Party Unity Means Hillary Clinton for Vice-President
by Jacob Freeze, Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 09:44:24 AM EDT
Barack Obama can probably convince his true believers that all the insane hate-speech directed at Hillary Clinton in the last six months can be washed away by offering her a second-tier cabinet position, but for millions of Hillary's supporters who have been vilified as racists and insulted with every other conceivable term of abuse, it may not be quite so easy to forgive and forget.
Obama's friends on the blogs and in the mainstream media are trying to bully Hillary Clinton's supporters into voting for Obama by threatening them with the bogey-man McCain, and the implication is perfectly clear:
"We can demonize Hillary Clinton and all of you who supported her for six months, but you have no choice except to vote for Obama anyway, because otherwise the bogey-man McCain will eat you up!"
This isn't just made-for-TV rhetoric for the youth vote, it's toddler-logic for imbeciles!
If Obama plans to carry over the vindictiveness of the primaries into the general election by tossing Hillary Clinton a scrap and trying to pass it off as magnanimity, he may turn what should be a Democratic landslide into a toss-up, and leave voters in the general election with a very unappealing choice between a bogey-man and a vindictive hypocrite.
Barack Obama can unify the Democratic Party in one second by selecting Hillary Clinton for Vice-President, and simultaneously refute all of us who doubt that there's any substance behind his made-for-TV persona, or he can carry the animosities of the primary campaign forward into the general election and try to bullshit his way into the White House with meaningless slogans and empty gestures.
But he shouldn't take Hillary Clinton's supporters for granted. Barack Obama and his friends have been trying to bully and blackmail us into supporting him for the last six months, and he still lost four out of the last five primaries.