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The Internet is a place where people can find like-minded persons and share one's thoughts.  There are many things about it that recommend it as a way to organize and commiserate, but I have discovered it also has a downside in a closely contested nomination battle.  In the final analysis, this diary is about that, but let me make a few points about who I am.

My credentials as a Hillary supporter are elegant.  It's possible that I was the only recognizable blogger on the World Wide Web who stood with Hillary for the first three months of her campaign.  You cannot imagine what that was like.  It was pretty awful.  I went from being DCDemocrat of the golden Democratic credentials to being troll-rated on a regular basis. There was so much enmity towards Hillary in the early months of the campaign that the bloggers who now continue to fight to make Hillary the nominee (even after Hillary has endorsed Obama) were no where to be found, and the people who didn't stand up in those months included the names of all the bloggers who became Hillary's most ardent defenders and now are being sung in diaries in the progressive blogosphere.  

I truly was alone.

On Super Tuesday, I had the honor to meet at Hillary's National Headquarters a certain famous blogger.  This blogger and I were making calls on behalf of Hillary.  I told this blogger that I would never support Obama, and this blogger argued that electing a Democrat was the most important thing I could do.  

Strangely, I am now working for Obama as this and other bloggers continue to try to make Hillary the nominee even after Hillary has joined Barack Obama's cause.  I understand that various of my fellow Clintonistas now style me an Obama plant who worked by stealth in their midst all these months.  Such is the power of our new medium to invent surreal narratives.  If it's any reassurance to my friends, I was not an Obama plant, but I am realist.  Either Barack Obama or John McCain is going to president next January 20, and I prefer Barack Obama to John McCain.

What is disturbing about the World Wide Web, I think, is the ability of otherwise fair-minded, intelligent, and decent human beings who feel wounded to find each other and feed on each other's grief in a way that should be a therapist's worst nightmare, a process that prevents them from accepting what is real and getting on with finding new meaning for their lives.

In 2004, I observed (with hindsight) that we at Daily Kos became unrealistic in our analysis of data as we dismissed every shred of evidence that Kerry was going to lose.  I determined afterward that I would never let that happen to me again.  My embrace of our nominee, Barack Obama, partly reflects that experience.

Facts are facts.  Hillary has lost.  She is not going to be the nominee, and all the conversations going on among my fellow Clintonistas about how to change that outcome are going to be no more effective before Denver than they were before South Dakota and Montana.  If we couldn't make Hillary the nominee while she was fighting to be the nominee, how can we do it now that she is not helping the cause?

Hillary is working for Obama, and so am I.  Bill Clinton is voting for Obama, and so am I.

If we did not have the Internet to feed our dismay, people quietly would be adjusting to the new reality, licking their wounds, and developing a new narrative, but instead, many are jousting at windmills, feeding on each other's disappointment, and planning assaults on the process that have no chance of succeeding.

Any psychologist, any psychiatrist, any therapist, would advise people to find a new narrative to account for the new data.  It's time for people to move on.  It's the healthy thing to do.  

There are five things people now can do:

  1.  Stay home and not vote in November.
  1.  Go to the polls, skip the presidential ballot, and vote down ticket.
  1.  Vote for a third party candidate.
  1.  Vote for John McCain.
  1.  Vote for Barack Obama.

My own narrative demands this of me: If the results were different, if Hillary had gotten the delegates for the nomination, I would have been rallying Obama supporters to let go of their grief and work for Hillary.  I would have begged them to find a narrative that accounted for the new data.  I would have pleaded for the unity of the party.  For my own narrative, I can do no less for Obama than I would have done for Hillary.  

Barack Obama for president.

Originally posted to DCDemocrat on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 04:37 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Bring back Berkley Vox (3+ / 0-)
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    bosdcla14, DCDemocrat, possum

    we need somebody keeping an eye out on all the various polling data!!

    Seriously, we need everybody.

  •  A diary I wrote (19+ / 0-)

    was the first diary listed on Hillary Hub when it came into being.

    I would follow Hillary anywhere, and she is for Obama!

    by DCDemocrat on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 04:44:11 AM PDT

  •  There is one thing for certain.. (1+ / 0-)
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    a long stretched out primary like this just brings the ugly in people.

    Personally I was fine with whoever won at first. I liked Obama a lot but I thought Clinton was fine. Even the perceived ugliness in the SC primary was not too much of an issue. After Obama won the 11 straight contests and built a huge lead there was no way that she was going to overtake him. Then things started getting really ugly, talks of stealing pledged delegates, MN & FL, super delegates overturning, new math. I started getting angry right after the TX and OH primaries. The NAFTA thing really upset me but I could let that go. There was the dirty campaigning, do whatever to destroy him. That was for me the tipping point.

    It was clear that there was no way she was going to get the majority of delegates. She was being rightfully being asked how she was going to win by the media, supers etc. If the roles of the players was swapped I think the other person would have dropped out simply because it did not make sense to continue. There was no way to win without some crazy event.

