I started to reply in the comments to this, but it got long, so I decided to post my comment instead. Not Your Mama of Coyote Angry, a blogger I truly admire, and I have a major disagreement about Clinton and Obama. She's pissed. I'm pissed.
To my post below, she says, in part:
Most of us have already had enough snotty, sarcastic and condescending people in our lives at one time or another (and happily they ultimately come to bad ends) why on earth does anyone think we'd vote for another one?My reply:
I will tell you what, some of the nastiest stuff I've seen yet has come out of Obama's campaign. No one on his side has YET addressed what Jesse Jackson, Jr, said about her choking up in New Hampshire, saying that she was crying over her looks, and where were her tears over Katrina? The Obama campaign first inserted race into the contest (starting with that Katrina comment) and then turned it around and accused the Clintons of being racists to such a ridiculous degree that for anyone on Clinton's team to even mention the fact that Barack happens to be black, or refer to a historical fact about a previous black presidential candidate, they are pilloried, and drawn and quartered in the public square. Jeezuz on a triscuit!
I've yet to see Obama speak out against the blatent mysogyny of this campaign season, and in fact he makes comments like "Periodically, when she's down she lashes out..." He's playing the old, wink, wink, nudge, nudge "well, you know how women are .. "
And hoo baby, I saw some real viciousness coming from a couple of his supporters at our convention yesterday.
I find it incredibly frustrating that supporters on his side and the rest of the mainstream media are demanding that she leave the contest when they are just about a 100 delegates apart in votes and three of the biggest states have yet to vote. If the situation were reversed I wouldn't be calling the game for Hillary. I'd be happy if she was ahead, but neither has the nomination buttoned down, so why should either of them quit? And what would Barack's supporters be saying about Florida's delegation if he had pulled off a win there or at least came in a close second? What would they be doing if the Michigan uncommitted numbers had beaten Clinton?
He has been condescending, and he has used right wing talking points that undermine core Democratic values, and frankly, I find that just as offensive as you find this.
It seems to me that he is riding a wave of magical thinking and many of his supporters have just projected their own beliefs on him. Even he admits that he serves "as a blank screen on which people of vastly different stripes project their own views.” Whoa. So, just exactly what is it that we are getting?
I saw the same phenomenon in GW Bush supporters and if frightens me that our side seems to be engaging in the same blind adoration, and asking for no proof that he can actually do the things he says he can do, and dismissing any sort of evidence to the contrary. I don't have these same sort of illusions about my candidate. I know that I am not going to always be satisfied. I don't believe that she alone can rescue our country or Washington. I've been around the block too many times to know that just isn't possible. Hell, I'm a member of the Democratic Party and I've been to too many meetings where people who are seemingly on the same side can't agree.
So anyway, NYM is pissed at me, and she's pissed Hillary. I'm not pissed at NYM. But yeah, I am pissed at Obama.
I sure as hell hope this rend in the party is fixable.