Why aren't they on a stage together, or in a TV ad, or at least making a joint statement? Why isn't Obama drawing her in, giving her a role, or even mentioning her? This race was a photo finish; 18 million Americans voted for her; and yet we, our concerns and our candidate are being treated like we don't count - don't even exist. And this from the guy who said he was the great uniter. (Deja vu all over again: remember when GW Bush promised to be the great uniter?)
I'm not one who thinks that Hillary has to be VP. But Obama should address the issue rather than thumbing his nose at us with his recent bizarre appointment of a chief of staff to the yet-to-be-named veep (someone Hillary was forced to fire during the campaign). If he wants to tell us he doesn’t want Hillary, he should find another way to do it than to thumb his nose at us. One suggestion: give her a different role. Is that so difficult?
Obama is starting to come off like a sore winner. It is starting to look like his attitude to Hillary supporters is "You didn't vote for me so screw you." In their recent endorsement speeches, both Gore and Edwards went out of their way to try to unite the party. Why can't Obama? Hillary said everything Obama could have wished for in her concession/endorsement speech, and then some. The ball is in his court. Other than having his campaign say that the speech was "very generous" and the 143-word press release referenced above, he has done nada. He has dropped the ball, big time.
Maybe Obama is complacent that he's ahead in the polls. But McCain has one big advantage. Obama has the younger demographic, and younger voters aren't reliable about showing up on election day. McCain has the older voters, and they're much more reliable. Everything is going the Democrat's way this year, but it's possible that the anti-Republican trend could stop at the White House.
An estimated 37% of Hillary supporters say they won't vote for Obama, and recent polls show women shifting from Obama to McCain. It's not as clear cut as saying that Obama stands for women's values better than McCain. Women, or at least Hillary supporters, tend to be very concerned about the candidate's qualifications to lead the country in a challenging time - to do things like create a new mandate for the Fed and get agreement on a new international monetary policy. I don't want more conservative justices or tax cuts, but I'm not convinced that Obama is as qualified as McCain to lead the country on the difficult pragmatic things that need to get done. I'm also concerned about Obama's policy on Iraq: the US has essentially destroyed the country, and we can't just pull out and leave it to chaos.
So don't tell me that Clinton supporters are unable to come to terms with her defeat or exhibit bitter clinginess. Edwards supporters got more attention from Obama when Edwards dropped out of the race - long, long before Edwards endorsed Obama. Clinton supporters have serious concerns - the economy, health care, misogyny, and myriad pragmatic administrative issues - and Obama is not addressing us. Instead of a trite logo on his web site saying "Welcome Clinton Supporters" with a link to sign up and donate money, why doesn't he address us on his web site - reach out, address our concerns? He could at least put a little veneer on the fact that he only wants us for our money and our votes.