Donkeyville, we have a problem
Dear Obama Camp,
There’s something that should concern us all, even though we’re surely going to look at it differently.
Read this from Paul Lukasiak, the research genius who semi-famously studied Bush’s military records and proved that he’d gone AWOL.
Knock yourselves out with clever put-downs about what Paul has taken leave of here, but this is the unpretty pass that Campaign '08 has brought us to:
Obama supporters actually believe that Obama is capable of effecting positive change through creating unity.
Now, I have voted for a Democrat in every presidential election since 1972. And I’ve never, in all that time, said I wasn’t going to vote for the Democratic nominee. And I started out this campaign as “anyone but Hillary”….and only chose her when it was just her and Obama to choose from because I thought she was more experienced and quailfied, and the country had too many problems to take a chance on someone like Obama. But I had every intention of voting for him, because I wasn’t committed to Clinton, I just preferred her.
I’m not voting for President this year. I won’t vote Republican, but I can’t vote for Obama.
AND YOU ARE STILL DELUSIONAL ENOUGH TO THINK THAT OBAMA CAN ACHIEVE CHANGE THROUGH UNITY? WHEN HE’S LOST SOMEONE LIKE ME?!?!?!
How fucking stupid do you have to be to still think that Obama is capable of the stuff you thought he was capable of a couple of months ago WHEN THE EVIDENCE IS SMACKING YOU IN THE FACE.
Gnash your teeth, bare your fangs, or clutch your pearls and dive for a dainty daybed, if you will.
Proclaim with great outrage, accompanied by fratboy towel-snapping, about our disloyalty and the meaningless of our lifetime commitments to progressive issues.
Moan and wail about who has jumped the shark, become unreadable, lost their minds, and blah blah blah blah blah. Troll away with the superiority and pride of those who see that there's only one way to prove one's human worth: hopping on the Obamawagon.
People who would trade their left nut or left ovary to win a couple of swing states and put the GOP out of our misery are searching our souls about whether we can vote for a Democrat who has thrown fully half of his party under the bus, and kicked us for good measure.
Yes, we're assholes, loonies, racists, and closet Republicans. You found us out, muckraking Sherlocks that you are. Once you saw us say a good word about the Clintons or a skeptical word about Obama, you had us dead-to-rights. You love hope, young people, and diversity, and we hate all those things. And ponies, too.
And, of course you're right, that it's Scorched-Earth Hillary who made all this happen, with her boo-hoo victim act every time she's justly smeared.
Be that as it, arguendo, may...
What the fuck are you going to do about getting us to stomach voting for a guy who makes us doubt our commitment -- and our ethical ability -- to mark an X next to the D in November?
For folks like Paul, such thoughts and feelings were once unthinkable and unfeelable. And now they're here.
I repeat. What are you, Obama camp, going to do about this?
You can tell us to smarten the fuck up, and you can talk down to us about how bad the GOP has been (frankly, it's high time you noticed that yourself, Mr. Postpartisanship).
Will that, as we Bubbas like to say, git 'er done?
If not, what else have you got? Because I don't want to join People Who Fucking Despise McCain for McCain. But honestly, you're tempting me, my friends. You're tempting me.
If you knew the first thing about me, Paul, and millions of voters like us, you'd know that you did this to yourselves. Because no one has made us doubt our commitment to the Democratic Party and to the undoing of the Republican Party ever before. Ever. But you have.
So, what are you going to do about it?
UPDATE: I wanted to share with you these thoughts I wrote to a friend whom I sent a link to this post...
I'm aware that you and others may react with "I don't know you, anymore," and I'm deeply sorry for arousing such feelings. I hope that in some way, Obama will show signs of being sorry for arousing such feelings in throw-our-bodies-on-the-train-tracks Democrats like myself. Because he has.
In an alternative universe, where Hillary Clinton were the odds-on favorite to claim the nomination at this point, she'd have similar problems to solve, because there are many on the other side who feel it's her campaign that's beyond the pale. I fully believe she could and would, but that belief and scenario aren't important here.
In the reality we're in, this is Obama's problem to solve, and half a party turns its lonely eyes to him in hopes he'll do something about it.