Subject: Thoughts On Long Term
I recently returned to reading Bartcop on a daily
basis after a few years of not following
politics as closely as I did in college (back
in college, Bartcop was a must read every
morning due to the coverage of the war buildup,
the war itself and the 2004 election).
Lots of Democrats were disgusted with Kerry's
cowardice and decided to leave politics.
It's tough to invest heavily in somebody and
then watch them refuse to fight, only to see
things get worse when your candidate surrenders
early with millions in the bank.
Forgive me if this topic has been touched on before
in a previous issue, but I was
wondering if you could give your thoughts on
this nasty campaign dividing Democrats
for a long time to come?
It's impossible to tell.
We're in uncharted territory.
I've never seen it this bad.
I received more hate mail in the last 30 days
than I have in 12 years.
Whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being,
do you think Democrats are going
to be willing to set aside their differences
to ensure a Democrat wins this November?
There is intense rage at Hillary from the Democrats
the Republicans and the media.
Even if she wins, they'll just say she
stole it - so how could she govern?
If I was advising Hillary, I'd tell her to
get out .
Politics is all about racial poison these days
- how can anybody win?
Since she would refuse to get out, I'd try to
float a 5-week "Cone of Silence."
No interviews, no speeches, everything behind
That would starve the press whore monster - cold
A little starvation might cause them to THINK
instead of spewing racial hate.
It would also give us 5 weeks to breathe before
the 2-week PA campaign
But they won't do it, so the war continues.
It seems as if Hillary Clinton has support from
long-time Democratic voters,
which is a good thing because she will be a popular
candidate with the base.
You could be right, but I'm not sure who the base
is these days.
Obama has some long-time Democrat support, but,
a lot of his supporters are
Independents, first time voters or youngsters
(those of us under 30).
I believe Bill Clinton had pointed out that Hillary
supporters would be more willing
to vote for Obama than Obama supporters would
be willing to vote for Clinton.
I think that's true. Nobody hates Obama, as far
as I know, because
he's is too new on the national stage to have
The issue of Independent support is crucial because
for Democrats to pick up
more seats in the House and Senate, they'll need
Independent voters to swing their way.
If the Democrats can't 'win over' Indpendent
voters, it is likely there will be stong
Independent support for House and Senate races
John McCain is very strong with Independents,
so if he wins the majority of their support,
there is also a good chance they will vote for
Republicans running for other offices.
Are voices of reason going to prevail once a nominee
has been decided?
In the Democratic party? No way.
Democrats have a suicide fetish.
A few months ago, we had the White House won,
but then Democrats saw something that they wanted
more than victory.
Or, will hard feelings linger to the point where
not only the general election
will be compromised, but important Congressional
races won't turn out the
Democrats way because of all the infighting?
It's always a safe bet that the Dems will fuck
It's amazing that McCain, who was so unpopular
within parts of the GOP, has several months
to win over conservative voters (and we already
know he runs strong with Independents),
while the Democrats are tearing each other down.
It's a nightmare--and it doesn't seem
like there is a perfect solution.
Nightmare is a good name for what we're going thru
and will continue going thru for the foreseeable future.
I wish I was a religious man.
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