What would it take for Clinton supporters to back Obama?
by zenful6219, Tue Apr 15, 2008 at 03:04:14 PM EDT
As a Hillary Clinton supporter on progressive blogs like MyDD, DailyKos, and my once favorite Americablog, it's felt like a roller coaster ride that just will not end. When Obama misspeaks or Clinton exaggerates, many of us fight it out, often saying some very hurtful things to each other. Tempers flare and some get their feelings hurt. After about a week, some of us start trying to find middle ground and ways to unite Democrats against the Republicans. Sometimes it's out of a genuine desire for unity, sometimes it's to draw attention away from the candidate who's in hot water. Then, Obama or Clinton commit some new gaffe and the cycle repeats. Some will say that's just politics.
Today, I was listening to a progressive radio talk show host who was talking about Obama's latest blunder. I use that word because Obama himself has said he could have chosen a better way to express his thoughts. This host brought up Hillary Clinton's newest television ad that attacks Obama's blunder. He went on to make the point that there are several things about the Clinton campaign that Obama could use in his own attack ads. But, for some reason, he has chosen to miss these golden opportunities. Old-school politicians would have jumped on these in a heartbeat.
Is this an example of the new kind of politics that Obama and some of his supporters have been talking about? Obama could have easily made an ad talking up the whole Mark Penn/Columbian Trade situation. But, he hasn't and I'm considering the idea that instead of missing a golden opportunity, he truly is displaying a new kind of politics. Surprisingly, I find myself reconsidering my stand on Obama.
As much as I agree with Hillary Clinton, I believe she may be stuck in the politics of yesterday. Unfortunately, it's similar to the politics of the current Republican party.
However, I still support Hillary Clinton. It's a contradiction, but, for the first time, a part of me wants to support Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the new politics he seems to demonstrate aren't enough, and I still can't throw my full support behind him. Something's missing and I wish I could name it.
Therefore, here's a challenge to fellow Hillary Clinton supporters. What, if anything, would Barack Obama have to do to gain your support? Please take this seriously and don't consider it a concession. I still think Clinton can win. If you have nothing positive to add, please don't comment, and I thank you for taking the time to read this diary. To Obama supporters, we know that Clinton has an almost impossible task ahead of her to win the nomination. Please do not lecture or tell us how misguided you believe we are for still supporting Clinton.