Is Hillary a “Bitter-Ender”?
Tensions between the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama camps are coming out at the Democrat Party’s convention this week. The Clinton camp wants at least a better spotlight at the convention, while the Obama camp is comparing Hillary’s people to “bitter-enders” who are like “Japanese soldiers in the South Pacific still fighting after the war is over”.
Associates of Bill Clinton say the ex-president is still angry at how he was portrayed by the Obama camp during the primaries, and wants to use his speech at the convention to set the record straight about his own term in office, instead of going along with the theme of selling Obama over Republican candidate John McCain.
Meanwhile, the Obama camp is irked at how they percieve the Clintons fanned, or at least at a miniumum failed to douse, stories that she was not even vetted as a possible vice presidential nominee. One Obama insider says Mrs. Clinton did not want to be vetted for the VP spot unless she was going to be seriously considered.
Another Obama backer said said that negotiating with Clinton’s team, led by former White House lawyer Cheryl Mills, is like dealing with “Japanese soldiers in the South Pacific still fighting after the war is over” and some of Hillary’s lieutenants are “bitter enders” who presume that, rather than the Clintons reconciling themselves to Obama’s victory, it is up to Obama to accommodate them.
This perception felt by the Obama camp is backed up by what some senior veterans of Clinton’s presidential campaign are saying.
“He has not fully reconciled,” said one political operative close to the Clintons, “and he has not demonstrated that he accepts the Clintons and the Clinton wing of the party.”
If the Clintons themselves are not openly revolting, many of her supporters are. A recent ABC/Washinton Post poll shows that 30 percent of Hillary’s supporters are backing Republican candidate John McCain over Obama. The PUMA campaign, which has appeared on The Right Perspective to air their grievances, is a key factor in this. And at least one Hillary backer has made a campaign commercial for John McCain:
In an effort to minimize damage, Obama strategist David Axelrod and Clinton senior adviser Maggie Williams, have issued a joint statement in response to the obvious fracturing going on at the convention:
"We understand that some in the news media are more interested in reporting the rumor of controversy than the fact of unity. The fact is that our teams are working closely to ensure a successful convention and will continue to do so. Senator and President Clinton fully support the Obama/Biden ticket and look forward to addressing the convention and the nation on the urgency of victory this Fall. Anyone saying anything else doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Period."