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One way or another, this primary season is winding down and entering a new phase.  Whether or not HRC decides to run all the way to the convention, suspends her campaign, or "acknowledges" that BHO has enough delegates to secure the nomination, the time to run campaign primaries and caucuses is over.

November is looming large!

This is my note to my friends and loved ones who have worked to see Hillary Clinton obtain the nomination.

A bit about my background:  this is the first time I have been involved in a presidential campaign; in the past I've said "ok, we see who the nominee is and I'll support him/her."  That is what I did in 2004.

In 2004, I actively worked for Senator Kerry, and it hurt like crazy when we came up short.  I sulked for days afterward.

But I didn't go through the primary fights; this year was the first time.

My note to the Clinton supporters.

Yes, we disagreed on who should get the nomination.  But let's review what we have in common:

  1. We both think that we need to get out of Iraq.
  1. We both think that diplomacy is a better answer than war, except for the most extreme of circumstances.
  1. We are both outraged that President Bush lied us into this war.
  1. We are both outraged that upwards of 46 million Americans don't have health insurance, even if we differ on the usefulness of mandates.
  1. We both want good Supreme Court Justices to be appointed; more Alito's and Roberts' are unacceptable.
  1. We both believe that our economic policy has been tilted heavily toward those who already wealthy.

True: we may differ on the best way to obtain these goals, but we share these goals nonetheless.

Now let me tell you what I think of you:

  1. I admire the way you fought like hell for your candidate!  I appreciate the donated money, the phone calls, the going door to door, etc.  
  1. I admire the way that you advocated for your candidate, be it in the newspapers, calls or e-mails to superdelegates,  your blogs or your talking to your neighbor.
  1. I acknowledge that you and your candidate added to the discussion. There is no way in the world that the Democratic nominee can ignore the issues that you brought to the table!
  1. I acknowledge that you brought excitement to the process.  You also made me work harder than I normally would have.
  1. I acknowledge that you registered new voters and got more people excited about the process.

Now on the emotional level: Please accept my handshake and hug; those are sincere.  I'd be damned proud to have you as a teammate.  

Personal sidenote

I visited my family (in Texas) last week; I reported in an early diary that most of my family are Clinton supporters.

I had lamented that I had missed out on the Texas festivities.  So, my sister brought in her Hillary megaphone and we had our own rally right in the house!  She yelled "HILLARY" and I yelled "Yes We Can", and she same back "Yes we can is not a plan", etc.

It was a fun experience.

Originally posted to onanyes on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:06 AM PDT.

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  •  just throwing out a thought (14+ / 0-)

    I may have gotten angry with some at the top of the ticket, but I still have a deep respect for most HRC supporters.

    When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

    by onanyes on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:06:58 AM PDT

  •  You have a great sister. (5+ / 0-)

    I had lamented that I had missed out on the Texas festivities.  So, my sister brought in her Hillary megaphone and we had our own rally right in the house!  She yelled "HILLARY" and I yelled "Yes We Can", and she same back "Yes we can is not a plan", etc.

    That is hilarious!

    •  this is why (0+ / 0-)

      so many Obama supporters will have a tough time reconciling.

      Hillary supporters mocked the core of his message...

      Hijacked his slogans...

      I hope people can deescalate, but being dismissed and mocked are hard taunts to overcome...

      •  remember this (1+ / 0-)
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        part of BHO's plan is to convert at least a few Republicans, and the Republicans have mocked us in ways that even the more unreasonable HRC supporters haven't.

        Surely, it we can reach out to people who voted for Bush in 2004, we can suck it up and embrace those who have taken shots at us.

        When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

        by onanyes on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:19:04 AM PDT

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      •  It's been on both sides (3+ / 0-)
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        onanyes, Eloise, bfitzinAR

        Time to get over it and let the healing begin.

      •  That often happens in political (4+ / 0-)
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        fighting.  So what that they mocked?  We mocked.  Now is the time to come together and eat some crow and make nice.  I think that comes with the primary infighting.  I don't hold it against the Hillary supporters because if she'd won I would have to reconcile myself to being on board now.  I have loudly said NO over and over to HRC as vice-president knowing full well that if Obama picks her I'll have to swallow my words and get on with supporting the ticket.

        •  How many Obama events on TV (3+ / 0-)
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          did you see Obama supporters mocking Hillary's message? I can't name one.

          It was a staple of any Hillary appearance for the last 3 months.

          I am not saying that it is not time to reconcile, in fact it is imperative that we do so very soon, I am just pointing out that Clinton supporters are not the only ones with hurt feelings.

          You can not overcome a crisis without acknowledging the causes.

          •  true (2+ / 0-)
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            I am just pointing out that Clinton supporters are not the only ones with hurt feelings.

            True.  But winning is a nice healing balm, and the Clinton supporters don't have that balm at this time.

            But if we unite, they'll enjoy all of us earning a big win in November!

