How do we rebuild the Democratic Party in the midst of all this controversy?

United States
March 18, 2008 11:42pm CST
as March reaches its center and April fast approaching, we still dont have a nominee for the democratic party. The controversy over disenfranchisement with Michigan and Florida has Democrats battling over what to do and what is right. The issue with Obama and his pastor and how that will impact the general election. The issue with superdelegates possibly deciding to override the primaries and choose the nominee for us. So much drama and the general election hasnt even arrived. Clinton supporters will be unhappy if Obama gets the nomination. Obama supporters will be unhappy if Clinton gets the nomination. Obama and Clinton are likely never to run together. How do we re-unify the party? Can it be done? How many democrats will not vote because of bitterness or whatever? What do you think? Calling all Democrats....how do you feel?
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• United States
19 Mar 08
I just cannot foresee myself ever voting for Obama. The old saying where there's smoke there's fire has me quite convinced that the USA will get very badly burned with Obama as president. However just not voting is, for me, not an opinion so that would leave me with the only choice of switching parties.
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• United States
19 Mar 08
I understand what you mean, but I cannot get myself to switch parties. My husband is republican and strongly supports McCain...we are a house divided...but I cannot even begin to imagine supporting 4 more years of Bush Policy. If Obama wins the nomination I will not vote. I dont trust him and I think he is politics as usual. I fear that in his heart he believes what Wright preaches and well that scares me. His wifes remark "I am finally proud to be an American" leads me to believe that he probably feels the same. My fear is that there will be many more democrats like you and myself who 1)will switch parties or 2) will not vote. will there be enough that we could lose the white house to McCain. We need a democrat in office but the thought of Obama as that democrat worries me greatly. I dont know that there is anything that he can do to make me feel otherwise should he win the nomination. I think I would have felt better about him if he would have stepped up yesterday and said I will never go back to that church it is not what I stand for. then his whole unity speech may have hit a nerve. but it didnt, the speech did quite the opposite for me.
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• United States
19 Mar 08
Nothing Obama says or does now will get me to vote for him. I still have some time left to either switch or not vote. This is going to be hard when I think of how hard women had to fight to get the right to vote. I feel kind of disloyal not to vote at all but it seems as if we really are between the rock and a hard place!
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@maria_k (925)
• United States
19 Mar 08
I agree, if Obama win the nomination I will not vote. I am mad at the way he handle the press and voters. First he denounced his pastor in his blog and said he never heard such comments, then when this is not working he went on tv and gave a good speech. In his mind, it's ok I am a good speaker, I am charismatic, I'll get away with it. People still love me and vote for me. He treat me and voters as a bunch of idiots. He insult my intellingence so much that I am angry.
@anniepa (27240)
• United States
19 Mar 08
So far I don't think the things that have been happening is going to keep the Democrats from voting in November, at least I've seen no indication of that in my area. There are still thousands of people registering every day who have never voted before. I'm concerned about the superdelegates and I'm concerned that there will be a backlash if something isn't done about Florida and Michigan. I guess both states have decided, for now at least, that there won't be a re-vote and I disagree with that. However, I refuse to give up my optimism! Maybe it's partly "Bush fatigue" and partly "McCainaphobia" but we have to win this one! McCain doesn't even know what he's talking about; having HIM answer that phone is 3 in the morning is as scary as it gets. Annie
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• United States
19 Mar 08
yeah i agree. if he gets the call at 3 am you can guarantee that naval ships will disembark, fighter jets will be on the way and another big hit here at home. I hope you are right. I will be attending our county convention next week. It will be interesting to see how it all goes. I am a delegate for my precinct. I hope the buzz is as strong as it was during the primary and caucus
@bond0077 (375)
20 Mar 08
i call this a party divided while mccain won on his side in a 90% margin!two things i want to look at here why did mccain won with such a landslide?and does that mean either hillary or obama alone can't win both the democrat's 100% support,or the election against MCCAIN?i feel maybe there should not be a party primary ,just let the super delegates and delegates vote on their own since the popular votes don't count,al gore won the popular votes yet lost the election!isn't this a waste of time and money?
@jormins (1224)
• United States
20 Mar 08
I'm no Democrat but I'm definitely not happy about a possible 3rd Bush term so I guess I'm close enough for this discussion/election. As an Obama supporter I do have many reservations about Hillary Clinton but the more I look at the situation, I think once Puerto Rico is finished voting 6/7 the Dem's should get together. Whoever has the most delegates and popular votes should get the nomination immediately and perhaps the other person should get the VP in order to try and keep the party together and dissuade and back-room dealing that would normally follow. While I'd hate to vote for Senator Clinton, if it were a Clinton/Obama ticket it would be hard not to vote at all as that essentially would be a vote for McBush. I'd assume Clinton supporters would feel somewhat the same way about an Obama/Clinton ticket. If the Dem's don't figure it out within these next few months I think McCain will be the strong front runner going into the general election campaigns despite the work of George W. Bush.
• United States
20 Mar 08
that is a good thought. it would definitely be interesting if the DNC would push for a dual ticket. I like this idea.
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• United States
19 Mar 08
I agree with you that Michigan and Florida are broken (they did it to themselves...the parties, not the people). But hey, the Democratic Party ain't broke yet! It's working just like it is supposed to. All the drama is a general thing. I've been around for long enough to remember a lot of it. It gets ugly. It always has! I think the difference now is that more people have access to more information, so it seems like so much more is going on. It's not. It's just politics. I'm just sitting back and enjoying it. Of course, I intend to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary in May. It not over yet! If Obama wins the nomination, I will still vote, but not for him in the general election. I don't care if he calls himself a Democrat now or not.
• United States
19 Mar 08
I hope that the momentum changes in the next few months for Hillary. If she can get big wins we still have a chance.
@mehale (2200)
• United States
20 Mar 08
It is definitely not a good situation. I have been supporting Obama, and am not sure that I could support Hillary - even if it were a Hillary/Obama ticket. I know that I cannot and will not support McCain. The longer this drags on before there is a clear nominee the worse it will get. It will also cause a problem if the super's go against the popular vote - after all if that is the case, WHY do we even bother to vote in the first place?? I think the only way to rectify the situation is to come up with a clear winner, and then start picking up the pieces and trying to get the party to work together again.
• Hyderabad, India
19 Mar 08
Until Mc Cain is there i hope there wouldnt be any problem for democrats. Regarding Obama i think he started patching up. Clinton the way she is longing for female votes makes men more distanced to her. So we need to wait