Sunday, April 6, 2008
NY Times: Nomination Is Worth Fighting For...
(Victoria Lauren Burke)
Clinton: Nomination Is Worth Fighting For
By John M. Broder
EUGENE, Ore. — Campaigning at a high school in South Eugene Saturday, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to keep fighting for the Democratic nomination.
A young man who said he was an Obama supporter expressed concern that hostile comments about Senator Barack Obama from Mrs. Clinton and her aides would weaken the party when it finally settles on a nominee.
Mrs. Clinton replied with animation and a steadily rising voice. She said that, by and large, this had been an extremely civil campaign. But passions rise in politics, she explained.
“For those of you who are new to politics,” she said, “it can be a little eye-opening especially when you choose sides and you’re for one or the other of us you can take personally anything one of us or the other says. Believe it or not, there have even been some things said about me. I don’t take it personally. I don’t take most of it seriously.”
Then, suggesting that perhaps Mr. Obama, or at least his supporters, were a bit thin-skinned, she added, “If you can’t take the heat, don’t run for president, because it’s a really hot kitchen in the White House.”
“You’re supposed to present your case and critique the other case,” she added. “It is not a coronation. This nomination is worth fighting for and I’m going to fight for it.”
The crowd rewarded her with a standing ovation.
That's right, dammit - it is NOT a coronation, despite Dean. Brazile, Pelosi, Dodd, and Leahy trying to make it so. And for an Obama fan to suggest Clinton has been negative about Obama by challenging what he says is LAUGHABLE. She does NOT ATTACK him for no reason - she points out their differences and his misrepresentations about her record, and HIS. Candidates DO need to make distinctions between their campaigns - and overall, Clinton seems to have done a MUCH better job of not engaging in gratuitous attacks. Obama's people sure cannot say the same...Anyway - good piece, and good to see that people GOT it.