Hillaryis44.com is a dark and scary place. There is where you will find the true believers, the hardcore Hillary faithful, who worship her with a white-heat intensity. They meet at the Church of Hillary to commiserate with each other as they desperately cling to the idea that maybe, just maybe, Mother Hillary will find a way to take them all to the promised land.
Hillaryis44.com is a closed society. You will find no dissenting voices there. Hillary is the goddess and Barack Obama is the devil, a point they attempt to prove by spending day after day viciously smearing the presumptive nominee in a way that is eerily and ironically similar to the right-wing attacks directed at Bill and Hillary over the years.
As the idea that all their efforts may be for naught begins to sink in, they are going in a new direction, attempting to organize a boycott of the Democratic party by staying home or voting for John McCain over Barack Obama. They make the argument that Obama in not electable and then attempt to prove their point by stating their intention to not vote for him — a classic example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Some Hillary supporters (her husband chief among them) have resorted to thinly-veiled extortion, saying that they may be willing to support Obama, but only if Hillary is offered the Veep position. Such a threat puts Obama in a no-win position. If he picks her, he'll look like a pushover who caved to pressure, but if he doesn't pick her, he risks losing the support of the Hillary crowd.
For the gang at Hillaryis44.com, the reason that their heroine has fallen on hard times is not that her campaign has been badly mismanaged. It's because she is the victim of sexism and misogyny by the media and anyone else who does not see the light of their cause. Of course, they don't talk about the incredibly vicious attacks that she and her supporters have unleased on Obama during the course of the campaign, mocking and belittling him, even going so far as to suggest that the Republican nominee is better qualified to be president. They are not in the least concerned that such attacks may damage Obama and the Democratic party – their party – in the general election.
Of course, what's remarkable about this attitude is the glaring short-sightedness it represents. Here is a group of people who, in a fit of pique, are willing to abandon their chosen party and the principles it represents because the candidate of their choice was not selected to be the party's nominee. Never mind that everything they believe in could be overturned by a Supreme Court rendered even more conservative by John McCain. Never mind that McCain represents a party whose leaders, ideas, and principles have created unmitigated disasters for the country. What's important to them is that they exact their revenge.
In my book, anyone who would so easily abandon their party just because they're miffed that their candidate lost is not a true Democrat.
The fact that some Democrats have indicated a willingness to cross over to the dark side and vote for McCain in November is, of course, a concern. Most observers, though, believe that the party will unite behind Obama and the dissenters will eventually come to represent a small, insignificant minority. Much will depend on Hillary Clinton and her enthusiasm or lack thereof towards Obama's candidacy.
The bottom line is this: Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee for president. The historic nature of his candidacy will make for an exciting contest in the fall. His ability to attract Republicans and independents will boost his chances. Hopefully, the Hillary worshippers will come to realize that the Democratic party is bigger than just one person. It represents ideals and principles that are bigger than just one person. Hillary's diehard supporters should celebrate the fact that her historic candidacy, even in defeat, has opened doors for other women (maybe even Hillary) to walk through in future election years. They should join with Hillary and their party to help take back the White House.Powered by Sidelines