Pre-Endorsement Unity Thread
by Todd Beeton, Fri Jun 06, 2008 at 06:33:10 PM EDT
Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will thank supporters, congratulate Barack Obama and endorse him for president. From her e-mail the other night:
On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. 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.
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. [...]
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.
She will be speaking at 12pm EDT at the National Building Museum, located at 401 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Go HERE for a ticket. I believe Jonathan will be liveblogging it from the venue.
Today, on the eve of Hillary Clinton's concession speech, the word of the day for Democrats is unity.
This afternoon, the Obama campaign sent out a fundraising ask that paid tribute to Hillary's campaign:
I'm sure you've heard that Hillary Clinton is suspending her campaign and announcing her support for Barack. We all owe Senator Clinton -- and her supporters -- a great deal of respect for running an incredible campaign and strengthening our party in all 50 states.
A bit later, I received this from Wes Clark, one of Hillary Clinton's staunchest supporters:
Now I am asking you to come together and make sure Barack Obama is our next president. This is a critical mission.
Hillary Clinton ran an amazing race. She inspired millions. Our party is a better party because of her campaign, and our nation is a better nation because of her service. She is and will always be a friend whom I admire. [...]
It's time our party comes together to stand behind Senator Obama as we move forward in this election season.
And this evening, Chelsea Clinton addressed the Texas state convention and delivered a message that can only be seen as a preview of her mother's speech tomorrow:
Chelsea Clinton delivered a message to convention delegates from her mother: Thank you for all the support - and now it's time to rally behind Sen. Barack Obama.
Obama, as everyone surely knows, narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"My mother wanted me to be very clear - we are going to united," Chelsea told Texas Democrats.
Her mother, she noted, will be endorsing her formal rival tomorrow. Hillary Clinton will reaffirm "her life-long commitment to support and elect Democrats and Sen. Obama in November," the younger Clinton said.
And how can we forget linfar, who brings her own brand of unity to the rec list:
But the campaign is Over. It is time to move on. I am moving on and this is my first step. [...]
So here's to Hillary Clinton-- the first woman to win nearly 18 million votes in a Democratic Party primary--and to her concession speech and a united Democratic Party.
It was one hulluva goddamn fight!
Use this as an open thread to pay tribute to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the historic race we've witnessed this year, a contest that will officially come to a close tomorrow. But we all know it's not the last we'll see of Hillary Clinton this year. After all, as Terry McCauliffe promised:
"She will do anything. She has made that clear. She will do anything she can to help Barack Obama, travel if he wants her to travel everyday she will do that," McAuliffe told reporters outside of Clinton's Washington DC home Friday, as hundreds of staffers were gathering at the house for a final party.