Ok, this will be my last comments on what I consider to be a very unfortunate aspect of the history of the last general election. For those of you who don’t know what P.U.M.A. (party unity my ass) is, they are a small (very small) group of Hillary Clinton supporters who two years after the fact nurse a falsely inspired resentment that somehow the party nomination was stolen away from Mrs. Clinton and handed to Barack Obama. They are easy to spot in case you don’t know how. They brag on blogs two years after they fact that wrote Hillary’s name in when they voted in 2008, they pause in the middle of conversations and sigh and say things like “I was just thinking how it would be if Hillary had won”. They say stupid things like “Well you know Bill would have put on a wet suit and dove down to stop the oil spill in the gulf” or every time an opening comes up on the Supreme Court they ponder if the president will nominate her. They are also fond of engaging in irony (though it escapes them) by pointing to Obama supporters and calling them “Obamabots”. Now don’t get me wrong, I by no means mean to imply that all who supported Hillary are P.U.M.A., just a small few who have decided to elevate the Clintons to deity status. Also understand that being P.U.M.A. has nothing to do with the Clintons themselves. Oh one other point, P.U.M.A will never admit to being P.U.M.A.
The fact of that matter was that after the last election many Ps (I’m tired of typing out P.U.M.A.) envisioned that they were going to become a power block within the DNC, very much in the manner of what has happened with the Teabaggers and the GOP. It couldn’t happen and it didn’t happen, for a very simply reason, it was not in the best of interest of the Clintons themselves to be seen as alternate power center within the party. The lesson of Teddy (god bless him) in ‘80 was not lost on either Bill or Hillary. Hillary had a choice to make, she could either get on board or spend her remaining political career as a senator from NY lacking seniority within that body. Fortunately for us, she choice the later and accepted the president’s invitation to become Sect. of State and is doing a bang up job of it. But here’s the thing the the P crowd needs to start thinking about, we are swiftly coming up on the mid-term elections and after that the presidential election cycle will begin anew. The Ps are going to have to decide to side with this Democratic president or side with the Republicans, the choice is yours. Discussions of what happened in 2008 do nothing to advance a liberal (progressive) agenda, the re-election of Barack Obama does.