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Hillary: I will continue; Confluencians & PUMAs: Us too.

By all accounts Hillary had a fabulous night last night. Do to a storm that knocked out our power (mister says it just came back on) I was totally disconnected from current events from about 8:15 last night until nearly 9 o’clock this morning. So I’ve been scrambling to catch up.

She’s asking us to Stand With Her. And I ask you to take a moment if you haven’t to visit her site right now and let her know that she can count on your support. We know that the pressure on her to quit must be unrelenting. That the people who stole her delegates last Saturday will do anything to stop this campaign. The only support she has is us. This is the day our support matters most.

The best thing is that I missed all the live action gnashing of teeth by the BOYZ. The saddest part of all was missing Hillary’s speech:

And for those of you (like me) who can’t watch videos where you are. Riverdaughter posted some of it this morning. But because I couldn’t watch it with you last night, I want to share the experience now:

Thank you all so much. Thank you and thanks so much to South Dakota. You had the last word in this primary season, and it was worth the wait.

I want to start tonight by congratulating Senator Obama and his supporters on the extraordinary race that they have run. Senator Obama has inspired so many Americans to care about politics and empowered so many more to get involved, and our party and our democracy is stronger and more vibrant as a result. So, we are grateful, and it has been an honor to contest these primaries with him, just as it is an honor to call him my friend. And tonight, I would like all of us to take a moment to recognize him and his supporters for all they have accomplished.

Now, sixteen months ago, you and I began a journey to make history and to remake America. And from the hills of New Hampshire to the hollows of West Virginia and Kentucky, from the fields of California to the factories of Ohio, from the Alleghenies to the Ozarks to the Everglades, to right here in the great state of New York, we saw millions of Americans registering to vote for the first time, raising money for the first time, knocking on doors, making calls, talking to their friends and neighbors, mothers and fathers lifting their little girls and their little boys on to their shoulders and whispering, “See, you can be anything you want to be.”

I think, too, of all of those wonderful women in their nineties who came out to see me because they were born before women could vote, and they wanted to be part of making history. And the people who drove for miles, who waved their handmade signs, who went to all the events that we held, who came to hillaryclinton.com and showed the tangible support that they felt in their hearts. And I am just enormously grateful, because in the millions of quiet moments, in thousands of places, you asked yourself a simple question: Who will be the strongest candidate and the strongest president?

Who will be ready to take back the White House and take charge as Commander-in-Chief and lead our country to better tomorrows? People in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the territories, all had a chance to make your voices heard and on Election Day after Election Day, you came out in record numbers to cast your ballots. Nearly eighteen million of you cast your votes for our campaign, carrying the popular vote with more votes than any primary candidate in history. Even when the pundits and the naysayers proclaimed week after week that this race was over, you kept on voting.

You are the nurse on the second shift, the worker on the line, the waitress on her feet, the small business owner, the farmer, the teacher, the miner, the trucker, the soldier, the veteran, the student, the hard working men and women who don’t always make the headlines but have always written America’s story. You have voted because you wanted to take back the White House, and because of you, we won together the swing states necessary to get to 270 electoral votes.

In all of the states you voted because you wanted a leader who will stand up for the deepest values of our party. A party that believes everyone should have a fair shot at the American Dream. A party that cherishes every child, values every family, and counts every single vote.

I often felt that each of your votes was a prayer for our nation, a declaration of your dreams for your children, a reflection of your desire to chart a new course in this new century and in the end, while this primary was long, I am so proud we stayed the course together because we stood our ground, it meant that every single United States citizen had a chance to make his or her voice heard.

A record thirty-five million people voted in this primary, from every state, red, blue, purple, people of every age, faith, color and walk of life. And we have brought so many people into the Democratic Party and created enthusiasm among those we seek to serve. And I am committed to uniting our Party, so we move forward, stronger and more ready than ever to take back the White house this November.

