The Obama Campaign, the Obama supporters, the mainstream media, and the DNC are taking Hillary Clinton’s voters for granted

I found this article from Taylor Marsh’s blog. The writer believes that the Obama campaign, the DNC, and the mainstream media are foolishly taking for granted that Hillary Clinton’s supporters will flock to Barack Obama. She believes that Obama and the DNC should apologize to Hillary Clinton and her supporters for the sexism that they were silent about. I don’t believe that Barack Obama has to apologize for all the sexism in the campaign just as Hillary Clinton shouldn’t have to apologize for all the racism in the campaign because sexism and racism has always been part of this nation’s history. However, I believe that Howard Dean and the DNC should apologize or at least make a statement about the sexism that was directed at Hillary Clinton that they were silent about as a way to fully reconcile with her voters. Howard Dean was vocal about what he perceived as racism against Barack Obama and rightly so. But he was totally silent when it came to sexism against Hillary Clinton. I don’t think Howard Dean will do that as he mistakenly believes that her supporters will all of a sudden have a change of heart and flock back home. It’s interesting to me how the mainstream media and many Obama supporters who have said some horrific things about Hillary Clinton are all of a sudden saying nice things about her after she did what they wanted her to do, which was to concede and endorse Barack Obama. These were the same people who were trying to push Hillary Clinton out of the race since February and questioning her motives to stay in a race that was extremely close. But once she left, they turned on a dime and praised her trying to pretend that all the nasty things they said about Clinton before that would somehow be magically forgotten. I think it’s foolish for the Obama campaign, Obama supporters, the mainstream media, and the DNC to arrogantly assume that Hillary Clinton’s supporters will back Barack Obama. It’s unprecedented to have had a woman and African American run as the frontrunners for a major party nomination. I don’t think hard feelings will subside anytime soon. (It also doesn’t help that some Obama supporters are cynically telling Hillary Clinton supporters that they are racist if they don’t vote for Obama). I can’t predict what will happen in the next few months. But I just think it’s mistaken to think that this year will be like other primaries in the past where the wounds were healed easily. If there’s anything that we’ve learned this election cycle, it is that what we thought should happen hasn’t always happened. Basically, throw out precedent because this election cycle is totally different than anything we’ve had before.

It’s been a historic primary season as an African American and a woman were vying for the Democratic nomination. Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have broke new ground in a country with a long history of white supremacy and patriarchy/misogyny. It’s a great moment in our nation to see an African American with a realistic chance at becoming the next President of the United States.

With that said, I will do what I did in 2004. I will be a good Democrat, hold my nose, swallow my pride and vote for Barack Obama. But I know plenty of Hillary Clinton supporters who will not and the DNC better wake up to that fact.

Obama and the Democrats Owe Hillary Clinton and Her Supporters a Formal Apology for the Campaign’s Sexism

U.S. News & World Reports; by Bonnie Erbe; June 9, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton may have come out full bore for the Barack Obama campaign on Saturday, but many of her supporters are having none of it.

Check out this CNN video on YouTube, which sums up the palpable anger many of her supporters feel. Another must-see Web stop is Ed Hale’s site, hcsfjm.com. That is shorthand for Hillary Clinton Supporters for John McCain. Hale claims to have garnered 35,000 supporters within a week of launching the site.

The Democratic National Committee either doesn’t get it or refuses to admit it. Nothing short of a lengthy, detailed mea culpa by the DNC and by Obama himself, directed to Clinton supporters for the sexist name-calling and personal, nasty characterizations Clinton was alone forced to endure, will do. Even that may not persuade these voters to consider supporting the party this fall. The DNC, Democratic Party leaders in Congress, and Obama should have been at her side, calling her treatment by the media (and even by some Obama supporters) unacceptable.

According to most polls, something in the range of 20 to 25 percent of her 18 million supporters say they’ll vote for Senator McCain in November. That’s 4.5 million votes—too many to take for granted. Yet taking them for granted is just what the party and Obama are doing. When CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Obama how he would appeal to disaffected Clinton voters, he missed the mark entirely, giving a standard set of policy proposals.

I appeared on one of the cable news networks over the weekend, paired with a political reporter from a major newspaper. We were asked whether her supporters would kiss and make up with the Obama camp and end up throwing their support to the Illinois senator in the general election. He said, dismissively, “yes.” I responded that with all due respect I thought he was quite wrong. But his laissez-faire attitude typifies that of the bulk of the MSM, the Democratic Party, and the Obama campaign.

We won’t know how her supporters will vote until after the general election and its exit polls. Those who sit it out won’t even be counted in exit polls. My feeling is just as the MSM underestimated the reaction to anti-Clinton remarks would generate, and the DNC overestimated voters’ party loyalty, that no one has a clear read on what comes of all this. The party may have created a miniboom in Republican registration—disaffected Democrats who will never vote for a Democratic candidate again.

