Listen up naysayers — Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama predicted “eventual unity” for the Democratic Party today. That’s right… “They may bicker daily over issues, character and innuendo, but both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama appear to agree on one thing: Democratic voters will coalesce around a nominee and carry him or her to victory in November over Republican John McCain.”
It’s time for folks to take a deep breath and understand that displaying passion supporting your candidate is fine and dandy, but once the nominee is chosen every one should “Keep Your Eyes On The Prize” — the White House. That means support the nominee and “don’t vote for McCain.”
At a rally in Fayetteville, NC today, Hillary Clinton “was asked what she would say to Democrats so invested in her candidacy or Obama’s that they would consider voting for McCain in the general election if their preferred candidate isn’t the nominee.”
“Please think through this decision. It is not a wise decision,” Clinton said to applause.
“Every time we have a vigorous contest like we’re having this primary election, people get intense. Senator Obama has intense support. I have intense support. It’s exciting because people want to be involved. But, the differences … pale in comparison to the differences between us and Senator McCain.”
North Carolina holds their primary on May 5 and there are 115 delegates at stake in that contest. Barack Obama “made a similar point” today in an interview on ABC’s “World News.”
“There are going to be some bruised feelings, whoever the nominee is. We are going to have to come together and remind ourselves that there is a heck of a lot bigger difference between either Senator Clinton or myself, and John McCain.”
And he went on to say that “the protracted contest would not harm the party in the long run.”
“I think short term, there is going to be work to do for the nominee to bring the party back together again. People feel pretty passionate about their respective candidates. I appreciate that, and I understand it,” Obama said.
The former first lady, who trails Obama in the popular vote and in pledged delegates, has pushed back on critics who argue that she should cease her criticisms of the Illinois senator and end her campaign so he can focus on defeating McCain.
Clinton pledged Thursday to be a team player no matter the outcome of the primary contest.
“I intend to do everything I can to make sure we have a unified Democratic Party,” she said. “When this contest is over and we have a nominee, we’re going to close ranks. We’re going to be united … The most important goal for us is to put a Democrat back in the White House.”
Al Gore jumped into the mix, AP News reports and “professed no urgency to resolving the contest in an interview with The Associated Press.”
“What have we got, five months left?” he said, when asked about whether he would make an endorsement soon.
When pressed on whether the nominee could be decided before the national convention in August, Gore said: “I think it’s going to resolve itself. But we’ll see.”
I know full well what that intensity and passion is that both Obama and Clinton are talking about, because I had both 4 years ago when I was a blogger for the Kerry campaign. But I also know how important it is that we, Democrats, take back the White House this year.
Readers here who know me know I put my heart and soul into the ’04 election and I still think about what might have been. It hurt like hell when we didn’t win in ’04 and it hurt like hell when Kerry announced that he wasn’t going to run again. It took me forever to warm up to a candidate and as a long time Kerry supporter, I parted ways with the good Senator from Massachusetts (my home state) to support Hillary Clinton. It was a tough decision, but the right one for me.
I’ve endorsed Hillary Clinton here. She is my first choice for the Democratic nominee, but I will, I repeat, I will support the nominee — be the nominee Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. And I will work my tail off to get that nominee elected as the next president of the United States. That’s the prize.
I hope that all the Clinton supporters here on The Dem Daily will consider what both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama said today and pledge to support the nominee. I also urge readers here to read Joe Gandelman on the Moderate Voice. Joe’s an Independent and it’s my understanding he’s looking to put a Dem in the White House this year. He says “Despite Democratic Primary Divisions Democrats Have Good Long Term Prospects.” Todd Beeton has more on MyDD.
Remember to “Keep Your Eyes On The Prize“:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM3CYEdr5fA