Endless Summer

As July closes its droopy eyes and August stirs itself awake, Hillary supporters have a lot of work to do before the end of summer unDemocratic Convention.

Ricki Lieberman is, along with us and many others, trying to save the Democratic Party from itself. But, as anyone who has taken a “safety in the summer” lifesaving class knows, it is a very risky thing to try and save a drowning man. Drowning men will panic and grab you and flail and try to drag you down as well.

Ricki writes:

“Many HRC supporters want a Democrat in the White House but very much fear that to nominate Obama is to elect McCain. Because at the Convention, the sole job of the Super Delegates will be to select the person who is electable in November, we started the ELECTABILITY WATCH, a no-cost, grassroot action.” [snip]

Participants in the EW are asked to do a thoughtful weekly update to at least 18 Super Delegates (symbolically one for every million HRC voters) reminding them that their sole job in Denver is to select the electable nominee to return Democrats to the White House, and she is HRC.

To receive background information, sample letters and a list of SDs to get started, please email me at rrlieberma@gmail.com.

If the Democratic? Party chooses suicide and prefers drowning to salvation, Hillary supporters will have a Summer that will last through NOvember. We won’t have to do a thing. We can all stay home on election day and watch the Democratic? Party drown.

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Chris Matthews stated that The Democratic Party is not united and anybody that thinks it is, is confused or deluded. Some HOPE the Party is united, but they are smoking Hopium.

It may seem as though the Democratic Party can give a sigh of relief: Women have returned to the fold, and will support Barack Obama for president – and presumably his party – after all. But not so fast.

While I and many other women in my demographic (older, professional, liberal) are likely to vote for Obama in November, our feelings about his party (and ours) are not so clear. We remember the perpetual misogyny and sexism of the media during the primary campaign – misogyny aimed less at Hillary Rodham Clinton herself than at “uppity women” (like ourselves) in general. And many of us feel that the Democratic Party is even more to blame than the media. [snip]

So many women feel that the election was somehow stolen, and by their own party, to boot. They thus feel much the way many Democrats feel about the 2000 election: bitter. When one side feels that they lost an election fairly, any bitterness recedes early on (think of the 2004 election, by comparison). But when the adjective “stolen” leaps to mind, bitterness is apt to prevail, vanquishing any desire for reconciliation and cooperation. That is what many former Clinton supporters are feeling now.

We are disgusted with the party we have long trusted to represent our interests. We are disgusted with ourselves for being snookered – again. We assess the party leaders’ rejection of Clinton as a cynical strategy. If Clinton had ended up as the candidate, the Democrats stood to lose the votes of many African Americans, who then might not vote at all. But if they made Obama the candidate? Well, then (the reasoning seems to have gone), the women always vote, and they will come around. Women always come around, no matter how badly they’re mistreated.

I am reminded of a particularly chilling passage in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel “Lolita.” Humbert Humbert, after raping the 12-year-old, is pondering why she has come back to his bed. “You see,” Humbert tells the reader, “she had absolutely nowhere else to go.”

That’s just how I feel. And they want my enthusiastic support? The Democratic Party can fend for itself.

At a fancy dinner with long-time Obama supporters some smoked Hopium. Many are still waving the red flag of Supreme Court appointments and abortion to try to force Hillary supporters to vote for unqualified Obama. Forgotten by the Hopium smokers is anti-choice Kaine and Obama’s near vote for Chief Justice Roberts. [Hint: Obama can’t be trusted.]

The Obama campaign has a woman problem. How big? How small? It’s not clear, but in a close election, small can be big. [snip]

But the women Obama needs right now are the ones who do not dine downtown. They’re the ones who can’t afford organic anything, forced to choose between a gallon of gas and a gallon of milk because they can’t buy both on the same day.

Women like Sarah.

A few hours after leaving the “Women for Obama” luncheon, I ran into Sarah, not her real name. I’ve known her for a few years. A single mom, she free-lances, working as many jobs as she can to support two growing boys. She dreams of a permanent gig with benefits, but it’s still just a dream.

A 37-year-old Democrat, she is also a college grad and a news junkie who has watched this campaign like a hawk. She surprised me with her anger Tuesday, saying she’s voting for McCain.

Obama supporter and Obama “favorite” Ludicris just released a song [Lyrics HERE] calling Hillary “a bitch” and urging the White House be painted black. Don’t expect Howard Dean to do anything. But also, don’t expect Hillary supporters and especially women to do anything on election day in NOvember either. We’ll all be at the beach.

