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As many of you know, I got interested in politics in large part because of George Bush's ham-handed way of running the country. Ever since I flipped the switch I have been looking forward to the day when he would finally be out of office.

I'm still looking forward to it, but at the same time I'm concerned about the future.

Let me tell you why. I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know, but I'm going to tell you anyway, because sometimes the things you already know  need to be said out loud.

Like most of you, I've been watching the polls as George Bush united America . . . against him. I have been looking forward to the day when the American public, tired of perpetual war, corporate welfare and the relentless destruction of the Constitution, would finally vote his sorry butt out of office. The day when they would look back on the last eight years and vote to never let anything like that happen again for a long, long time.

Now here we are looking at the light at the end of the tunnel, and seeing that it may indeed be the headlights of an oncoming train. We Democrats were supposed to be united around the idea that we could govern the country in a way that would benefit the common man, restore our faith in government, and hopefully roll back some of the excesses and abuses that had been heaped upon us. Instead it looks like we might be headed toward a showdown where the immovable Clintonian object meets the irresistible Obaman force.

Hillary Clinton was supposed to be the Democratic presidential nominee. The narrative of her inevitability had been building for years. She -- and most of us -- didn't figure on that narrative being shattered in the person of one Barack H. Obama, a junior senator from Illinois. He has grabbed national attention by attracting people to his cause like ants to honey. He has managed to not only stay close in the states Clinton won, he leads in states won and he leads in pledged delegates, and he leads in red states and blue. At this point he looks more inevitable than Clinton.

People seem to want change. Right now Hillary Clinton seems to be the candidate of "not much will change." Oh, all other things being equal, I suspect she would be a good President, but she would be a President who has spent enough time in The System to be a creature of it. And people are rejecting The System this year, which is one of the reasons Obama is getting so much support. But there's this about being a creature of The System: You live inside The System long enough, and you begin to learn how it works. Not only that, if you're skillful enough and have enough of what it takes to do so, you can manipulate The System to get it to do what you want. And the Clinton Machine is good at manipulating The System.

So now we have the very real possibility that the Clinton Machine, by manipulating The System, will be able to use the levers of high-level political power to have Hillary Clinton nominated as the Democratic Presidential nominee. Never mind the pledged delegate counts. Never mind the number of states won or the margins they were won by. Never mind the red states that he could flip to blue just by being there and making the people in those states think they matter. Never mind that polls show Barack Obama solidly defeating John McCain in the general election, while Clinton barely squeezes by or, worse, loses. Never mind all the people Obama has drawn into volunteering and donating and working, where Clinton hasn't been able to get the same amount of enthusiasm among new voters. Never mind that the Obama movement can draw along Democratic candidates downticket in numbers the Clinton Machine can only dream of. Never mind that Obama inspires Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike, while the Republicans at least (and some Independents, and yes, even some Democrats) have a visceral dislike of Clinton. Never mind the lesson we will be teaching these political newbies about how you work hard to achieve a desired political result and the rug gets pulled out from under you by People who Know Better. No, that's just collateral damage to make things be the Way Things Are Supposed To Be.

I can't speak for anyone else out there. At the moment I can hardly speak for myself. I can't tell you why I feel so fired up about all this. Maybe it's the Obama Kool-Aid. I don't know for sure. All I can tell you is that if I feel that after pinning my hopes, spending my money and working my tail off for Barack Obama, if I feel that the nomination has been stolen, the fire will go out. For me it will be a vindication that no matter what you do, no matter how hard you work, you really can't beat The System. I will most likely go back into the apathy I got shaken out of, and other than maybe local races where there's still some chance that I can have an impact, I will most likely stay there.

This isn't the way it was supposed to be.

This was supposed to be about uniting behind a candidate that could once and for all lead us out of the quicksand the nation has been sinking into the past 30 years. And I'm optimistic that it will still be that way. If Hillary Clinton wins more votes and more pledged delegates at the convention than Barack Obama, I will vote for her and be happy to do so. If I feel that the American people have been manipulated out of their choice by the forces of maintaining the Status Quo, I will still vote for Clinton, because the alternative is far worse. But I will do so without enthusiasm, and with the knowledge that the Clinton camp was right. I really don't matter. None of us does. Or as they say, unless you're the lead dog, the view never changes.

I hope that doesn't happen. I like to think that something I do can make a difference. I'd hate to be disabused of that notion.

Cross-posted from Booman Tribune

Originally posted to Omir the Storyteller on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:14 AM PST.

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  •  Tips For Unity (24+ / 0-)

    and for Democratic wins up and down the ticket in November!

