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Through the primary cycle I had less than kind things to say about Hillary Clinton.  What was said can not and will not be unsaid.  I was unhappy with the caliber of her campaign and the quality of her candidacy.

However, after the primary she worked hard for Obama and hard for the democratic party.  In thanks for that work I contributed to reduce her 2008 debt.

I know not everyone will agree with the decision.  For many the wounds of the primary are bandaged, not healed.  We need to get over it and contribute to Senator Clinton.  If Obama’s supporters donated $10 or $20 her debt would go down very quickly.

I writing this in response to an article I just read on Politico.com in which nameless Clinton aides mention how little that debt has shrunk despite Obama’s promise to help Clinton reduce it. 

Don’t bitch or fuss or gloat.  Don’t air dirty laundry or lord over anyone.  Let’s be a team and reward Senator Clinton for keeping her word.  Hillary did work hard and we should all show her a solid by doing what we agreed to – help her pay down her 7.5 million dollar debt.

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Posted on: May 22, 2008

To all you Hillary supporters who say things as brilliant as Evelyn Norena’s statement that “she’ll vote for McCain in November, partly because she believes Clinton got cheated by her party. ‘They would force me,” she said. ‘

Go the fuck ahead.  Get out of my party.  You are not a democrat and you were never going to vote democratic.  A real democrat would never look at McCain as a viable option.  Clinton’s beliefs are closer to Obama’s than McCain’s, and yet Obama, your supposed party’s candidate is a worse choice than a formerly independent now rigidly conformist republican candidate?  How’s that?

There’s the door – don’t let it hit your ass on the way out.

 

 

I want to take a moment to thank Hillary Clinton and her supporters.  This was a hard election cycle for the Democratic party, but I believe it has made us tougher as a party.  It has given us the ability to fight!  That vigor will do right by us in November.  Take the time you need to gather your selves, we can wait.  We will be here when you are ready to work together for the General Election.  Together the Democrats can make the White House ours again.

 

Solidarity means we can make a change!

New Day

Posted on: May 1, 2008

     The last few days I have been horribly depressed. I am not prone to nihilism by nature, and I am often dismissive of the existential malaise so many of my generation thrive on. However, the combination of food riots internationally, global inflation, my allergies and the democratic party’s protracted and increasing destructive primary have sent me into a tailspin resulting in hours spent reading urban survivalist websites, pricing bike trailers (for hauling water and cats into the wilderness), and learning about bee husbandry so I am prepared to cultivate my own honey when “Post Peak Oil” destroys my comfortable American lifestyle. Yes, I am in a bit of a crisis. A crisis that makes me want to cry out “WAKE UP YOU FOOLS! PUT DOWN THE IPOD, STEP AWAY FROM YOUR SUV, DON”T BUY THOSE POP-TARTS, STOP PAYING YOUR MORTAGE, BECAUSE THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO END! THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING…THE SKY IS FALLING” before rolling into the fetal position and sobbing helplessly. I have restrained my self so far, though last night I participated in a lifestyle defining purchase that many in the left or left leaning community would find objectionable, but I found oddly, and uncomfortably, comforting.

     I have no new insights to bring to the table on any of these fronts. I am being reactive not proactive and so I am depressed because… well…the sky is falling. Or so it felt until this morning when I read the remarkable open letter written by Joseph J. Andrew regarding his endorsement shift from Senator Clinton to Senator Obama.

     My funk has removed the ability to bring analysis to this fine text, so all I can do is urge everyone to read what he has to say and take it to heart. For myself, it has brought hope to my dark worldview as well as tears. I would like to share what caused the tears, because it is a strong reminder of what is good and right in the world:

“The difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party is that you are always welcome in the Democratic Party.

Because Democrats don’t care if you are black or white or brown or a nice shade of green, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care if you pray in a church or a synagogue or a temple or a mosque, or just before math tests, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care if you are young or old, or just don’t want to tell your age, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care what gender you are, or what gender you want to hold hands with; as long as you want to hold hands, you are welcome in the Democratic Party.

We don’t care about the size of your bank account, just the size of your heart; and we don’t care where you are today, just where you dream you want to be tomorrow.

That is your Democratic Party.

That is Barack Obama’s Democratic Party.

That is the Party that will win in November.”

 

      The world might be bleak today, but Mr. Andrew’s words of wisdom and endorsement of hope are inspirational in my dark time.  I am sure that Senator Clinton’s war hounds will have already begun tearing at his flesh and bellowing to the heavens over this insult to their candidate.  By doing so they reinforce his reasoning and prove how brave he was for looking at the future and the past and the present and choosing to work for hope in a moment that needs hope more than anything else.  I finally feel that something has broke free and we are going to see a change occur.

This might seem like party in fighting to many of you, but I am growing increasingly concerned by the rumblings that Michigan and Florida are going to seat their delegates at this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

When both states tried to move their primaries earlier in the primary cycle the Democratic National Committee ruled that if they did so not a single delegate from either state would be seated. Additionally the primary would not count towards a delegate victory for any candidate, and asked all the democratic candidates to remove themselves from the contention within those states.

Michigan and Florida proceed with their earlier elections and the DNC followed through with its threats. All candidates with the exception of Hillary Clinton removed themselves from the ballot. Hillary also campaigned in these states. Hillary claimed victory in those states but it was a meaningless victory because she ran unopposed for no delegates.

Now she wants to seat the imaginary delegates she “earned” by breaking the DNC’s edict. To do so would give her a huge advantage in delegates.

If the DNC backs down I truly believe it will destroy the Democratic Party. I am a life long democrat, I pay dues to the DNC, and I will leave this party the very day that the DNC caves to such dishonest tactics from a political opportunist in populist clothing – her claim for seating the delegates is “inclusion” but her goal is victory – no matter how dishonest that victory. Hillary Clinton wants to win and she will do what ever it takes to win, even if it means subverting the party system. If Hillary works the system and plays the game to get those delegates seated her claim to the candidacy will be as tenuous and immoral as G.W. Bush’s in 2000. Does it achieve anything for our party to create parallels between these two elections? I personally want 2008 to be a clean start.

If the DNC feels that Michigan and Florida Democrats should be allowed to have their votes counted I would support a caucus in both states that was paid for by each state’s party. It is not fair to ask the State government to foot that expense a second time, nor should the DNC be responsible. Ultimately though I think Michigan and Florida should be shelved as a lesson for the future, that there are repercussions for not toeing the party line. People forget that the democratic primary season is to select the party loyalists’ candidates, not the independent, swing voters’ candidate. This is party politics, and everyone should play by the party rules.