July 19, 2008

Dems Email Hillary Supporters: We Own You -- Now Support Barack!

This would have to be one of the more arrogant moves by a political party in the history of the United States -- but then again, it is being done in the service of the most arrogant presidential candidate of my lifetime, an accomplishment-free neophyte who thinks he is somehow owed the support of those who oppose his candidacy.


Dear Democratic Friends:

2008 is a Democratic year-at all levels in all the states. The opportunity is ours. We just have to seize it.

We experienced an exciting, intense, sometimes difficult, campaign to nominate our presidential candidate. Now it's over. Barack Obama won.

I supported Hillary Clinton and am proud and pleased that I did. But she lost. Barack Obama won. It's over.

It is time for all Democrats, supporters of Senator Clinton and all other contenders for the nomination, to stand with him to secure his election and the election of Democrats at all levels of competition.

I must confess a bit of fatigue and irritation with people who continue to carp, complain, and criticize the results of the primary and lay down conditions for their support. The Los Angeles Lakers didn't establish conditions to recognize the Boston Celtics as NBA Champions; Roger Federer did not demand concessions before recognizing that Rafael Nadal defeated him at Wimbledon.

It is time to act in a mature and resourceful fashion. It's time to put the primaries behind us. It's time to support Barack Obama without conditions or demands.

It's time to WIN for Barack Obama, the Democratic Party, America, and our future. We have an unparalleled opportunity. I hope we will all do everything we can to seize the moment.

See you at the Inauguration.


Don Fowler
DNC Member At-Large, South Carolina
Former Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Alice Germond
Secretary, Democratic National Committee

Can you believe the insanity of this email?

The difference between Barack Obama and the Celtics or Nadal is that Obama has yet to win anything -- he technically is not even the party's nominee yet, and the rules of the DNC allow delegates to change their mind on who they support between now and the convention, so there is absolutely no guarantee that Barack Obama will be the actual nominee. Indeed, that is one of the "conditions" laid down by those who supported Hillary -- that she actually be nominated at the convention and the delegates actually be permitted to reflect the vote of the people by casting their votes for her if they so choose.

But beyond that, Fowler and Germond forget one other aspect to this matter -- the election isn't over yet. Indeed, these folks who are unhappy with Barack Obama and the DNC are fully vested with the right to vote for any candidate they want in November, including John McCain. As American citizens, their ballots belong to themselves, not to the Democrat Party to dictate for them even if they are not satisfied with the party's nominee. They might want to re-read the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution -- put there by Republicans over the howling protests of an earlier generation of Democrats.

Besides, the folks receiving this email are acting in the best tradition of their party -- the Democrats "continue[d] to carp, complain, and criticize the results" of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, attempting to overturn the results of one of them in the courts and questioning the legitimacy of the Bush presidency for the last 7 1/2 years. Carping, complaining and criticizing are the only things the Democrats have been good at during this time -- Lord knows they have been repeatedly unsuccessful in passing much meaningful legislation in support of their own agenda even with a majority of both houses of Congress.

On the other hand, this Republican wants to point out that we respect the right of every American citizen to vote their conscience this November -- and that includes disaffected Democrats who choose to reject Barack Obama's candidacy for the presidency and instead vote for a candidate with a substantive record of accomplishment and service to this country -- John McCain.

More At Wake up America, No Quarter, Buck Naked Politics

UPDATE: Protein Wisdom points out that one Jesse Jackson was given significantly more respect two decades ago than Hillary is getting today from the Obamessiah. He asks why. I think we all know the answer to that question -- the relative melanin levels of the candidates. The Democrats can't win without blacks, but think they can without women.

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The Libtards will need all of the help that they can muster to make a Democratic victory possible. As insane as this letter is, it exemplifies that desperation.

|| Posted by Robocop, July 19, 2008 09:01 PM ||

I always appreciate links, but I don't want to appear, even to myself, to endorse the views above.

Speaking as a 'Libtard' from the above-cited blog BN-Politics, I think it's a bit much for any Republican to accuse Obama -- whom I support --- of arrogance. Better a Libtard than a Bushtard (which is what McCain is).

Arrogance? After Bush? Please. I want to see the GOP rebuked for the way it ought to be rebuked for the last 8 years. I'm WAY angrier at the GOP than the DNC. It's like the difference between venial and mortal sin.

I'm unhappy with the DNC, yeah. That's because I wanted Hillary Clinton and even more, the John Edwards.

|| Posted by Damozel, July 20, 2008 11:27 AM ||

I hope you noted that the use of the term that offended you came from a commenter, not me. I'm not censoring it, any more than I'm censoring your offensive term. And i consider them bosth offensive, given my past work with developmentally disabled adults -- that would be "retards" for those lowlifes who insist upon using "tard" as an insult.

And yes, I call it arrogant for party officials to send out emails demanding that American citizens surrender their autonomy, support a candidate against their own conscience, and poly up the cash that he demands after breaking his pledge to take public financing. Reminds me of the "good old days" of Democrats in the South whipping and hanging African-Americans for the crime of voting Republican (or voting at all).

Vote how you please, dear -- it appears that there will be plenty of Democrats doing the same by voting for John McCain in the fall. But just remember -- your party has already forbidden you to "carp, complain, and criticize the results" the results of the election when John McCain wins -- after all, "[t]he Los Angeles Lakers didn't establish conditions to recognize the Boston Celtics as NBA Champions; Roger Federer did not demand concessions before recognizing that Rafael Nadal defeated him at Wimbledon."

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 20, 2008 01:49 PM ||
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