Conflucian commenter “NH” said the following which resonates with my PUMA consciousness:
I hope they blame us. That will give us power. With that power we can clean up the Dem party.
You said it, NH! Then instantly, I thought of legendary movie anti-hero Tony Montana in Scarface who in this scene, defines this point even further (language NSFW):
Please oh PLEASE blame us for Obama’s catastrophic loss in November. Get one of those “styrofoam Greek columns” and take a swing at Hillary Clinton supporters who are not falling line with the DNC, simply because we will not support a candidate who engaged in voter fraud and sexism to grab his candidacy.
Please blame us for every stammering guttural “uhhhh” Obama burps out while trying to remember his script lines, since he never wrote a law, never championed a liberal cause or have any major career accomplishments other than running for office. Blame us for Obama’s failure to connect with average everyday middle and lower income voters, because the more we get to know him, the more we notice how empty his suit is. Please blame us for not being as stupid to swallow the lofty and ironic rhetoric of “Hope” and “Change” – since half of the only piece of land Obama governed is still a dilapidated slum while his Chicago Boiz run to the bank with millions of government subsidies. Please blame us for not believing Obama will protect reproductive rights, especially since his campaign, his acolytes and nefarious fauxgressive blogger crew continuously spew venom against female candidates and the women who support them. Your “Plan A” of fractioning the Democratic voter base by “hoping” to replace us with western states’ votes just got pwned by McCain’s VP pick, not just because Palin is a woman, but because she happens to be the governor of the largest state in the Union that holds a vital portion of the U.S.’ energy independence from foreign oil. The McCain/Palin ticket reformed and united a once fractured Repubulican Party.
Since the “western states” strategy is out the window thanks to a “western state” Republican VP pick, what’s the Plan B, Obamabots? Certainly it’s not that old worn out “Roe v. Wade” card that gets waved every election season and still stands after 5 Republican presidents and conservative SCOTUS’ later. Wait a minute, is it just me or did I just hear a big collective “uhhhh” sound?
Whether the O camp has a “Plan B” or not, the 2008 DNC is no longer the party that protects women’s rights, but oppresses them. 2008 DNC is no longer the party that upholds voter rights, but supresses them. 2008 DNC is no longer the party that ensures Democracy, but manipulates it to their candidate choice’s advantage. So what difference is there between the 2008 DNC and the 2008 Republican party? One mascot is a donkey and the other an elephant? One likes blue, the other red? Oh I got one! The Republicans actually nominated a candidate who won the majority of votes within their party and the VP candidate, a woman, is embraced by her party with loving arms and that party is fighting back against the hateful sexist onslaught which pervasively fuels the Obama campaign.
But yeah baby, bring on the blame game! In fact, those guilty of not voting for Obama this fall may even go down in history books as “Clinton Democrats.” My 10-year old PUMA cub will study about us in her government & civics high school class and compare us to the villainous 2000 Nader voters or the heinous 1980 Reagan Democrats – but none were more treacherous than the big and bad “Democrats who voted for Nixon” in the 1972 election against McGovern. Because as we witnessed in the 2008 Democratic primaries as Lady Boomer NYC wonderfully points outs here, the DNC did not listen to its voter base and pressed onto us a candidate that was not chosen by the majority of Democratic voters. A little history lesson for the O-bots (from Wikipedia):
1972 Primaries popular vote results.
- Hubert Humphrey – 4,121,372 (25.77%) – 1972 popular vote winner
- George McGovern – 4,053,451 (25.34%) – 1972 DNC nominee
- George Wallace – 3,755,424 (23.48%)
- Edmund Muskie – 1,840,217 (11.51%)
- Eugene McCarthy – 553,990 (3.46%)
- Henry M. Jackson – 505,198 (3.16%)
- Shirley Chisholm – 430,703 (2.69%)
- Terry Sanford – 331,415 (2.07%)
- John Lindsay – 196,406 (1.23%)
- Samuel Yorty – 79,446 (0.50%)
- Wilbur Mills – 37,401 (0.23%)
- Walter E. Fauntroy – 21,217 (0.13%)
- Unpledged – 19,533 (0.12%)
- Ted Kennedy – 16,693 (0.10%)
- Vance Hartke – 11,798 (0.07%)
- Patsy Mink – 8,286 (0.05%)
Now, let’s compare the popular vote versus the delegate vote tally in the 1972 DNC convention again, from Wikipedia):
- George McGovern 1864.95 – 1972 DNC Nominee
- Henry “Scoop” Jackson 525
- George Wallace 381.7
- Shirley Chisholm 151.95
- Terry Sanford 77.5
- Hubert Humphrey 66.7 – 1972 popular vote winner
- Wilbur Mills 33.8
- Edmund Muskie 24.3
- Edward M. Kennedy 12.7
- Sam Yorty 10
- Wayne Hays 5
- John Lindsay 5
- Fred Harris 2
- Eugene McCarthy 2
- Walter Mondale 2
- None – 6,269 (0.04%)
- Ramsey Clark, Walter Fauntroy, Vance Hartke, Harold Hughes and Patsy Mink 1 each
Doesn’t that look familiar to you? McGovern didn’t win the popular vote and got all those delegates? Sounds just like a 2008 Democratic Nominee that we all know and will not vote for this November.
Since the 1972 DNC didn’t count the votes at the convention, the Democratic voter base made sure their votes counted in the November election:
After the catastrophic loss in 1972, the DNC retooled itself. Superdelegates were formed to override or veto the DNC pledged delegate vote tallies. But all this retooling and fiddling with delegate counts is moot when you ignore the popular vote count and your voter base. What will it take for the DNC to learn that Democrats lose elections whenever they don’t listen to their voter base? I don’t know about 1972, as I was only 1 year old, but I can attest that PUMA wasn’t around then. Just because Hillary Clinton finally released her delegates on Wednesday August 27th, does not mean that our commitment to democracy and gender equality should falter.
When the DNC counts our votes, fights for our liberal values and nominates the candidate that was truly chosen by the majority of its voter base, the DNC wins the support of the Big Tent and we rally in unisom for our party’s candidate. Simple as that. But history does have a tendency to repeat itself and so does the DNC.
So please, DNC and O-bots, MSM media, historians and armchair/laptop pundits, blame me and my villainous cabal, the Clinton/FDR Democrats which some consider themselves as PUMAs, please blame us as the entity responsible for not supporting a party and a candidate that abandoned two major democratic and liberal principles: voter rights and gender equality. I triple dog dare you!
¡Que viva los PUMAs! (Long live PUMAs!)
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