The DNC, Barack Obama, and his followers just don’t seem to get it. There are a lot of very upset people, and they are not about to fall into line all that easily. P.U.M.A. (“Party Unity My Ass”) is just one of scores of emerging groups that want far more satisfaction than a few nice after-the-fact words about their candidate and her campaign. And to those who claim her supporters are poor losers don’t get it either.
This angry resistance may go go in different directions when it comes to who, if anyone, they say they will support in November, but their passionate outrage is united when it comes to number of very serious issues.
Virtually all are concerned about the sexism (imagine strong-arming a candidate who got 18 million votes and more pledged delegates in the larger and swing states being complained about by old, grey, male candidates of yesteryear who went to the convention with far fewer delegates in their pockets), the undemocratic and flawed caucus system that suffered from numerous reported incidents of fraud, the Michigan and Florida slap in voters’ faces, the disrespect heaped on Hillary Clinton from so many within the party as well as the DNC, and the malevolent treatment of many of her followers by mean-spirited Obama supporters.
Will the DNC pay attention in time to create at least a partial reversal of its lost party members? If Democrats remains split and the votes are not there for Obama come this fall, it will not be because of Hillary Clinton—it will be because the DNC failed to learn critical lessons about how it goes about doing its business and how it views and treats many millions of Democratic voters.