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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-16-08 11:47 PM
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18. There are some people that are just a bit too passionate about their primary candidate
Most of the disruption on this forum during the primaries came from trolls. Proud2bMurkin was an example of this. That said there were supporters on both sides who got a far too personally involved in the primary fights.

I spent a month of my life working my ass off on Obama's campaign and all that time I was psyching myself up to get behind Hillary Clinton if Obama should lose (which after New Hampshire seemed like more than a 50% chance). A lot of people on both sides weren't preparing themselves, however.

For Clinton supporters I think there's a sense that she has paid her dues to the Democratic Party and that Obama had no right after just two years in the Senate to come in and take the nomination. Of course the McGovern-Frasier Commission specifically designed the primary system so that anybody can just come onto the scene and get the nomination without paying their dues to the party establishment. I think this is a good thing. The Republicans put a high premium on seniority and it gives them candidates like Bob Dole and John McCain.

For Obama supporters it was all about the Iraq War Resolution which frankly is the most divisive thing that has happened to the Democratic Party in recent history. And that was by design. The resolution was put to a vote before the 2002 elections specifically so that Democrats would have to go on the record and either piss off a large segment of their base or piss off the majority of the country that was in support of the war at the time. Roughly half of the Democrats in the Senate voted YEA and half voted NAY. Paul Wellstone is a hero in the eyes of many for having the courage to vote NAY and then go back home and run for re-election against an extremely well funded Bush crony and many feel that the Democrats who didn't have the courage to do that are spineless wimps.

I think that day wasn't really one of the finest moments for many Democrats including Senator Clinton but I also know that people aren't perfect and politicians are politicians. Clinton would still be far superior to John McCain and anybody who thinks otherwise is delusional. I don't share the hatred of Clinton due to the IWR but I do see where it's coming from.

Anyway I wouldn't stress over it. OzarkDem and Tellurian aren't representative of any population group. They were very hardcore Hillary supporters who simply could not bring themselves to respect Obama. Their numbers are negligible as indicated by recent polling.
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