Thursday, October 30, 2008

A speechwriter for Obama, Edwards, and Clinton on why she’s voting McCain.

This Democratic speechwriter may be late to the PUMA party, but she sees what so many of us do - how the party has become something ugly and unwelcoming. My conversion began in late winter. I hadn't vetted any of the candidates yet because there were too damn many of them. I was waiting for the herd to thin. when the sexist comments about Hillary's cleavage and her voice, the belittling, calling her a liar, got louder and uglier. As a woman, I began to feel compassion for her, and as a Democrat, I was enraged that the party didn't stand up to defend her.

Then Florida and Michigan were denied waivers but two other states got them, and they were stripped of their delegates. The caucus fraud began. Democratic voters made it clear who they supported with Clinton winning landslide victories in primaries. But the fix was in, and the DNC made sure it broke its own rules. SuperDelegates were bought off, and Clinton bowed to the inevitable and suspended her campaign.

I couldn't watch that charade in Denver. I refused to watch the best candidate stop the floor vote, as if her conscience simply made her demand that everyone back Obama, when we all know she was forced to do it for the sake of the Party.

Yet when Obama had the chance to unify us all, he didn't even consider Clinton as his running mate. He chose a man the rest of us had soundly rejected at the ballot box, repeatedly, this year and in previous years. A disgraced plagarizer was considered a better choice than someone who racked up more votes than any candidate in history. WTF?

If you question Obama, you are using the politics of distraction. Or you are a racist. Obama camp lies and the Party spins. The press covers for him. The Party kills its own for him. They engaged in backroom bargains, and turn a blind eye to the voter registration and caucus fraud. Now they are party to financial fraud on a massive scale, because of the Obama money laundering operation through his website where anyone with a valid credit card can repeatedly deposit money, under names like Saddam Hussein, Bill Ayres, and Ima Baddonation.

This speechwriter came later than I did to the painful realization that the Party she and I had supported all these years, was dead. What was left in its place, calling itself by the same name, was so far from the inclusive, welcoming, committed Party that stood up for real people that we knew, as to be unrecognizable.

Last night a very smart Ivy League professor sat in my living room, telling us how she is glued to CNN, how much she loves Obama. She is starry-eyed, as are so many who believe his lies and buy the hype. I didn't say a word to her because she can't hear it. I've lost friends this election cycle because they won't tolerate anyone criticizing Obama in their presence. I've never seen anything like this in my life. The day will come when even his most ardent supporters will see that the emperor has no clothes. He will sell them out again and again, break more promises, indulge his ego at their expense and, if he is elected president, he will lead us into financial ruin and destroy what is left of our standing in the world.

I encourage you to read this speechwriter's story and see for yourself how even an insider can wake up and realize she isn't in Kansas any more, and that the Oz around her is a colorful but dangerous place. Below is an excerpt:

The party I believed in wouldn’t look down on working people under any circumstance. And Joe the Plumber is right. This is the absolutely worst time to raise taxes on anyone: the rich, the middle class, the poor, small businesses and corporations.

Our economy is in the tank for many complicated reasons, especially because people don’t have enough money. So let them keep it. Let businesses keep it so they can create jobs and stay here and weather this storm. And yet, the Democratic ideology remains the same. Our approach to problems—big government solutions paid for by taxing the rich and big and smaller companies—is just as tired and out of date as trickle down economics. How about a novel approach that simply finds a sane way to stop the bleeding?

That’s not exactly the philosophy of a Democrat. Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign from Joe the Plumber to the bitter comments, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates. At first, certain Democrats and the press called Senator Clinton “dishonest.” They went after her cleavage. They said her experience as First Lady consisted of having tea parties. There was no outrage over “Bros before Hoes” or “Iron My Shirt.” Did Senator Clinton make mistakes? Of course. She’s human.

But here we are about a week out and it’s déjà vu all over again. Really, front-page news is how the Republican National Committee paid for Governor Sarah Palin’s wardrobe? Where’s the op-ed about how Obama tucks in his shirt when he plays basketball or how Senator Biden buttons the top button on his golf shirt?

...The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”

Having worked in politics, I know that absolutely none of this is on the level. This back and forth is posturing, a charade, and a political game. These lines are what I refer to as “hooker lines”—a sure thing to get applause and the press to scribble as if they’re reporting meaningful news.

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