Maureen Dowd is a well-established Clinton hater, having a long record of Clinton-bashing. She is fantasizing about a imagined ObamaDrama that does not exist.
Hillary has been nothing but supportive of Obama and has done everything he asked her to do. As has Bill. Obama has been obsessed with controlling the party to a Rovian level, “controlling the message“ to the point where he stifles not just dissent, but anyone who won’t drink the “Kool-aid” and chant the mantra “Yes we can!” in response to any legitimate question asked.
He is trying to mask his obvious shortfalls in experience and judgment (i.e., Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfleger, “bitter comment”, Michelle’s lack of pride in her country, and on and on) with glittering generalities and 30-second sound bites. An empty suit if there ever was one. And, just to set the record straight, I am a life-long Democrat and will not vote for McCain.
His followers have been absolutely obsessed with squelching dissent to the point where the DNC website bans anyone who does not post silly pictures of Obama as if he were a rock star in a teeny–bopper magazine. God forbid if you post a legitimate question that might expose Obama’s shortcomings. This “cleansing” or “purge” of the DNC blog has now expanded to the Obama website. A few dedicated (in their eyes) followers have made it their job to “troll patrol” and flush out anyone who is not enthusiastic enough for their tastes.
This is not the Democratic Party I joined in 1972, where everyone was welcome and there really was a “Big Tent,” a party of the people — all kinds of people representing views that ranged from conservative to ultra-liberal. Now, you must parrot the party line or be banned. Until you are banned, however, your blogs are deleted if there is even a hint that it might look bad for Obama — doesn’t matter if it’s true, if it makes him look bad, it is a “smear.” Smear used to mean a story that was not true. In Obama NewSpeak, it means anything that might make him look bad, even if it is true.
This group of followers those of us who are dissenters have affectionately named the “Fist-bump Gang” will post blogs bashing Hillary in an effort to flush out her supporters, then they insult and demean anyone who responds in defense of Hillary or Bill. They have bashed women (fought having women’s rights as the theme of the Friday Night Forum), bashed gays (GLBT — particularly one individual which they targeted) and generally insulted everyone who supports Hillary or Bill and does not acquiesce to their cult-like behavior. At least a dozen people have been banned from the DNC blog, and I heard that one member of the Obama blog was banned.
This group conducts an e-mail campaign when they target someone, and encourages others to “report” the target to the blog moderator and complain until the person is banned. I, myself, have had two articles deleted — one was a word-for-word reprint of an article in the Chicago Tribune. The other was a reprint of an article discussing Hillary’s right to have a roll call vote at the convention.
It was not until 2000, when Gore demanded a unanimous acclamation instead of a real roll-call vote that our party virtually abandoned its tradition. Ted Kennedy had a roll call vote, and he was 700 delegates behind Carter. Hillary is less than 200 delegates behind Obama.
Further, Hillary’s candidacy is historic, just as is Obama’s. It is important for history that her achievement for all women be recorded. She is the first woman to be a viable presidential candidate by winning not just one, but enough primaries until only the superdelegates determined Obama to be the winner. She is the first First Lady to be elected to any national office, much less be a viable presidential candidate. She has earned the respect of our party, of American women and Americans, in general.
This “Hillary’s time has come and gone” theme you hear on the blog is demeaning and disrespectful not just to her, but to all women and to women in the baby-boomer generation. We are not “done” yet. We have now lived long enough to earn our gray hairs (even if they’re covered up with dye), our wrinkles (even if we hide them with Botox or face lifts), our experience and our wisdom, which, by the way, is sorely lacking in the Obama campaign. The antipathy to my generation is not just palpable, is overt and stated on the blog in very ugly ways.
The bashing of McCain is something else I find distasteful. I am not a McCain supporter, but I do not want my party to descend into the Rovian tactics of mud-slinging and smearing. I want to discuss issues and policy in this campaign. I want to see real character and decisions, not fluff and image. I prefer substance over style, and this campaign is about the exact reverse.
In conclusion, I very rarely read Maureen Dowd because of her obvious bias. She has been spewing vitriol since Hillary declared (actually before that). Apparently, Maureen has a problem with powerful, accomplished women. I find that women who criticize other women are usually doing so to cover their feelings of inadequacy and envy. Maureen is a sad joke. And she has a national stage to spew this nonsense, which is worse. I am ashamed of women like her, and, thanks to Hillary, I am confident that she is, or at least can be, in the minority. Women are capable of handling power as well, if not better than, men. Hillary has proved that.
This recent experience with Georgia is the “3 a.m. moment“ that everyone bashed Hillary about, yet here we are. And what happened? McCain spews the Republican Party cowboy mentality. Obama hides and is on vacation. On vacation? Does it remind you of our current president on vacation when disaster strikes or reading a children’s book while we are being attacked? Not a good sign.
If ever there were a time for a capable person like Hillary to take the reigns of government and bring the right combination of strength and understanding to the job, this is the time. I trust Hillary to do what’s right in our new issues with Russia. I do not trust either McCain or Obama.
Maureen, go do something constructive and quit bashing Hillary.