Sorry, Hillary. Your 2008 PUMA Die-Hards Aren’t That Into You Anymore
To thunderous applause and with a hint of resignation, Hillary Clinton stood on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and motioned for the approval of Barack Obama as the party’s nominee by acclamation.
Meanwhile, a few hundred feet from the Pepsi Center in Denver, a small but likewise uproarious group held protest signs. These weren’t Republicans, but Democrats, furious that it was Clinton nominating Obama and not the other way around.
The PUMAs—which, depending on the temperament of the person asked, stood for People United Means Action or, more likely, Party Unity My Ass—were a group of disillusioned, mostly Democratic voters who protested the nomination of then-Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic Party nominee in 2008. In their view, party leadership machinations (remember the “super delegates?”) robbed Clinton of the nomination.
In the weeks between Obama surpassing the delegate threshold and his formal nomination at the convention, these PUMAs appeared dozens of times on cable news to defend Clinton and to promise mischief at the nominating convention and in the general election. Their anger epitomized a wider unrest that has been mostly forgotten as Obama went on to win two general elections: In the days before the convention, only 47 percent of Clinton supporters said they were certain to vote for Obama.
In the years since, it seems, some of the PUMAs—once Hillary loyalists to the core—remain unwed to the idea of supporting Clinton in 2016. Others remain so angry at how the party treated her in 2008 they won’t consider voting for a Democrat in 2016—not even for Clinton.
There is a bunch more, but the author gets a bunch of stuff wrong and leaves some of the most important stuff out, so I’m just gonna skip it. I did, however, want to talk about this comment:
They both got around 18 million votes each. It was a close and hard fought election but Hillary lost. Get over it already. The Democrats won in 2008 and 2012. We have the PPACA, 20 million people now have insurance, the stock market has more than doubled, the unemployment rate has plummeted.
As I said I support Hillary now. Isn’t that what matters now? In fact she will have a greater impact on America than Obama because she will consolidate Democratic gains AND likely replace 3 Supreme Court Justices.
It is all up to her now. Yes, I get you wish she was just finishing her second term but the Clintons (ie Bill) has a potential for unforced errors and scandals, I would rather those happen when the demographics are even greater in Democrats favor instead of a Clinton fatigue burying the Democrats next year. Bill is also likely to be a lot more mellow as he ages.
As most of you remember, things weren’t all peachy keen in the Democratic primary long before they stole our votes and gave them to Barack Obama. The Great Purge at Cheetoville took place in December 2007 and January 2008, when Hillary supporters were driven out of their blogospheric homes by abusive mobs of unhinged Obama supporters. I was a liberal Democrat for over 20 years and regular at Buffoon Juice for two years but suddenly I became persona non grata because I refused to drink the Obama Koolaid.
That is how most PUMA originally blogs got started – as refuges for Hillary supporters. They were Hillary blogs before they became PUMA blogs. We had to monitor and moderate our threads very closely because of Obot trolls harassing us.
But that’s not all. I live in California and I voted for Hillary Clinton in our primary which she won by nearly 10 points. But at the convention she didn’t get a single delegate from California during the roll call. My vote was stolen. Stolen by Democrats.
So no, I WON’T “get over it.”