    When the inevitable is out there in full color and you continue to look past that, people start calling you out on it. Then she made it as if it was the women v/s the rest of the world, which it wasn't. If it was a man in her position they would have called him out. Look at Huckabee. I think if she had dropped out after IN and NC we would not have been worrying about Unity. It was pretty bad but not so much that  we could not look past our differences.

    She pushed the campaigning too far. I don't have any insight into why I think she did it. The Supers were going to Obama in large numbers, the number of delegates available to her were dwindling real fast and there was no way she could have got the lead. Even she had to know that FL and MN would never have been seated in full. No way.

    I think it became nasty and a point of no return right after IN and NC and just got worse and worse.

    •  I think she told people (0+ / 0-)

      why she did it yesterday at the end of her speech.  She felt history because she was a woman doing it.  Maybe it didn't make sense to everyone, but it made sense to her and her supporters.  

      I would follow Hillary anywhere, and she is for Obama!

      by DCDemocrat on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 10:22:52 AM PDT

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  •  I just want to add, (0+ / 0-)

    I think there was a lot of sexism in the media. Some of it pretty horrible. Now I did see some of it on TV but it did not hit me until I saw a 5 minute highlight of commentators on just about every channel going after her. A lot of it was in the beginning of the campaign though and much less when she was complaining about it. So her calling them out at that late in the game was just, for lack of any other phrase, sour grapes.

  •  I am so glad you wrote this diary (3+ / 0-)

    Before I came across it, I was thinking how long it had been since I'd seen you around the site and how much I missed your participation -- which, as you know, I have always respected and valued.

    I eagerly clicked on the diary just to read you again, without a clue as to what it may have contained.

    Of course once I read it, I'm even happier.  I made the choice for Obama months ago, after IA, but that's not really the point.  Had the candidates run different campaigns you and I would probably be having a similar conversation right now, just with the roles reversed.

    As you say, we need now to work together to win this thing in November.  And it is so wonderful to re-unite our community after all the bad blood that has been spilled.

    •  This isn't easy. (1+ / 0-)
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      My fellow Clintonistas are as pissed as hell at me.  They are accusing me of having been an Obama plant.  But I really and truly am the yellowest of yellow dogs.  Thanks, litho!

      I would follow Hillary anywhere, and she is for Obama!

      by DCDemocrat on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 10:25:53 AM PDT

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      •  You don't have to use that language (1+ / 0-)
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        describe yourself.  You're reflective and committed to your cause, the best the Democrats can offer.

        This is the time for moving forward together.  After November, perhaps, there will be time to rue what might have been.

        Now we need to beat McCain.  And we need to work together to do it.

        Glad to have you along.

  •  You call yourself a (1+ / 0-)
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    Clintonista?  That was one of the tags I specifically avoided this season.  I thought it was as offensive to Clinton supporters as Obamabots was to Obama supporters.  Live and learn.

    Got a problem with my posts? Email me, and let's resolve it.

    by drbloodaxe on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 06:06:48 AM PDT

    •  Depends on how you use it. (2+ / 0-)
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      DCDemocrat, drbloodaxe

      If either term is used to paint all the candidate's supporters as kool-aid-drinking "true believers" then it is indeed offensive. But if it's properly used, I don't have a problem with it.

      I will never apologize for calling some rabid Obama supporters "Obamabots". But they were relatively few in number. I regularly noted that most Obama supporters were great people who worked their hearts out for their candidate and it showed.

      Well Dayum! The Fat Lady just sang her tits right off!

      by homogenius on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 07:28:32 AM PDT

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    •  We called ourselves Clintonistas (1+ / 0-)
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      It was Hillbots that we found offensive.

      I would follow Hillary anywhere, and she is for Obama!

      by DCDemocrat on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 10:23:37 AM PDT

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  •  Great to have you back and supporting Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    because of the dearth that exisits between Him and McCain.  I'm glad that you made the decision that speaks volumes of your character as a Democrat first.  I'll be looking forward to your thoughts in the future.  Together we can achieve more than through separation.  

    Obama '08

    When you have faith, all things are possible

    by 3O3 on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 06:48:01 AM PDT

  •  Sometimes football teams practice in full pads (1+ / 0-)
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    And simulate game conditions to improve their performance. You could make the argument that our primary season was the same thing. It was a rough primary. It was pretty brutal. There were attacks and counter attacks, etc. But because of it we're probably better positioned to deal with Republican attacks, and the Obama campaign probably won't make the mistake of taking too long to respond again...

    Obama/Casey, my personal dream ticket.

    by The Bagof Health and Politics on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 07:29:19 AM PDT

  •  Good stuff. (1+ / 0-)
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    And good analysis of the codependencies of some online dynamics -- feeding frenzies, sudden mobs, groupthink, and self-delusion.

    Those can also be put to good use -- a national movement, for example -- but they can be blinding to some, regarding rational thought.

    All the news that scares us silly:

    by mwmwm on Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 07:46:21 AM PDT

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