Update III: Gallup poll from yesterday shows Obama losing to McCain. Obama will concede now or in NOvember. Guess who wins against McCain? Clinton leads McCain 48% to 45%. This includes an even more sizeable lead for Clinton over McCain in Tuesday night’s interviewing.
Update II: Commentary excerpts from Rasmussen Reports:
The woman who shouted “McCain in ’08” at the Democratic rules committee was speaking for a multitude. After mounting for months, female anger over the choreographed dumping on Hillary Clinton and her supporters has exploded — and party loyalty be damned. [snip]
“Obama will NOT get my vote, and one step more,” Ellen Thorp, a 59-year-old flight attendant from Houston told me. “I have been a Democrat for 38 years. As of today, I am registering as an independent. Yee Haw!”
A new Pew Research Center poll points to a surging tide of fury, especially among white women. As recently as April, this group preferred Obama over the presumptive Republican John McCain by three percentage points. By May, McCain enjoyed an eight-point lead among white women.
What’s dangerous for the Democratic Party is that, for many women, the eye of the storm has moved beyond Hillary or anything she does at this point. The offense has turned personal.
They are now in their own orbit, having abandoned popular Democratic Websites that reveled in crude anti-Hillary outpourings — and established new ones on which they trade stories of the Obama people’s nastiness. [snip]
The women are angry at the ludicrous charges of racism leveled against Clinton by the Obama camp — amplified in the supposedly respectable media — and projected onto themselves.
Jean B. Grillo, an “over 50” writer in lower Manhattan, was pretty straightforward: “I am so tired as a white, ultra-liberal, McGovern-voting, civil-rights marching, anti-war fighting highly educated professional woman who totally supports Hillary Clinton to be attacked and vilified as racist and or dumb.”
Shauna Morris, a 44-year-old lawyer from Largo, Fla., told me, “I am upper-middle class, and I still can’t stand him — and it has nothing to do with race, believe me.”
The women talk of being taken for granted by a party leadership that never spoke out on some of the outrageous Hillary bashing — and despite the close race, joined the early rush to crown Obama.
“Many of us feel slighted,” said Lynn Eyrich Harvey, 76, from Los Gatos, Calif. “We feel that years of supporting the party is unimportant, that we are to sit down and shut up — but be sure to vote Democratic in November.” [snip]
“How Obama’s campaign has treated Hillary will not be forgotten,” Janet Rogers, 55, who runs a Bed and Breakfast in Medina, Ohio, wrote me. “I will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee. My husband and friends all feel the same way.”
Update: We added a link to Ed O’Reilly’s website. O’Reilly is the candidate running against John Kerry.
As we wrote in Part I, Obama is unelectable and not qualified to be president. Obama will either concede now or face defeat in NOvember and concede to John McCain.
Hillary Clinton, can defeat John McCain. Barack Obama cannot defeat John McCain. Only a suicidal Democratic? Party would nominate Barack Obama.
Yesterday, Politico outlined the insurmountable roadblock Obama has due to, as we wrote, his race-baiting, gay-bashing, woman-hating campaign of deception and distraction. The “presumtive Democratic nominee” is not our nominee.
…one-third of Hillary Clinton’s supporters in Montana and South Dakota said they would not vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Exit polls from both states demonstrate that Obama inherits a fractured coalition after the longest primary race in modern history. Demographic divisions dug by class, race, gender and political philosophy haunted Obama until his last contests, effectively forcing the Illinois senator to limp across the finish line Tuesday night.
The cappuccino versus coffee Democratic divide between upper class and working voters continued. Coffee Democrats were more likely to back Clinton while cappuccino Democrats were more likely to back Obama. That these divisions were also deepened by gender and racial identity — rooted in long-sought historic firsts for women and blacks — means that there exists an unprecedented intra-party burden that befalls Obama.
On Tuesday the more working-class white Democratic electorate of South Dakota once again proved un-winnable for Obama, as has been the case in contests from Ohio to Kentucky. [snip]
Roughly one quarter of Clinton voters in Montana said they would vote for McCain in November if Obama were the Democratic nominee; about one in 10 said they intended not to vote. When South Dakota Democratic voters were asked how they would vote if Obama was the Democratic nominee, about 15 percent of Clinton supporters said they would back McCain and an equal portion said they intended to sit out the general election.
In response, the Obama campaign, once again restated the Axelrod/Brazile dream of their new Democratic? Party:
It has been a hard-fought and sometimes bitter campaign, but Obama is not, one of his senior advisers assured me Tuesday night, going to spend a lot of time in the next few months wooing Clinton supporters whose feelings may be hurting.
“I think there are always immediate feelings of disappointment and anger,” Anita Dunn said. “But in the months ahead, he must appeal not just to the constituency groups who favored her in the primaries, but those he wants in the general election, and that includes independents and Republicans.”
Another Obama adviser, who asked not to be identified, said that he was not worried that Clinton supporters would stay angry.
No surprise. The Obama campaign has said this before.
Donna Brazile: A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.
David Axelrod: The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.
No Democrat that cares about the issues should vote for Barack Obama. No Democrat that cares about the FDR coalition that wins elections should vote for Barack Obama.
Kristen Breitweiser outlined the problem and what should be done by Democrats.
Those who are responsible for putting Democrats in the broken place we are in right now with regard to Barack Obama had better own it to the end. Leave those bumper stickers on and wear those campaign pins until the bitter end folks because YOU OWN IT. And people are going to want to know whose to blame.
