CNN’s Cafferty Paints PUMAs With Broad Brush

26 08 2008
DNC protesters outside the RBC meeting in May, 2008

DNC protesters outside the RBC meeting in May, 2008

The description of PUMA isn’t entirely accurate – PUMA grew out of the response to the DNC RBC meeting in May 2008. Their main point is boycotting Obama, not necessarily out of pure loyalty to Hillary or because they are closet republicans, but because of the mess with Florida and Michigan’s reduced delegates.

Because the decision to hold early primaries in those two states as well as the decision to punish those two states in that way (reducing delegates to half status, thereby effecitively eliminating half the voters in each state) was 100% out of the voters hands, a lot of them joined together to form PUMA.

They do not endorse any candidate, though most people were Hillary voters (and of course they would be – if you were a McCain voter then you weren’t affected by the RBC ruling, and if you were an Obama supporter then it worked in your favor).

I think other Hillary supporters, who don’t give a rat’s ass about Michigan or Florida, also joined because, well, they felt betrayed and needed an outlet. Kinda like Gore supporters in 2000, only this time (sadly and ironically) the role of Bush is being played by Obama.

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Pandemonium Unleashed, Most Attractive

25 07 2008

It is important to have an oasis where one can gather their thoughts, lick their wounds, and regroup. We must respect the needs of those voters who have flocked to such places, because we know what they have endured not just these past few months, but these past few years. We all deserve to have a forum, a sounding board, where our voices feel necessary and welcome.

One thing we agree on is that the divisiveness – amplified by the willing enablers in the media – that threatens to tear the Democratic party apart is doing just that.

Many of us have been motivated to action by shared beliefs: that the current leadership of the Democratic National Committee has abrogated its responsibility to represent the interests of all Democrats in all 50 states; that they were misleading our party by selecting, not electing, a candidate for president in 2008; that we were being forced to choose between our communities and ourselves; that our voices, while audible, were not heard.

The challenge of our past remains the challenge of our future: Will we be one force, one people, with one common destiny — or not? Will we all come together, or come apart?

Prejudice and contempt, cloaked in the pretense of political conviction, are no different. They have nearly destroyed us in the past. They plague us still. These obsessions cripple both those who are hated, and of course those who hate, robbing both of what they might become. We cannot – we will not – succumb to the dark impulses that lurk in the far regions of the soul everywhere. We shall overcome them, and we shall replace them with the generous spirit of a people who feel at home with one another. Our rich texture of racial, gender and political diversity will be a godsend in the coming years. Great rewards will come to those who can live together, learn together, work together, and forge new ties that bind together.