With respect Senator Clinton, the time has arrived, for you to do one of the hardest things you ever will be called on to do, to step aside. It's understandable you feel the better qualified candidate. No matter what outcome today's elections have, it's time. No matter what your personal belief is that Obama might blunder, how many people within your loyal inner circle tell you you can win; it's not so. Senator, It's time! Please, put aside personal dreams, and understand the damage you now are doing. Your campaign has been hard fought, but ultimately you will loose, playing by the rules as agreed by every candidate. All other courses, that use some artificial path for your nomination, is suicide for the democratic party. It's time for action, for a purpose larger then each individual person, time to do what is in the best interest of all Americans. Now is the time to make good your offer of unconditional support, for you to show the same energy you have shown in your campaign, and work to heal hurts your aggressive campaign helped fuel. Senator Clinton, you are being respectfully asked to step aside.
Your continued campaign gives John McCain added free time, while causing unfounded questions, about the projected nominee of the democratic party, Barak Obama. You have given McCain a great gift, having you do much of his attack on Obama. It costs him none of his campaign treasury, and any attacks on Obama he might have found risky, you have now legitimized. We know McCain's message offers much of the same failed policy that bush has followed. We can't afford four additional bush years, adding to our problems, both at home and abroad.
If you've convinced yourself that your attacking Obama, toughens him for the republican attack, look how 13 percent of people polled in PA, now falsely claim Obama is a Muslim. That is no accident. --(Yes, we claim to be free of prejudices, but seven years of rove/bush, dividing people with fear for their political gain, on top of the radical Muslim's who were responsible for 9-11, it seems a sizable group of American's view Muslims with suspicion. NO Barak Obama, no matter what the Internet or people's whispers claim, is NOT a Muslim! Still, fair minded Americans can hope with Obama as president, a dialog can be started to show, not all Muslim people are against us.)--
Your continued campaign has been threatening the chance for a democratic president this fall. You now use the same type of tactics, you and President Clinton once claimed, as morally and ethically wrong. Remember when your current supporters; Richard Mellon Scaife among others, financed a campaign based on false statements, lies, and half-truths? Remember them claiming you and Bill had a hand in murdering your friend, Vince Foster? How much agony did White Water cause you and President Clinton? You now claim such attacks helped make you tough, immune to new destruction you might face. Maybe this is true, or maybe you still have not reached the true depths such efforts can cripple your dreams. One has to wonder why so many radical right-wing voices, Rush, Scaife, and others, all trying to gather support for you now. Can I respectfully ask you Senator Clinton; what amount of time did these efforts distract President Clinton, and youself, from the real problems facing America? The "vast right-wing conspiracy" you claimed as your sworn enemy, you now seek endorsements from . . . Why?
It's sad watching you work to undermine someone who's inspired millions of fellow Americans. Many have for the first time, a hope that they can change the serious problems we all face. Obama has energized large segments, past democrats would have begged for, most who never felt any hope, that their actions could result in any real political change. Many who are old enough to remember all your husband's Presidential years, now feel violated! Hearing you use the same rove style tactics, we forcefully defended you and President Clinton against, is an insult to those who offered our support.
Being a white man, I can only observe the fine line a black man in a powerful position, often is forced to follow. Too "white", or "not black enough", and if any anger creeps in, he must be a white hating militant!Too accommodating, he is an Uncle Tom.
Your methods to undermine your fellow Senate colleague, have been feeding on such racial divisions. It's obvious, the divide you have created, has helped build fear of the black man, within some segments of white people, that lived through the civil rights era in the sixty's. Before your tactics, designed to divide people, Obama had no problem winning majorities of the white vote of all ages. You have exploited issues like Wright, "elite", and bitter, working to make the white guy who had a black father, become the BLACK man with a white mother. I'm white, and I call you on this. The demographics of people voting for you, follow this overwhelmingly. It's not by mistake! Now, what are you going to do to reverse this? Your legacy rests on this fact.
Your claim that Barak Obama is "an elitist", is an example of how unethical and harmful your campaign has become. Every time you call Obama "an elitist", I'm sure you know the image you create in peoples minds. It's an image of Obama being somehow out of touch, that no matter how wrong and unjustified, he is forced to address it, while it works to reduce his chances as a promising candidate to win the White House. Obama, after graduating from Harvard Law School, being elected by his peers to a position of great honor: the editor of The Harvard Law Review, I would assume he was offered many choices, from the best well paying "elite" top law firms in the nation. Instead, he chose to use his skills helping others, taking a low paid public service position in Chicago, working one-on-one, helping those loosing their jobs in the steel mills. This illustrates the full degree of foolishness, calling a black American, who I'm just guessing, very few black American's feel any connection to any "elite" group, at least in the way your tone suggests. Calling Obama an "elitist", speaks more of you, then any words he's used. Yourself having graduated from another top "elite" institution, Yale Law School; your claim "to be just one of y'all folks", is as empty as it is sad. Making "elitist" a bad word, is just as wrong as those who claim "liberal" has some darker meaning. John Stewart spoke for many saying, he wants someone elite, "he wants someone smarter then him in the White House!"
