Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Back off, man -- I'm not a political scientist

My message to the old hands of America's Democratic Party: butt out.

This is our election and not yours. We might take your sage advice if it hadn't proven so bad over the past eight years. We lost the presidential elections in 2000 and 2004 because you cautioned caution instead of fighting the Republican Slime Machine. Many of you were in the House and Senate in 2002 and 2003 and bought Bush's load of crap about weapons of mass destruction. Some of you are still in Congress, waffling over war funding and constitutional rights and torture and health care reform.

Why should we listen when you advise us that a long-drawn-out battle between Clinton and Obama is bad for the party when, in reality, it allows all of us to play a role in the selection of the best candidate? You'd prefer that all this messy caucus and primary stuff in the hinterlands would end so you could play your superdelegate card and trump us all. Before the Clinton primary wins on Tuesday, some of the Dem superdelegates (senators, governors, etc.) were saying that Hillary should drop out of the race for the good of the party. See how much they know?

So back off. We are calling voters and walking neighborhoods for our candidate. Mine is Obama; my wife's is Clinton. On Saturday we caucus. And then we keep on marching to the convention.

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