            When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

            by onanyes on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:27:00 AM PDT

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          •  I think some of the HRC supporters (0+ / 0-)

            are misguided and self-centered and need to get over themselves.  I agree that a lot of them were classless and took this election WAY too personally.

            However, maybe I shouldn't be saying that outloud?  I don't know.  I want the HRC supporters to come on over and be part of the team.  I won't apologize merely because HRC lost.

            •  and no Obama supporters are???? (0+ / 0-)

              I've been an Obama fan and supporter for a VERY long time.  And I am also taking this VERY personally. And I also want the HRC supporters to be part of the team I'm on.

              But! this is the vinegar that you won't catch the proverbial flies with:

              I think some of the HRC supporters
              are misguided and self-centered and need to get over themselves.  I agree that a lot of them were classless and took this election WAY too personally.

              No offense intended to HRC supporters (flies) - couldn't think of another way to say it. Nobody's asking anybody to apologize because of who won or lost. But apologizing for hurtful things you've said or written, whether intentionally or not, is truly classy, and somthing Obama himself does when appropriate.

              And even if you personally have never said or written anything hurtful and gratuitous, others have.

          •  In fact, Obama supporters will seem (0+ / 0-)

            not authentic in reaching out to Hillary supporters if they do not recognize and deal with the things that got their hackles up in the first place.

            The same goes witht he candidates. I agree Obama needs to show her respect, give her her space to climb down and get her thoughts in order. At the same time Hillary does owe him some respect for the campaign he ran as well.

            All these things are two way streets...

            Obama can manage, his supporters can manage, but we must understand their feelings and not just ignore ours on the way to doing so...

            •  What?? (0+ / 0-)

              He has been "giving her space" for MONTHS !!!

              It is TIME for HER to CONCEED.

              Once she has QUIT, then her supporters can have a drink, relax, and begin to heal. But SHE needs to EXIT THE RACE so they can "heal".

              I'm tired of hearing what Obama needs to do. He's been doing it since March.

              •  I know that you aren't talking to me (0+ / 0-)

                but I am doing this on my own.

                We can't change what HRC does, but we can extend our arms to her supporters and let them know that we really want us to move forward, together.

                We can't change how they accept the invitation, but we can sure as heck offer it and let them know that they are wanted and not merely wanted because they provide votes.

                When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

                by onanyes on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:35:34 AM PDT

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              •  The super Delegates (0+ / 0-)

                bear the responsibility now. Once they make it clear they are not behind her then she will get out.

                I am with Arianna Huffington on this one. the issue isn't when she gets out, it is when the supers shut this down...

                •  wussies (0+ / 0-)

                  I wont use stronger lanuage, but you get the drift.

                  This race was "over" mathmatically weeks ago (if not months).

                  The ONLY reason the media paid attention to HRC is because she was a clinton and not named "Huckabee". She had the same mathmatical chance to win. Zero.

                  The "supers" who SHOULD have ended this race weeks ago were to afraid to "offend" one group of voter or another.

                  As Michael J Fox said in the American President..

                  "Why dont you vote your conscience you piece of _"

                  They should have done so. Dont tell me some undeclared super in Georgia needs to see if Obama wins Montana by 10 or by 15 to make up their mind.

                  They didnt declare because they were wusses. And because they were wusses, immense damage was done to the party in "healing time", which McCain has had 3 months lead on us.

                  No, its is time for HRC TO GO. QUIT. CONCEED.

                  Period.

                  •  I know you fervently believe that (0+ / 0-)

                    but the supers bear more responsibility than Hillary at this time...and I am not usually one to give Hillary cover...

                    She has been in a campaign bubble for well over a year now. It is hard to see reality from that vantage point. FOR ANYONE, not just Hillary.

                    The supers are not in the same bubble, they have objectivity, they can clearly see what is happening. I agree with your assessment of why they have not come out sooner. They better give Obama the votes he needs before the speeches tonite in my opinion.

                    •  I cant (0+ / 0-)

                      I'm sorry.

                      I dont agree. Bill Clinton in 88 (for MD) and 92 (for himself) were telling folks back in March they were the presumptive nominee and it was time for Brown to leave.

                      The main reason why HRC supporters are "angry"....is HRC. Her tactics, her arguments and her language have inflamed her supporters.

                      Yes, passive blame goes to the supers who stood by with thumbs in their ears. But its passive blame vs active blame.

                      I dont want to see Ickes, Wolfson, Davis, or HRC on my TV unless it is to say

                      "I quit. Obama is the nominee."

                      Thats the only message of healing necessary at this point.

          •  Hillary wasn't mocking his message. (1+ / 0-)
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            The "if Hillary says it, it's evil" meme is just too damn prevelent.  Yes, we will is not mocking yes, we can, it's taking it a step farther.  They are talking about the same goals, with mostly minor differences as to how to accomplish them.  Many of the things both candidates wish to do needed to be done for about 30 years (or more).  Yes, we can is the first step, but we could have done it earlier, if we'd had the right combination of president and congress.  Yes, we will is the completion of yes, we can - not the mocking of it.

