Some have been claiming that the unwillingness of some Libertarians to actively undermine the party with baseless criticisms, despite the less-than-perfect nominee we received, represents “treason” or a “lack of principle.”
They’re not paying attention. Many of us are supporting the party despite our very public misgivings about the presidential ticket.
Compare that attitude to the dressing down that Democrats, angry that Hillary Clinton — who won the popular vote in the Democrat contest — is getting from former Hillary delegates.
It seems that a large number of Hillary’s uppity 18 million supporters are getting a bit too uppity for the “superdelegates,” and the superdelegates are letting their irritation with the little people show.
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
The “party primaries” gave Clinton the lead — it was caucuses and the DNC’s shenanigans, opposed to the will of a majority of Democrat voters, that made Obama the putative “winner.”
But most amusingly, consider the demand that Democrats “support Barack Obama without conditions or demands.”
I certainly haven’t made a similar request of Libertarians. Neither have Steve Kubby and other prominent Libertarians who have decided to continue backing the vast majority of Libertarian candidates — while noting and criticizing the Libertarian top ticket when it’s wrong.
Those who have criticized Libertarians for not immolating the top of the ticket should consider our party’s relative conditions. We have a thriving group of enthusiasts for Barr, nominal supporters for the LP delegation’s decision (like Kubby and myself), and a large group of “anybody but Barr” activists — all of whom are active and important constituents of the Libertarian Party.
Democrats, on the other hand, not only had no opportunity to have a voice in who was picked for their nomination — having their voices overridden by the Democratic National Committee — but has also suffered the indignity of arrogant insiders smothering their voices and demanding they support the ticket “without conditions or demands.”
Yet another reason why I am a Libertarian. The contrast is stark.