Axlerod, Pelosi, Dean (and the rest of the gang) rigged the primary process in favor of Obama. Whatever their reasons, whatever their plans, they never factored in the PUMA movement. They never figured their duplicitous actions would generate such an outcry. They (mistakenly) assumed after 8 insufferable years of Bush ineptitude, we would willingly support anyone they ‘selected’ for us. We were supposed to behave like good little democrats and toe the party line without question. That’s what they expected, wanted, and now demand from us.
We did something they never anticipated and it’s why they are so angry, scared, and horrible to us now. They never imagined we could connect with each other, unite together, and take a hard firm stand for democratic principles over the democratic party. It’s never been done like this before. They could never have imagined an organized group forming in such a short time.
We ‘deadender holdouts’ are standing in the way of their plan advancing. That’s why they are so angry with us. We are an obstacle they can’t get around or push aside on their path to whatever end goal they envisioned. We dare to question them. We dare to dream of better leadership and a more qualified nominee than the one they keep pushing us to embrace.
Apparently the dem leadership thinks it’s time for tough love action to bring us wayward PUMAs back inline. I’m referring to the insulting letter drafted by Don Fowler, former head of the DNC and Alice Germond, RBC member, which made me so mad, it’s taken me almost 2 days to calm down enough to even write about it.
Don Fowler’s letter has clearly backfired. When you tell PUMAs to support Obama without ‘conditions or demands’, you seem to overlook that elected officials work for the people! It’s a shocking concept I know, but they are accountable to us. As active citizens with an interest in our government, we should have demands, expectations, and conditions for all elected officials working in government. No candidate should ever have total blind support from the electorate. No elected official should ever be totally and completely above the will of the people in all things at all times without question. No party leadership should ever ask or require voters to comply with such an outrageous demand. It’s absurd. It’s also partly why the PUMA movement formed in the first place. We want to protect and preserve democratic principles from the insanity of common day politics.
Don Fowler and Alice Germond may have earned a few points with the cool Obama insiders, but they have only made PUMAs mad, motivated, and doubly determined to vote conscience over party. PUMAs continue to say ‘NO DEAL’and actions like this letter will only continue to backfire on the dem leadership trying to force PUMAs into blind obedience.
Here is the sorry pathetic letter in full:
Dear Democratic Friends:
2008 is a Democratic year-at all levels in all the states. The opportunity is ours. We just have to seize it.
We experienced an exciting, intense, sometimes difficult, campaign to nominate our presidential candidate. Now it’s over. Barack Obama won.
I supported Hillary Clinton and am proud and pleased that I did. But she lost. Barack Obama won. It’s over.
It is time for all Democrats, supporters of Senator Clinton and all other contenders for the nomination, to stand with him to secure his election and the election of Democrats at all levels of competition.
I must confess a bit of fatigue and irritation with people who continue to carp, complain, and criticize the results of the primary and lay down conditions for their support. The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t establish conditions to recognize the Boston Celtics as NBA Champions; Roger Federer did not demand concessions before recognizing that Rafael Nadal defeated him at Wimbledon.
It is time to act in a mature and resourceful fashion. It’s time to put the primaries behind us. It’s time to support Barack Obama without conditions or demands.
It’s time to WIN for Barack Obama, the Democratic Party, America, and our future. We have an unparalleled opportunity. I hope we will all do everything we can to seize the moment.
See you at the Inauguration.
DNC Member At-Large, South Carolina
Former Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Secretary, Democratic National Committee