There’s also the question no one is addressing: With Clinton’s absence in the race, middle-of-the-road voters have nowhere to go. McCain isn’t conservative enough as far as religious conservatives are concerned. But he’s seen as solidly conservative by everyone else and calls himself a conservative. Obama has the albatross of the National Journal’s rating as the No. 1 most liberal member of the U.S. Senate. Senator Clinton had come in 14th on that list, which puts her much closer to the middle of the road. Mainstream voters have three choices. They can hold their noses and vote for an extreme liberal or a fairly extreme conservative. They can sit it out, or they can write someone in.

As one voter told me, “This is a ‘vote against’ election.” There’s no one for moderates to vote for.

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4 comments

  1. What sexism? I hear alot of claims of sexism, but you can’t just apologize for something without directly pin-pointing actual happenings of it.

    Not to mention the Clinton Quotes of “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the Kitchen” and “I’m your Girl”. It’s hard to apologize for sexism to someone who induced it with the intent of using Sexism to gain an upperhand.

    Or how about her insinuations that Obama (while in the lead) should be her running mate. If the rolls were reversed, Clinton in the lead, and Obama suggesting she be his 2nd, the screams of Sexism would still be jarring the Rockies.

    More important than all of that though… voting for McCain just because you don’t like the ‘loud’ supporters of Obama (who are only as loud and bad as the ‘loud’ supporters of Clinton) is the definition of “Poor Loser”. Obama hasn’t used sexism in his campaign. Had he, he would definitely had apologized immediately, much as Clinton did when talking about her “White working-class American citizens”.

    Obama has been the epitome of class, dignity, and positive politics. He would never stoop to levels that Clinton did. And I think it’s really messed up that anyone is voting for McCain because of something as inconsequential as a Bruised Ego. 4 more years of Bush just because they didn’t get their way.

    That’s like saying “Screw America. My way or to hell with everyone!”

  2. Hi Koreanpower, It has been a long time. I am one of those millions of ‘folks’ who cannot support Barack Obama under any circumstances. I believe he lies-to everyone from the debate in Ohio about his ties to Rezko and the missing 100 million Illinois awarded to Rezko with BO’s approval to rehab the slums in BO’s district..that is missing..to the ‘no money from lobbyists…to his ‘supposed support for Israel. He just lies and lies. All those young ‘folks’ will be so disappointed. As for the terrible treatment he and his 98% of the black electorate gave HRC from stealing her delegates in MI and FL to Charlie Rangel and Donna Brazile, the uncommitted delegates..he should get a little of his own karma. HRC has been an example of a true Democrat her entire life. She has made it possible for children to get health care even if their parents lived in Barack Obama’s district where Rezko donated their heat money to BO’s campaign, leaving all of them freezing. What was BO’s comment? He didn’t know his constituents were cold.
    His karma will get him because you cannot say in one debate you are against NAFTA while your stooge is in Canada saying Barack said that but doesn’t mean it because he is being political. Oh, didn’t his friend the Reverend Wright say that too? Barack says what he needs to say to the audience he is speaking with..to try and win them over. My goodness, he said that to the Jewish ‘folks’..keep Jerusalem together..what? Less than 24 hours later tell Candy Crowley from CNN the opposite. What was it that Barack repeated from the head of the PLO? ‘Israel is a sore..?’
    These are just a few of the reasons I cannot vote and will not vote for Barack Obama. He is a liar and if you think he won fair and square..ask the caucus voters from Iowa, Texas and Washington how many old folks the young voters intimidated, shoved and were asked to give a ballot with his name already filled in on it-and told to leave..ask them?
    I ask you to ask Howard Dean about his association with Barack Obama since 1994 at the Rainbow Coalition meetings in Chicago. Ask him about his master plan to put Obama forward as the ‘unknown’. He was never, like Donna Brazile-an inpartial Super Delegate.
    Good luck to all of them. I am voting for John McCain-who with all of his foibles is an honest man who, like Hillary Clinton, loves America.

  3. I’m a Clinton voter voting for McCain too. I have a sneaky feeling there are more of us than people realize. My vote is as much a vote against the DNC as it is a vote for McCain.

  4. I’m a Clinton voter who is probably not going to be voting. I’m Asian-American and the rest of my family (parents and brother) are voting for Obama. The only reason I wouldn’t vote for John McCain is because I would feel guilty doing so-my parents are voting for Obama and think that John McCain will make their lives hell. But I have hated how Hillary has been mocked throughout the primaries, I think Obama has used religious discrimination to get votes, and I just don’t feel comfortable with Obama’s supporters’ rhetoric.

    I wish I could place myself in a category-like Democrat. I’ve only voted once before, which was in 2004 for Kerry, because it was the first time I was old enough to vote. But I just can’t bring myself to do it now.

    I am beginning to think I should just give up on politics entirely and not even vote from now on. I don’t think this country is ready for the equality I wish to see in it. There is just too much sexism and racism, and religious prejudice, and ageism, too many isms, for me to want to constantly expose myself to the political process.

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