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Courting Ridicule

Ms. Dowd strikes again, but this time she
takes aim
at the rogue HRC supporters, adding a new element. These anti
Obama zealots, according to Dowd, have also sworn off ever voting for a man. How predictable for Maureen Dowd to make this turn, given her own 1950s world view still hasn’t made the turn to the 21st century. Nevertheless, it’s yet another swipe at the determined who long ago turned ridiculous.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Barack Obama must continue to
grovel to Hillary Clinton’s dead-enders, some of whom mutter darkly
that they will not only not vote for him, they will never vote for a man again.

Obama met for an hour Tuesday with three dozen top Hillaryites at a hotel
here, seeking their endorsement and beguiling their begrudging. He opened
the session by saying that he knew there had been frustration about what they
saw as sexism during the primary.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Hillary die-hards want to enshrine a
whine in the Democratic platform about how the primaries “exposed pervasive
gender bias in the media” and call on party leaders to take “immediate
and public steps” to denounce any perceived bias in the future. That
is one nutty idea. …

No doubt the “dead-enders” phrase is going to make people mad. One
of the first places it showed up was in a
TNR headline
. Because I was quoted in that article saying something completely
different didn’t matter. I got tagged with originating the slap, with insults and smears flying ever since she lost. So it’s been for supporters in Clinton’s reality based world who dared to do exactly what Clinton herself has done: support Barack Obama.

All this hand wringing by former HRC supporters who can’t move on with grace
has now succeeded in nothing, except getting a bad name. That these same people won’t listen to reason isn’t because it hasn’t been offered and given in good faith. All that’s needed for a new energy burst is a phrase or video to send them screaming outrage again. The denial they court is too seductive in an echo chamber that promises hope, but only delivers deceit by offering claims of something that will not come. Their political naiveté, turned to desperation, now brings only embarrassment since they’re putting their own petty personal grievances before everything else, even Senator Clinton, while posturing that their anti Obama zealotry is something it’s not, which is obvious to see. They have also managed to take their cause and turn it into something
that gets snorts of disrespect that resembles disgust from most
Democrats, while Republicans smack their chops with anticipation, using them whenever the chance arises, which is whenever they’re asked.

The other thing that’s happened is that most of these rogue HRC supporters
have become what they hated most. They are as bad or worse as the Obama supporters during the
primaries who bombarded sites, especially this one, comment sections, hitting
bloggers with vitriol and hate screed emails, including posts written by the
unhinged comprised of such nonsensical gibberish that the vast majority of Democrats
trying to turn the Republicans out have come to disrespect them completely.

Effectiveness dies when no one is listening and instead, what once might have
been a mission has been made into a punch line or worse. A traffic driver at
a time when summertime laziness slows everything down and people simply take
advantage of the latest political train wreck in a season that stars Britney,
Paris, and McCain campaign ads channeling Charlton Heston as Moses.

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