For the past seven years, so many people in this country have felt invisible, like your president didn’t even really see you. I have seen the shuttered factories, the jobs shipped overseas, the families struggling to afford gas and groceries, but I’ve also seen unions retraining workers to build energy efficient buildings, innovators designing cars that run on fuel cells and bio-fuels and electricity, cars that get more miles per gallon than ever before, cars that will cut the cost of driving, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and fight global warming.

I have met too many people without health care, just a diagnosis away from financial ruin, but I have also seen the scientists and researchers solving the medical mysteries and finding the treatments and cures that are transforming lives. I have seen the struggling schools with the crumbling classrooms and the unfair burdens imposed by No Child Left Behind, but I have also met dedicated and caring teachers who use their own savings to buy supplies, and students passionately engaged in the issues of our time, from ending the genocide in Darfur to once again making the environment a central issue of our day.

None of you is invisible to me. You never have been. I see you, and I know how hardworking you are. I’ve been fighting for you my whole adult life, and I will keep standing for you and working for you every single day because in your courage and character, your energy and ingenuity, your compassion and faith, I see the promise of America every day. The challenges we face are great, but our determination is greater.

You know, I understand that a lot of people are asking, what does Hillary want? What does she want? Well, I want what I have always fought for in this whole campaign. I want to end the war in Iraq. I want to turn this economy around. I want health care for every American. I want every child to live up to his or her God-given potential, and I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard and no longer to be invisible.

You see, I have an old-fashioned notion, one that’s been the basis of my candidacy and my life’s work, that public service is about helping people solve their problems and live their own dreams. This nation has given me every opportunity, and that’s what I want for every single American.

That’s why I want universal health care. It is wrong that Americans pay 50% more for health care than the people of any other wealthy nation, with costs doubling this decade and nearly 50 million people without any health insurance at all. It is wrong for parents to have to choose between care for themselves or their children, to be stuck in dead-end jobs just to keep their insurance or to give up working altogether so their kids will qualify for Medicaid. I have been working on this issue not just for the past 16 months, but for 16 years. And it is a fight I will continue until every single American has health insurance. No exceptions and no excuses.

I want an economy that works for all families. That’s why I have been fighting to create millions of new jobs in clean energy and rebuilding our infrastructure, jobs to come to all of our states and urban and rural areas and suburban communities and small towns. That’s why I sounded the alarm on the home mortgage crisis well over a year ago, because these are the issues that will determine whether we will once again grow together as a nation or continue to grow apart. And I want to restore America’s leadership in the world. I want us to be led once again by the power of our values, to have a foreign policy that is both strong and smart, to join with our allies and confront our shared challenges from poverty and genocide to global terrorism and global warming.

These are the issues that brought me into this race. They are the life blood of my campaign, and they have been and will continue to be the causes of my life. And your spirit has inspired me every day in this race.

While I traveled our country talking about how I wanted to help you, time and again, you reached out to help me, to grab my hand or grip my arm, to look into my eyes and tell me, don’t quit, keep fighting, stay in this race for us.

Now there were days when I had the strength enough to fight for all of us, and on the days that I didn’t, I leaned on you, the soldier on his third tour of duty in Iraq who told his wife, an Iraqi veteran herself, to take his spending money and donate it to our campaign instead. The 11-year-old boy in Kentucky who sold his bike and video games to raise money for our campaign. The woman who came to a rally hours early, waited and waited to give me a rosary. And all those who whispered to me, simply to say I am praying for you.

So many people said this race was over five months ago in Iowa, but we had faith in each other and you brought me back in New Hampshire and on Super Tuesday and in Ohio and in Pennsylvania and Texas and Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico and South Dakota. I will carry your stories and your dreams with me every day for the rest of my life. I will carry your stories and your dreams with me every day for the rest of my life.

Now the question is, where do we go from here, and given how far we’ve come and where we need to go as a party, it’s a question I don’t take lightly. This has been a long campaign, and I will be making no decisions tonight. But this has always been your campaign, so to the 18 million people who voted for me and to our many other supporters out there of all ages, I want to hear from you. I hope you’ll go to my website at HillaryClinton.com and share your thoughts with me and help in any way that you can.

