political masterpiece highlighted the difference between you and Barack Obama as presidential candidates:
You spoke like a politician. Barack Obama spoke like a leader.
Please, Hillary, stop playing the political games and congratulate Barack Obama on his successful campaign for the nomination. There will undoubtedly be a very prominent role for you in his administration should he win in November — perhaps as Vice President, perhaps in some cabinet-level post. Please, don’t make it look like you blackmailed Obama into giving it to you.
Give Obama your support and your endorsement, and encourage your supporters to do the same.