an invitation to the “Democrats in Exile”

It’s the seventh anniversary of the 911 attacks.  Looking back on how badly our leadership has handled everything that’s happened since, it makes me more resolute than ever that McCain must lose this election, and we have to get a Democrat in office.  Obama was not my first pick (that would be Edwards, before I knew he had personal issues that should have precluded his run), but Obama is a solid Democrat with a record of voting for and supporting for the good guys more often than not. 

And that’s why I’m so puzzled by the Hillary supporters who still refuse to back him in the general election.  I get it that they feel cheated by real and perceived slights (though in my mind, Hillary played a bit of dirty pool in the election too).  But didn’t Hillary and Obama come together, he supporting her campaign with a pledge for financial help, she by giving her New York delegates to him on the convention floor in a dramatic and heart-warming display?  They’re political allies now, and she’s rooting for him, so why won’t her followers support him?

Looking through the comments on sites such as The Confluence, I see alarming fear of Obama, and what seems to be a spiteful support of McCain simply to thwart Obama.  Comments like the below are pretty typical: 

This race continues to be so close and I have such a fear of Obama taking the Oval office that sometimes I can’t sleep, I can’t concentrate on other things and I can hardly wait for it to end. When I hear people say they won’t vote for Obama but they can’t bring themselves to vote McCain Palin, I understand but I just feel more panic. I definitely am not philosophically and politically for McCain but there is some core there that is desperately missing in Obama.  

What is Obama missing that McCain has?  Senility?  Wrath? 

Though politics is about personality, leadership is about knowing what the right thing to do is and getting it done, and McCain has neither of those skills.  Every little thing that Obama has done that has seemed sexist, or politically incorrect, or just plain dumb (like his vote on FISA or his snubbing of MoveOn) is something that McCain has done a hundred times more and a hundred times worse.  How does it make sense to vote for a man who follows Bush’s policies in order to thwart a man who at his worst made an off-color lipstick remark (that McCain himself made about Hillary)?  

I know how engaged I was during the primary, and how I was rooting for Obama.  I can bet I’d have been mad if Hillary had narrowly beaten Obama to the nomination–she was pro-war and seems beholden to the health insurance industry, and those are both things that frankly disgust me.  But I know that compared to McCain, she’s a far better pick–just as Obama is.  If she were running against McCain, I’d be singing her virtues and getting out the vote for her even if I was a little bummed at her imperfections.  What matters most is getting the Republicans out of office and away from the steering wheel of our country!

So come on, Dems in exile.  We need you.  Right now we have so many important issues to tackle, from health care to a real crisis in global warming and energy policy.  Not for party unity, but for the good of our nation, please, please, come back to our side. 

Please, don’t let McCain’s attempts to woo you make you vote against your own interests.  A vote for him and Palin is a vote for big oil, big war, and a big appeasement of the religious right–which also equates to a vote against women’s rights.  You don’t need that.  We don’t need that.  If you must hate Obama, vote for him because he’s the lesser of two evils.  But vote based on what will make this country, not this party, go back in the right direction.


Oklahoman by birth. Angeleno by fate. I've been in half a dozen bands and own 25 cubic feet of old records. Thank God for Ikea shelves.

3 thoughts on “an invitation to the “Democrats in Exile”

  1. No thanks. and btw isn’t it a bit presumptuous of you to decide what our best interests are? I for one believe that Obama would be a disaster for this nation. He’s proven that he has no honor, no integrity, and cares only about the fulfilment of his own ambition. In fact he reminds me a lot of what we’ve been through the last eight years. Obama sealed the deal for me when he implied that I was a racist in January. I don’t reward that kind of evil behavior. The Democratic leadership (Brazile, Dean, Pelosi) lost me when they allowed the farce of a selection proceed (I attended the RBC meeting and watched in horror as they actually stole delegates that voters had awarded to Clinton and gave them to Obama).

    You say that for whatever Obama has done, McCain is 100X worse. Your hyperbole aside, why should that comfort me? I thought we were the good guys? No, that kind of behavior needs to be rooted out.

    Finally, I don’t hate Obama. I think that he is an illegitimate candidate. I won’t vote for him. Ever. And you all can call me racist and bitter, or whatever until he slinks back to the sewers of Chicago politics that he crawled out of and tried to drag OUR party down into, I don’t care. We will pick up the pieces and rebuild OUR party anew when he loses in November.

    BTW, your begging won’t work. Trust me. He’s gonna lose. Bad.

  2. Was Obama at the RBC meeting where the delegates were stolen? Is he at fault? If this is true, why is Hillary backing him now? Why are you disobeying the very candidate you swore to back?

    You DO hate Obama. You hate the shit out of him. You hate so much that he beat your candidate and “implied” that you’re a racist.

    For that, and for no other good reason, you’re now willing to vote for a man who sided with Bush over 90% of the time? To vote for a man (or at least not cast a vote against him) who is in bed with big oil, and who will wreck our environment just when it’s on the brink of destruction? You want a man whose running mate’s appointee sheriff forced rape victims in her city to pay for their own RAPE kits to potentially choose our Supreme Court judges?

    However slimy and illegitimate you think Obama’s presidency is, remember that most of his followers could lay the same kind of insults at Hillary’s door, and at least some of them would be right. This isn’t a tea party, and they both fought tooth and nail in the primaries, and neither pulled punches. And you know that Hillary has shown herself to be pretty self-obsessed (in my opinion, way more so than Obama).

    But I’ll tell you one thing: if she’d won the primary, fairly or not, I might hold my nose, but I would cast my vote for her in November. That’s not because she’s so great, but because she’s not a Republican, and she’s not McCain.

    Let’s say that your biggest hope is true, and McCain wins “bad.” In four years, when we’re at war in Iran, and your family member can’t pay for their hospital bills, and our economy is in the tank, and your gay friends can’t get married, and Congress gets its funding bills vetoed left and right, and Roe v. Wade is overturned by a McCain appointee, will you say “Great! That’ll teach those Dems to adhere to procedure and not imply racism!”? Or will you be thinking to yourself “Fuck, I was stupid! I’ve actively helped everything turn to shit because I’m a petty, selfish asshole!”?

  3. Ha! You totally schooled her on how she’d rather ruin all our futures than step outside her anger and view the situation objectively. I don’t think we’ll hear a rebuttal anytime soon. You totally annihilated all her non-arguments. She’s ridiculous.

    P.S. Who is she? Is she from that site you linked to?

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