CNN's Toobin accused the Clintons of having "deranged narcissism"

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CNN's Jeffrey Toobin accused the Clintons of having "deranged narcissism," stating: "[Sen. Barack Obama] has won the nomination. So, you know, without the deranged narcissism of the Clintons, I don't understand why this isn't ..." Gloria Borger responded by asking, "What do you really think?" David Gergen later responded to Toobin's claim by stating, "I must say, I disassociate myself from 'deranged narcissism.' "

During CNN's June 3 coverage of the Montana and South Dakota primaries, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin accused the Clintons of having "deranged narcissism," as the Huffington Post noted. Toobin stated: "The Obama campaign announced right as the polls closed that 26 more superdelegates had signed on. The margin is now without dispute. We're not talking about one or two delegates here. He has won the nomination. So, you know, without the deranged narcissism of the Clintons, I don't understand why this isn't ..." CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger responded by asking, "What do you really think?" Toobin replied: "I know, but what does that mean, 'It's her night'? He just won." CNN senior political analyst David Gergen later responded to Toobin's claim by stating, "I must say, I disassociate myself from 'deranged narcissism.' "

From the June 3 edition of CNN's election coverage:

SUZANNE MALVEAUX (CNN White House correspondent): One of the things the Obama camp -- what they've been looking for is some sort of gesture, a conciliatory gesture from Hillary Clinton to come just a little bit farther than she has. They were looking for that tonight.

BORGER: Well, she'll be his vice president.

MALVEAUX: But at the same time, that is what she's floating.

ANDERSON COOPER (host): And there was certainly no conciliatory gesture.

MALVEAUX: That's what she's pitching and there was nothing that they could work with. And people were saying that's what they needed from her to somehow come together. And if they're not going to get that, then there's no point in trying to bring that unity together.

TOOBIN: The Obama campaign announced right as the polls closed that 26 more superdelegates had signed on. The margin is now without dispute. We're not talking about one or two delegates here. He has won the nomination. So, you know, without the deranged narcissism of the Clintons, I don't understand why this isn't --

BORGER: What do you really think?

TOOBIN: I know, but what does that mean, "It's her night"? He just won.

BORGER: Well, the point -- the point he was making to me was, you know, you guys, it's hard to --

COOPER: We get it, it's hard. David?

GERGEN: I must say, I disassociate myself from "deranged narcissism."

DONNA BRAZILE (CNN poliltical analyst): So do I.

GERGEN: But nonetheless, I do think that this night has been coming for a long time.

This was the only night on national television in front of a large audience that he would have a chance to claim the nomination. And she had a long time to prepare for this psychologically. She had a long time to make phone calls to superdelegates and to others to make the preparations.

It does seem to me that the Obama people have a point in believing, "This was supposed to be our night. This was supposed to be a night when we began coming together as a party and shoved off from there."

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CNN
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Jeffrey Toobin
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Hillary Clinton, 2008 Elections
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