Obama should drop out

No I don’t think this should be the case. However, a recent development has occurred whereby a woman that posts regularly posts on dailykos has resigned for what she deemed as unfair bias against her preferred candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton. Here is an excerpt from her open letter to the blogosphere.

I’ve been posting at DailyKos for nearly 4 years now and started writing diaries in support of Hillary Clinton back in June of last year.  Over the past few months I’ve noticed that things have become progressively more abusive toward my candidate and her supporters. I’ve put up with the abuse and anger because I’ve always believed in what our on-line community has tried to accomplish in this world.  No more. DailyKos is not the site it once was thanks to the abusive nature of certain members of our community.

I’ve decided to go on “strike” and will refrain from posting here as long as the administrators allow the more disruptive members of our community to trash Hillary Clinton and distort her record without any fear of consequence or retribution.  I will not be posting at DailyKos effective immediately.  I will not help drive up traffic or page-hits as long as my candidate – a good and fine DEMOCRAT – is attacked in such a horrid and sexist manner not only by other diarists, but by several of those posting to the front page.

Instead, I will put my energy into posting at sites where my efforts aren’t routinely trashed, spammed and ridiculed by a handful of angry, petty and spiteful folks who clearly have too much time on their hands.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have donated money to the Obama campaign but this letter has taken a life of its own and I disagree with the tone and direction of this letter. I don’t know if this letter is a coordinated effort on the part of the Clinton team but that is beside the point. The fact is that this letter plays into playing up the victim status on the part of the Clinton campaign along with serving as a legitimizing factor in making people believe that Obama winning the nomination will divide the party. First and foremost, no matter who wins, the loser’s supporters will be upset. Secondly, let’s just assume that Hillary Clinton said that she was not going to participate in any more debates because she felt she was being unfairly attacked. Are there sexist attacks against Clinton? Yes. Are there racist attacks against Obama? Yes. However, while two wrongs do not make a right, choosing to not engage in important public debates is not an effective way to squelch the flames of sexism and racism that have permeated the climate of this Democratic nomination.

The effect of this letter (intentional or not) will have the same impact as Hillary’s tearing up before the NH primary; attracting the sympathy vote and painting Obama as using unfair tactics in his quest for the nomination.

Moreover, if there are good Democrats willing to be unengaged (interestingly enough as Obama prepares to win the nomination) before the contest is complete shows me that there will be interesting deflections from good Democrats more willing to allow a McCain victory than galvanize behind Obama. I really want Obama to go all the way but the bile that will spew from good Democrats will more than likely be more hateful than anything the Republicans could think up.

I hate how some Democrats take so much pleasure in losing.

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.


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2 responses to “Obama should drop out”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Thank goodness you wrote this because I think that the implantation of these subliminal messages “Hillary as the underdog-victim” is translating into her winning big states. I think it is a very great political strategy because people tend to support someone/something they see as an underdog.

    Also, I think you’re right that people won’t rally behind whomever wins the nomination because Hillary supporters are already giving up and Obama supporters might feel like all of this is being used as a way to “steal the nomination” from him or put the pressure on him to drop out. I really believe the latter because some Democrats feel like he divided the party by entering the race, anyway. Go figure.

    Whatever happens I feel like African Americans will be blamed if the Democrats lose the election to McCain. Because the assumption is that Obama supporters are all Black. And the reality is that African-Americans have survived so much (slavery, Reagan, both the Bushs’) that some might not turn out to vote in November.

    What I would love is for the media to report information from both Clinton and Obama supporters instead of tailoring to the “victimization phenomanom” of Clinton. Who said that the media was hostile to her and soft on Obama?

  2. jake says :


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