It is not THAT it happened, but HOW it happened..
Thats it for me..my time has come. Today, I proudly went and changed my voter registration from Democrat to Independant. I can't tell you yet how I will vote in the Fall, but I honestly cannot see myself voting for Obama.
For me, its not that he won..if indeed he does win, but for me, it is the how of it.
Hillary Clinton tried to run as good a campaign as she could. She had the right, the media, the lefty blogs all against her. I can't even watch keith Olberman any more..his outright contempt for Hillary Clinton is disturbing, to say the least.
I have seen the most vile and atrocious attacks against Hillary coming, not from the right, but from the so-called progressive left. Many female progressives have become little more than Ann Coulter wannabes, in their attacks against Hillary.
Lefty blogs eagerly embrace any and all right wing smear..a trip over to democrat Underground at any given time will provide thread after thread attacking Hillary that make Freerepublic look like a friendly camp.
In my short time there, I saw progressive Dems use Monica Lewinsky, Vince Foster, Travel Gate, Ken Starr, Juanita Broderick..all used with glee on a DEMOCRATIC site..against Hillary Clinton. The attacks against Chelsea..were enough to make Rush Limbaugh blush. Hillary has not many defenders over there at DU..they are quickly shouted down, then quickly banned for speaking against the Holy One.
If Hillary goes down, it will not be based on policy differences..but rather, on the distressing marriage of the progressives and the right wing.
As I said earlier..it is not that Hillary is defeated, if indeed she is, but it is the how of it..how they did it.
I won't even list the slams that Hillary took based on her gender.
The question about which cause is more important to advance..race or gender..has been answered loudly and clearly. In this first historic year, when we had a woman, and an African-American running for the highest office in the land, the woman was trampled over easily so that the first black man could be elected President.
Before anyone labels me racist, spare the diatribe, my assumption is based on two facts:
1. With the Obama campaign running around intimidating Super delagates with the "you-don't-want-to-be-seen-as-preventing-the-first-black-president-do-you" line ala Jessie Jackson Jr..race has indeed become an issue. (How come no one seems anxious about standing in the way of the first woman president)?
2. The glee..the absolute glee that some female Obama supporters eagerly trampled over Hillary to advance Obama. They make Maureen Dowd and Ann Coulter appear warm and fuzzy.
The "likeable enough, periodically blue" world that they have helped create is something they are going to have to live in for a long time after the saint is annoited and ascends to the presidency.
So..here I sit..a former democrat that will not vote in November if Obama is the nominee.
There are many like me.
I hope progressives are not too shocked when they wake up and see those Republicans and right wing attack dogs have turned against them.
Its the how of it...
It was nasty..
and it turned a lot of people away from the process.
The "screw you..we don't need you"! attitude from some Obama supporters will come back to haunt them.
Recovered DU Member