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I coach young children in team sports.  I teach them that there are two important life lessons which you will learn playing sports.  One is the notion of “teamwork” – working with and depending on others.  The second lesson is that in each game there is a winning team and a losing team.   When you walk off the field or the court, act with grace and dignity whatever the outcome.

Maureen Dowd’s coach missed the second lesson.   Apparently, many of Senator Obama’s other surrogates seem to have missed out on this life lesson as well.

We all have our struggles in life.  We have good times and bad.  We do things that we later regret.  We make mistakes.

But there is one thing that cannot be forgiven – the hubris that comes along with being a sore winner.

I have been at a loss since Senator Clinton suspended her campaign.  I could not understand how Senator Obama and his surrogates could think that by belittling , degrading and bullying millions of Democratic men and women, that this would somehow unite the party?  I just could not grasp where they were coming from.

And the polls bore out the same.  When Senator Clinton first suspended her campaign, a CNN poll showed that 60% of her 18 million voters would move to Senator Obama.  A month later, in early July, that number had actually dropped to 54% – meaning that 46% of Senator Clinton’s voters were not planning to vote for Senator Obama – shocking?  Well, no.

Instead of reaching out and unifying the party, Senator Obama told us: “get over it.”  He acted aloof towards Senator Clinton’s donors in meetings.   At a house party in New York in late June, one of Senator Obama’s top female aides told a group of women:  “We’re not used to this drama.”  He selected Patty Solis Doyle to be chief of staff to his yet to be named vice president.  Salt and more salt in open wounds.

But the degradation did not stop there.  There was the letter from Don Fowler and Alice Germond in mid July about their “fatigue and irritation.”  There were the daily diatribes by Obama surrogates calling us:  “childish,”  “move on already,” “angry bunch of women.”

Hmmm.  I find myself still puzzled by this Obama Campaign strategy; but I continued to read the polls.

Senator Obama is the first Democratic candidate for president in 20 years that is actually BEHIND the Republican nominee with women over 40.  Typically, a Democratic candidate can count on a 10-15 point lead with this demographic; but Senator Obama is BEHIND Senator McCain by 4 points in a recent Fox Poll.  And in a Zogby Poll done in early August, among all women, Senator McCain closed 10 points on Senator Obama since early July.

But, okay.  Clearly the Obama Campaign knows something that I don’t.  They must have a strategy here.  Surely degrading, belittling and bullying voters will make them want to come aboard.  Right?

And now back to our gal Maureen Dowd, who this past Sunday came out with yet another of her blistering attacks on women.  This time rather than vilify Senator Clinton herself, we Clinton supporters got a turn to be the target.   The first sentence of her editorial reads:  “It is a truth universally acknowledged that Barack Obama must continue to grovel to Hillary Clinton’s dead-enders, some of whom mutter darkly that they will  not only not vote for him, they will never vote for a man again.”   First off, I would like to point out that Maureen copied the words “Clinton dead-enders” from a much younger and more talented writer, Michelle Goldberg of The New Republic who wrote an article in early June titled 3 A.M For Feminism:  Clinton dead-enders and the crisis of the women’s movement.  Michelle’s piece is thoughtful and insightful – not a sling full of mud.  Second, Barack Obama does not have to continue anything – he and his surrogates need to START acting with dignity and grace – not act like sore winners.  And lastly, we are hardly muttering that we will never vote for a man again.  We are ready, willing and able to vote for a qualified man.  We voted for Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry to name a few.  And, if Maureen et al continue to degrade us, belittle us, bully us, and act as sore winners, we will once again be voting for a man  – Senator McCain!

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Wonders TIME in a long article starting with simo fish videos

“For so many of my supporters, just like so many of Barack’s supporters, this was a first-time investment of heart and soul and money and effort and sleepless nights and miles of travel,” Clinton said. “You just don’t turn it off like that.”

Those comments—now playing in clips on YouTube—speak not only to the bruised feelings of Clinton’s many supporters. Embedded in those remarks, say friends and advisers, are hints of Clinton’s own feelings

after noting that she is doing all she can to helo B0’s campaign, the article insists that

“I’m doing all I know to do,” she insists. But behind the united front, says an adviser, “it’s not a great relationship, and it’s probably not going to become one.” In private conversations, associates say, Clinton remains skeptical that Obama can win in the fall.

Of course, selfish reasons are mentioned. then the fund raising

Clinton is also annoyed that Obama has yet to deliver on his end of an informal bargain, reached as part of their truce, that each would raise $500,000 for the other. “Hillary has done her part in that regard,” says an adviser. “Obama has not.”

and Tumulty shares our opinion that

Clinton has been giving tacit encouragement to suggestions that her name be placed in nomination at the convention,

seeing it as some evil scheme – obviously. Bill is mentioned

Meanwhile, if Hillary Clinton’s feelings are still bruised, her husband’s are positively raw.

The perfunctory pablum about B0 reaching out followed by the conclusion

Will a genuine reconciliation ever occur? Said a longtime Democrat with a foot in both camps: “Yes, but only at the convention.” Democrats worried about unifying the party before November are hoping that’s not too late.

Depends.

Some day, when the reporters will grow up, they’ll ask:

HAVE THE 18 MILLION  VOTERS GOTTEN OVER IT?


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Update

The news is on CNN now

Clinton supporters to stage ’18 Million Voices’ march

A grassroots organization of Hillary Clinton supporters has announced plans to march in Denver on the same day the New York senator is set to address her party’s faithful during the Democratic convention there.

Rocky Mountain news takes notice

Hillary supporters not giving up

Katherine Vincent, a staunch supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, sits on the porch of her Louisville home.

Hillary Clinton supporters will march through Denver during the Democratic National Convention to show appreciation for the New York senator’s historic primary run and urge the party to place her name in nomination.

The city issued a permit Tuesday to Colorado Women Count/Women Vote for a parade on Aug. 26 — the 88th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the date Clinton is rumored to be speaking at the DNC.

The group also will team with 18 Million Voices, a national organization of Clinton supporters, for a rally in a yet-to-be-determined Denver park.

And shock of shocks – we’re even called by name!

Nationwide, Clinton’s staunchest supporters refer to themselves as “PUMAs,” short for “Party Unity My A–.”

We are actually being called “passionate” rather than dizzy in the noodle:

Vincent is among those passionate followers who believe Clinton’s delegates have a right to vote for her at the convention.

After listing all the downers and perfuctory spin from Bo people the article ends with the rally organizers’ last word

Vincent is hopeful Clinton’s schedule that day also will include a stop by the rally — which she says will not include any messages that are anti-Obama or pro-John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

“We’re keeping it positive,” she said. “It’s a way of saying ‘Thank you Hillary, we appreciate what you’ve done.'”

Yup. Someone needs to celebrate 88 years of suffrage. Even in 2008.

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The last in the celebrity voley:

n the unkindest cut of all, McCain’s spokesperson Tucker Bounds tells TMZ that on the subject of energy, Paris is deeper than Barack. He says, “Sounds like Paris is taking the ‘All of the Above’ energy approach that John McCain has advocated — both alternatives and drilling. Perhaps the reality is that Paris has a more substantive energy plan than Barack Obama.”

referring to this video from Hilton

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