    In America it's not the haves and have-nots, it's the haves and been-hads. Bill Maher

    by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:15:04 AM PST

    •  Nice diary... (2+ / 0-)
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      Powered Grace, DrMicro

      I agree with most of what you say and have very similar thoughts about the path forward.

      Personally, I feel that you do your thoughts and your diary a disservice by writing about the Obama KoolAid.  
      I realize that the "KoolAid" reference may be somewhat snarky but be aware that this is, as I see it, the most predominant attack meme (with several recombinant) variations oozing forth from the Clintons, McCain and the media.  Because this has become so wide spread and so pernicious, it's hard for me to see past it, snark or otherwise.  That said...Excellent.  Thanks for writing.

      "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

      by mayan on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:26:57 AM PST

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      •  You're welcome. Thanks for responding. (3+ / 0-)
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        Powered Grace, Sandy on Signal, mayan

        In earlier days They might have been characterizing Obama as a svengali or as a mesmerist. Nowadays we speak of drinking the Kool-Aid. I did want to give the impression that I am open to the possibility that I fell under Obama's spell, but if I have, so have a lot of other people, and I would hate to see that energy stomped on rather than channeled and redirected.

        There are ways it could happen. The two candidates could avoid a floor fight by one of them dropping out and endorsing the other, or by one of them being the other's VP, or some other scenario. It doesn't have to be a win-at-all-costs, scorched-earth strategy by either side.

        In America it's not the haves and have-nots, it's the haves and been-hads. Bill Maher

        by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:54:33 AM PST

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        •  Not to belabor the point... (3+ / 0-)

          because I think we are on the same page...BUT...I think most people...particularly here...come by their choice after a great deal of thought...pondering, etc.

          At the outset, I was up for grabs.  Over the course of the primary, Hillary has demonstrated qualities that concern me greatly...In large part, her strategical thinking in hiring Penn, a neo-stalinist corporatist, and the ensuing electoral decisions make me greatly question her judgement and her electability.  By contrast, Obama has, to date, been running an almost flawless campaign and has amassed staggering demographics that I never EVER though I'd see.  There's nothing spell like about it for me and for those whom I've talked to.  They are turned off by someone who could have wooed them (Hillary) and turned on by someone who's message, personality and intelligence appears to be everything many people want.

          At the moment, this is about heart and head combined.  (Policy will be better delineated, perhaps, as the election season continue...although I point out now, as I've pointed out elsewhere, even FDR, the great saint of electoral politics, didn't really specify his platforms in any of his four remarkable campaigns.) There's nothing wrong with forming a gut opinion and it does a strong disservice to everyone's decision making to suggest it is "falling under a spell."  If anything, repetition of the meme suggests falling under the spell that the Clintons have been trying to cast people under.

          But I digress...again!  Good diary and I do understand where you are coming from.

          "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

          by mayan on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 09:04:00 AM PST

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    •  Omar (0+ / 0-)

      If you want change, vote for someone who has been part of real change and someone who has fought for change.

      The Clintons were huge change agents, as they had to fix the terrible damage done by Ronald Reagan, the guy Obama loves to talk about.  

      Obama has changed nothing and has run away, like a total chickenshit, anytime he had a chance to stand up for change.  Then he writes glowingly about the 2nd worst president, Ronald Reagan, of whom the Clintons had to clean out all the shit he caused.  I guess Clinton was a president with ideas then.

      Remember, all you change fans, Clinton increased taxes right away.  Unlike Bill Clinton, Obama is willing to wait to April 15, 2012 when the effect of Bush tax cuts expiring for change to take place.  More Obama bullshit.

      If you really want change  tell me how Obama has changed anything and are you happy with the fact that he is willing to wait for April 15, 2012 for tax cuts change?

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

      by cpa1 on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:40:04 AM PST

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      •  You forget the Contract on America (3+ / 0-)
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        The democrats lost control of both houses of Congress and statehouses across the nation in '94 following Bill Clinton's inept handling of gays in the military, Hillary's my way or the highway incompetent management of the process to develop health care legislation, and the fact that the Republicans were able on Bill's watch to sell the canard that the '93 tax increase was on the backs of the middle class.

        This is not the type of "change" I want to see again any time soon.

        "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

        by orrg1 on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:59:48 AM PST

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        •  As a huge supporter and backer of gay rights (0+ / 0-)

          heavily involved in it, I can assure you, Don't Ask, Don't Tell was NOT a major reason Democrats lost Congress in 1994.