In the coming days, I’ll be consulting with supporters and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and our country guiding my way. And I want to conclude tonight by saying thank you. Thank you to the people across America for welcoming me and my family into your homes and your hearts. Thanks to all of you in every corner of this country who cast your votes for our campaign. I am honored and humbled by your support and your trust. Thanks to my staff and volunteers for all those long hours and late nights, and I thank your families and your loved ones as well, because your sacrifice was theirs. And I especially want to thank all of the leadership of my campaign. Our chairman, Terry McAuliffe and everyone who worked so hard. And, of course, my family for their incredible love, support and work. Bill and Chelsea, Hugh and Maria, Tony and Megan, Zach and Fiona and my mother who turns 89 tomorrow. And, finally, I want to thank all of the people who had the courage to share your stories with me out on the campaign trail.

Tonight, I am thinking of a woman I met just yesterday in Rapid City, South Dakota. We were outside Talley’s Restaurant. There was a crowd there as I was walking into the restaurant. And she was standing right up against the barrier. She grabbed my hand and she said, “What are you going to do to make sure I have health care?” And as she was talking, she began to cry. She told me she works three jobs. She has suffered from seizures since childhood. She hasn’t been able to afford insurance ever since she left her parents’ home. It is shameful that anyone in this country could tell that story to me. And whatever path I travel next, I promise I will keep faith with her and with everyone I met across this great and good country.

You know, tonight we stand just a few miles from the Statue of Liberty. And from the site where the Twin Towers fell and where America rose again. Lady Liberty’s presence and the towers’ absence are a constant reminder that here in America, we are resilient, we are courageous, we embrace all of our people and that when we face our challenges together, there is no barrier we can’t overcome, no dream we can’t realize, nothing we can’t do if we just start acting like Americans again.

Thank you all very much. God bless you and God bless America.

30 Responses

  1. Hey, Katiebird,

    I dropped Our Girl two love notes, sent her some money and I’m telling everyone that HE didn’t win the nomination. The nominee is selected at the convention. He has a majority of the delegates but Our Girl has a majority of the popular vote, the electoral map and 18 million voters. Sounds like a winner to me – how about you?

  2. Again, this doesn’t feel, smell or look like a campaign that’s wrapping things up. She’s still raising cash, contacting superdelegates, holding press conferences – basically, looking like a nominee. Don’t listen to the chatter, she’s a sticker.

  3. Sent her my e-mail and another small contribution last night right after the speech. She is a fighter. Bigger balls than Kobe Bryant! Who could not support a candidate that has it all wrapped up in one package? On to Denver!

  4. I’ve emailed and donated and then got my mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law to email and donate too. We’re sticking with her as long as she continues go for it.

    FYI, the Wall St. Journal has an interesting story “The Obama We Don’t Know” – it’s good read.

    Find it here: http://tinyurl.com/4ht7ay

  5. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0608/10827.html

    Just in case you were worried that Obama’s campaign has woken up and realized that maybe it would be a good idea to pay a little respect to the 18 million people who voted for her during the primaries:

    Barack Obama would like to remind you of something: He won and she didn’t. It’s about him now and not her. He has made history, and she is history.

    Not that Hillary Clinton admitted to any of that in her nonconcession concession speech Tuesday night, after Obama attained the delegate votes he needs for the Democratic presidential nomination

    For someone giving indications she would like to be Obama’s running mate, Clinton was surprisingly ungracious. In fact, if you had just awakened from a (blissful) 17-month sleep, you would have thought she had won.

    “Because of you, we won together the swing states necessary to get to 270 electoral votes,” she told the crowd in New York City. “I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard and no longer to be invisible.”

    But her fighting words only increased the need for Obama to show that he can be strong, tough and in charge. Clinton’s unwillingness to recognize Obama as the victor only increased the need for Obama to act like a president and not like a doormat. And denying her a vice presidential slot may be a way of doing that.

    Unity. It’s all about proving you have a penis and your opponent doesn’t.

  6. OMG litigatormom. ROFLMAO!

    too funny.