In the 2000 election Democrats fought for democracy and voting rights. In the 2008 election the Democratic Party led the fight to DISenfranchise Florida and Michigan voters. Democratic Chairman Howard Dean, stated he did not have cable television, therefore he was not aware of the misogyny and sexism exhibited by Obama and Big Media.

In the 2000 election the repulsive Ralph Nader, without a chance whatsoever of winning the election, said there was no difference between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Nader’s vanity plunged the nation into 8 years of darkness.

In 2008 we are forced to reject the Democratic Party which has been taken over by a rabid bunch of election theives willing to emulate George W. Bush by DISenfranchising Florida and Michigan and employing misogyny and sexism and personal and character attacks to assasinate the candidate that has proven SHE, with experience and a long record of progressive values, can beat John McCain.

The irony is that in 2008 Ralph Nader might receive votes that otherwise no sane Democrat would ever consider entrusting him with because Obama simply cannot be trusted.

Don’t be surprised if third or fourth party presidential candidates garner enough votes in November to make a difference in some of the hotly contested swing states. The polls show more than enough Republican disaffection with John McCain’s candidacy to make a case that Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate, or another right-of-center candidate could take votes away from the G.O.P. standard bearer. And on the Democratic side, Barack Obama has to worry about defections of not only Hillary Clinton’s supporters, but also of liberals, who are beginning to grumble that he is moving too much toward the center.

The 2000 presidential election clearly showed that third party candidates do not have to roll up big numbers to make a huge difference. Ralph Nader accumulated just 2 percent of the vote in Florida — and exit polls found that Al Gore was the second choice among most of Mr. Nader’s voters. [snip]

While the Democrats and the Obama campaign can take some comfort in these numbers, there are potential problems for them, too. Barack Obama has a unity problem. Hillary Clinton’s supporters have moved in Mr. Obama’s direction since the primaries ended, but only 72 percent say they would back him if the election were held today. In particular, Mr. Obama is not polling well among white women. Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama are running about even among this important voter bloc and he trails Mr. McCain among older women, despite the strong Democratic disposition of this group.

Could a small number of disappointed Clinton supporters be attracted to a third party candidate? Sure. Perhaps more important, there is the question of whether Mr. Obama can live up to the expectations that his liberal backers have about his commitment to change. The Times’ William Yardley reported recently that critics on the left are emerging in response to Mr. Obama’s positions on the war in Iraq, wiretapping, gun control and the death penalty.

While there is little indication of this in Pew’s polling data, our latest survey finds a rise in support of the idea of a third party candidate among people who have been ardent Obama backers: young voters, liberals and independents.

Nonetheless, given the level of enthusiasm for Mr. Obama, it is unlikely that a left-of-center third party candidate could draw major support, but certainly matching Mr. Nader’s 2000 numbers in Florida cannot be ruled out. And on the Republican side, the door is wide open for a third party to matter. In fact, polls conducted by Fox News, The Los Angeles Times and ABC/Washington Post now have about 7 percent of the vote going either to Mr. Barr or Mr. Nader. Whatever the limitations of these candidates’ personal appeal, either or both could be protest candidates.

As we have pointed out before, McCain is a weak, weak candidate – yet among likely voters the latest Gallup Poll has McCain beating Obama.

Republicans are likely to fall in line behind McCain. Democrats however not only do not trust Obama – Democrats also know Obama is selected not elected.

The problems Republicans have with McCain are about policy. The problems Democrats have with Obama are that Obama cannot be trusted and Obama exploited sexism and misogyny to character assassinate Hillary.

Obama cannot be trusted. Obama is not qualified to be president. Obama is unelectable.

Did we mention Obama is pompous too?

Some Big Media types are taking note of Vero Pompus:

Barack Obama has long been his party’s presumptive nominee. Now he’s becoming its presumptuous nominee. [snip]

Inside, according to a witness, he told the House members, “This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for,” adding: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”

As he marches toward Inauguration Day (Election Day is but a milestone on that path), Obama’s biggest challenger may not be Republican John McCain but rather his own hubris. [snip]

On his presidential-style visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem last week, Obama left a written prayer, intercepted by an Israeli newspaper, asking God to “help me guard against pride and despair.” He seems to have the despair part under control, but the pride could be a problem. [snip]

In the latest issue of the New Republic, Gabriel Sherman found reporters complaining that Obama’s campaign was “acting like the Prom Queen” and being more secretive than Bush.

The Democratic Party of 2008 has become the Republican Party of 2000. No surprise – the George W. Bush of 2008 is Barack Obama.

It’s going to be a long hot summer – that might, might last until NOvember.