So there are people who voted for Hillary. Supported Hillary. Are committed to Hillary. And now they're pissed off at Obama. He won. She didn't. But they feel she's been dissed. Slighted. Not given her due. So now some of them are in Denver. They're proclaiming "Party Unity My Ass." Others of them are doing ads for McCain.
What's wrong with these people?
It all seems to come down to some sort of notion that can be encapsulated as "It was her time."
Um, last I checked, this is a place where we get to decide by casting ballots whether it is someone's "time" or not. Maybe they missed that part of their Civics class.
Couldn't it be argued that it was Bill Richardson's time? Or Chris Dodd's time? Or Dennis Kucinich's time? Or John Edwards's time—well, maybe not his, as he was busy taking care of some other business.
It is really rather sad. If they believe in equal rights, then isn't there an equal right to lose, just like those other guys?
Aren't these Hillary supporters actually pushing back their cause immeasurably? Aren't they feeding into the characterization of "girls" as "crybabies"?
"Hillary should have been vetted for veep!" they insist. Did it not occur to them that if anyone didn't need to have vetting it was Hillary? The woman has been under a microscope since her husband was first elected. Many people in McCain's party were going after her with anything they could get their hands on—remember Vince Foster, for example?—so if there were any skeletons in her closet, they were long on the scene.
She lost. She tried. She failed. That's the way it works.
So now they're going to support McCain? And how, precisely, does that make sense vis-à-vis changing the type of person who has been in office since the days of George Washington?
To be sure, they can vote for whomever they choose. And should McCain win, they can feel really proud of themselves.
But I wonder: If you need to pout, do you need to be in the arena?