The Democratic Reality For Winning In November

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama togetherAs we begin the race to November all Democrats, disaffected Republicans, independents and very angry Clinton supporters of all descriptions need to remember that winning in November is paramount. [Our opponent is explicitly against Roe v. Wade. If you need no other reason to vote against him remember that reality.]

Taylor Marsh has guest published an analysis of the primaries and the general election that was first created at Real Clear Politics. It is very detailed to say the least with a full examination of the impact of the primary system and has wisdom that both the Obama camp and the Clinton camp have to consider.

Mid-article they make this observation:

We have no doubt that Barack Obama will personally offer Hillary Clinton his deep respect and ask for her support, and she will respond with her enthusiastic endorsement. But Obama supporters are not as reliably likely to think deeply and clearly about their real feeling toward the life-long Democrats who make up the backbone of Hillary’s electoral success. Hillary’s supporters’ threats to back McCain, or more likely sit the contest out, are more than just idle.

This piece is so detailed and substantive I can’t make a short summary. I ask you to read it for yourself. I have only two more quotes:

We have no doubt that Barack Obama will personally offer Hillary Clinton his deep respect and ask for her support, and she will respond with her enthusiastic endorsement. But Obama supporters are not as reliably likely to think deeply and clearly about their real feeling toward the life-long Democrats who make up the backbone of Hillary’s electoral success. Hillary’s supporters’ threats to back McCain, or more likely sit the contest out, are more than just idle.

As part of their conclusion they note:

Third, embrace feminism as one of the indispensable pillars of the Democratic coalition. The real “Big Tent” party stares into the same abyss every cycle as it prepares for its convention struggling to unite the factions that make up the diverse Democratic coalition (labor unions, civil rights groups, environmentalists, etc., etc.). Had Clinton prevailed over Obama, the speakers at the upcoming convention in Denver would have been falling all over themselves to rededicate the party to inclusion, racial and ethnic diversity, and respect for the history of the civil rights struggle that helped build the party. Amid Obama’s victory celebration, this upcoming convention will be crying out for a rededication to the party’s feminist roots and a repudiation of any perceived repudiation of feminism in the primaries.

Read it. Please. And pass this one around to your friends.

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3 Responses to The Democratic Reality For Winning In November

  1. BECKY says:

    I think Hillary would do much better good for America as secretary of state, Senate leader, House leader, or a special advisor to Obama.
    I THINK WE COULD HAVE A LANDSLIDE ELECTION WITH:

    BARACK OBAMA / BILL CLINTON ticket.
    Bill changed America once and would be a great asset to Obama’s change plans!

    Who agrees???

  2. Diana says:

    Anyone dilusioning themselves with plans over who will be in a Obama presidency might as well stop, cuz he ain’t going to win. Call it a hunch, or whatever but I haven’t been wrong in years about this. The Obama supporters have underestimated the anger of clinton supporters not about him winning but about the process and the disrespect we all received for just backing her. They are angry at being called uneducated racists just for not backing Barack Obama. They are upset at the fact that hillary clinton won the popular vote. They are upset because of the rampant and blatant media bias and disrespect toward the senator. Everyone may think that they are being sore losers, but they are not, they have legitimate reasons to be upset .

  3. Diana

    Honestly, if you look at media coverage over the years you will see that the “rampant and blatant media bias and disrespect” towards Hillary Clinton is not something that Clinton alone has suffered. Indeed, both John Kerry and Al Gore also suffered “rampant and blatant media bias and disrespect” during their campaigns and since.

    What has been different for Hillary Clinton in this campaign cycle has been the fact that she’s also been victim sexist attacks.

    One of the reasons why I got involved Clinton’s campaign was the media attacks and bias. Having worked for Kerry’s campaign in ’04, it was quite clear to me that Hillary Clinton was being treated much worse than Obama by the press.

    Now, with the general election going into full swing we will see a lot of “rampant and blatant media bias and disrespect” towards Obama.

    So my point is, that Clinton supporters need to get that we should all be mad about the media coverage our candidates receive and work together in demanding fairer coverage for Democratic candidates.