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Clinton Texas Delegates On Board With Obama – Why Wouldn’t They Be?

In Are you kidding me?, Barack Obama, Democrats, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Politics, Women's Rights on August 29, 2008 at 10:38 am

Obama’s acceptance speech at last night Democratic National Convention not only brought the house down, but seemed to have eased some diehard Hillary Texas delegates.

Photo from the AP

From the Dallas Morning News:

Former Texas Democratic Party chairman Bob Slagle, a leading Hillary Rodham Clinton backer, said the Obama speech will help sway conservative independents.

“It’ll sell pretty damn well,” he said. “He spoke of individual responsibility, of government helping when it should and getting out of the way when it shouldn’t.”

Obama supporters said he hit all the high points, taking on issues they cared about and moved the ball forward.

“It was awesome,” said Fernando Villarreal of Waco. “He touched the heart of every American.”

Mr. Villarreal said he appreciated Mrs. Clinton and all she achieved. “But now, I’m 100 percent Obama,” he said.

And Barbara Rosenberg of Dallas, who came here with a heavy heart because it would not be her favorite candidate crowned, left Invesco Field at Mile High a little lighter.

“I’m happily on board,” she said. “He covered all the issues important to me – the ones why I supported Hillary. Now we’re going forward on all those issues with Obama.”

Even Lulu Flores, an ardent Clinton delegate from Austin and chairwoman of the National Women’s Political Caucus, said: “I’m getting there.”

“He was really good. And he said what I needed to hear,” she said.

The speech was a good start, but it wasn’t going to be the Hail Mary pass that won her completely over in the convention’s final seconds.

“It’s still a 12-step program. But now I’m past at least the second step,” she said.

The candidate of change was changing her, too, she acknowledged. “I’m ready to work for that change for all of us.”

This is good to hear seeing that I have yet to comprehend how someone who had supported Clinton would even consider changing party sides to vote for McCain. This past Tuesday, Clinton asked the DNC crowd:

“I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me?…Or were you in it for that young marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage?”

Those individuals who are still holding a grudge over Hillary’s defeat must come to the realization that they were only in it for themselves. Watching the convention (and yes, I watched all four nights) I saw several people who were crying and mad that Clinton was either not nominated, or the fact that Clinton herself spoke out during the Roll Call. These very same people were making statements like, “As a woman, she deserves to be president” and “She gave a presidential speech tonight; America has just shut the door on what women can accomplish.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Clinton DID open the door for women, inlcuding myself. I thank her for that. Look where we were 8 or even 4 years ago? She (or any other woman for that matter) would have never made it as far as she did in this election.

As Clinton herself stated:

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it…And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.”

If Clinton supporters are still willing to cross party lines on Election Day, then they have failed to accept what Clinton’s campaign brought to the table.

I’m all for being passionate for a candidate and taking a stand to support someone. But when one chooses to cross party lines because their candidate failed to get the party nomination, then that individual is being selfish and irrational.

If you were/are a Clinton supporter and considering trading in your vote for a McCain vote, think about who he may appoint to the Supreme Court over the next four years. Have you considered the Supreme Court? The Court affects each and every one of us. Think about civil rights and liberties, women’s (pro-choice) rights, a person’s right to marry regardless of one’s sexuality, and so on.

If you supported Clinton on these very things, then it is your duty and responsibility to vote her party ticket. If you are still so pissed off that she lost and are going to ‘get back at the democrats’ for not nominating a woman for president, then vote for McCain. Cast a vote for someone on the other party ticket that is Pro-Life (which seems to go against the whole ‘woman’ president thing) and who has the ability to pack the Supreme Court with individuals that support the same ideas as he does.

Can you see how this would be like spitting on Clinton’s campaign and not the democratic party? Can you?

Oh, and by the way…for those who have just decided to say, “Well screw it – I just won’t vote!” Oh boy…I can attack this in a whole new post. You’re not off the hook…

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall


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