Both Clintons bitter over loss

Failed Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and her former President husband are bitter over her loss to Barack Obama and angry at Democratic leaders they feel abandoned her, party sources tell Capitol Hill Blue.

“She’s petulant, defiant and bitter,” says one senior Democratic strategist, who asked not to be identified. “She feels the party owed her the Presidency and turned its back on her when she needed them.”

Clinton’s self-serving speech on Tuesday night where she opted not to concede defeat or endorse presumptive nominee Barack Obama angered Democratic leaders who say they’ve had enough of the Clintons.

Yet Clinton was still pondering whether or not to carry her fight to the floor of the Convention in Denver when House and Senate leaders called her on Wednesday and told her to get out of the race or face removal of any future role in the Democratic Party.

“Up until that point, Clinton still thought she could pull a hat trick and reverse the election results,” the strategist said. “It took Charlie Rangel to tell her it was over.”

Rangel forced Clinton’s hand. Sources say he told the New York Senator to get out of the race by the end of the week or her future with the party was over.

“The Congressman said if the sun rose on Monday morning and she was still in the race she could kiss any future role in Democratic leadership goodbye,” said a source in Rangel’s office.

Bill Clinton, sources say, is furious with the Democratic leadership and calls Rangel and others “traitors” to his wife and him. Clinton has used the same word to describe former members of his administration who endorsed Obama, especially New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

“Bill wanted her to keep fighting and take the battle to Denver,” says one aide close to the Clintons.

Even though Clinton agreed to drop out of the race in a public announcement on Saturday, Rangel and other house members didn’t trust her enough to wait. They switched their endorsements to Obama in a public announcement Thursday.

“The Democratic power structure has lost its fascination with the Clintons,” says one party consultant. “They see the Clintons now as opportunists who care more about themselves than either the party or the country and they’ve had enough.”

Hillary Clinton, however, is still expected to hedge her bets by suspending rather than ending her campaign. She will continue to try and raise money to try and pay off her debts and has said privately that she will not block anyone who wants to place her name in nomination from the floor of the convention, a move that could destroy any facade of party unity.

Party insiders worry that the Clintons have not thrown in the towel.

“The Clintons thrive on revenge,” says a former Clinton aide. “Payback will be a bitch.”

Comments

  1. rjf7r

    It was clear from the 2004 convention onward that at least some part of the Democratic Party leadership was grooming Obama for a presidential run. Could the Clintons really have held onto the fantasy since four years ago that all or most of the Democratic leadership favored Hillary’s candidacy?

  2. Southerner

    I think you’re right that the Clintons will come back for another bombing and strafing run at Obama and the Dems who are supporting him. That seems more likely than not, especially given the gargantuan size of their egos and the remarkable endurance of their beliefs that they simply are entitled, either by divine right or fiat of the devil, to return to the White House.

    People who suffer losses like this sometimes begin a period of self-examination and emerge from the process a wiser person. I think Al Gore certainly fits this description.

    Others, however, are consumed by bitterness and lusts for revenge, and they can undergo a truly sinister transformation. Richard Nixon after his losses in 1960 and 1962 (“You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around any more.”) comes to mind.

    I think there’s little chance that Bill and Hillary have the character, discipline and self-awareness to emerge on the good side of this experience. I think they will try to extract some kind of revenge. The only thing that might contain them is that perhaps party leaders truly have had enough, and if these leaders act together, their collective power might be enough to prevent the Wrath of Bill and Hillary from destroying the Democratic Party. But it certainly could cost the election.

  3. DejaVuAllOver

    I think Hillary may just run as an independent. I’d be willing to wager a beer or two that Hillary’s secret meeting with Obama at Dianne Feinstein’s house went something like this: “…either you offer me the VP slot or I’ll run as an independent, completely fracturing your coalition and probably handing victory to McCain.” Hey, it worked for another egomaniac j^%k by the name of Lieberman…

  4. Sandra Price

    I just got home and turned on the TV and heard that “Hillary has suspended her campaign” My God, does this mean she will not back out and endorse Obama?

    Is she waiting for him to fall on his face either by his own doing or some other force?

    Do we have to live in suspense until his inauguration day?

  5. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    I so far have no reason to vote for Obama, but Mr. Obama, heed
    Mr. Jimmy Carter’s advice and DON’T give into the arrogant proprietarial demand of Pillary to give her the VP slot. Dianne ‘war profiteer’ Feinstein, another Pillary Shill is also echoing Pillary’s proprietarial attitude that Obama attach Pillary to VP -Don’t Do It Obama.

    Obama and Hillary just addressed AIPAC and that doesn’t give me any hope for Obama when he already is blowing kissess to AIPAC, plus Sir Obama of Camelot has voted for every Military expenditure come his way in the Senate.

    NO MORE LEXUS LIBERAL DEMOCRAPPERS -VOTE THIRD PARTY

    YO! SEAL! ARE YOU AROUND? YOU DOING OK? HAVEN’T HEARD FROM YOU IN A WHILE.

  6. staunchdem

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    I need some new stimulating conversations.

  7. Flapsaddle

    Finally, some gonads on the part of what passes for the leadership of the so-called “party of the people”! I had fully expected the ball-less wonders of the DNC and the other power brokers to continue wringing their hands and pussy-footing around Their Imperial Majesties right up to August in Denver, where there would be a deal brokered in the old smoke-filled room.

    I wonder what it took to finally get through the overly thick skulls of these Neanderthals that the Clintons were in this solely for the Clintons and that they cared not for party or nation when they felt that they were owed another presidency? When they realized the growing potential for a real disaster if Clinton were not reigned in, that’s probably when they managed to screw up the courage to tell Hillary and Bill to take a powder.

    Trouble is, I do not think the Clintons intend to go quietly into that unkind night of political oblivion. Like Lucifer in Paradise Lost, she would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  8. Sandra Price

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