  7. LitigatorMom: Feel the love! It’s as if they hugged and hugged us!

  8. (shaking head) Well, litigatormom — between that quote and Jimmy Carter’s awesome inclusiveness, I’m feeling the Unity.


    Who do these people think they’re fooling? Do they realize that Obama is unelectable so they have to stick their fingers in our eyes right now. Or never?

  9. Hi folks, grlpatriot here. Some of you may know me from MyDD or the Hillary’s Voice group. I want to vote for Hillary in November. How ’bout you? Just wanted to give a shout out about a new group. Pacific John, at Hillary’s Voice started a “Draft Hillary” group. Join the movement and spread the link far and wide. Let’s help the “SDs sober-up” and take Hillary, her supporters, and her 18 million votes seriously.


    Here is the group description:
    Draft Hillary. That’s what we’re here for, to make Hillary our President. We are here to pick up the pieces from corrupt party pols and out of touch elites who dismiss the base of our country, the middle class, LGBT, Latinos and women!

    What were they thinking? If you have an answer to that, or if you’re as stumped as the rest of us, join us to Draft Hillary!

  10. PUMA them, PUMA all of them.

    We don’t NEED them.

    THEY need US.

    Let them write all they want. Hillary won the popular vote, while the DNC/RBC threw the election for 0bambi.

    Roe v Wade will stand under McCain, as it did under Bush. It has legal precedence and will not be overturned, not matter who the hell they put on the SCOTUS. So that threat is moot.


  11. Hillary knows how to play the waiting game. She’ll prevail, have no fear.

    Between now and August Obama will be angry because:

    A. McCain is attacking him
    B The media starts covering McCain the war hero
    C. The media is still paying attention to Hillary
    D. Patrick Fitzgerald starts eyeballing him
    E. His markers get called in

    He will never make it to August withour imploding. He’s not physically up to it.

    Plus the blogger boyz’ luv for Obama is going to fade.

    And these are only the tip of the ice berg.


  12. Since all they can find to threaten us with is Roe, let them talk until they turn Red. I don’t need Roe, the generation that watched it’s creation doesn’t need Roe. The fools who need it are the fools who have caused this problem. Let ’em lose it, let ’em figure out how to get their reproductive privacy rights restored.

  13. litagatormom, his aides are also running around saying they don’t care about Clinton’s supporters—we’ll fall in line and they don’t need us anyway. 🙂

  14. I’m not afraid of a wire coat hanger.

  15. Why suspend now that the active primaries are over?

    I think it’s silly — she’s got the right to have her name submitted at the convention.

    Who are these people who would erase 18 million voters?

  16. I really feel like I’m in the twilight zone. I just turned on Fox News for a short time, and they had some “Democratic strategist” on. He was just infuriated at Hillary. He said she was being “defiant.” These guys have a lot of nerve using words like “defiant” and “obey” when referring to Hillary Clinton. I hope she gives them what-for.

    The guy was saying that last night was a historic night because the Democratic party nominated and African American. Hillary ruined if for everyone supposedly. Do these people understand that 18 million Americans voted for her and probably about half of those people won’t vote for him?

    From what I can tell the Democratic “elders” are going to continue right on with the policy of “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”

  17. I wonder when we’ll find out how many people sent in comments the way Hillary asked them to? I already wrote to her three times.

  18. BostonBoomer, have we seen a complete list of Obama’s delegates? How do we know they exist?

  19. I think it’s amusing. All Hillary has to do is be her cool, calm and collected self. Her foes are getting high blood pressure, migraines, sore throats and carpal tunnel syndrome while she remains poised and serene.

    Conserve energy. Be graceful in ropose. Be vigilant. Wait for your moment. Then pounce!

    She’s a puma, all right.

  20. I don’t care about Roe v Wade. It would take an Immaculate Conception for me at this point anyway. Besides, I got rid of all my wire hangers along with Joan Crawford. Tough toenails!

  21. Since all they can find to threaten us with is Roe, let them talk until they turn Red. I don’t need Roe, the generation that watched it’s creation doesn’t need Roe.

