It is interesting to watch the parallels between John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Clinton tweets impeachment website, encourages voters to 'see the evidence for themselves' MORE in their campaigns against Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats' self-inflicted diversity vulnerability Gaetz: We didn't impeach Obama even though 'a lot of constituents' think he abused his power Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment MORE. They both are clearly contemptuous of Obama. Neither thinks he can handle the job of president. And both wanted to run against the other, for the good of the country.

That Clinton and McCain respect one another is beyond doubt. That they both disrespect Obama and his Johnny-come-lately campaign is also beyond doubt.

It must give McCain special pleasure to use Hillary’s words against Obama. And it wouldn’t surprise me if Hillary gets a little smile from the ads herself.

Watching her team fan out in Denver and deliver pinpoint attacks against the Obama campaign has been a fascinating thing to watch. James Carville describes the lack of a message on opening night (when the opening night was clearly delivered by Michelle Obama). Paul Begala urges Obama to go on the attack, basically challenging his manhood if he doesn’t. Howard Wolfson slyly gives tough analysis on Fox News, only weeks after stating that if John Edwards had dropped out of the race, his candidate would have been the nominee. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell compares Obama to two-time loser Adlai Stevenson.

And then there is Bill Clinton. Clinton has tried consistently to undercut Obama, suggesting that he isn’t ready to be president. And now he won’t bother showing up at the Obama lovefest at Invesco Field.

This is not an accident, my friends.

The Clinton family has no intention of allowing Barack Obama to become president. It is my belief that Hillary Clinton is doing this not out of personal greed or personal spite. She is doing this out of patriotism.

She simply does not believe that Barack Obama is ready to be president.

He doesn’t have the experience. He doesn’t have the know-how. He doesn’t have the leadership abilities.

She said as much during the primary campaign. And she still believes it.

She has done vodka shots with John McCain in Russia (a country we may be going to war with any day now). She knows the stuff he is made of.

Her speech tonight to the convention lacked any passion, but said all the right things for so-called Democratic unity.

But her skepticism about Obama is not hers alone. It is shared by many who voted for her in the primary. Her words tonight will do little convince them otherwise.

The Clinton brigades will stand down in the coming fight in November. They will continue to chirp from the sidelines, casting doubt on Obama’s leadership abilities. But their heart will not be in it, and at the end of the day, John McCain will win.

That is how Hillary Clinton wants it, because at the end of day, when that phone does ring at 3 a.m., she would rather have John McCain answer the call, not Barack Obama.