Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Unity Bitchez.

In a sign that senior Democratic party officials remain deeply concerned that post-primary bitterness, two top Democratic officials have emailed a sharply-worded letter to major donors and other leading Dems confessing "fatigue and irritation" at those withholding full support from Obama and demanding that they get behind him "without conditions or demands."

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

Bullying progressives that are wary and mistrustful of the party and/or its nominee by barking that it's "time to support Barack Obama without conditions or demands" is categorically dumb and goes against what the party is supposed to represent. It comes across as treating the electorate as nothing but votes to exploit, certainly not as people with genuine issues that need urgent addressing, and it echoes the dictatorial tone of the administration currently in office.

Who could have possibly thought this letter was a good idea?


Psychodrew said...

Such a stupid analogy. The Lakers didn't need to "recognize" the Celtics. It didn't matter to the Celtics if the Lakers were happy or not.

On the other hand, the Obama campaign and the DNC need the Clinton Democrats. Our votes need to be earned, not demanded. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The Obama campaign and the DNC created this mess. It's up to them to clean it up.

DCDemocrat said...

Psychodrew: I guess you're back in these United States? Welcome home.

Crian Padayachee said...

The letter is poorly worded and probably the work of someone who wanted to get it done quickly as opposed to contemplating the effects however there must be something to be said for stern wording even if badly put as it is in the above letter.

Psychodrew said...

DCDemocrat: Thanks! I got back this morning and I'm doing everything I can to keep from sleeping.

Crian: Why write a stern letter saying, "I'm tired of you not agreeing with me! What's wrong with you that you won't vote the way I want you to?"

canadian gal said...

drew - welcome back! you must be zonked! as ive said before - hitting someone across the head is never an effective strategy for bringing them to your side.

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