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by Turkana

I'm in agreement. I'm in agreement with Big Tent Democrat about the hypocrisy of the incompetent, biased, and incompetently biased Donna Brazile. I was going to post essentially the same thing, this morning, but Big Tent gets up before I do. I'm in agreement with the thrust of the arguments made by Meteor Blades about the need for the hardcore Clinton supporters to abandon their plans to jump ship, this November, but I'm also in agreement with Big Tent that Meteor Blades strikes the wrong tone. And I'll add this: I tend to think that Meteor Blades elevates the tone of any political discussion in which he participates. That he's seething and a bit off-key underscores how much damage has been done by this long primary season. But some of his blogmates have been party to that, and Big Tent is right that it is Barack Obama who has the greatest responsibility to now pull the party together. As presumptive nominee, Obama is on the verge of becoming the leader of the party. Emphasis on the word leader!

But I also want to make a point to the hardcore Clinton supporters. I realize that many of you Obama supporters are incapable of nuance, but I am not a hardcore Clinton supporter. Defending her from the egregious behavior of the corporate media and the shrillosphere, and arguing for honesty and fairness, is different from passionately wanting her to be president. Although I obviously believe she would be a much better president than many of her critics would have us believe. But I was not going to be completely pleased with our nominee, no matter who it turned out to be. My candidate didn't run. When I then endorsed Chris Dodd, I knew he had no chance, but I thought he was the most deserving and qualified candidate. I also knew I would end up having to settle on someone else, and I hoped that someone else would still have a chance. That didn't happen, either. So, when the race came down to Clinton vs. Obama, I knew I wouldn't be thrilled with the result, and I saw little substantive difference between the candidates on policy. But I also knew that both candidates had tens of millions of hardcore supporters. People who have supported them all along. People who have supported them since last year, when I was still hoping Al Gore would jump in.

I won't rail against the Obama hardcore, because my feelings about them are well-known. I also won't rail against the Clinton hardcore, because they are justifiably nursing some serious wounds. I will say this: it was the last day of last year when I first wrote on this blog that our nominating system is a joke. It didn't require prescience or being what some of the less hinged among you call being a "sore loser." At that point, nobody had won, and I already knew we all were going to lose. Not necessarily the election, but the process itself. And meanwhile, the climate is changing, Iraqis and young Americans are still being slaughtered in Iraq, the neocons have their eyes on Iran, we are a nation that ignores international law and basic standards of morality, and our Constitution is in tatters.

So, all I'm going to say to the Clinton hardcore is this: take your cues from the candidate. When Gore finally made clear that he wasn't going to run, some of his hardcore supporters turned on him, claiming he had a responsibility to run, and was letting everyone down. I wondered that people so believed Gore the best possible person to hold the most powerful job on the planet, yet didn't think him capable of deciding whether or not he should try for the job. I have the same atttiude towards the hardcore Clinton supporters. You believe she is the best possible person to be president. I can see how you would think that. She was not close to being my first choice, but she is immensely qualified for the job, and despite what you read in the shrillosphere, would have the potential to be one of the truly great ones. But the odds of her having the opportunity to prove you right are now miniscule. And everyone wonders what will happen if the superdelegates seal Obama's win, as many of us think they will do, next week. So, I just say, again: follow Clinton's lead. Don't be like the Gore supporters who somehow thought him best qualified to be president, but questioned his wisdom when he chose not to run. If Hillary Clinton drops out of the race and endorses Barack Obama, accept that she knows what she's doing. Accept that she's asking you to do what she truly believes is the right thing. She's hurting a lot more than you are. If you think she's a leader, prove it. Follow her lead.

Turkana :: 9:44 AM :: Comments (77) :: Digg It!