And as for the superdelegates, just an FYI, we have the list with your names, you will be held accountable on Election Day and beyond, too. This time around, everybody’s going to be looking for accountability.
We wholeheartedly agree with Breitweiser: accountability.
Flash forward to Election Day 08. Can you imagine the backpedaling going on when it comes to explaining how Barack Obama — the Democratic nominee by math not by sensibility – loses key states? What will those pundits say? Can they turn to history and defend themselves by saying that Obama won Ohio in the primary? Pennsylvania? Florida? And what about West Virginia? No Democrat has won the WH since 1916 without winning West Virginia and we all know what happened yesterday. What will they use as their rationale as to why they reasonably expected Obama to win those states in the general? Will they be driven mad with their math and just keep repeating that it wasn’t their fault — it was math’s fault? (Or will they fall back on the usual suspect and blame it on Hillary?)
Breitweiser lampooned the now abandoned Obama argument of redrawing the political map and 60%, 70%, 80% victory in November:
Maybe they’ll use the argument that Obama was supposed to re-draw the political map. That Obama promised that “all states were in play.” And, what if he turns out to be wrong? What if Obama loses those red states (and even some of those key blue states)? Is it possible that after e-i-g-h-t years of George Bush, we will have another Republican in the WH? Is it fathomable that a Republican like McCain could win by a landslide?
Breitweiser, one of the “Jersey Girls” who lost her husband in the 9/11 attacks, campaigned for John Kerry in 2004. Breitweiser destroys the Obama Hopium driven delusion that Obama will best McCain on the Iraq issue:
That leaves Iraq, right? A slam-dunk for Obama, right? Not so fast. After witnessing the defying of logic and the suspension of belief in what happened to John Kerry in 04, anyone who thinks Obama’s “speech” about the Iraq war from the cozy confines of a Chicago suburb will assuredly prove that Obama is a better Commander in Chief than John McCain, needs to think again. And yes, I know that the vast majority of Americans are against the Iraq war. And yes, I know the Iraq war has cost us billions and contributed to our recession. And yes, I know that John McCain’s words about spending another 100 years in Iraq are repeatedly used against him. But, remember what happened in 04. Logic can be defied. Belief (yes, even hope) can and has been suspended on Election Day.
Remember: John McCain is a veteran. John McCain is a former POW. John McCain is a war hero. Moreover, one of John McCain’s sons is currently serving in Iraq. So, if anyone thinks McCain is going to mistreat or misuse our troops — which include his son, they need to think again. Frankly, Obama will look like a fool against McCain because once again, McCain has his real record, history, and even his family to prove his sound leadership and true patriotism. And Obama merely has his words, hope and the video of his wife sounding unpatriotic which will be used over and over and over again.
The prescription from Breitweiser is the right prescription: And as for the superdelegates, just an FYI, we have the list with your names, you will be held accountable on Election Day and beyond, too.
It’s already happening and we need to organize and make it happen again and again. Hillary supporters are the majority of the Democratic Party grassroots and are strongest in the big Democratic states. We must act like the majority we are and and exercise our muscles:
Attorney Margaret “MarDee” Xifaras has been ousted after 28 years from the state’s delegation to the Democratic National Committee by what one supporter describes as “hard-core Hillary feminists” upset with her endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for president in a state that went for Sen. Clinton.
The removal of the tireless campaigner from Marion came last weekend when the Democratic State Committee met in Dorchester to vote on the appointment of two men and two women to four-year terms on the national panel.
After cheerfully saying, “I’m still standing,” Mrs. Xifaras told The Standard-Times, “It was interesting to watch because there was a fair amount of disconcert from friends, partly female friends, that I had chosen to support Obama.”
MarDee is a close John Kerry friend. John Kerry is trying to prevent a primary campaign against himself from taking place. Kerry should be primaried.
He said the “hard-core Hillary feminist” sentiment combined with a mood of anti-incumbency at the meeting, a trend he felt personally when Acushnet voters dealt him a narrow loss of his job as town clerk this spring.
“Let me put it this way,” he said. “Among the Clinton supporters there was a sort of unwritten word that went out that said we elect our own, and the collateral damage on that was we don’t vote Xifaras.”
He said that state Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, and former Sen. Lois G. Pines were at the meeting and “have been very outspoken, each of them, about women who have not been supporting Hillary Clinton.”
What happened to Kerry friend MarDee must now be replicated.
Organizing our efforts will not be difficult. PUMA (Party Unity My Ass) is already on the job. More efforts on and off line will emerge. It is not difficult with modern technology to organize nationwide. For instance, we can organize the country into 6 or 4 regions and assign state leaders (or any other structure) to get the word out. Email is a great weapon to be deployed. We can prepare for write-in campaigns in the Fall even if the votes, like those of Michigan and Florida, are discarded. We can prepare for Denver demonstrations – but we prepare – organize, organize, organize. We never surrender the core Democratic principles.
Hillary supporters are the majority of the grassroots of the Democratic Party. Let’s act like it.
Obama will concede before the Democratic Convention or in NOvember.
[We will resume our, issue by issue discussion, of why Obama is not acceptable – in our series Voting For Barack Obama this week. As we wrote earlier … when Obama supporters approach Hillary supporters with oily pleas for party “unity” and with pleas regarding the issues, Hillary supporters need to respond: If you really care about the issues support the only candidate who can win: Hillary Clinton. ]