Puma Bashing [Updated]
by linfar, Tue Jul 22, 2008 at 03:39:41 PM EDT
I made a different choice than the Hillary supporters who joined Puma which means Party Unity My Ass. It was a hard choice. And at first I was irritated at those who refused to support the nominee as Hillary had done and asked her supporters to do.
But Enough is Enough!!!
Leave the pumas alone. I do not think they are dishonest, misguided or stupid. I do not think they are ripping Hillary off. And I certainly do not think ridiculing them, bashing them and humiliating them serves any useful purpose.
So get over it!!! Some Hillary supporters will not back the nominee. And they do so for excellent reasons, be it dislike of Barack Obama and/or outrage over the way Hillary was demeaned in the media and railroaded by the DNC.
I saw a clip today from Andrea Mitchell who was about as outraged as I have ever seen her over the fact no reporter was allowed to ask a question of Barack Obama in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
Everything the American public saw out of those two places about Barack Obama's trip was staged. This is something even G.W. did not dare attempt in the general election contest. Mitchell said:
He didn't have reporters with him, he didn't have a press pool, he didn't do a press conference while he was on the ground in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
Gives you pause, doesn't it? And if it doesn't, it should.
Barack Obama is exercising more press "management" than even George Bush.
So I think the PUMAs serve a legitimate purpose. They are saying that the primary contest was rigged which is not the way a democracy is supposed to work. And they are saying that practices like fake news conferences by a presidential candidate are not something they will vote for.
They are not saying this directly, but by their existence These aren't just sore losers. And they aren't all weird and crazee. Many of them are longtime democrats who believe the Democratic Party needs to change, become more responsive to its members and more fair.
I could never be a PUMA, anymore than Hillary could be. But I respect their intention. It is time to stop smearing them and accusing them of being disloyal to Hillary. They are refusing to do as she has asked, but that is their right.
This is the way a democracy works. People get to promulgate their cause and act on their convictions. In this spirit I say the PUMAS show us that democracy--at least at this level--is alive and still kicking--which is all to the good.