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Unity, NH open thread

[On the map, Unity is way the heck up on the top left; the ponies are way the heck down on the bottom right. Just sayin.]


Consider this your open thread for the bestest Unity Day EVAH, parsing of words, breathless stenography, numbing repetition of distorted narratives, et cetera.

I wonder if any PUMAs show up, and, if so, they'll get any coverage from our famously free press?

UDPATE WaPo actually covers the story (and I love the, er, demographics in the accompanying photo):

On June 8, the evening after Clinton conceded the Democratic presidential contest to Barack Obama, Mantouvalos organized a conference call with some 40 bloggers, political activists and other hardened loyalists of the New York senator's, in what became "a jam session of very intense opinion" -- about the party, its leadership, its presumptive nominee, the media. Five hours later, Mantouvalos, age "north of 35," had built a new Web site,, which has become a clearinghouse for the renegade forces that are now confounding Democratic Party officials and Obama campaign operatives.


Using various metrics -- e-mails to (125,000), databases of organizations involved with the effort, registrants to and hits on selected protest Web sites -- Mantouvalos estimates the coalition of more than 100 groups represents at least 10 percent of the 18 million voters who backed Hillary Clinton during the primary battle.

"This is not the usual reaction to an election loss," Mantouvalos said. "I know that is the way it is being spun, but it's not prototypical. Anyone who doesn't take time to analyze it will do so at their own peril."


UPDATE I just don't get it. Why would America "need [the Clintons] badly" when they're both racists, and Hillary called for Obama to be assassinated, just like RFK? I'd say American needs less of that, not more.

UPDATE Good news! The possum seal wouldn't have been on the podium.

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

A son is born again,
a genius unchained,
a life of wealth and fame...

Like a cobra's prey, sick fascination will draw me to the TV screen. Closer, closer... until suddenly...

Splash! The TV screen will break open! Kool-Aid will gush out over my white carpet!

I will swim in the Kool-Aid. I will writhe in delight and languor, like Ann-Margret in champagne foam...

(keep watching after 3:40 in...)

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Submitted by vastleft on

They're doing it in Unity, NH because Misogyny, NH was booked.

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

The PUMA story author is the associate editor who admitted to intentionally sitting on first-hand reports of misogyny suffered by Clinton campaign workers, while publishing a sensational story of racism experienced by Obama workers. He also admitted later the misogynist abuse was as bad or worse than the racist abuse. His story played a large role in fanning the flames that Clinton was "riding a tide of racism to the White House."

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Submitted by amberglow on

or something--not reporting on the pervasive misogyny or the painting of the Clintons as racist by Obama's campaign, but reporting on racism expressed to Obama's volunteers--then only after the candidate he helped is the nominee, reporting on those who aren't happy and why-- when it's too late.

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

...Obama's comment that women can do everything the "boys" can do, but "better and in heels." Silly and patronizing.

...Obama's SECOND reference to high heels... that he didn't understand how she did it in heels (unclear if he was talking about Hillary or Ginger Rogers)... just weird. Obsessing on the WaPo PUMA photo?

Obama reminding us of his contemptuous shoulder brushoff of Hillary, using it here to credit her for brushing off attacks against her.

...Obama loudly advising Hillary as she left the podium "don't fall off backwards," when she seemed quite capable of managing to travel the few feet to her chair.

Hillary was warm and genuine in her call for unity and support for Obama.

Loved the impromptu "Hillary! Hillary!" chant that followed what was clearly a staged "Obama! Obama!" chant.

Music following his speech: Stevie Wonder, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."

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Submitted by amberglow on

the "she rocks" thing said with an attitude (which was just like "you're likable enough" in my eyes), that "don't fall off", ...

the fact that she only told people "to think about it" was a plus--she knows that many aren't happy with him at all.

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Submitted by amberglow on

i thought it rang false and demeaning.

He really was lousy overall, i thought.

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Submitted by Davidson on

When Obama tried to, uh, compliment HRC with his heels commentary he sounded like an old man who doesn't know how to adapt to the times (i.e. he's reflexively patronizing to the women folk; e.g. "sweetie"). Biden pulled something similar with regards to race when he called Obama "clean" and "articulate."

You can't help but cringe.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

I hope people from the Obama campaign meet with VastLeft, because they really need to understand what they are dealing with.

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Submitted by vastleft on

So far, most really, really, really don't want to listen.

A couple expressed interest in follow-up. We'll see.

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

You provided a good structure for our comments, so that we have out there an excellent summary of what We the Tepid want from the Big O.

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Submitted by Auntie Meme on

Not. Liking. The Annointed One. Any. Better. Dammit.

Saw a bumpersticker today that I've got to have: "Fierce Independent--EARN MY VOTE."
Tried to switch my party affiliation but TX doesn't register your party.

To echo earlier sentiments, thanks VL for giving voice to our myriad concerns. It will be ol' waxy ears' own damn fault if he loses in November.

Submitted by cg.eye on

seems to do the trick about a platform. The likelihood of enactment is slim, but it's a series of conditions that aren't connected to any McCain Fever:

On Saturday, June 7, 2008, Hillary Clinton suspended her historic campaign for President. To her 18 million voters, it may have seemed like an end, but I pledge to make it a beginning… a beginning of a movement to achieve the democratic and just country that Hillary has envisioned for America.

I stand together with Hillary Clinton’s 18 million voters to demand that Senator Obama and the Democratic Party:

* Bring us together by seating 100% of the Florida and Michigan delegations in Denver with 100% of their votes, allocated in accordance with the popular vote of each state.
* Bring us together by adopting policies on the Platform Committee that Hillary Clinton has championed.
* Bring us together through reform of the primary and caucus system to reflect the basic principle of one person/one vote.
* Bring us together through outspoken denunciation of all gender bias, racism and other forms of discrimination.
* Bring us together by fairly and respectfully including Hillary and her supporters at the Democratic National Convention in Denver by, among other things, placing her name in nomination for President, conducting a roll call vote, and providing her a prominent speaking role during prime time on August 26th, the 88th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

I own my vote. It does not belong to any party. It does not belong to any candidate. It does not belong to any mob that would impose its will on me. Only I can decide how to use my vote, and I can decide based on any criteria I choose. Therefore I pledge not to give my vote to anyone who does not earn it.