Unqualified

7 04 2016


So, up until now I’ve been pulling for Clinton but I hadn’t been rooting against Sanders. There’s a lot about his ideas that I like and the spirit of his campaign was, for a time, admirable. Each time he won a primary I thought, “oh, good for him!”, because I really was happy that someone so far left was gaining traction. Each time Clinton won, I felt torn. For as happy as I was for her primary wins, I just couldn’t bring myself to celebrate his losses. Until now. Fuck Sanders. Fuck him and his unyielding descent into the bowels of right-wing anti-woman dog-whistling tone-deaf short-sighted win-at-all-costs sub-partisan self-indulgent Chernobyl-level toxic attacks. I hope he goes down in f-l-a-m-e-s.





So, two Obi-Wans walk into a bar…

28 08 2008

“If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

I have been struggling to find a way to characterize the situation between the Obama and Clinton supporters. I still haven’t found an satisfying explanation for the recovering-codependant behavior, but this ain’t bad:

“There is a unacknowledged immaturity about the Obama faction that many parents among us will recognize. Here’s the money quote:

The deep problem of Obama’s campaign is that he and his supporters do not want to face the political reality of their own conflicting desires. They both want to sweep to victory in November and they want to purge the party of anything connected to the Clintons, which includes all of the voting contituencies represented by that amazing and talented duo. The failure of the Unity Pony stems directly from that fantasy of majority status without majority support and the political work and compromises that go with cultivating that support. Thus, their model for unity is unanimity through elimination, purging the ranks of the unclean and unbelievers.

They will not acknowledge that Hilalry is a legitimate political actor and reduce her to an inhuman monster and enemy. They will not acknowledge that her supporters have sound, rational reasons for our support, and reduce us to mindless fools and spoils of war. They shift blame for their own choices and actions onto us and expect that we will cater to their whims.

Like adolescents, they insist on making their own decisions and yet expect us to get them out of a jam later. They hate us because of who we are and yet they need us in order for them to get what they want. And the superdelegates are the too permissive parents who are giving in to them because they can’t handle the screaming and guilt trips that will follow if they don’t.”

There is a sort of “your continuing campaign is ridiculous and your supposed legions are insignifcant, but for the love of god please support Obama” reality right now.

Other metaphors:

“Stop being so selfish and pay attention to me!”
“Hey – no cuts! It doesn’t matter where you are in line – so don’t get in front of me.”





Gore is to Bush as Clinton is to…

28 08 2008
Oh Democrats, you’re so cute.
Thank you, Senator Clinton.

Thank you, Senator Clinton.

Many reasons were cited for Gore’s loss in 2000. One factor was of course Nader. But Nader alone could not have broken that camel’s back. Half the country voted for the other guy – twice – and the Dems still haven’t gotten their shit together. In baseball, one cannot blame the last batter for losing the entire game – there are 8 other players on the team.

Likewise, PUMA is just one of many players. The people who make up PUMA existed long before this summer, and will continue to live on for the next 20-40-60 years, even if the organization does not. 40 years ago the “hippies” got pissed and made great sacrifices to bring about change. Where could we be in 40 years if PUMA takes the same path?

I understand that HRC needs to appear to support BHO 200%, but those references to “keep fighting” and “don’t give up” along with what she did NOT say made me crack a smile.

She asked if we were in it “just for her” and not the mother, daughter, woman etc.. which in NO WAY spells out, “this election is bigger than me so vote for Obama” …

All it spells out is, “this election is bigger than me” – which it is.

Her losing now, like Gore losing in 2000, will have ramifications far beyond what she can control and I’d bet a shiny nickel that she’s thrilled about it on some level.

On another level she’s pretty bummed I bet – which is understandable. So am I.





We cannot stop a river’s flow, but we can guide it.

26 07 2008

The Obama and Clinton campaigns have generated more energy in their separate political bases than the last two presidential elections combined. We, the people in these campaigns, have created this great Democratic movement whose precise direction is the only disagreement. Most of us would have voted for the other Democratic candidate had ours not been in the running. But now we have alienated our strongest allies, which closely resembles Bush’s leadership style.

 

The energy and political will with which we now find ourselves the stewards should not be ignored. The Republicans will not win this election – we will lose it.

 

That is, if we try to stop this momentum we feel right now. If we try to stop the river’s flow.