By Kathy Shaidle
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, August 27, 2008
How can a self-congratulation double as a paean to someone else? That was the question observers asked of Hillary Clinton’s bout of rhetorical self-preoccupation last night. Her speech, bumped out of primetime at the last minute, had been billed as the speech that would close party ranks around Obama and end the most fractious primary debate in decades. But as usual, the Clintons looked out for themselves above all.
This proved unfortunate for Barack Obama, who is yet to score any discernable bounce after Monday’s widely panned convention kickoff. According to the latest Rasmussen tracking poll, Obama and McCain remain tied at 44 percent as of Tuesday morning; Gallup gave McCain a slight edge. Furthermore:
Obama is supported by 78 percent of Democrats while McCain gets the vote from 85 percent of Republicans. The GOP hopeful also has a slight advantage among unaffiliated voters.
Worried Democrats looked to Hillary Clinton to come to the rescue on Tuesday night. However, in a National Journal poll of “Democratic insiders” that day, only 52 percent felt confident that Clinton would deliver a gracious address designed to unite the party. One conservative pundit blogged Tuesday morning:
Many of the pundits are agreeing with this, saying that Hillary’s speech effectively diverted attention from Obama to herself. Interesting problem for the DNC. Wonder what will happen after Bill speaks tomorrow? Two days of Clintons. Hmmm!