One of my regular commenters recently noted the upswing in pro-Hillary, anti-Obama rhetoric among WordPress’ politics blogs (thanks for the tip!). That’s a disappointing trend, but the actual sites he pointed to are even more disappointing, ranging from the racist to the delusional. I’ve noted before – just click that little “previous post” button above you – that it’s partly worrying, but mostly confusing, to see so many people turn from the Democrats upon Obama’s nomination. It suggests to me that the Clinton supporters who cling to her candidacy were never really about the issues in the first place. America is at a crossroads, and to let anger and resentment at Hillary’s loss defeat us in our last best chance to undo the damage of the Bush years borders on the absurd. It’s cutting off the nose to spite the face, it’s throwing a temper tantrum, it’s..
More on the worst offenders, below the line.
“Obambi” is probably the worst. First, while reveling in the namecalling in this latest post, take note of the banners around the site. Obama is a terrorist, Obama is a racist, Obama is… black, is really what it all boils down to. It’s so funny to see someone complain about sexism torpedoing the Hillary campaign, while trying to use racism to torpedo the Obama campaign. Two wrongs, comrade, make a right-wing Presidential term that America may not survive. Also, does someone want to call the copyright police?
The next site is somewhat more serious. Or, at least, it thinks it is. “Democrats Over Nominating Elitists” (DONE) is so self-important and, for lack of a better word, elitist as to inconsistently capitalize the Nouns (and – oops! – Pronouns) in its own Manifesto. Half-way to a nice touch. It even evokes the Revolution… at least until you get to some of the odder passages about the “self-masturbatory appetites of the Elite.” I cannot say that I see Thomas Jefferson penning those words, and not in so futile and self-aggrandizing a manner, either. Looking at the whole, it really seems to evoke a different Revolution and a different Manifesto entirely. But let’s skip those little pieces of prurient prose and get to the business passages of the “manifesto”:
Be it forcefully RESOLVED that we oppose Mr. Obama’s candidacy on grounds including but not limited to differences of ideology, principle, character, judgment, policy, and qualifications and not due to spite, anger, or revenge;
Be it RESOLVED that we accept as a compromise candidate and transition President the Republican nominee, himself a credentialed, centrist-conservative, competent Patriot…
Misdirected on the first, and wrong on the second. While the policy objections aren’t laid out, the “qualifications” objection is common enough, and easily rebuttable: what this little tirade seems to be more about, in general, is anger and offense at “elitism.” No doubt it was a long and bitter campaign. Nasty things were said on all sides, and by supporters on all sides, but some of the real dirt of this election was said and perpetrated by Hillary Clinton’s staff. But this isn’t about who started what and when. If you’re not clear-minded enough to rise above the dirt and think long and deep about the issues, then you’re not an intelligent voter. You’re just angry. I decry the voters and supporters that are still trying to rub salt in the wounds of Hillary supporters, and I wish both sides would cut the anger and try to unite behind the candidate that won. And don’t get me started on the Michigan and Florida crap. But really, from here on out the election should be about liberal and progressive values beating out the tired old fundamentalist, neoconservative right. If those at DONE can’t see past the cult of Hillary personality to get to the real issues… then that’s just sad, and McCain is one step closer to winning.
I would go through the last site – TexasDarlin – in depth, except for the fact that it’s really all been said. Mostly harping the same points as DONE, it does seem to be a little more heavy into rumors – Obama is a gay heroin addict, quick, call Hannity & Savage! – and a little more delusional. Free Hillary to fight… for what? And then there are your conspiracy theories. But what really gets me is this final closing indignity: dammit, they’re using my favorite WordPress theme! Cutline is MINE! I totally called it! It’s like showing up at prom with the same dress as your best friend, but much much worse (I imagine – being a dude, I never had that exact prom experience).
For readers who think that this post is a little more of a rant than typical for this site, and a little less staid than usual, you’re probably right, and I apologize. I’ll be back to normal soon. But I can’t stand to see Democrats sell our ideology and our country down the river for the cult of Hillary. I think she would’ve made a fine president. But she lost. I deeply apologize on behalf of all Obama supporters, if I’ve ever participated in the gloating and rubbing-salt-in-wounds that you complain of, and I hope all other Obama supporters call it quits. But for God’s sake, there’s something bigger at stake:
Beating John McCain. And packing the Supreme Court for decades to come. Won’t somebody please think of the Justices?