I’ve grown weary of the calls for Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race. I have grown weary of the claims by supporters in both the Clinton and Obama camps that they will not support the nominee. And I have had it up to hear with all the pitching of the various scenario’s of what may or may not happen in the future with not only this race but onward into 2012.
I tire of it all because I’ve been down this road before and as I read comments here and around the blogosphere from impassioned Clinton and Obama supporters, I remember the intra-party bickering only too well from 4 years ago when I was a blogger for the Kerry campaign.
Although this primary season has gone on longer than the last, I can tell readers categorically that John Kerry and his online supporters were treated as bad if not worse (than Clinton supporters) by the media and supporters of other candidates in the blogosphere in ‘04.
The animosity towards Kerry winning the nomination from some in the blogosphere remained prevelent through out the election cycle and in the end, in my opinion, as a writer and moderator on the Kerry ‘04 blog, I have always felt that attitude towards Kerry DID NOT help him — it hurt him. I am loathe to see this happen again and although I support Hillary Clinton is this primary season, I have said here many times in recent weeks that it is so important to keep our “eyes on the prize.”
The right wing has one thing over the left that we may never get — that is the understanding that no matter how you feel about the nominee, no matter whether the nominee is your first choice or your last — they coalesce around the nominee and give that nominee unbridled support. In a nutshell, the right wing is always better at towing the party line than Democrats are.
IF Clinton supporters don’t coalesce around Obama if he is the nominee, likewise IF Obama supporters don’t coalesce around Clinton if she is the nominee — it will hurt us in November.
So, if you don’t want to be “gobsmacked,” as one reader noted in the comments here recently, when McCain picks Condi as his running mate — and if you don’t want another friggin neocon in the White House, you had better think long and hard about not supporting WHOEVER our nominee is. And that goes for all the readers who think it’s fine and dandy to threaten not to support the nominee. I for one can’t fathom weathering 4 – 8 years of John McCain.