Pelosi Warns Clinton Supporters of "Scorched Earth Philosophy"
by DrPolitics, Fri May 30, 2008 at 03:47:27 PM EDT
As a Dem. who has been disturbed by the numerous diaries on MyDD urging Clinton to "take it to the convention," I was heartened to read Pelosi's comments today, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article entitled "Pelosi Warns Clinton Die Hards"
From the article: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday warned supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who are threatening to take the delegate fight as far as the Democratic National Convention, that they are pursuing "a scorched earth philosophy" that would seriously damage the chances of electing a Democratic president in November."
More below . . .
Pelosi did not mince words this time around (as she has in the past): ""I admire the enthusiasm of those who want to take this to the limit," Pelosi said. "But it will harm our party's chances to win in November. Their enthusiasm is wonderful ... but it's a luxury I can't afford."
I am asking everyone on MyDD to side with the party on this. I know this is painful. I know your candidate didn't win, but the causes those of you who passionately support Senator Clinton are pursuing (and I am thinking about Alegre and others here) will be better served by working within the party and the system that we have, whatever you think of it (or the nominee).
I think it's time for everyone to start putting their efforts into fighting for November. And those of you for whom health care is a major issue, I urge you to work together, to organize, and to find a way to bring Hillary's and your vision to the convention in August with the nominee that we have.
Please, for all of our sakes, it's time that we all buried the hatchet and fought for what is right: taking this country back, restoring civil liberties, restoring the honor of the U.S. globally, and more. I know it's hard to think this way, but a Bill Clinton supporter said this to me in the caucuses in Washington State in 1992: less people will die if Bill Clinton is President. I believed that then (even though I voted for and supported Brown in the caucuses)and I believe it now with our likely nominee.
I came here to have dialog with Clinton supporters because I felt that the strike--that separation, that civil war--was not the answer. I know it's been somewhat contentious with all of us here, but we need to come together. We need to realize that we all belong in this fight against oppression, destruction, and war.