How shallow your pandering photo-ops have become, when in reality, you are very far removed from most of our day-to-day lives. Honestly, when was the last time you stopped by the grocery to buy something for dinner? You have become an example of politics as usual, showing what problems are faced, when working for real political reform. A change in politics as often practiced in Washington, will define the ability we have to make real progress towards change.
Who would be surprised watching a future orchestrated photo-op, out to prove your newly issued "testicular fortitude" as a reality . . . I we hear you say . . . "let's all go a shoot'n our guns, when we'all git us down'n there holler". What y'all say we git us an iron city, n sum shoot'rs , over at'ur Billy Bob's af'er w'all blow dem cans to da liv'n shit?" I mean no disrespect, I just wish to illustrate how silly it's all become.
When you use the words a tired Obama offered, seeking understanding of one group of Americans, by another group; in a way you know to be wrong, you only add to the cynical politics, that damages us all. When you place added burdens on a talented fellow democrat, crippling his effort to introduce himself to people, who don't know him well, and may be working to overcome hidden racism, healing as a scab years ago, but picked at by you for political gain. Barak Obama has shown how classy he really is! He could make the arguments against your actions, but it seems he's trying to be the better man, to practice what he has been preaching. Your actions show why you, a person who should be adored by most, has earned such a negative polling. You can't blame that on the VRWC. You must blame yourself!
With the all the time and hard work you have given this campaign, with the strong passions of many people supporting you, combined with your personal long held hopes, dreams, and inner drive; we can only guess how difficult that it must be, to face the need to withdraw from this race. Since your finishing a close second place, the unrealistic hope of any chance, any new opening to exploit, even when it's only fiction and smoke, it seems to have caused flawed thinking within your campaign. Watching you now use any argument your campaign finds, hoping to strip the nomination from Obama, reminds us what sorry excuse-after-excuse, bush has justified our blunder in Iraq with. It is no less sad when you keep changing what a win really is, damn the rules agreed upon.
It's time for you to work in helping Barak Obama, become our next president. It's your time to step aside, as the other candidates have before you. That is the hard, but only patriotic action available to you now. That is what service you can now offer our nation. Barak Obama has shown great leadership, running a historical campaign, with spectacular organizational ability, an awesome amount raised, in small amounts, from everyday inspired Americans, and overcome the benefit you had, as the long time party insider. He has overcome the odds, using the rules as agreed on by all parties when this race began. Now, I again respectfully ask you Senator Clinton, Please step aside, and follow your pledge to heal the wounds you have created, between so many good people. Thank You!
I wrote this early Tuesday morning, not knowing what the nights returns offered. I wrote it asking for some understanding just how damaging a failed campaign could be, when still using the tactics that only served to cripple the nominee over issues . . .well, issues that really are not issues. I want to be clear, I have respect and hope, that all people who desire a better world, and our place being more responsible within it. If I offended anyone with some of my pleas for Clinton to stop her winning at any cost style, that was not my intent. I do feel, if the polling from some states . . . PA, OH, etc. . . showing a clear divide, with Clinton getting support from white people, many who are 45 - 50 and older, and who can remember the unrest we faced as a nation, when understandably the black citizens who we share our country, where then fighting for many basic human rights. It's hard to imagine for many not old enough to remember, but it was only 40 short years ago, a beaten LBJ, used his remaining political capital after the death of MLK, to push through congress his last civil rights bill, the Fair Housing Act. Until it's passage, most mortgages and deeds, had limitations on what people were considered acceptable to sell or rent to. I forget the exact percentage, but it was well over 50% I believe, that limited sale to black people, and often Jewish people. I suspect Clinton, intentional or not, by focusing on issues that stir old fears and possible prejudices among white people who remember those turbulent times. I'm white, and old enough to remember, but support Obama without any doubts. I have had several white people my age or older, that have offended me with comments regarding voting for a black man. I'm sure Barak understands this more then I ever will, but it seems a real possible reason for his needing to work so hard to gain rust with that group. My point was to build a dialog for re-building the confidence of any people who we can win back. I also was asking, not that Clinton's campaign to remember this can happen, and hope enough voices, super delegates, and others, could request her campaign be more sensitive of this problem, and to think how she can reach those supporters in her promise to help unite us. I apologize if my tone was a little harsh, but it was written before her hard night, and probability she will find her actions and direction taken, now created through circumstances. I have my fingers crossed in hope!