I’ve urged here frequently that readers should support the nominee, whoever the nominee is, but frankly, truthfully, the backlash that is brewing is a little hard to ignore.
The thing is, as Joan Walsh pointed out tonight on Hardball (see video in post below) “Bill Clinton is our only 2 term Democrat” in the White House in decades. The fact is, the Clinton’s are beloved by many in party and as Walsh told Joe Madison, “If people continue to demonize both Clinton’s and treat them like monsters that will ruin the Democrats chances…”
Why people supporting Obama and trashing the Clinton’s don’t get this is beyond me. And why, why, the Democratic Party has allowed the media and the Obama-supporting “creative-class” bloggers to turn on the Clinton’s, is also beyond me.
Jill Iscol speaks for me: How Dare You!
How dare the leadership of the Democratic Party turn on Hillary Clinton! How dare they betray Bill Clinton! How dare they not speak out when Hillary is disrespected by words like bitch, whore and the “c” word! How dare they allow them both to be smeared as racists, playing the race card! Where was Howard Dean ? Where was Nancy Pelosi ? Where were Hillary’s colleagues in the Senate when the Clintons were being so unfairly accused and denigrated? The Democratic Party has a lot to answer for. If we had stood as a party with one voice and said, “no”, we will not allow one of our own to be so disturbingly maligned, we would now have a unified democratic party electorate at the end of a virtually tied primary race. Instead we are deeply divided. Now, since the party’s leaders have chosen again and again not to speak up, I will.
I am a Hillary supporter and along with millions of Democrats throughout our country , I have been outraged by how the media have treated her throughout this primary season. But what is most disturbing is how my Party has stood by and allowed the demeaning and dishonest attacks on Hillary to continue. This is not the party I thought I belonged to. This is not the party that espouses fairness, justice and equality for all. This is not the party that elected Bill Clinton President in 1992 and 1996 and Hillary Clinton as Senator in 2000 and 2006. That party knew that it had benefited enormously from the Clinton administration as well as the incredible accomplishments of one of the most activist, hardworking First Ladies in our history. That Party stood proudly by a president who many called the first black president because both he and his wife had demonstrated a lifelong commitment to civil rights and human rights.
Imagine if Democratic leaders had done what Hillary did when President Bush associated Barack Obama with terrorism in his much lauded speech in Israel. Remember, Hillary gave a heartfelt statement that Barack was one of our own and she would not stand by and allow him to be so denigrated ?
Women are outraged. We are still fighting for her, and we are ashamed of how our candidate, a woman who has devoted her adult life to serving others, a woman who has been a distinguished First Lady, a woman who has helped her colleagues pass legislation and win races in their own states, a woman who has stood up for all of our rights, has been treated not just by the media but by her own Democratic Party. Throughout all this, Hillary has maintained her focus, her message and her dignity. This is truly courage under fire. This is what it takes to be a great president.
The bottomline, for many a Clinton supporter is this, as Iscoll says: “It is not over until the lady in the pant suit says it is and I and millions of others are with her.”
And here’s another bottomline, that Obama supporters better start thinking of, if Obama is indeed the nominee and if he wants to win in November: Obama will need Bill… and Hillary.
Time to wake up and smell the coffee people.
It looks like Barack Obama may need to start to “improve his groveling” and that goes for his supporters too, otherwise, I’m sorry to say, as much as I mould like to think it won’t, the backlash cometh. And the results will not be pretty, as Joan Walsh pointed out tonight on Hardball.
UPDATE: I also highly recommend reading Tom Watson: “Whistling Past the Political Graveyard.”