EDITORIAL: The PUMAs Need To Get Back Or Get Out

MEcropped2.jpgBY JONATHAN VALANIA Let me first say I am reluctant to lend further credence to what I am certain is a small sliver of the spectrum of opinion among Democrats, but in a slow news week — and make no mistake, this will be a slow news week because if all goes according to plan, the Democratic Convention will be a show, not a news event — the PUMAs will surely be getting their share of face time from bored talking heads looking to stir the pot. What’s that you say? What is/who are the PUMAs, you ask? Well, for starters it’s an acronym for the indelicate rallying cry of Hillarycrat dead-enders: Party Unity My Ass. And their basic premise is this: Come November the only Democrat they will vote for is Hillary Clinton, and absent that they will pull the lever for John McCain. As a group they remind mr of nothing so much as the Japanese soldiers stranded in caves on the far-flung micro-islands of the Pacific having never gotten the message that the World War II was in fact over and their side lost. Now, some faction of the DNC hierarchy has surely been tasked with bringing the PUMAs back into the party fold and is no doubt kissing their saggy middle-age lady asses as I write this. Not me. My message to you PUMAs — assuming you are real and not just some Freeper web-based astroturf mirage created by RNC chaos gurus — is this: Shame on you.

At worst you come across as shrill, self-defeating dykes and at best you come across as clueless and or INCREDIBLY selfish whiners incapable of accepting objective reality. This is what you sound like to anybody outside the Give Me Hillary Or Give Me Death bunker: Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! What about ME and what I wanted to happen? Now, I have been patient. I know it was a heartbreaking loss. I figured by the end of the summer you would be able to step back and look at the bigger picture and see that the stakes are too damn high for internecine party warfare at this late date. But I was wrong. Apparently, your endgame strategy is this: The election didn’t go the way I wanted it, so I am going to do my best to fuck it up. Well, for starters if you ever were a true Democrat, you would agree the point of this campaign was to put a Dem in the White House, not just YOUR Dem but the one that had the most delegates at the end of the voting, as per the party rules. This year, that turned out to be Barack Obama. The rest of us on planet Earth came to accept this way back in June when it became AN INDISPUTABLE FACT based upon observable reality and hard math.

Now before we go any further, let me say, yes, Hillary Clinton ran a lowball historic campaign and without a doubthillaryprotest_1.jpg she singlehandedly moved the needle from MAYBE to DEFINITELY on the question of if a woman will ever become President of the United States. Your daughters will forever be in her debt. We should salute her. But the sad, simple fact remains: SHE LOST. Get over it. And more importantly, get over yourselves. So much of this Obama-denial strikes me as not even really being about Hillary but about YOU and what YOU want. And frankly, it just comes across as desperation borne of denial. Let’s weasel out of the party rules on Michigan and Florida because that way Hillary might win! Let’s set up web sites calling Obama a socialist and worse, because then Hillary might win! Let’s vote for McCain, then Hillary might win!

Some say this is political suicide. I say it’s political baby talk.

Others may beg you to change your mind. Not me. Ladies, be my guest. If John McCain is your man, have at him. Want the same pay as a man earns for doing your job? John McCain is your…no wait, he’s not. Need to terminate an unwanted pregnancy? He’s your man…no wait, he’s not. Want health insurance companies that pay for Viagra to pay for contraception for women? John McCain is your…no wait, he’s not. Wanna get married to your partner? John McCain is your…no wait, he’s not. You and your partner wanna adopt? John McCain is your…no wait, he’s not. Well, we’ll always have Martin Luther King Day, right? No John McCain voted against that too. So you go then, run to him. Quick like a bunny. Good riddance, and take Joe Lieberman with you.


RUSH LIMBAUGH’S WET DREAM: Debra, The Turncoat Dem

[McCain campaign ad with Hillary-turned-McCain voter]

Smell ya later, Deb.

AMERICA’S RIGHT: A prominent Philadelphia attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission. The action seeks an injunction preventing the senator from continuing his candidacy and a court order enjoining the DNC from nominating him next week, all on grounds that Sen. Obama is constitutionally ineligible to run for and hold the office of President of theobama_borat_parody_1.jpg United States.

Philip Berg, the filing attorney, is a former gubernatorial and senatorial candidate, former chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery (PA) County, former member of the Democratic State Committee, and former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania. According to Berg, he filed the suit — just days before the DNC is to hold its nominating convention in Denver — for the health of the Democratic Party.

In the lawsuit, Berg states that Sen. Obama was born in Kenya, and not in Hawaii as the senator maintains. Before giving birth, according to the lawsuit, Obama’s mother traveled to Kenya with his father but was prevented from flying back to Hawaii because of the late stage of her pregnancy, “apparently a normal restriction to avoid births during a flight.” As Sen. Obama’s own paternal grandmother, half-brother and half-sister have also claimed, Berg maintains that Stanley Ann Dunham — Obama’s mother — gave birth to little Barack in Kenya and subsequently flew to Hawaii to register the birth.

Berg cites inconsistent accounts of Sen. Obama’s birth, including reports that he was born at two separate hospitals — Kapiolani Hospital and Queens Hospital — in Honolulu, as well a profound lack of birthing records for Stanley Ann Dunham, though simple “registry of birth” records for Barack Obama are available in a Hawaiian public records office. MORE

barack_obama_tshirt.gifFACTCHECK.ORG: In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen. But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document’s authenticity. And recently, author Jerome Corsi, whose book attacks Obama, said in a TV interview that the birth certificate the campaign has is “fake.”

We beg to differ. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as “supporting documents” to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said. MORE

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