Skip to main content

In perhaps one of the most bizarre twists of fate in the history of American Presidential campaign politics, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has become the de facto winner of the 2008 Nevada Democratic caucuses.  Although polling at just around 4% in the state, his meager sum of support is now enough to catapult him over both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, his chief rivals for the Democratic nomination.  Although the two celebrity candidates had initially done much better than Edwards -- at approximately 51% and 45% respectively -- their support vanished in the hours after the results were released on Saturday night as their supporters violently took up arms against one another and began fighting for supremacy.

Covering the event live for FOX News, Geraldo Rivera sanctimoniously lamented, "They're fucking murdering each other in the streets!  Can't we all just get along?!"

For supporters of Clinton and Obama, tonight the answer seems to have been a resounding "No".

People.  You need to calm down.
I have some ideas on ways you can all be more civil.

  1.  No gloating.  Seriously.  Whether you think your candidate is "the winner" or not, just shut up about it.  Nobody likes someone who wins and then rubs everyone else's nose in it, especially if the "win" is contestable.
  1.  No claiming that your candidate will win in the end.  If the first few contests have been any indication, this process is far from over.  I am by no means discouraging your fervent support of your particular approved candidate, but try to relax a little.  Unless you can literally see through time with your mind -- and I'm 99% sure that none of you can -- you don't know what's going to happen.
  1.  No telling others what to do.  Suggestions are fine, but when you start acting like a jerk and telling people to abandon their chosen candidate in favor of yours instead of politely making a case... it does not endear you to anyone but the most fanatic of those that are already your brethren.  I know this sentiment has been shared by many already, but it bears repeating.
  1.  Stop your bickering and just be glad!  Your candidate, whether you support Clinton or Obama, is doing pretty well!  Mine, on the other hand...  not so much.

No gloating!

Anyway, that's about all.  Get back out there, and play nice.

Originally posted to Pym on Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 08:40 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site