This is getting into some serious stuff. I have read quotes and anecdotes from both the Obama and Clinton supporters, and it is getting pretty damn infuriating and not just a little scary. Here is something via Susie Mandrak at Suburban Guerilla, and about three links in.
If the Clintons push for the win in Denver, they’re going to split the goddamn party down the middle. I read your chapter on 1968 Chicago, obviously. I’m of the generation who supports Obama. I know what we’re like. Shit, I know what I’m like.
Rick, if the Machine tries to give the Clintons the victory at the convention, I swear to God, Chicago’s going to look like a Sadie Hawkins dance. People my age are going to be throwing stones. We all have transportation — cell phones — disposable income — the Internet — free time — and Seattle as our example. Part of me is scared of a riot. Part of me isn’t. The nomination belongs to Obama. Do you think we’re going to let the Democratic Leadership Council take it? “God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, fire next time.”
Great. Obama supporters are threatening a riot in Denver if Clinton gets the nomination. I have seen statements that Clinton supporters will not support Obama; that they would rather vote for McCain instead. Here’s a link about an Obama advisor apologizing because he called Hillary Clinton “a monster”. Clinton makes public statements that pretty much flat out state that McCain is better prepared for the presidency than is Obama.
WTF are these people thinking?!? Jesus Christ, people! Get a grip! The policy differences between these two qualified candidates are MINISCULE when compared to the monstrosity that is the Republican party these days. McCain promises nothing more than four more years of Bush 43. Is that what we truly want? Rioting and voting for the other party if your candidate of choice does not win? Unbelievable. And the two candidates are not doing a very swell job of ratcheting the tensions down. If anything, they are causing a lot of the escalations of tensions.
I can’t believe this is actually happening. I am getting a bit of déjà vu, like I did in 2000 when Bush was handed the election by the Supreme Court. During the entire episode, I kept wondering, how can this possibly be occurring? This is too bizarre for anyone to even make up! And here we go again. If the Democrats can’t win a general election after eight long years of the lunacy and criminal Bush administration, then Dems should immediately disband the entire party. Just give up, as they aren’t ever going to win anything, ever again, and don’t deserve to.
If I live that long, it is going to be interesting to see what historians write about this decade about 25 years from now.