It will be difficult, if not impossible to win the GE in November without the support of team HRC. There I said it.
I attended Saturday's RBC meeting. I spent most of my time on the floor and focussed some of my time reaching out to the friendlier HRC supporters. I will admit that it was tough because a good majority were upset with the RBC, Chairman Dean, the media, and some where even upset at Obama directly.
While I can argue some of these points, it was pointless - I wasn't going to convince too many folks. Even though I met four folks that left with a more positive feeling after we spent time together while the meeting was in a lunch break. We took turns listening to each other while sharing concerns, issues, and we even discussed policy difference and similarities.
It was a great experience. But these conversations, reminded me of a famous quote I heard a few years ago. Bill Clinton is quoted as saying that "Republicans like to fall in line and Democrats like to fall in love."
It was easy to see that we were all in love with our candidates. Which on paper is good but it can hurt us if we don't control this emotion. If allow our "love" for one candidate to impair our judgement as Democrats, we risk losing another 4 or 8 years to an administration that does not care for Americans. McCain does not care for woman's rights and gender equality. McCain does not care about fixing our Health Care crisis. More recently, McCain has sided directly with Bush on tax cuts for the wealthy and more importantly on Iraq.
I know there will always be some Democrats that may not come around to voting for Obama. I would question whether they are true Democrats in the first place. Perhaps they are really independents or even Republicans that enjoy conflict.
We need all Democrats to fall in line and fall out of love.
There's one additional point I will make regarding elections.
In most elections, the winner receives anywhere between 60%-80% of their votes from hard core supporters and strong leaners. These are the folks the "like" the candidate. But in all elections, even the winning candidate get votes from those that didn't like them.
These people wished they had someone that met their personal needs or ideals more directly. However, the thing that made these voters vote for someone they "disliked" was the fact that they thought his/her opponent was even worse.
I guess my point is to say that you don't necessarily have to vote for Obama. Maybe you can't just vote against McBush?
You know, sometimes it takes time to fall in love anyway. One good example is that my wife and I were friends for 4 years before we dated. Now, we've been together for 24 years. Just a thought. Thanks!