McCain Panders to the Left, Bitter Hillary Supporters Pander to the Right…

…could it be destiny?

Anyway, it’s often dizzying for me to flit between two different political universes.

On one hand, we have unrepentant Hillary Clinton bloggers who have decided to extend their primary efforts to elect Hillary into the general election.

Now, I can’t help but have some sympathy for these folks. Political campaigns are an addictive, disorienting rush: it’s like falling down the Alice in Wonderand’s rabbit hole and staying there for months. These bloggers bought lock stock and barrel into every negative thing ever said or thought about Obama. They posted novels worth of breathless declarations and outrage, retyping daily campaign emails and talking points, pouring on lifetimes worth of analysis, all of which self-confirmed, a little more each day, the conclusion that Hillary was the one true Democrat, and Obama the champion of everything phony and vile.

I’m not playing favorites here: in this sort of delusion, they are, of course, the precise mirror image of Obama’s own #1 fans. It’s just that for Obama’s boosters, there’s simple continuity, and the rush now continues apace without any wakeup call. For Hillary’s hacks, however, it means they have to let go of the drama and the obsession. To cool off, and realize that maybe, just maybe, campaign rhetoric is a teensy bit overblown for dramatic effect. But it’s not an easy thing to admit.

Still, I can’t remember quite this sort of viciousness when Howard Dean lost, and back in the 2004 primaries, I thought I’d never met people more fired up for someone than they were for Dean. Even so, all those folks seemed to get over it pretty darn fast.

On the other hand, over on the actual conservative side, we find that many folks aren’t too happy with what McCain’s been whispering into the ears of disgruntled Hillary devotees.

McCain, apparently, favors liberal judges and has the same position on gay marriage as John Kerry. Who knew? (I’ve just gotten over finding out that Tim Russert was somehow both a dogged liberal apologist and a Big Media Bush-lover who rolled over for the Iraq War, so maybe I’m just not ready for this new oxymoronic shocker.) Of course, I have a feeling that the “PUMA’s” (Party Unity My Ass) in question here might be taking wishful thinking a bit too far.

Amongst McCain’s former Hillary-supporting visitors, however, there was a rather uncomfortable note sounded when it came to light that a certain Paula Abeles was involved in organizing them.

As Ben Smith explains it:

… Abeles first made the news in 2003, when she and her husband, then-Monticello Association President Nat Abeles, led the fight to keep members of the Hemmings family — descendants of Jefferson slave and, some historians believe, mistress Sally Hemmings — out of a gathering of the Monticello Association, which is made up of lineal descendants of the third president.

She even went as far as to pose as a 67-year old African American woman named Cassandra Mays-Lewis in chat rooms to help in her husband’s efforts to lobby against the inclusion of Jefferson’s “blacker” descendants at “family” reunion gatherings.

For a group whose chief complaint against Obama was how dirty he was for supposedly “race-baiting” the Clintons, they probably could have chosen their own company a little more wisely.

4 Responses to McCain Panders to the Left, Bitter Hillary Supporters Pander to the Right…

  1. Ebonmuse says:

    For head-exploding fun, I’d suggest asking members of sites like the following question:

    “Which candidate do you think Hillary would want you to vote for in the general election, McCain or Obama?”

    If they hesitate, we can play clips of her concession speech where she answers that question plainly and repeatedly. I really want to see how they’d react to that.

  2. Bad says:

    They don’t care though. It’s not as much about loving everything Hillary wants or says as it is about how they see Obama as a betrayer and symbol of the death of the party. After building up that image of him, they can’t easily turn around and see things differently. Not without admitting that the whole thing was overblown in the first place.

  3. Libby says:

    Just a hint here. You have chosen to use demeaning language every time you referred to the supporters of Clinton who do not believe that Obama is fit to be President.

    Not the best way to make a point, win support for your side, or convince people that you have a good argument. Just makes you sound nasty and dismissive. Same way Obama sounds to most of us.

    It may make you feel good to put people down but it will not convince them to see things as you do. They will just see a “lesser” you. Another empty suit with words.

  4. Bad says:

    I’m not trying to win folks to a side though: this blog is not about trying to convince people to vote for Republicans or Democrats or any specific Republican or Democrat.

    What I’m doing is explaining the effect campaigns have on people, and how its sort of sad. And I don’t think anything I said was “demeaning.” What I pointed out was over-the-top, beyond-reality rhetoric is characteristic of people who’ve gotten too deep down the rabbit hole. Now, if you had some actual argument against what I said, that would be one thing. But instead, you’ve basically just given a good example of what I’m talking about: “empty suit.”

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