We've all heard the phrase recently in relation to the Obama campaign. We've all probably seen the articles that describe Obama Comedown Syndrome. Well, I find myself waking up on March 5, 2008 and I'll be honest. I'm damn well feeling some buyer's remorse. Read on.
Oh – just to clarify up front, my buyer's remorse is not regret over supporting Sen. Barack Obama. The past four days have validated virtually every negative thought I've ever had about the Democratic Party. I don't know whether it was the Hillary camp trying as hard as they can to foster the "But he's a Negro!!" backlash with the way they doctored the debate video, the shameless lying both in campaign ads and in personal appearances (Congresswoman Tubbs Jones D-OH on TV saying that she thinks that Barack should be proud to wear the clothing of his homeland), the way the Obama campaign bungled CanadaNAFTAGate, the "Vote for me or your babies will die!!!" ad or the "No, vote for ME or your babies will die, because she is already helping your babies die!!" counter ad, or the legions of the soon-to-be dead that are keeping the Empress's hopes alive and ensuring that the Party will destroy their chances of winning in November.
I can't pick just one. But role them all up and I have to be honest. I cannot believe what a bunch of losers this party is made up of. Are they afraid to win? Why do they try so hard to lose? Hillary runs around claiming that the real Democrats are voting for her. That's all well and good. Haven't we already proven time and again that there aren't enough real Democrats to get anyone elected?
To get elected President you need three things: 1) most of your party faithful; 2) a plurality of independents; and 3) as many of your opponent's party faithful as you can poach. Or you need your opponent to get completely screwed over by a spoiler like Perot 92 or Nader 00.
Forget delegate counts. Forget superdelegate counts. Hillary Clinton is not going to get those Independents in an election against John McCain. Hillary Clinton is not going to get Republicans in an election against John McCain. Hillary Clinton isn't going to get the legion of votes that Obama has been getting from the youth movement that he's started (although it's doubtful that McCain would pick those up). Every day that goes by, every negative attack ad she runs, and every lie she tells – she will lose votes from the party faithful that were in the Obama camp.
This primary cycle has reminded me of something, and taught me something new. It's reminded me why I loathe the Democratic Party. It's also taught me something new. I realize now that I hate old people. To quote the great Smoove_B, a kindler and gentler human being than I: "There was a picture I saw last night that was all silver-haried boomers standing around waving hillary signs. If the silver-tsunami boomers put her into office I can only sleep well at night knowing they'll all be dead soon. And I'll vote against generous health care for them to make it happen sooner."
I hold no particular grudge against Obama, and I still like him as a candidate and as a human being (from what I can tell). I don't know that I can vote for his party, even if he is the nominee. They are a band of losers, committed to finding new ways to squander the opportunities in front of them. For what? Some undeserving shrew that has hood-winked people into thinking that it's her turn? How did it get to be the turn of a one-term junior Senator from NY? Isn't that kind of language reserved for dinosaurs like Bob Dole that have been serving since the Madison Administration?
I would like to stress that as far as I know, it is not the collective position of Popehat to hope that all old people die already and stop meddling with our future. But at least Smoove is with me.