          And Republicans will try to successfully spin any change Obama tries to make as harmful to the nation. They will try to point out any minute proof that it is. It'll be up to him to defend himself.

      •  He's changed the political landscape (2+ / 0-)
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        just by his being in the election.

        He's changed the narrative that no one can beat Clinton.

        He's changed the idea that the rank and file of the Republican party are always, always, always going to vote against the Democratic candidate.

        Since 1994 the Republicans have obstructed everything the Democrats have tried to do with great success. That's something that Bill Clinton wasn't able to change, and sorry, but I don't see it changing under Hillary Clinton. And that's one thing that I desparately want to see changed.

        You obviously support Clinton. Good on you. If she wins fair and square, so will I. My problem is with what will happen if it appears that that's not the case.

        In America it's not the haves and have-nots, it's the haves and been-hads. Bill Maher

        by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 09:01:24 AM PST

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  •  Well said. (2+ / 0-)
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    BoiseBlue, imchange

    I can't tell you why I feel so fired up about all this. Maybe it's the Obama Kool-Aid.

  •  If this happens (3+ / 0-)

    So now we have the very real possibility that the Clinton Machine, by manipulating The System, will be able to use the levers of high-level political power to have Hillary Clinton nominated as the Democratic Presidential nominee. Never mind the pledged delegate counts. Never mind the number of states won or the margins they were won by.

    then I think Obama supporters should go with their conscience and not vote for Clinton in the fall.

    John McCain may be bad, but he's no W, and sometimes you have to stand up for fairness and justice

    "The era of Scooter Libby justice, Brownie incompetence and Karl Rove politics will finally be over this year" Reject Marc Rich justice and Mark Penn politics.

    by IhateBush on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:22:14 AM PST

    •  I disagree about McCain, i think he's a bootlick (3+ / 0-)
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      -er to the right, but it's going to be tough to vote for Hilary after this campaign based on her campaign...

    •  Hell no. (0+ / 0-)

      Better dead than vote red.

      •  I'm not saying vote for McCain (2+ / 0-)
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        just refuse to vote for Clinton.

        "The era of Scooter Libby justice, Brownie incompetence and Karl Rove politics will finally be over this year" Reject Marc Rich justice and Mark Penn politics.

        by IhateBush on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:29:47 AM PST

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        •  No, you said (0+ / 0-)

          McCain is no W. Keep saying that, he'll beat either of our candidates if people really believe it.

          The only way to defeat him is to remind people that is HE like W, and you don't buy it, so how the hell is America going to?

          •  George W Bush is the worst (0+ / 0-)

            leader this world has ever had, and that included Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Period.

            McCain is no W, not even close.  Bad policies, yes, but a person with decent character.  

            McCain should be tied to W's policies because he supports them.  But he is nowhere near as bad as W in my view.  But the Dems should certainly make the connection.

            "The era of Scooter Libby justice, Brownie incompetence and Karl Rove politics will finally be over this year" Reject Marc Rich justice and Mark Penn politics.

            by IhateBush on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:38:10 AM PST

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            •  This country (0+ / 0-)

              will gladly elect a Republican who is "not nearly as bad as W" policies aside.

              If McCain wins, he will use his victory to say America supports W's policies and he will continue them and surrond him with the same people W did. He will be AS BAD as W.

              But keep calling him fair and just and people will see no difference between Obama and McCain, they're both good, except experience and Obama will be slaughtered.

              People don't vote on issues, they vote on character and if we're running on character and experience comes into play, we lose.

        •  It's the same. (0+ / 0-)

          I'll not sit by and watch another conservative Republican rule over my country.

        •  I'll vote AGAINST McCain. (1+ / 0-)
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          esquimaux

          But it won't be a vote FOR Hillary.  It'll be hold-your-nose time for me.  That also means no help fundraising or canvassing and no donations from me.  No supportive blogging (except negatives against McCain).

          Don't build a bridge back to the 20th century.

          by DaveV on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:35:31 AM PST

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          •  I can't even do that (2+ / 0-)

            If I was voting solely on character, John McCain has more in his little pinkie, than Bill Clinton ever did.

            I cannot vote for McCain's policies, because they are wrong for the country.  But if Clinton overrides the pledged delegate count to win the nomination, I will never vote for her.  That's final.

            If she wins fairly (say she wins WI, OH, PA, and TX and  eventually overtakes Obama), then I'll hold my nose and support her.

