Let's Move On
by Denny Crane, Sat May 31, 2008 at 05:35:24 PM EDT
Michigan. Florida. I'm exhausted from hearing about them. Our primary system stinks, and I think most of us recognize that fact. Florida and Michigan both moved their primary dates in violation of DNC rules. But they weren't alone, except in their punishment. We need to take a serious look at how we nominate our candidate for the next cycle, although I doubt it will happen.
I think what happened today was shameful. I knew what the outcome would be, so I only watched bits and pieces. Despite knowing the outcome, I can't help but feel very much the way I did after the election in 2000. I'm tired, irritable, disappointed, relieved and confused.
What happened today was the DNC took pledged delegates away from one candidate and assigned them to another candidate. I have no interest in rehashing who moved their date in response to what. I only know this solution is truly awful. I find Donna Brazile to be especially disingenuous in her comments about following the rules, which apparently only applies when she wants it to apply. This decision is asking for trouble down the road if we don't fix our system.
But, despite my rather enormous dismay, it is clear that Hillary isn't going to win this fight. I honor her and her service to this country, and she will always have my support, my time and my money when she needs it. But we've lost this fight. It's time to move on.
Barack Obama wasn't my first choice (obviously) or even my second choice (that was Joe Biden). He's a flawed creature, as we all are. But he's far less flawed than John McCain.
I can't stomach another 4-8 years of neocon politics - I just can't. And I don't think our country can either. At the end of a John McCain presidency, we'll have less civil rights, more troops overseas, more dead soldiers, a shrinking economy and even less respect from other countries, if that's even possible. The Supreme Court will be so far to the right we'll never see reproductive freedom for women again. And God forbid I should want to move to a state where I can marry my partner of 12 years. John MCCain will have done away with gay marriage for good.
We need every single vote to stop a McCain nightmare. And Obama supporters, that means keeping your crowing to a minimum. Anyone who has ever been deeply invested in a political campaign knows how much it hurts when your candidate isn't the one. Respect that hurt, and give them some room. We don't need any more diaries or comments about how evil Hillary is - it doesn't help Obama and it certainly isn't going to convince anyone who might be wavering.
It's time to move on. I do not support a convention fight - I thinks it's entirely pointless and doomed to failure. I suspect Hillary knows this as well, and will likely drop out next week, or soon after that. I love the fight in her. It's one of the things that gets her my support. I expect her to continue doing great things in the Senate, both for the people of New York and for the whole country. And her time may yet come - never count out a Clinton. Hillary is still my girl.
I'll work for Obama and he's certainly got my vote. And I'll do everything I can to convince others to do the same. The choice between Obama and McCain is no choice at all.