The video could serve as a model for all Republican candidates, especially those working hard to get backing from Hillary Supporters.
On another blog, I write today about "My Life Among Clintonistas," talking about who those Hillary Supporters are and what they want from candidates. I work closely with Democrats and Independents in the effort called NoBamaMission. I'm one of 15 national leaders.
Since the end of April (when I founded this site), I’ve been working closely with Hillary Clinton Supporters who are very angry at what the national media and the DNC have done to their favorite presidential candidate. I’ll be writing a lot over the next week about “My Life Among the Clintonistas.”
Somewhat to my amazement – I am after all a Republican – I’ve been amazed at the number of good friends I’ve made among the Clinonistas. Many of them are wonderful people, individuals deeply concerned about the direction of their country.
I’ve been a member of two large Yahoo Groups: (1) ClintonDemsAgainstObama; and (2) EighteenMillionHillarySupporters. I’ve exchanged perhaps 150 (1) e-mails and read perhaps 1000 comments.
Many Clintonistas -- and the number is growing -- have grasped the facts-of-life and are now (at least tentatively) backing John McCain. As an example, check out (and join) http://clintons4mccain.com/. Also, go to a key directory -- http://www.nobamanetwork.com/ -- to find 300 groups and blogs now backing McCain for President. They've recognized, to their sorrow,that Hillary is yesterday's news.
Of the 18 million Hilary voters, as many as five million -- my educated guess -- will end up voting for McCain. Of the rest, many will stay home -- or perhaps even vote for Ralph Nader. Another 5-6 million, alas, probably wil do their Pavlov's dog routine, and vote for Obama. That's a lot fewer people than the Obama campaign wants -- and needs.
A significant number of Hillary Supporters believe there’s still a good chance she will get the nomination. In that belief, they’re living in Fantasy Land. But some people can’t handle the fact that their candidate has lost. When I point this out to them, as I often do, a few people get angry – at me. Why am I being so heartless? Why am I trying to dash their hopes?
In response, I regularly cite two of my favorite quotes. One from poet T. S. Eliot goes this way: “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.” The other is from poet W. B. Yeats, who observed: “Sometimes all of life is a preparation for something that never happens.”
In my case, I never want to inhabit the land of unreality, a place where some Hillary Supporters appear to reside. If they accept the obvious – that Hillary Clinton is NOT going to get the nomination, something important will go out of their lives. They don’t like “Kansas” – reality. Instead, they choose “the land of Oz.”
In the past few days, I’ve contributed to PUMAPAC, which is seeking funds for bus rides to the Democrats’ Denver Convention. I contributed because, no matter how misguided many PUMA (“Party Unity My Ass”) people are, I value their idealism. They believe they’re going to influence the Convention (and maybe produce a “Hillary Miracle”). I believe they’re wasting their time.
I may be too impatient. Many Hillary Supporters are coming to understand that there’s only one way to stop the “Obama Express.” That way is to contribute to and otherwise support John McCain.
At times, I get upset with people who think that voting for a Republican is something like committing an immoral act. Last night, I engaged in something of a rant, seeking to explain why I regard the Democrat Party as systemically corrupt. The following is my “rant” against people condemning (all) Republicans:
My criticism of the Democratic Party includes various "icons," including John Kerry, who stabbed his long-time colleague, Hillary Clinton, in the back. Gee, let's all go and vote to re-elect Sen. Kerry to his office. My God, if we don't, a (shudder) Republican -- a true warrior and a man of integrity -- might get in!
I realize many people here admire Sen. Clinton, and she's done much that's admirable. But my point to Mars [a member of the Yahoo Group] and others was that to have a Party worth voting for you really need more than one or two admirable people. I regard some of the Group's attacks on "evil" Republicans as hilarious.
Most of them translate into, "My God, that Supreme Court Justice wants to follow the Constitution rather than make it up as he goes along!" Or, "My God, the Republicans want to produce our own oil rather than buying it from Hugo Chavez." Or, "My God, let's never, ever improve education but make sure the NEA and AFT get paid off." Or, "Rudy Giuliani cut the crime and murder rates in half in NYC, but let's hate him because he's a Republican."
Hey, I was a Democrat for 14 years, so it's my fault too.