UPDATED - Alegre's not there yet; do you know why?
by Falsehood, Mon Jun 09, 2008 at 09:11:58 AM EDT
Alegre posted a diary entitled "Sorry Gang - I'm Just Not There Yet," at the "Hillary's Bloggers" site near midnight on Saturday.
She said, in part:
I just can't do it - not yet. I respect Hillary more than words can say and I know she did what she had to do today. I was there to hear her speak and found myself cheering wildly every time she paused to catch her breath, until she got to the part where she asked us to join her in her fight to help elect Obama as our next president.
Then I stood there silent, with my hands folded politely in front of me.
I'm not saying I won't ever get there as far as voting for the guy goes. At this point BO might (might) get my vote in November if he ends up being our nominee. But he's going to have to work damn hard to win my vote after the way he lied about Hillary, and remained silent as the media and even his own supporters and staff attacked her with some of the most bizarre and misogynistic load of garbage I've ever heard.
Embedded in the post was this video that I couldn't even finish the first time through:
I didn't think I really got it until today.
Until today, I thought Clinton supporters were overreacting to fair attacks and criticisms. Instead, they were under-reacting to the unfair, horrible attacks.
This video is horrible.
For Clinton supporters, her defeat means their victory. The man who shouted "Iron my Shirt," the creator of the Hillary nutcracker, and all of the other haters triumphed. Yet more importantly to me, the problem is that these people feel Barack Obama stepped back and let it happen.
They think he stepped back, and let them call Bill Clinton a racist. They think he stepped back, and let them call her a b** and c***. When they see the overwhelming celebration over the first black nominee and his historic rise, they see a spotlight that was stolen from a woman who worked twice as hard.
And they are angry.
I didn't truly understand that until this hour, and I am deeply, deeply, sorry. Please know that my support for is unchanged; even as I learn about why some despise him, I think he acted appropriately (with the few inevitable slip-ups - you're "likable enough.")
I don't know if I or we can fix this, but we can certainly keep it from getting worse. Alegre isn't the same as the folks over at Hillaryis44, and we should never accuse her or others like her of being so. Please don't exacerbate this polarization.
I don't think the sexists won here, though. This was the Democratic primary - of the party of Clinton in the 90s, and while I think the party did move away from her, as seen in the election of Dean to Chair, I don't think it was because of the sexists or hatred.
I really, honestly, truly, don't.
Because for me, Clinton's candidacy was tarnished not by who she was, but the things I saw her do, just as Obama's candidacy was tarnished for some because of what he DID NOT do. I don't know if he could have done better.
If he had reached out and defended her, would he have been attacked for not letting her stand up for herself, and for "protecting" her? Did she stand up against the Muslim rumors in the same way?
These are the reasons why I don't agree with Alegre, though I do not intend to attack her or call her out in any way with this diary. Yet I feel I understand where she is coming from much better than I did yesterday.
That's doesn't mean I know how to fix it. If you have ideas, I'd love to hear them.Update [2008-6-9 14:34:9 by Falsehood]: Though I'm enjoying the robust discussion of which side was at fault of what, I'd really like to hear some ideas on how Obama and his supporters (myself included) can show that this sexism was reprehensible. To be clear - no sides' hands are clean, and debating who was deeper in the mud won't help us get up out of it.