Obama, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi seem to have a big envy problem. And their problem seems to be that Democrats simply aren't Republicans. And wont shut up and act like them. They wish they would because you can almost hear them thinking that's the way to win a Presidential election since Republicans win most of them. But that has more to do with Democratic Party ineptitude at the top, massive miscalculation and incompetence and not really knowing what it takes to win as well as being afraid to just trust being honest. Just what we are seeing again. And, as Einstein has pointed out in his definition of insanity, it will surely bring the same results.
Only this time there is something of a revolt going on with more than half the party. And Obama, Dean, Pelosi, and Fowler can't understand it. They think just because you're a Democrat you're supposed to shut up and go along.But like everything else they think and do, they are being proved wrong.
For almost 8 years George W Bush not only initiated policies and judgements that visited the worst collection of man made catastrophe's ever visited on the United States by one President, (yes including Katrina which was made much worse because of the Bush administration's ineptitude) he also violated every conservative and Republican principle they have espoused for the last 150 years. And Republicans, for the most part ( with a few exceptions) kept their mouths shut.In fact Rush Limbaugh confessed after the Republicans lost congress that he was relieved because he didn't have to carry water for the Republicans anymore.
They were guilty of the worst thing a member of a political party can be guilty of -- putting their party ahead of their country. And 8 years of the Bush administration's policies shows how dangerous and destructive that can be.
That is exactly what the leadership of the Democratic party now wants from the party's majority who do not support Barack Obama. And they don't ( or won't) understand that those who refuse to support Obama are doing so because they are putting country and principle ahead of party and will refuse to sanction the subversion of Democratic principles that were the driving force behind the nominating process both during the primaries and, seemingly, at the convention.
But what Howard Dean,Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazile and other DNC leaders wish is that those not supporting Obama would be more like Republicans. Just keep your mouths shut and fall in line even if you believe that the candidate they pushed is easily the worst candidate for President in the history of the Democratic party, the weakest based on the primary results, the most incompetent, underhanded, divisive and the most dishonest, that the Democratic Party has ever offered.
And they expect ( or is it hope?) that more than 18 million people will just forget all that and fall in line simply because they are Democrats. Did they really expect that their incomprehensibly bad judgement which chose Obama to be the nominee despite the outcome of the primaries would be ratified just because they say so?
That events have proved the majority of Democrats who voted against Obama right ( his serial lying, his reneging on pledges, reversing positions and the triteness and shallowness of his mind put on display by his phony Presidential seal not to mention his being landslided in the 13 biggest states in the country) may or may not affect super delegates who will actually decide the nomination on August 27. But if Obama is in fact the nominee, the biggest thing Howard Dean and Obama will have to worry about now is not the Republcians, but Democrats are not going to act like Republicans. They are not going to support a candidate they not only don't believe in but absolutely detest.
You don't support a candidate that you detest and have contempt for because of his lack of scruples,honesty and integrity, and who you think would be a disaster for the country just because the party hierarchy wants you to. That is the stuff of the Politburo not the party of Jefferson.
The Democratic leadership ( a term which has become an oxymoron) still thinks that for Clinton supporters it's sour grapes because their candidate wasn't chosen by the party hierarchy to be the nominee. But maybe that's because Clinton supporters have the quaint idea that it's who gets the most votes and demonstrates who is the stronger candidate that ought to determine who is the nominee.
Dean and the rest of the leadership at the convention after are going to have to face facts.
First, no one is going to buy that Senator Clinton after a grueling primary campaign that lasted 7 months, didn't want the nomination so there is no scenario in which she would release her delegates that will be believed as having not been pressured by the party to do so for the worst possible reasons. Remember, she goes into the convention only 49 pledged delegates behind Obama and the popular vote winner. Secondly, if it is perceived, as it is now, that Senator Clinton does not have an equal opportunity to win the nomination and that the vote will in fact be "symbolic' with delegates being instructed on how to vote and the outcome preordained, the Democratic Party will probably face the worst defeat in its history. Because more than half the party isn't going to simply shut up and take it.
They are not going to vote for Obama, and they may not vote for many of the Democratic candidates for Congress who supported Obama and went along with the corruption of the system, especially those from districts whose consituents voted for Clinton but who supported Obama after receiving cash bribes.
Instead of trying to get Democrats to behave like Republicans ( maybe it's because this is the candidate who said it was the Republicans who were the party of ideas) it might be best for them to remember the words of Will Rodgers who said, " I don't belong to any organized political party. I'm a Democrat".
Maybe it's too late for Howard Dean to start acting like a true Democrat. Or Nancy Pelosi or any of the super delegates supporting Obama. But it's not too late for the 18 million voters who rejected Obama and who the Democratic Party can't win without.
The great irony may be that those 18 million will send a message to the party leadership that Democrats aren't Republicans by getting a Republican elected which should make the message sink in like nothing else. And also remind those who wish that Democrats would act more like Republicans of the old adage: be careful what you wish for.