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Dear NJ Superdelegates

Dear Senator Lautenberg, Congressman Holt and all of you remaining uncommitted superdelegates, 

I am writing you today to ask you to cast your vote for Hillary Clinton.  I am well aware of the math but I think in the interest of the party, you need to look past the numbers of pledged delegates.  The criteria for many voters has always been who is most competant and prepared?  Who has the most relevent experience?  Who reaches out to all demographics?  Who has the demonstrated capacity to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune with strength and dedication?  At the beginning of this primary process, Hillary Clinton was the last person I would have said fulfilled all of my criteria.  But in the past 10 months, she has proven to me that she is not just someone’s wife, not just a ceremonial position, not just a very lucky senator from the state of NY.  She is, by far, the best candidate I have ever witnessed.  

This may seem strange coming from someone Barack Obama’s age, living in Central NJ, who is a drug designer by day.  I would seem to be in Senator Obama’s prime demographic.  But I come from working class roots.  I value what the Democratic party used to value: social justice, fiscal responsibility, a healthy planet, privacy and wise use of our military forces.  I kept waiting to catch the wave of Obama fever but it just never happened for me.  I do not see the record of accomplishments in him that I see with Senator Clinton.  I think he has been handled gently by the media.  He rarely mentions core Democratic principles like shared responsibility.  Indeed, he has spent much his time appealing to independents and new voters while ignoring and disowning his base: the working class, women, gays. the elderly.  

The delegate count gets a lot of attention.  But we are on the verge of nominating a politician who lost many of the bigger Democratic and swing states like California, New York, Massachesetts, Pennsylvania ,Michigan, Florida, Ohio and my own adopted home state of New Jersey.  In what other primary year would such a thing be considered possible?  In what other year would we have witnessed the disenfranchisment of two important states that would cost one candidate her momentum for the duration of the primary season?  In what other year would we see delegates rightfully won by one candidate gifted to another whose name did not even appear on the ballot?  

It has always been my belief that if the Democratic party were to be divided, it would have to come from within.  At points in time in this season, I have felt pressure to divide us both from within and outside of our party,  The nature of the discourse within the party has been at the mercy of online hooligans.  From without, the media has had a large hand in picking our nominee by waging a war of hostility towards Senator Clinton that has been unprecedented.  Senator Obama has taken advantage of both of these phenomenon.  Even today, we see the steady and inexcusable drumbeat by the media to declare the race over while voters are still considering their options in South Dakota and Montana.  If Senator Obama is truly the Democratic party’s representative going forward, it is not too much to expect him to ask the media to be patient.  Instead, he is passive in the face of what can only be described as an attempt to suppress the remaining votes.  Time and time again, Senator Obama has been given the opportunity to lead and show his character and he has failed.  Time and time again, it is Hillary Clinton who demonstrates her mettle.  

I don’t know what personal dynamics are going on behind the scene.  I don’t know about the hurt feelings or damaged ambitions of the players in Washington.  But what has happened to Senator Clinton this year is uncomfortably familiar ro many women in the workplace who repeatedly have to demonstrate their competence and superiority.  Frequently, their qualities are dismissed, belittled, attributed to connections or unseemly ambition.  But for the sake of all people, men and women, white or African-American, it is time to see the participants of this historic season as persons.  

And that is what I am asking you to do in the next day or two, to pick the best person.  I am asking you to see the candidates as if they were musicians standing behind a screen.  Imagine yourself as a conductor and you have to choose one to fill a first chair position.  But unlike the world of professional music, there is no other orchestra that the loser can go to when the competition is over.  If you are the conductor, don’t you owe it to the rest of the orchestra to pick the best musician, the one that plays your music most truly, who can fill that chair during the first new symphony?  If your answer is yes, then the choice should be obvious.  It should transcend race and gender, money or connections. That winner should be Hillary Clinron.  

Please throw your weight behind the person who has the ability to bring us all together, who will have us play with great proficiency, confidence, power and in unison.  


Riverdaugher @ The Confluence

Hillsborough, NJ


17 Responses

  1. Hillary is going to finish the nomination process having received the most votes. We won this election under the principle of one person one vote. The superdelegates and Obama Boiz can never take that away from her or us.

  2. Great letter, Riverdaughter!

  3. I’m supposed to go vote for Dennis Cardoza in the CA primary. He’s the SD who switched to Obama a couple weeks ago.

    Any suggestions as to whose name I should write in?

  4. Riverdaughter, Can I use your letter for Lautenberg and andrews here in south jersey

  5. Bravo, Riverdaughter. That is a magnificent letter. It brought tears to my eyes. I wrote to every MA superdelegate again today too.

    I’m just sick at the disgusting display in the media today. I’ve only seen an heard dribs and drabs, but that was enough. BTD says they are still just obsessing about Clinton and Obama is upset that they aren’t talking about him. Poor thing. Now he will find out that it was never about him. How difficult that will be for him when he realizes it.

  6. myiq,
    I voted for “other”, took a picture and will be sending it to Anna Eshoo who stood silent on FL & MI and in the face of gross misogyny.

  7. Janet: be my guest. Feel free to introduce your own variations on a theme.

  8. riverdaughter — thank you for sharing your letter. It’s wonderful.

  9. I think I’ll write in Gary Condit’s name.

    Dennis backstabbed Gary during the Chandra Levy scandal (in which Condit turned out to be innocent) and ran against his former boss.

    Seems appropriate.

  10. Riverdaughter, if your letter doesn’t convince them, then they are clearly off their rockers.

  11. There was a dem who ran against Eshoo years ago in a pretty contentious race. If the guy was nicer he would have been my choice. Alas.

  12. bb–“Now he will find out it was never about him.” Just so. Read a diary by Ian Walsh over on FDL today (a site I haven’t been to for ages, due to the commenters), discussing how the so-called progressive blogosphere, both pro-O and pro-Hillary, had turned into the kind of low information media swampland it once said it despised. Decided to read the comments, just to see what the reaction might be, and what I saw was saddening. All had bought the media portrayals of Hillary, and all seemed to be anti-Clinton (both Clintons) rather than pro-O. It will be interesting to see what happens going forward when the errors of both O and McCain come under more of the spotlight.

  13. well said, riverdaughter.

  14. riverdaughter–A far more sane and sensible letter than I think I could have written under current circumstances. Nicely done.

  15. Beautifully, eloquently stated. Love the orchestra metaphor (and the research it’s based on)! I only wish I’d waited to write to my states’ SuperDs – I would’ve loved to have used it, too.

    I am stunned at how many of today’s endorsements include the presumptive nominee status as their reason for endorsing Obama, rather than his record, standing in the popular vote, suitability to fight McCain, debating prowess, or anything substantive. Just “It looks like he’ll be the nominee.”

  16. Several SDs have switched from Hillary to O here in WA state today. They will not be getting my support in the future.

    ActBlue sent me an email saying that now that O has become the nominee he needs money. I told them to take me off their list. O can pay his own danged way!

    I’m thinking of putting time into the few really good democrats in this state (note that the governor is not one of them) and seeing if the Green party needs help…

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