    My sister would be dead now without Roe. My ovaries are turning to stone as we speak, but my daughters need Roe. And its not just reproductive freedom. It’s privacy, its the unbounded Unitary Executive.

    I don’t have the confidence in Obama on judicial appointments that I would in Hillary, but there IS a difference between Obama and McCain on that score and many others. I’m not saying what to do about it, and I’m not feeling the OBEDIENCE right now, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that McCain is no alternative to Obama. If Obama is unacceptable, then McCain is off the charts unacceptable.

    Which is why I continue to hope that we come back to the first and best solution: Hillary.

  22. I think it is funny as crap, she’s got the big boy’s panties all in a wad.

  23. Katiebird: Don’t they list the committed delegates at the delegate site we went to yesterday to send the em’s?

  24. What’s PUMAs position on voteboth.com?

  25. Just remember, McCain will be the POTUS with a Democratic Congress. Thus, we have checks and balance. Also, I remember that Kerry wanted McCain for VP in 2004, but McCain turned him down so he picked Edwards. I can easily vote for McCain.

    Of course, if Hillary pulls an upset I vote for her. However, I will not vote for Obama even if she is the VP.
    He is unfit for the position.

    I personally don’t think HRC wants VP. His people have been rude to her family. She has been cursed and ridiculed by them. Nope, she doesn’t want it. She doesn’t need it; since she is now the most powerful woman in America. (Move over, Oprah.)

    I think she wants universal health care on the party platform. I think she wants a change in the DNC election rules, especially an end to undemocratic caucuses. I also think she is waiting to see the Obama campaign implode, hopefully sooner than later.

  26. “She doesn’t need it; since she is now the most powerful woman in America.”

    Michelle O called her “the most powerful woman on the planet”!

  27. My open letter to Senator Clinton:

    V=Dear Senator Clinton

    I am sorry to hear you are leaving the campaign. I will be unable to support Senator Obama in the General Election. For the first time in twenty years I will be voting for the Opposition Candidate. My reasons have nothing to do with being bitter, petty, or spiteful to the Obama for America.

    I have always said, I will vote in a way that puts America first not my self-interest, and not my party. I will be leaving the Democratic party after the primaries in August. I cannot in good conscience vote, support, or rally around, someone who is to inexperienced and has not earned my trust. That was my position in January when I supported the best candidate in the Democratic Party, and I will not compromise it now.

    Senator Obama, his supporters, Mr. Axelrod, Donna Brazile, Nancy Pelosi, have spent the last six months tearing this party apart, and disrespecting your supporters. In the last few days the attacks have become intolerable. My email box and my posting around this internet were attacked, and ridiculed.

    I am so sorry Senator, that I will not be able to join you in your support for Senator Obama, the venom of the victor and the arrogance of the self-righteous of the people he has surrounded himself with and who he has supported have left me cold. The time to heal has passed the time to move on has not.

    I look forward to voting for you again during the 2012 campaign, and rejoining the party after the November Elections when your candidate will go down in a stunning defeat. I look forward to your continuing to work for the people.

    My warmest respect and regards,

    Michael P Varvel

  28. I am writing in Hillary Rodham Clinton following much thought, observation, and conversation. I cannot vote for McCain because of issues that are important to me- families, children, health care, war, women’s equal pay, minimum pay, union bargaining……I do not want to bash Obama or anyone, my decision is based on who I think is best for these terrible times in America. It happens to be a woman – Hillary Clinton – She brought to us a renewed awareness about how little our votes count but we can change that. We (18 million) can tell the media that they will not tell us who our next president will be. Turn it off, don’t buy the products advertised and dig for what is true. A quiet boycott, one with no hooplah will be the most effective. They (the talking heads) will be scared and will have to dig themselves to figure out what is happening and why. We can be the most effective catalyst for change this country has ever seen. They do not want us to realize the power we have – believe it and act accordingly!


  30. Oh Richard, so astute, so “educated” so witty. Such an accurate reflection of your candidate!

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