Think About This When Talking About NOT Supporting the Nominee

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.

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9 Responses to Think About This When Talking About NOT Supporting the Nominee

  1. Roberta says:

    I really do agree with you about the Dems not sticking together in the end, but this year the DNC blew it themselves by choosing their annointed one ahead and trying to fix the votes. I have been interested in politics since I was a sophomore in H.S. back in the early 60’s. The 2000 election was the worst, and I saw it coming. I told my husband something terrible was happening and he said it was “just politics”, well we know how that turned out. I thought in the beginning I could vote for whomever won the nomination, but I can’t and will never vote for BO. When I look at him I see a liar and a phoney, JUST LIKE BUSH!!!! He is using the same tactics as Bush & Rove. I can’t vote for him and then look in the mirror and say “what a fool you were”. He can’t help this country, he is an empty suit, he will not work hard and it looks like he never has. I will write in HRC.

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  3. john stone says:

    I agree with you Pamela. I will support our nominee period!
    I wanted John Kerry but since he chose not to run I will support the Democrat nominee. We sure don’t want another Republican in the White House! Our Bush-Cheney nightmare has been long enough , we don’t need a repeat!

  4. Diane Elayne Dees says:

    choosing their annointed one

    I remain convinced that the “annointed one” was Obama. Between the 2004 speech and a desperately needed strategy to take a large voter bloc away from Clinton, it has always seemed that way to me. I don’t know if it was a DNC or DLC move, but I will never believe it didn’t happen.

    And as for the next four years, I have four words: Supreme Court justice nominees.

  5. Diane

    I think it is more likely a DNC move and not DLC but god(dess) knows why either would have. Politics is crazy.

    Supreme Court Nominees — Uh huh – yup that is biggie that everyone threatening to vote for McCain if Hillary isn’t the nominee obviously don’t give a damn about.

  6. dar says:

    Pay attention to the Milwaukee Journal today in section Nation 19A. Remember Wisconsin went for Obama. The article is about an embellished story by the Obama Camp. Basically, the Kennedy family was atributed the credit for providing money to bring Obama’s father to the US and providing scholarships. The Kennedy family had nothing to do with this. Wondering whether the Kennedy family thought Obama was their prodigy. Senator Kennedy, straighten this mess out. Florida, Michigan, your endorsement for Barach while your state went for the Clintons. I still love the Kennedys, but I think delegates were wrong to endorse before the primaries were over. You added to the momentum and influenced the outcome rather than the voters.

  7. proseandpromise says:

    Amen, Pamela! Today we agree completely.

  8. from swimming freestyle:

    “That said, one of the Democrats biggest problems is their hell bent insistence on looking backward for solutions. The Clintons counted on exactly this tendency when Hillary Clinton began her campaign: she was absolutely convinced she was a lock for the nomination because she knew dutiful Democrats would fondly recall the 1990’s and just assume all we needed to do was elect another Clinton and voila – it’s the 90’s again (well…maybe not everything about the 90’s – just the good stuff).”

  9. I agree totally with you Pamela. We are very forrtunate to have two candidates who each would make an excellent President! Remember that the GOP only has a lame duck president who will most certainly go down as one of the worst in our history. And, oh yes, they have a nominee who has flip-flopped on every major issue and who if elected would be the oldest president ever to serve. We, on the other hand, have two vibrant candidates who, if elected, would make our country proud again. Our situation is a win-win, not a win-lose. Although an Obama supporter, I feel Hillary is a viable candidate who has every right to stay in! Buzz