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One of my favorite writers, Froma Harrop writes at RCP:

describing Hillary’s speech she notes:

To her diehard supporters who have yet to come home to Obama, she said: “I want you to ask yourselves. Were you in the campaign just for me?”

That’s the giveaway line, because for Hillary’s angry backers, the issue is no longer what was done to her. It was about what was done to them.

and she gives PUMA a shout out:

I spent the morning at the Denver headquarters of PUMA PAC, perhaps the best known of the anti-Obama Democratic groups

Darragh and Maryland PUMA are quoted.

“What will your members do when Hillary tells them to vote for Obama?” I asked Murphy.

“They will not vote for Obama,” she replied. “I can tell you that.”

Whether they will vote for John McCain is another matter. Murphy herself has not decided what she’ll do in November.

PUMA spokeswoman Shannon Rains is closer to going over to McCain. “I’ve been voting for 20 years,” the 39-year-old from Salisbury, Md., told me. “I’ve never ever looked at a Republican candidate. I am now.”

Then Froma shares a profound insight:

The Democrats clearly have a hooligan problem. It was as though their left-wingers suffered a kind of Karl Rove envy. They wanted to go on the attack, demonize a Clinton and hurl abuse at the Clinton’s friends. Only a year ago, Vanity Fair ran a cover story on how Clinton hatred had infected much of the right wing. The left seems to have grabbed the baton. And it apparently did not dawn on the Obama shock troops that they were offending the very people their man might someday need.

The Rovian right never made that mistake with non-candidates. It reserved its thuggery for people who would never vote for a Republican.

I remember madamab making this very point in one of her plays

ROVE (scornfully): And you believed me, didn’t you? Good God, no wonder you’ve lost so many elections, Donna. What kind of an idiotic strategy is that? You’ve let your most reliable voters become completely disenchanted with their Party. That’s something we Republicans would never do. We’re smart enough to disrespect our voters behind their backs, so they won’t find out how much we despise them! Election 101, Donna. When will you liberal elitists ever learn?

Which is why the GOP is “The Scary party” and the Dems “The Stupid party”

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