Recently a number of Daily Kos diarists and commenters who support Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination began a “strike” against the prime “netroots” site over what they claimed was poor treatment of their candidate and themselves. Now Kos himself weighs in on the rift – and basically tells them to bugger off:
First of all, the only path to victory for Clinton is via coup by super delegate.
She knows this. That’s why there’s all the talk about poaching pledged delegates and spinning uncertainty around Michigan and Florida, and laying the case for super delegates to discard the popular will and stage a coup.
Yet a coup by super delegate would sunder the party in civil war.
Clinton knows this, it’s her only path to victory, and she doesn’t care. She is willing — nay, eager to split the party apart in her mad pursuit of power.
If the situations were reversed, and Obama was lagging in the delegates, popular vote, states won, money raised, and every other reasonable measure, then I’d feel the same way about Obama. (I pulled the plug early on Dean in 2004.) But that’s not the case.
It is Clinton, with no reasonable chance of victory, who is fomenting civil war in order to overturn the will of the Democratic electorate. As such, as far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t deserve “fairness” on this site. All sexist attacks will be dealt with — those will never be acceptable. But otherwise, Clinton has set an inevitably divisive course and must be dealt with appropriately.
Read the rest at the link above. It doesn’t look like a olive branch being extended to the boycotting Clintonites. More like a line in the sand . . .
Kos notes earlier in his post that his site was founded on the principle of challenging the Democratic establishment and particularly the DLC, and Clinton is certainly more closely aligned with those entities.
The high and rising tensions between the supporters of both Clinton and Obama portend a contentious convention, especially if Hillary closes strongly and Obama continues to be rocked with the first real challenges to his campaign.