Thursday, May 22, 2008

It's injustice I hate, not the Normans.

If I had to reduce down all the stuff that's important to me in this presidential election to one thing it would be that we elect a democrat to replace and undo legacy the most destructive presidency in the history of the Republic.

At the core of my being that's the thing that drives me.

To that end who we picked to be the actual candidate was secondary. Sure, I had my preferences. I supported Kucinich then Edwards then Obama. But in the end the actual candidate was just a vessel towards my dreams of ending the stupid war in Iraq and restoring constitutional government to the United States.

Along the way my fellow Democrats did something incredible which I'm proud to be associated with: they narrowed the field down to a woman and an African-American man thus assuring that whomever the Democratic nominee would be that individual would be making history.

But just because I recognize this fact and respect the importance of such to the individual constituencies within the party to which this possibility represents the fulfillment of a dream I'm still left with the number one thing that's important to me being the election of the democrat as the President of the United States. In this sense it's less important to me that we're making history rather than the Bush presidency IS history.

We could argue about tactics and electability with regards to Clinton vs. Obama vs. McCain until we were blue in the face but I would like to say that, from a purely strategic level, I agree with Rachel Maddow that a nomination fight that goes to the convention will mean with absolute certainty that John McCain is elected president. A convention fight means a Bush third term.

John McCain has carefully cultivated a public persona which the help of a pliant press in which he's a moderate, centrist politician. The Democratic candidate for the presidency is going to have to break that image down and show McCain to be the lying, dishonest, corrupt, warmongering pol that he is. This is going to take some time. Two months isn't enough.

Put aside everything else that's taken place this primary season and take away this central fact: the candidate that decides to take the primary fight to the convention will be hurting the chances that we will elect a democrat as president in November.

They'll be hurting the chance that we'll end the war in Iraq.

They'll be hurting the chance that we'll bring some balance back to the federal courts.

They'll be hurting our chance to slow global warming and our dependence on foreign oil.

They'll be hurting our chance to restore the constitution to it's rightful place as the backbone of our government.

They'll be ensuring that we get courts that refuse to protect the rights of women to make their own decisions over their own bodies, a Civil Rights Department that believes it's mandate is to protect the rights of corporations when threatened by employees and a Justice Department that believes torture and detainment without representation actually fit within the framework that the founders built this country on.

Finish the voting and work out a solution to Florida/ Michigan at the Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting on the 31st but then end this damn thing. The consequences are too great to play political games.

We need a Democrat to be the one sworn in come January.

Or we'll all be history.


Don Snabulus said...

DNC chair Howard Dean said at the end of April that a candidate must drop out in June. The voter primaries end on June 3 and shortly thereafter the decision must be made.

Hopefully the candidates follow Dean's prescription.

Fran said...

You know how I feel.

Besides sick to my stomach that is.

You are one of those hoity-toity Prius driving Starbucks drankin' white Obama-heads, aren't you?

Clearly you just don't love America!

Which is cool, because except for the Prius, that is how I am!!

Dean Wormer said...


I hope so. There was a bunch of talk yesterday about a brokered convention. That happens and we're screwed.

Dean Wormer said...


You are one of those hoity-toity Prius driving Starbucks drankin' white Obama-heads, aren't you?


I swear to God I was drinking a Starbucks Mocha Frappuchino when I read that. Snort.

Fran said...

I am going to put on my t-shirt that says "My hoity toity friend went to Starbucks for a Mocha Frappuchino and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!"

Life As I Know It Now said...

I will vote for a democrat because I have voted for democrats all my life--from age 18 to now at age 44! I will hold my nose perhaps but I'll do it.

Anonymous said...

I think that Don is right. Come June, the party leadership will pressure the candidate in second place to concede. I'm confident whoever that is (Clinton) will do the right thing.

Randal Graves said...

As unfair, wrong, this that and the other thing as the situation is, the next president is going to be warmongering lunatic or a Democrat. As dean said, the warmongering lunatic is loved by the press and assumed to be a straight talker by the unwashed masses (I figured you'd like that comment, latte boy ;-)

The breakdown of McCain has to start yesterday. The longer this drags out, the harder that'll be. I don't give a fuck who the candidate is, but assuming it's Obama, I hope he sees what Clinton is doing and takes that sense of fight and fervor with him the rest of the way. Tactics and words may be different, but McCain must. be. hammered. every. single. day. Not just by Obama, but by everyone with a working brain, DLC, DNC, Uncle Chet in West Virginia, Larry the Lawyer in California, you name it. Because dean's last line is 100% correct. BushCo kicked the door open. If McCain gets the chance to walk through, well, start medicating now.

Swinebread said...

"I agree with Rachel Maddow that a nomination fight that goes to the convention will mean with absolute certainty that John McCain is elected president. A convention fight means a Bush third term."

Yes yes yes

I hope Hilary realizes this

Dean Wormer said...




Right there with you on that.


I hope so. The convention talk scares the hell out of me. It would be political Hari Kari on our part.


I figured you'd like that comment, latte boy ;-)

It's "Mocha Boy" if you don't mind. Lattes are for wimps.

That's why I take my mocha sans whipped cream and heavy on the chocolate. Just like James Bond.

As for McCain- I listened to the news on the way into work and they were talking about how he was releasing his medical records today. We know that's not exactly true and he was letting reporters have a couple of hours with his records only.

I know it's a small thing but how this is reported is part of a larger pattern by the press and it's disgusting.


Yep, but I think this is bigger than Hillary OR Obama. Neither of them better do crap that makes a McCain presidency more likely.

Anonymous said...

"the next president is going to be warmongering lunatic or a Democrat."

Nah. Nader's momentum is going to start building any minute now... :-)

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