Hillary Clinton’s spectacular display of indecision last night might have been what her most faithful admirers wanted to hear, but it did a great disservice to her more public supporters.
State Senator Creem was just such a victim of Clinton’s inaction, which could to be remembered as a symbol of political selfishness and irresponsibility. Last night on NECN, Senator Creem had to negotiate a very tricky path, staying faithful to her candidate without ever seeming bitter about Obama’s victory, and without making herself irrelevant. She did a fine job, being gracious, and applauding Obama’s victory. Something her candidate wouldn’t do. Sen. Creem deserved better from her candidate.
How can elected officials like Sen. Creem and thousands of others who supported Clinton display public loyalty to both Clinton, and to their Party? How do these politicians, who have to worry about their own elections, go from zero to sixty in their public support of the Democratic Presidential nominee in the dwindling time left, without seeming like disingenuous opportunists?
Clinton’s supporters deserve better. Leadership means taking the heat for your people, not throwing them under the bus.