            •  I don't want to quibble (0+ / 0-)

              it is not my intention to delve too deeply into it...we just need to understand it...

              Clinton supporters and Obama supporters will not see these things the same way...trying to make them 'understand' either way will not be productive...it is an internal process we must all go through...

              Clinton supporters need to understand why Clinton feel the way they do...

              Same goes for Obama supporters...

              Once each side understands those things then they will be able to truly reconcile and fight the right battle...

              Ignoring one or another's views or why you have your own views is not what is needed...

              that is all I am trying to get at

      •  He hijacked Caesar Chavez' slogan, (2+ / 0-)
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        just translated it into English.  As for being dismissed and mocked!  Not Obama himself perhaps, but Obama surrogates have been telling my candidate to quit since Iowa and got nothing but louder as we went further along.  You've called my candidate a racist, a warmonger, Bush-lite, McCain-lite.  No matter what she's said, Obama people have come out with "what she really means".  Hell, you guys would have made a "racist" case out of her eating oreo cookies - and when Nabisco complained about that, you'd have called her corporatist.  You've ignored every vote she's cast except AUMF.  You've mocked every accomplishment she's achieved.  Her "Yes, we will" is much better (in my opinion) than "Yes, we can" because we could have any time in the last 30 years, but haven't.

        So there's a world of hurt on both sides.  But we still have the same goals, even if we differ about 3% in the best way to accomplish them.  And one of those goals is to put a Dem in the White House, no matter whether it's Hillary or Obama.  It's time to trot out the "good sportsmanship" rules we used to get in school (and I taught my cub scouts) - our candidates fought a good fight.  Yours won.  I extend my hand both in congratulations and to help in the bigger fight coming up.

        •  absolutely. n/t (0+ / 0-)

          When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

          by onanyes on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:33:18 AM PDT

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        •  I agree with some of your charges and not others (2+ / 0-)
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          but in the end you are right it is time to address the bigger fight!

          As a construction I prefer 'Yes we will' as well, I worked for Bradley and his slogan was Together we can or something like that, I always thought it should be will

        •  agree with almost all of it, (0+ / 0-)

          but a nitpick in the spirit of making nice - is the word hijack really necessary? How much is left that has never been said somewhere?

          The spirit of the "yes we can" is empowering to poeple who have felt powerless. That is incredibly important for making this change happen. The spirit of "yes we will" speaks more to determination. That's also incredibly important.

          We need both. Just like we need both Barack and Hillary, Obama supporters and Clinton supporters and anybody else we can muster to face the challenges ahead.  

      •  If Barack can rise above it (1+ / 0-)
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        so can we. He wants to unify all Americans, and I truly believe he wants his supporters to swallow pride, overcome taunts and mockery, whatever it takes to reach across this aisle within our party and shake hands.

  •  Thanks - we need more of this (5+ / 0-)

    I also feel for the emotional part of how Clinton supporters must feel.

    We have had two great candidates.

    I've stayed away from KOS during most of this primary b/c I can't deal with the infighting - but totally support this come together spirit.

    Peace!

  •  I'm so sick of fighting Democrats. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's annoying me.  I want to think well of the Clintons, and I don't like the fact that I'm starting to loathe them.  I don't like it one bit.  I'd much prefer to just finish this already.

    •  I hear you (1+ / 0-)
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      and I don't like the fact that I'm starting to loathe them.  I don't like it one bit.

      If you look at some stuff in my old blog, well, there was a time when I actually liked the Clintons.  I bought their books (still have them), bought Hunting of the President (both the DVD and the book) and I still think that most of the wingnut attacks on them are pure BS.

      And it horrified me that at least one wingnut site linked to my site when I was expressing disgust at some of HRC's campaign tactics.

      But I am tired of focusing on the bad and want to remember the good and what we have in common.  I also want to paraphrase what BHO said:  "we were friends prior to the campaign and will be friends afterward".

      When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

      by onanyes on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:23:32 AM PDT

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  •  I agree. Let's take the (3+ / 0-)
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    fight to John McCain

    McCain is against women making more money

    by mscharizmaa on Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 10:21:08 AM PDT

    •  Let's demolish John McCain (4+ / 0-)
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      I am with you on being tired of fighting fellow Democrats.  We are tooo good for this.  It was a very tough and emotional primary but at least we had great candidates.  The Repubs didn't have any and they took the lesser of the evils and ended up w/ "grumpy old man".  

      This is our year.  Hillary is outstanding, Obama is outstanding.  This will not be like the other general elections.  Repubs aren't used to Democrats fighting back or retaliating.  This is a new time and we welcome the fight with them.  

      Hillary supporters and Obama supporters are still part of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY....Let's respect each other and go after McCain!!!!!

      I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

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