Friday, August 22, 2008

Clintonistas: Get Over It

Cross-posted at Taylor Marsh.

I never thought I would say those words.

Two stories today, one in the New York Times and the other in the (Sarasota) Herald Tribune, on Hillary's campaign swing through Boca Raton, FL and her supporters who believe that her heart is not really in Obama's corner.

My favorite cry-baby line was in the NYT piece:
“It was good that she said my supporters need to now support Barack Obama,” said Ms. Shaffer, 46, reflecting on Mrs. Clinton’s speech before about 700 people. But, she added, “I wanted her to repeat that one more time.”
She needed her to say it twice!? Are you kidding me? Would you also like her to hold your hand and sing you a lullaby?

Some of her supporters are so busy being angry that they have forgotten that losing was devastating to Hillary, as well. She spent at least two years planning for her presidential bid, she spent 18 months raising money and campaigning, time she could have spent with her daughter or her aging mother, she was drug through the mud by a shameful media and a Clinton-deranged blogosphere, but in the end, she managed to put her hard feelings aside and do what's best for the country. She goes around the country talking about "change you can believe in" and "hope" and asking her supporters to please join her in supporting Barack Obama.

Yet despite all of Hillary's hard work on Obama's behalf, we still have Obamapeople like this:

Pat delValle, an Obama volunteer, said Clinton needed to appear more sincere if she was to have any effect bringing her supporters along.

It was her body language, delValle said. "I didn't see the smiles."

And Clinton people like this:

"I haven't heard her saying anything yet that makes me feel like I need to vote for Obama," said Wendy Richardson, a graduate student who had planned to vote for Clinton and is now considering Republican Sen. John McCain.
Huh? Let's look at what Hillary has said. On June 7, 2008, she suspended her campaign, endorsed Barack Obama, and asked her supporters to do the same:
Today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulate him on the victory he has won and the extraordinary race he has run. I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.

And I ask all of you to join me in working as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me.
On June 27, 2008 in Unity, NH, she said that her supporters should not stay home and should not support McCain.
She also addressed the Democratic Party's fractured state, saying, "If you are considering not voting or voting for John McCain, I strongly urge you to reconsider."
In fact, as far back as May 14, in the heat of the primary campaign, Hillary said that her supporters should get behind the nominee:
"Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain," Clinton said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"I'm going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I'm still hoping to be that nominee, but I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me ... understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama."
I have reached the point where I believe that some people won't ever be persuaded. They say they are waiting for some magic words because they don't want to be persuaded. They are content to wrap themselves up in their righteous indignation and stand on the sidelines pouting. In the meantime, instead of raising money or campaigning for down-ballot candidates, instead of working for important groups such as Emily's List, instead of working on her own political action committee, HillPAC, all things which would help further her issues and expand her political power, Senator Clinton has to go around the country BEGGING her supporters to get behind the nominee.

And while she does it, her enemies on the left, dirtball Republicans looking to stir up trouble, and a media desperate to write stories about party infighting pounce on any hint that Hillary is not putting 200% into helping Senator Obama.

If you are a Hillary Clintonista, if you really believe in her and support her as I do, then you will stop making her go around the country and beg for your votes. It's time to grow up, accept that she has been defeated, and let Hillary get back to work.

If you keep holding out, demanding that Hillary work for your vote, you are part of the problem, not the solution.

2 comments:

PatGund said...

It's the normal thing. They take every message of unity and support that Sen. Clinton gives for Sen. Obama, and break it down and study it until they can convince themselves she's really saying the exact reverse of what she actually said. "See! Look at 10:43 on the video, right after she says Obami's name! Her left eye goes up 3 mm and she gets a look on her face like she got goosed by a Oomph-Loompa. That PROVES she's really supporting our cause and is being FORCED at GUNPOINT to say those lies about how wonderful B Hussain Soetoro is. You see it too, right? right? RIGHT??"

And then you get 20 people with 5 accounts each all agreeing they see it too.

Psychodrew said...

This is one of my favorite comments of all time!

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