            "The era of Scooter Libby justice, Brownie incompetence and Karl Rove politics will finally be over this year" Reject Marc Rich justice and Mark Penn politics.

            by IhateBush on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:41:18 AM PST

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        •  I'm tired of voting against people (2+ / 0-)
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          Sandy on Signal, esquimaux

          I'd like to vote for someone for a change.

          In America it's not the haves and have-nots, it's the haves and been-hads. Bill Maher

          by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 09:02:53 AM PST

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    •  I will not vote for Hillary if the Superdelegates (5+ / 0-)

      overturn the popular vote.

      In fact I will actively work against any notion that her candidacy holds any validaty.

      My money, my words, my actions, my websites, everything I have to offer will be set against it.

      If she wins fair and square, then she'll have my vote.

      Same applies to obama.

      I will not sit idly by and watch the smoke filled rooms decide how we voted.

      •  You won't have to with Obama (1+ / 0-)
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        DrMicro

        if he loses the pledged delegates, I think he'll concede and back Clinton.

        He actually has some class and character.

        "The era of Scooter Libby justice, Brownie incompetence and Karl Rove politics will finally be over this year" Reject Marc Rich justice and Mark Penn politics.

        by IhateBush on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:43:36 AM PST

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        •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

          and Jim Webb is a true blue progressive.

          We've been disappointed in our officials before, expect to be again.

          I think she'll concede if she loses pledged delegates because the superdelegates won't back her.

          •  Jim Webb was NEVER a true blue progressive (1+ / 0-)
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            Webb made his living in the 1990s attacking anti-war Vietnam protesters and their supporters, and continuing to defend the Vietnam war.

            "The era of Scooter Libby justice, Brownie incompetence and Karl Rove politics will finally be over this year" Reject Marc Rich justice and Mark Penn politics.

            by IhateBush on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:56:42 AM PST

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      •  I'll go you one better... (2+ / 0-)
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        DrMicro, eltee

        if the scenario you describe unfolds (an unlikely event in my view), I shall still vote for Obama by writing in his name on the ballot this fall.

  •  Great diary, don't let them make you think it's (9+ / 0-)

    Kool Aid, Obama is probably one of the most qualified candidates ever...He is the epitome of success and the American dream and has succeeded at every stop in his life...How that makes his followers "obamabots", Kool aid drinkers, "Obamatrons", cult followers, etc. is beyond me...

  •  The way it was supposed to be is VPJoe Leibermann (0+ / 0-)

    getting creamed for the nomination by some white guy in the primaries.

  •  OMIR! (1+ / 0-)
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    Creedular!!

    Nice diary. I find myself with very many of the same sentiments. There is still some time before the outcome goes the way you fear. Be patient, and know that the numbers are favorable, perhaps good enough to make the System un-tweekable. We shall see, we shall see.

    and... Quack! for old times sake and for good luck :)

    · On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break. ~RA Wilson

    by cosmic debris on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 08:53:25 AM PST

    •  Cosbob!! (2+ / 0-)
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      Gee, I post a diary and all my old friends come out of the woodwork. How the heck are ya?

      Yeah, as a great philosopher once said, "Always in motion, the future is." I'm just frustrated that when it looks like things are going well, we might end up being more fractured and disenfranchised than before. I'm hoping for the best, really I am.

      In America it's not the haves and have-nots, it's the haves and been-hads. Bill Maher

      by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 09:07:07 AM PST

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  •  I can only hope Howard Dean is painfully aware (3+ / 0-)

    of this.  If the contender who won more primary-based and caucus-based delegates ends up losing the nomination through backroom politicking, it would be a disaster for the Democrats in November.  The GOP talking point would be "She couldn't even win her own party's nomination legitimately..."  And a considerable number of Obama's swing voters would turn back to McCain.

    •  I think you are right, and it works both ways (0+ / 0-)

      Whoever wins the pledged delegates needs to be the nominee. The alternative would likely fracture the democratic party.

      WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH George Orwell, "1984"

      by notrouble on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 10:09:33 AM PST

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  •  I agree, somewhat, but think that Edwards (1+ / 0-)
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    was the true candidate for change.

    Don´t see either Obama or Clinton changing much.

    Will vote for either in the GE, but voted for Edwards in the TX primary, AFTER he suspended his campaign.

  •  If the super delegates decide this thing (1+ / 0-)
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    I am finished with the party.  I have to vote because my husband is on our town council.  I fear what could have been a great year for the Dem's downticket, will be a horrible disaster if she is the nominee through the super delegate process.  Whole Democratic Party blocs won't show up to vote and will just give up.  It will be a disaster.

    Thanks for this diary.  I loved your virgin caucus diary, too.

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