I am very disappointed that some of our best and brightest bloggers do not understand the source of our resistance. They seem to think this is all about Hillary. On the contrary, we made it clear to Hillary’s campaign back in June before her suspension speech that the resistance to Obama had spiralled far beyond her ability to call it back.
The Obamacans and trolls and newly converted think it is all about gender and identity politics. No, if you want to see an example of identity politics, you need look no further than the 90% of African-Americans who voted for Obama in the primary. We don’t blame them. It’s a natural response. We *do* have an issue with the RBC committee members and other Dolores Umbrage types who can’t seem to see past Obama’s African-American heritage.
We find it very irritating when the Obamacans, trolls and newly converted scream at us like we don’t understand English that we are too stupid to realize that John McCain is using a woman, a conservative woman at that, to fool us into voting for him. That kind of attitude is beyond condescending and offensive. I would like to clear a few things up to the permanently addled on Obama: 1.) Not all of us are voting for McCain. Loyal Democrats such as myself have a very hard time crossing that ideological divide. and 2.) We are quite aware of what John McCain is up to and the people he is playing for fools are the Obamaphiles and DNC who thought they could wrest away the Evangelical base from the Republican party. That he picks up some disaffected Hillary voters is icing on the cake for him.
No, the primary source of our disaffection and resistance to the DNC, Obama and even Hillary herself is that the party has lost its moral authority. In its zeal to select Obama as its nominee, it compromised all that it claimed it believed. It set up a system that favored one outcome, allowed states to pay for sham primaries, duped voters into thinking their votes counted, reapportioned delegates to suit its needs, intimidated and harassed delegates. And all in the name of UNITY, which it most certainly did not get.
But the biggest shame falls on the delegates and superdelegates who succumbed to pressure during a vicious witch hunt. They completely missed the point of Hillary’s brilliant speech which was not to cave but to keep going. Yes, she stood up for Barack Obama but she was exhorting the delegates to stand up for themselves and their voters. But they caved. We know that Obama whips followed them down the hallways of the hotels like dogs at their heels, screaming at them to sign onto Obama or their political careers would be finished. We know how they trapped delegates in hotel rooms and used strong armed tactics to get them to switch. But none of them had to do it. And if they had hung together and resisted, then the machine that looked so powerful would have been stripped of its formidable image. It is nothing if there are no people supporting it.
There was an opportunity last Wednesday for all of the delegates to find the core within that would guide them. That core would have told them what it means to be a loyal Democrat. That core would have said to count every vote, honor every voter, resist fear, put the common good first, keep their eyes on the future. Some did. Most did not.
In those moments on Wednesday, the delegates signed away the name of the Democratic party. It will not have another in my life.
That is the source of our resistance.