ChiDy is Right, we do need to unite
Edited and revised from a comment I left at the Confluence this morning.
Chicago Dyke is right to point out that sometimes when everyone in the room is in loud agreement, even if the points being made are valid and the emotions displayed are sincere and civil, the room can still start to sound like an echo chamber. It's not that dissent is unwelcome here at Corrente -- Leah, ChiDy, Xan, Xenophon and other top-shelf posters have written several vigorously discussed pieces recently. The danger to a site like this is that we become boring. We repeat ourselves. We get used to the sound of our own voices, and as virtual alliances and sympathies bond us together we begin to self-edit and become timid about being bold thinkers and commenters.
But I'm sure the motto here at the mighty corrente building is not "boldly shrill" for no reason. That's bold AND shrill, not just bold. So we do have a license to be partisan, to be passionate, and to be loud.
We really do need unity in the democratic party. A divided party with Clinton as the nominee will mean she will work like crazy and win new voters and become president. She will be required to win back the Obama base with her leadership, policies, and graciousness. Her supporters will have to follow suit so that we can make the party as strong as possible for the midterms in 2010. A divided party with Obama as the nominee will mean he will lose the White House by a landslide in November, and at that point the split will become permanent. Then all the good intentions and sincere calls for unity from the Obama base will be utterly worthless and impotent.
If the Obama faction forces him on the party as the nominee, the fauxgressives and the majority of democrats will not be getting back together this election cycle. If the fauxgressives hold their breaths and turn blue collectively enough for the DNC to hand them their cookie (Obama) they will lose in November, like spoiled bullies. If the DNC wakes up and allows Hillary to win fair and square, she will win in November.
Like it or not, Hillary supporters are the base of the democratic party and a huge part of the tri-partisan majority that puts presidents in office. The OFB are the fringe. Like a puffed up dragon, their shadow looms much larger than it really is because of the glare of the lights from the cameras pointed by a media that loves to film unfolding disasters. As many have pointed out, once the cameras start focusing in cruel detail on Obama’s every little pimple, then the show goes into full clinton-gore-kerry theater of the absurd mode.
To all the Obama supporters here, ask yourselves this, is Hillary Clinton such a horrible monster, would she be such a terrible democratic president that you will risk everything, every political principle you hold dear, to make sure she not be the nominee? Will you lose in a landslide even though you could have won easily? You claim to be high-information, educated voters. Read the polls and study them as if you had to take an exam on them. Look at the exit polls and electoral maps. Read the serious and substantive posts by Paul_L, Vastleft, Bringiton and many others here with an open mind and with the objective desire to see a democrat again in the White House clearly in mind as you read. Read the primary sources from the election cycles of 2000 and 2004. Ask yourselves how your deeply flawed and weakening candidate will be different from Al Gore and John Kerry, both of whom were 1000x stronger and more popular with democrats at this point in their campaigns.
It doesnt have to be this way. We can still win in November, but only if you let the process proceed fairly. Only if you have the political maturity to be pragmatic and keep your eyes on the real prize.
There are millions of people in this country, even if you and I are not among them, who will suffer real pain under another republican presidency. There are hundreds of millions in countries around the world who will face more disease, starvation, violent death, and oppression if another republican gains the White House. Only you have the power to stop this tantrum, to bring your ball back to the game, and let a democrat win in November.
We can win the White House for a democrat without your votes since you are such a small minority of the general electorate, but we can’t win it for you and the rest of the decent world if you wont let us play. If you force our team out with tricks and cheating and bullying.
Rally around Clinton and we'll be together in Washington in January. Circle the drain with Obama and we'll be together up shit's creek in November.