For the sake of the Democratic Party, I hope Hillary Clinton put the PUMA’s down last night with her speech in Denver. I just listened to a recording of it and it wasn’t bad at all – she has thrown her weight fully behind Obama and challenged supporters of her campaign to do the same. I say “for the sake of the Democratic Party”, but if these PUMA’s really are Democrats, well just watch Chris Matthew’s brief interview with two of ’em and determine for yourself if they really should should be suffered to live considered a serious political force:
The woman on the left in the video is actually the co-founder of the Clintons 4 McCain organization. She has that angry look of the momentarily deranged throughout the piece, and resorts to all but “nyah nyah nyah” when challenged for evidence of her claims. I hope she enjoys her fifteen minutes, though she comes off like an absolute idiot. (Actually, if she wants to extend her moment in the spotlight, FoxNews might be interested.) If these guys are not funded by the Necropublicans directly, they certainly are on the side.
If Clinton’s speech last night is the first step in uniting the party before the November elections, it is only the first step – Clinton’s campaign fought hard, but it fought low and those wounds are harder to heal on both sides. Hillary badly damaged her political capital by hanging on for an appeal to the decision on Michigan and Florida, a decision she initially supported, and the mud-slinging all but destroyed what’s left of Bill’s legacy. (Not to mention providing fodder for later GOP attacks.) Getting up in front of the convention and stating her support for Obama has got to be hard, but she did it, and if she can follow up with active campaigning on his behalf, then maybe there is hope that all but the most freakish of the PUMA’s will come onboard by November.