What’s Next Here

I’ve been working on some quotes for my business today and mulling over what is next here for The Dem Daily, with the presidential primaries out of the way. It’s been a long drawn out primary season and emotions are high given the outcome not being as desirable for some as they had hoped. We all put a lot of passion into our support for candidates as activists and the let down isn’t easy.

I still remember the feelings I couldn’t shake for a very long time after the ’04 election. So my best advice to readers dealing with mixed emotions and frustration is to take a deep breath, take some time for yourself and give yourself credit for being involved in the process. You deserve it.

Looking ahead, as a Clinton supporter, I think in the coming days we’ll have a better idea what’s next for Hillary. I plan to continue to support Hillary Clinton as one of our great Democratic leaders and my hope, as I have expressed here is that she may be tapped for VP, despite the protests of others. Regardless, whatever Hillary does from here on out, I will have her back.

In the meantime it’s important to focus on the task at hand, keeping our eyes on the prize, as I have said many times here — taking back the White House.

As Hilary Rosen, a fellow Clinton supporter said today on the HuffPo: “I Am Not a Bargaining Chip, I Am a Democrat.” There’s work to be done. We can not afford to let John McCain win in November, and The Dem Daily will be on the frontlines of the blogosphere fighting that good fight.

Make no mistake about it, as the editor of The Dem Daily, I have never supported the calls from some readers here who support Hillary Clinton to vote for John McCain. Neither for that matter has Hillary Clinton, as I have reported here. John McCain is not an option. It’s time for Democrats to come together and support our nominee.

Months ago here when I endorsed Hillary Clinton, I urged each of our writers to endorse the candidate of their choice. Some took me up on that offer, but also as the primary race wore on, a few of our long time contributors here who are Obama supporters have graciously stepped back and left The Dem Daily to the growing membership of Clinton supporters.

I want to stress that those writers are missed and I hope in the days and weeks ahead they’ll jump back into the mix here at The Dem Daily and join us as we embark on the mission of putting a Democrat in the White House. I have said here so often that everyone is entitled to their opinions. So I hope that front page writers here, both new and old can come together to create a better forum here for political discussion, news and opinions.

Also looking ahead, we’ve got Congressional races to win in November and so many pressing issues in the news daily that have been often overlooked here because of the focus on the primaries. So I look forward to getting back to a range of topics here now that the primaries are over.

Finally a personal basis, I’m also planning to take the next few weeks to focus on my business (and my family) and ease into the good fight that will run into November. On that note, I’ll be taking 2 days off next week to bring my daughter home from college for the summer and just plain enjoy a relaxing drive along the California coast.

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6 Responses to What’s Next Here

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  2. coldH2Owi says:

    While I am probably not your first choice for backup, Pamela, I’m with you completely. Although we have clearly been at odds since I started hanging out here, one thing I never doubted about you is your wonderful dedication the the Democratic Party. While you may doubt this – I never felt that you weren’t sincere. I may argue about your choice of friends, that’s a joke, your blog has helped strengthen my own commitment to the party that gives a shit about people. You may think I am some sort of elitist for admitting that I have shopped at Whole Foods, I really am not an elitist, except that no one should hunt over any dog but a Gordon Setter & no one should ride anything but a Tennessee Walking Horse. There I’ve admitted by elitism. But thanks again, Pamela, you have & are doing a good thing & I do appreciate it.

  3. Well written and well said.

  4. Cold

    “Although we have clearly been at odds since I started hanging out here, one thing I never doubted about you is your wonderful dedication the the Democratic Party.”

    Thank you. I do appreciate that. We’ve got work to do. I wish things had turned out differently, but we are where we are. So roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work on the job at hand — defeating John McCain!

  5. hummingbirdv says:

    I will be waiting to see what Senator Clinton says before I know what feels right for me to do. I respectfully disagree about us having two strong candidates.

    Only Senator Clinton is worthy of my vote at this time. She is clearly the ONLY qualified candidate. The silence of the DNC and the opponent while Hill has been repeatedly attacked, vilified, and disrespected, as well as her supporters, is inexcusable and intolerable.

    My vote is my voice. I do not give it lightly. I will not support a party whose silence has spoken loud and clear while hatred has reigned. It is not the Democratic Party I have belonged to for 37 years and I will not fall in line.

    Thank you Pamela for your work here. We will each do what we need to do.

  6. KrndallJ says:

    Pamela,

    I’m not over the rape of Florida and Michigan yet. Frankly, every democrat should be alarmed!!!! The democrats are now desenfranchising voters and rigging elections. I was in D.C. for the DNC RBC meeting and is was outragous. In Michigan they took 4 delegalates (14,000 votes) away from Clinton and gave them to Obama. Plus they gave him all the uncommitted delegates, even though several percent were for Edwards. Than all the delegates were split so their votes only counted for half. It was a shake down, and Senator Clinton got seriously screwed. In Florida she only got 10 more delegates than him, and she won 300,000 more votes than him. They also cut the Florida votes in half. I’m sorry, but this is hard to swallow.

    So excuse me, if am not on board with Dean’s and Pelosi’s pick!!!

    Oh, and it was nice of Dean to finally come out about all the mysogyny the same day the DNC RBC screwed her. But of course, he blamed it on the media and failed to mention the participation and complicity of members of his own party.

    So, I won’t vote for McCain. I’ll do a write in Hillary Clinton ballot. They take our votes for granted, and frankly they steal them, and if we continue to let them, we will become a dictatorship. It’s important to make our government accountable, starting with our own party. These guys haven’t done a damn thing since they became the majority. I hope Clinton at least ends up as the senate majority leader. Maybe then something will get done.