What Hillary Clinton Didn't Say For Slate.com blogger Mickey Kaus, it wasn't what Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday night, so much as what she didn't say. Like guests who don't show up at a party, it only began to bother him much later — when the buzz was over — that something was absent.
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What Hillary Clinton Didn't Say

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What Hillary Clinton Didn't Say

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Mr. MICKEY KAUS (Slate.com Blogger): Hey, it's Mickey.

ALEX CHADWICK, host:

It's Slate blogger Mickey Kaus with a late-night voicemail from the Democratic convention.

Mr. KAUS: You know how, when you give a party, and you have a great time, and you get this warm glow when you think about it. And then you start remembering the people who didn't show up, and you get a little annoyed.

Well, Hillary's speech last night was sort of like that. It was effective, but then you began to realize the things she didn't say. She didn't say that Obama won fair and square. She didn't say things got a little rough in the course of the campaign, and I said some things in the heat of battle, but I came to respect Barack Obama for his sterling judgment or his, you know, epic legislative skills. She didn't say that.

And, specifically, she didn't say he's ready to lead as commander in chief. I guess those guests are off somewhere else on their own having a little party, and Obama's not invited. See you.

CHADWICK: Mickey Kaus writes the Kausfiles blog for slate.com.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

And if you would like to blog about this, you can go to npr.org/daydreaming. There's a posting there that I wrote asking whether Hillary Clinton's speech last night was enough to convince her supporters to vote for Barack Obama. Npr.org/daydreaming, and stay with us on Day to Day from NPR News.

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