I just got home from a long day and started surfing around the net to see what’s happening. Via Lambert at Corrente I learned the fascinating news that long-time Kossack and Obama fan extraordinaire, Kid Oakland has had a bit of a rude awakening. Our friend KO went to the California Democratic Convention and had an encounter with a Hillary Clinton supporter.
There was a moment that gave me pause. I was having a friendly conversation with three SoCal kossacks in the hallway on Saturday when two Los Angeles-based delegates approached. These women, both experienced delegates and friendly Clinton supporters, were happy to chat about what we had in common: blog reading, support for Debra Bowen, curiosity about the Migden/Leno battle and the 2010 governor’s race. One of the women, wearing a Hillary button, went out of her way to compliment our group of younger delegates (wearing Obama buttons aside from me…a press pass guy) for attending the convention. I asked her if she read DailyKos and she replied curtly:
“I’m on strike from that blog.”
That surprised me. I’ve met thousands of kossacks whether at Las Vegas or Chicago or events here in California, and I’ve never once had a negative experience asking if someone reads DailyKos. In fact, I’ve met people who disagree with me vigorously online who were completely cordial and friendly in person…. That’s what struck me with that comment. I think we’ve all got to take a step back and think about that for a second. This was a woman who was cordial and welcoming and yet she felt estranged from DailyKos. The strike shut down the conversation.
Oh really? That surprised you? How very interesting. Kid Oakland is now very very concerned about those Clinton supporters whom the Obamadroids at DK treated so dismissively. Now that he sees they are actual human beings with actual votes and sometimes actual power within the Democratic party, he wonders how they can be brought back into the fold and induced to support the nominee, who of course will be Obama. Anything else is out of the question. But, KO wonders, can we do to patch things up with these really terrific people?
But, clearly, Senator Clinton, for as much as the facts on the ground and the party leadership have lined up against her, has the bedrock support of some of the most experienced activists in the Democratic base.
Obama and the Party need every last one of those activists. Dailykos does too. And we need them sooner rather than later. There is so much at stake in 2008. There’s too much at stake to be divided going into Denver. My concluding thought coming from San Jose is this. Obama needs to solidify his coalition. He needs to win over doubting Democrats and include those who have yet to feel fully included. To win, Barack Obama will need every last experienced activist the Democratic party can muster and those experienced activists need to feel utilized and included as respected equals.
Oh dear. Yes, KO, we tried to tell you and Kos and all the other Clinton abusers that you were pushing things a bit too far, but you just wouldn’t listen, would you?
Senator Clinton is in a powerful position. Her supporters are among the best activists the Democratic Party has. I do not doubt that every last Clinton activist in the party will work for the nominee. The question is when that will happen, not whether they will support the nominee.
Yes, Conflucians, finally, the chickens are coming home to roost. This diary from KO also gives us a clue as to why Nancy Pelosi suddenly realized she’d better not be quite so obvious in her Obama support and flip flopped on her view of the superdelegates’ roles.
As for Michigan and Florida, eriposte has a great suggestion for how Nancy and her pals can help Obama can win without those two uppity states. Imagine wanting their votes counted toward the nomination. The nerve!
All they have to do is pass a Bill in Congress that says FL and MI will be stripped of their electoral votes in November because they broke the “rules” in the primaries! It’s that simple. This way McCain won’t benefit and if Sen. Obama is the nominee, he has a better chance of winning the general election. MoveOn.org and other fine “liberal” organizations, some of the top bloggers, the “progressive” version of hate radio, and so on, can then be completely relied upon to catapult the propaganda about how it is entirely justifiable for FL/MI to be disenfranchised in Nov according to the “rules” and according to the law. In any case, bills like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act are all so quaint and passe – clearly, part of the “excesses” of the 60s that Sen. Obama keeps referring to.
Isn’t that a terrific idea?
All I can say is it’s going be a lot of fun watching the Obamadroids in the DNC and the big blogs trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again now that it’s beginning to dawn on them that they’ve made a serious strategic error. Frankly, I think it’s a little too late. But that’s just me.
So what have all you wonderful Conflucians been up to today? And what have you heard?