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    Bill Kristol “Shocked” by Hillary Clinton’s Speech

    By kyle | August 26, 2008

    On Fox News Channel, William Kristol: “She said not a word about Obama as a person.” Kristol says Hillary mentioned Obama ten times and everything she said about him could have been said about any generic Democrat who received the nomination. He calls it a “shockingly minimal” endorsement, or words to that effect. He points out that she offered not a single warm behind the scenes anecdote about how much she learned from him or came to admire him while spending 18 months on the campaign trail with him or while serving in the Senate with him. There was no personal touch. He also says her attacks on McCain were fairly brief. “I really am a little bit shocked, actually,” Kristol concludes.

    Kristol makes a good point: You would think Hillary and Obama would actually know each other by now. She did not say anything about him that you or I couldn’t say based on the impression we’ve gotten from the newspapers.

    Fred Barnes says she cast herself very much as the female candidate, that her candidacy was a great advance for women. He says that when she started out on the trail she was making the point that she was a great candidate for all of America, de-emphasizing being a woman.

    Morton Kondracke on the convention so far: “cliche after cliche after cliche.” But “Somehow she made them more vivid.”

    Deadpan Brit Hume on the negativity of the Democrats: “You would think we were living in Belarus or something like that.” Funny.

    CNN is saying the opposite, that Hillary belted it out of the park.
    CNN’s David Gergen: “Her finest hour in politics. It was so unselfish. It was not about her. This was such a generous act. It was so clear. She didn’t hold anything back in her endorsement.”

    MSNBC is with CNN. N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson is saying she held nothing back and healed the rift in the party. David Gregory is praising her. “She did it with a sharp knife but with a smile as well.” Keith Olbermann praises her also: “remarkable” speech.

    David Brooks on PBS: “Pretty mediocre night,” partially salvaged by Hillary Clinton. “She could have praised Obama more specifically.”

    Mark Shields: “a better night than last night. And tomorrow’d better be better.”

    Back on Fox: Chris Wallace says he is a “Yaysayer” and calls it “a very generous speech.” “I think that she for the first time in this convention talked about how Barack Obama will, she believes, improve the lives of middle and working-class people who are hurting now.” What better way, he adds, to transfer her votes than to say I fought for X and so will Barack Obama?

    Topics: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics, TV | 5 Comments »

    5 Responses to “Bill Kristol “Shocked” by Hillary Clinton’s Speech”

    1. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      August 26th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

      Wow! Fox News said that, when everyone else says that Hillary knocked it out of the park tonight (including me – what a great, Presidential speech). What’s the deal with Fox News then? They right wing or something?

    2. kyle Says:
      August 26th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

      Hunter, when I open my Hall of Fame of commenters, you will be the first inductee.

    3. John Says:
      August 26th, 2008 at 11:38 pm

      Hillary’s speech reminded me when we were campaigning in Middle School. It was a waste. I thought Michelle Obama was good, though. Why was she dressed like a carrot tonight? Deep down she wants him to lose so she can run in 4 years. Bill doesn’t like Obama but he’s going to speak tomorrow? Why does Barack have people speaking who don’t really support him? I can’t wait for next week.

    4. John Says:
      August 26th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

      Why won’t Spike Lee speak to Fox News? I guess he discriminates.

    5. kishke Says:
      August 27th, 2008 at 11:05 am

      The Atlantic is with Fox: