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Inside the Tent: Reconciling the Democrats

August 25, 2008

Inside the Tent’s Kathleen Miller, a pledged Barack Obama delegate for Maryland, talks to Hillary Clinton supporter Marsha Massey about whether it’s possible to unite the Democratic Party.

Reuters Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in Denver and St. Paul, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. Miller is not a Reuters employee and any opinions expressed are her own.

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FOR MANY YEARS, CAROLINE KENNEDY HAS WANTED HER PRIVACY. WE RESPECTFULLY GAVE IT TO HER.

I’M ANGRY THAT SHE NOW WANTS TO STEP OUT AND TELL US WHO TO VOTE FOR —- SHE AND HER UNCLE ‘SWIMMER’ TEDDY NEED TO STAY IN THE BACKGROUND.

THEY, ALONG WITH THE RADICAL DNC MEMBERS, STABBED HILLARY IN THE BACK.

ONE OF THE FUNNIEST THINGS I’VE HEARD ALL YEAR WAS WHEN OBAMA WAS ASKED IN AN INTERVIEW WHAT MAKES A GOOD VP? AND HE SAID “EXPERIENCE” — ISN’T THAT A HOOT!?

FROM THE MAN WITH LESS EXPERIENCE THAN EVERYBODY — SUDDENLY, IT IS ALL ABOUT QUALIFICATIONS!

WELL, YOU KNOW FOLKS, THAT IS HOW THOSE LEFTIST OPERATE. YOU GOTTA AGREE TO BRING THEM ON BOARD WITH LESS QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE, BUT WHEN IT IS THEIR TURN TO HELP YOU — SUDDENLY, THEY HOLD FIRM TO THE MOST RIDICULOUS STANDARDS.

BIDEN DOESN’T HELP THE TICKET — HILLARY HAD 18 MILLION SUPPORTERS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE WILL VOTE FOR A PRESIDENT — NOT A VICE PRESIDENT!

JOHN MCCAIN IN 2008 — HILLARY IN 2012!

 

Obama runs as an “outsider” espousing a “transcendent politic” of “change, and then he chooses of all people… Biden! Obama isn’t mendacious, just mediocrity misplaced

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OBAMA WANTS THE WHITE HOUSE . BUT WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE WHEN HE IS IN THERE . HE SMOKES , HOW DO YOU GO OUTSIDE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.THEN THE DRAPES AND THE FURNITURE, EVERY THING IS GOING TO HVE STAINS ON OR BURNT MARKS/ I DONOT THINK WE SHOULD VOTE HIM IN.THE KENNEDYS ARE THE ONES PUSHING HIM IN , TED K CANNOT RUN SO THE NEXT BEST THING IS TO BE BEHIND THE SCENES RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT.
HEY TED WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Posted by meg nisti | Report as abusive
 

I hope there are more Hillary supporters like the woman in the video. She apparently understands that she did not get exactly as she wanted, but is willing to think about what would still be best for our country and not hand it over to another Bush-esque candidate.
Voting for John McCain out of spite makes as much sense as putting your left shoe on your right foot. It doesn’t! Take some time, forget the primaries and look at the two candidates. Find the pros and cons, then decide. Should you all vote just out of spite for Obama, then I would hope that this poor choice would not lead our country into another ridiculous 8 years, which is likely.
Obama is the better of the two candidates. Should any of you want another 4 years of the same crap we have had for the past eight, then please vote for McCain. Just know that you are bringing us all down with you and once we hit rock bottom, it will be hard to get back.

Posted by Taboga | Report as abusive
 

I agree with Taboga. If you voters can change to vote for republican so easily, how about we suggest to Clinton that she just run for the Republican ticket in 2012. It seems for you flipping sides is just that easy, why can’t it be for her. She won’t because she still has her values. I suggest all you chip-on-the-shoulder Clinton supporters that you should take que from Clinton and stick to your values, instead of sabotaging Obama’s chance (and to make history) just because you didn’t get your way.

Posted by Joseph | Report as abusive
 

I suspect many of the most acidic “Hillaryites” posting here are actually GOP trolls. Obama may not be perfect, but he’s very obviously a much closer match to Clinton’s policy thinking than is McCain. If you vote for McCain out of spite, I hope you enjoy the resulting Supreme Court decisions over the next twenty years.

Posted by daveH | Report as abusive
 

TO me the conundrum is this: The country has always run best when the branches are controlled by opposing parties, and worst when the branches are controlled by the same party.

It is an almost certainty that Congress will be overwhelmingly Democratic after the election. Do you vote for McCain to balance off the opposition, or vote for Obama with the certainty that what little is left of the US Treasury will be drained off by Congressional thieves of the Democratic persuasion? Yes, yes, the Republicans have proven to be the best in history at destroying a major economy and lining their pockets – the two parties are equal in their corruptness, they just differ as to which pockets get stuffed.

Obama is, like it or not a ‘weak’ person, he prefers compromise and in that we risk not only the certainty of Democratic pillage, and rape, but also a continuation of some of the more egregious scams by the Republicans which are already in place.

At this point depending upon who Mccain chooses as VP(because I am willing to bet he dies in office, of natural causes) will determine whether I vote for him, or simply leave the Presidential box blank. I will vote against every incumbent irrespective of pary, which translates into my voting for mostly Democrats in all the lower boxes.

In fact that is my longterm solution: Vote against every incumbent in every election, no matter if the incumbent is your son-in-law or yourself.

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