A lot of Dems are being punked. In order for them to win elections, Republicons must literally lie (the terrists are coming, the terrists are coming!), cheat ( not enough voting machines, OHIO 2004), and steal elections (stop the vote count, FL 2000). They know it and we know it. They don’t stand a chance of winning in 2008 unless disaffected Democrats assist them. We all know that as well. The question is: will disaffected Hilary Clinton supporters help them this time?
I know how the “Hillary supporters” feel now. I felt the same way during the 2004 election. I was deeply depressed afterwards. John Kerry had it in the bag. As the unofficial poll tracker for my family and circle of friends I spent all election day 2004 tracking the exit polling data. “Everything is fine,” I told each and everyone when they called me, nervous from some other reporting that had Kerry losing. “Re-laaax, he’s leading,” I responded as I listed the initial exit polling data from various states, though I was getting a bit anxious with each successive phone call that questioned my information. As the electoral events wound through the long evening, I promised the “multitude of little faith” that I would remain awake in their place and watch the results. In all honestly, I wanted to calm my own deepening doubts. By early morning I was stunned and crushed by those results. Stunned, I tell ya. But, there was still hope. Kerry had not conceded. His running mate, John Edwards, was said to be fighting for the people and for votes. There was still a chance for victory.
As we all know, Kerry did concede. I was livid. Kerry’d promised to count all the votes and yet there were huge voter problems in Ohio, and elsewhere, though the reports of voter disenfranchisement were loudest from Ohio. Nevertheless, Kerry took the stage to bow out with a sorta stunned-looking John Edwards standing next to him. We had lost…again. I despaired. I yelled at the television. I called the DNC Headquarters in Washington DC and got the voice of a distraught-sounding woman who’d apparently been fielding calls all morning from other outraged voters. “Call the Kerry Campaign,” she nearly yelled at me after I complained about the concession. Instead I sat on the family room sofa and cried. Later, when I turned on progressive radio I discovered that a deep depression had settled over the land. Caller after caller spoke of being depressed, like me.
There is comfort in numbers. And so Progressives and Liberals sought refuge in the arms of those whose thinking and world view was most like our own. We listened and cried and shared our collective despair. We stroked each other gently while we watched our hope for a much needed change turn into the face of a gloating/smirking George Bush as he proclaimed his mandate for continuing an oppressive agenda over America. For we all knew his agenda meant more lies, more death, less money in the national treasury and more debt for our children to bear. Maybe even our children’s children.
So HIllary Supporters, I feel you. I really do. But I gotta tell you… where I see hurt feelings and want to cuddle each and every one of you until you feel better (as we did in 2004), the Republicons see opportunity. They’re Republicons and that’s what they do. Divide and conquer. They are looking for the weakest link and right now they believe that weak link to be Hillary supporters. Right now, there are lots of anti- Obama and anti Democratic sites springing up on the web designed to fuel your anger and resentment. They’re designed to keep us apart at least until the General Election. Even some sites from some supposedly former Bush supporters turned supposedly anti-Bush are now pushing anti-Democratic party messages on their sites. This is more Republicon divisiveness. It’s the same tactic they use every electoral year (gays), after electoral year (guns), after electoral year (religion), after electoral year (the Democratic party resentment).
Staying mad and resentful through the GE gets McSame policies for our nation meaning that our country’s malaise continues for -at least- another four years. We know it and the Republicons know it. The Republicons would love for you to vote for their candidate(s) so they can continue the divisive policies that have devastated this country and have made America the world’s butt hole. The Republicons would love to keep us in Iraq so their business buddies can make loads more money. The Republicons would love to keep stealing Iraqi oil. The Republicons would love to keep sending our jobs overseas, The Republicons would love to sell more of our tax payer-funded roads and bridges to foreign investors overseas. The Republicons would love to keep us and our children in debt up to our keysters. As someone very close to me said when I told her that America was beginning to feel, to me, like some of the poorer countries around the globe I’ve visited, she responded, “America is already a third world country…only shinier.”
So “Hillary supporters” feel angry, resentful, hurt, sad, bitter, betrayed. You deserve to feel however or whatever you feel for as long as you feel it. Then when you’re ready… when the pain doesn’t run so deep, when the anger no longer is seething inside, when you can think again about the others (’cause that’s what progressives and liberals do…we think of others), come back home. Your party needs you and the world needs you. We got work to do. We gotta remain focused on who the real enemy is. And no matter how you feel now, that enemy ain’t Barack Obama, our Democratic nominee.
(Full disclosure: Having always swung left inside the voting booth I remain an independent, though progressive voter -don’t want the Dems or anybody else taking my vote for granted, doncha know. In the primary contest, I was a John Edwards supporter because he wanted to take it to our corporate masters: ‘We’ll tell them what to do, we won’t ask them,’ or some such thing he said during his campaign). Yeah, Edwards. Is. The. Man. I sat out the primaries when I heard that Edwards would not be on the Michigan ballot.
Hillary won’t be voting for John McCain in November, so why will you?
I’ll be getting my Obama 2008 lawn sign and signing up.