Do it at the Convention, and not before...
by bobswern, Tue May 27, 2008 at 01:47:17 PM EDT
It's about respect for ALL Democrats, stupid!
The nerve of Hillary Clinton staying in the race--albeit perhaps with a suspended candidacy--until the Convention?!?!
The Convention. It's not a variety show. It's not a holiday weekend for senior Democrats. It's not that, historically. It's not that according to the rules!
Minor omitted detail throughout much of this blog and most of the blogosphere: This is the closest Democratic Primary in generations. Bar none! Forget about Clinton for a moment. Think of it this way: Don't disrespect half the Party!
And, to all those supporters of "the other brand," to signify otherwise by attempting to throw Hillary under the bus in a few days is to deny history; to signify otherwise is to deny the VERY PURPOSE of the Convention, itself; to signify otherwise is to put forth the very "entitlement" meme Obama supporters have attempted to shove down the throats of the media and my fellow Clinton supporters for the past few months, too.
Hillary deserves to not only share in the spotlight at the Convention. She represents half of the votes of the freakin' Party, folks! You want to bring the Party together--more divided between two great candidacies than it may have ever been--at the Convention? Well, then DO IT AT THE CONVENTION! Not before.
The Party is best-suited to have an orchestrated coming together of the candidacies in support of one candidate. Neither side's supporters are going to be placated by someone waving a wand in a couple of weeks saying: "This is the way it is."
This will do little but disaffect many!
If one were to read the Obama supporters' comments on this blog--and I'll be one of them if he's the formal nominee of the Party too--we're supposed to believe that THE CONVENTION is not where the Party formally anoints its candidate for the Presidency?
Problem with that rationale is this: The Democratic Convention IS where the Party formally anoints its candidate for the Presidency. It's where we come together as Democrats to support OUR candidate. But, we select the candidate at the Convention, first!
This is history. This IS "the rules."
Live by the rules. Die by the rules. Change the rules. Break the rules. Scream when the rules are broken by one; say "tough luck" when it's your candidate doing the rule-breaking.
Hillary can do whatever she damn well pleases. It's her right. More importantly, she owes it to her supporters. She owes it to the Party. And, it's the SMART thing to do--gradually bring the Party together and to their senses over the course of the next 90 days, all supporting one candidate! (Whomever that candidate might be.)
As for folks referencing Ted Kennedy in 1980, like your sense of propriety about Democratic conventions, you have your history a little mixed up. Kennedy worked his ass off for Carter in in the Fall of 1980. Jimmy Carter was defeated by Ayatollah Khomeini. Nothing more. Nothing less. Read it. Learn from the past. Don't distort it to suit your rhetoric now.
Respect the rules, or change them. But, don't tell me one plus one equals three. It doesn't.
Hillary can do whatever she damn well pleases. And, to that I say: "RIGHT ON!" She will be heard.
The Party is split. It needs time to heal. Folks will be focused upon the Olympics for the next 12 weeks, anyhow. And, the real race doesn't heat up again until Labor Day.
Obama supporters, get over yourselves and your feigned indignation. Feigned indignation at what? Respect for the traditions and history and RULES of our electoral process. As f**ked-up as it might be, it's the set of rules we're using this year.
Get over yourselves. Move forward...with respect. It'll work itself out. But, it's going to take a little time.