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Not Pumas, But Weasels

Posted by That Other Mike on 03/11/2008

I was feeling fairly well-disposed towards the world lately, but I’ve recently seem some things which have made me rather angry generally.

Specifically, PUMAs. Not the big cats, although I have my own beef with enormous felines (to whit: they want to eat me alive), but the disgruntled supporters of Hillary Clinton; the acronym is variously said to stand for People United Means Action or Party Unity My Ass.

Their initial claim was that because of the various electoral shenanigans and irregularities taking place in the Florida and Michigan primaries, HC had been done out of what was rightfully hers, and that she was unfairly robbed of the nomination. Robbed, I tells ya!

Unfortunately for her, the ultimate arbiter of how the rules are applied is the DNC, or Democratic National Committee, which decided that the Florida and Michigan primaries weren’t going to be fully counted for candidates, because these States had moved their primaries ahead of when the DNC had said they could hold them.

The DNC said that Florida’s delegates would not be allowed to vote, and most of the major candidates removed their names from consideration in Michigan or did not campaign there; Clinton left her name on the ballot, and following a rather miniscule turn-out of less than 600,000 votes State-wide, she claimed victory.

It rings rather hollow, to my mind – victory in a primary in which a tiny number of total voters actually showed, against no opponents. It smacks of hedging her bets, to be honest, and for ever after left the smell of misconduct lingering over the Clinton campaign.

We all know the rest — Obama was chosen as the candidate and seems at this point to have it almost wrapped up, fingers crossed, knock on wood, spit into the wind and avoid black cats and ladders.

However, the Clintonistas1 vowed to fight on. Up to a point, I can say good for them. If they thought that the rules were unfair or had been unfairly applied, then they ought to carry on fighting; the essence of democracy is that of a choice made according the rules. Unfortunately, the rules went against them; as I said, the final arbiter of rules is the DNC, and they initially said a large number of her delegates wouldn’t be counted.

While speculation on it is of course moot at this point, it’s worth saying that, of the less than 10% of registered voters who turned out for the non-primary in Michigan, 55.23% of them gave her delegates their votes, with 40.2% of the rest going to uncommitted delegates; hardly the much-vaunted victory it’s been made out to be.

Anyway, to get back to the point, the Clintonistas at this point still had something going for them in terms of righteousness. However, the mad scramble after the DNC’s decision has been just digusting to watch; like watching a douchebag convention make up conspiracy theories.

First, the situation morphed so that the various instances of misogyny displayed towards Clinton in the primary campaigns became the reason she lost; then it become Obama’s fault, somehow. Obviously, it must’ve been his fault because he ended up being the front-runner, and it’s true, also, that there’s been absolutely no racism at any stage of the campaign cycle, and even if there were, sexism is much worse, somehow.

The sexism directed towards Clinton by some sectors of the media was revolting; playing the “crying” footage over and over, asking what it would be like once a month with the nuclear codes and so on — all very nasty, all very wrong. I don’t think there’s very much more to say on it, really. She was treated very badly by some of the media because she’s a woman, and that’s wrong.

Thing is, though, it started to get really douche-y from the PUMA end of things. Various PUMAs began blowing racist dogwhistles about Obama’s place of birth and citizenship; and before any of them begin to screech over it, you wouldn’t be raising these questions if he weren’t the son of a Kenyan, you haven’t raised concerns over McCain’s citizenship because he was born in Panama, and claiming that Obama is somehow a “born Muslim” or has nationality with a country which is majority Muslim is the worst kind of scaremongering, playing as it does into people’s racism and Islamophobia. In other words, you made your racist bed, you fucks, so lay your racist selves down and shut the fuck up.

It’s finally come to the point where the PUMAs have become an embarrassment even to Clinton, who herself has endorsed Obama; there is even some speculation that they might be a McCain plant. Hear me out here; it’s not a view I personally espouse, but I thought it might be worth mentioning, for interest value only.

While my view on conspiracy theorists of any kind is fairly well-known, I’ll restate it here for the record: they’re loony nutbags who engage in orgies of confirmation bias and stupidity. That includes you, big cats.

Anyway. Darragh Murphy, founder of PUMA PAC, the first grouping of its kind, is an admitted donator of money to the McCain campaign of 2000, although this hypothesis weakens when her donations to Clinton and stated previous record of voting are taken in account.

While the idea of her being a McCainiac in private is somewhat appealing, what evidence we have points the other way. The rest of them, though, don’t have that luxury; their continued obstruction towards the Democratic candidate, who differs from Clinton in domestic policy only very slightly in most areas, seems to be done out of spite and bad judgement.

When you pair this with the fact that some of them seem hellbent on supporting McCain-Palin as well, it becomes either a matter of juvenile bad judgement and spitefulness or Republicans masquerading as Democrats.

Either way, as the election gets closer and closer, and the result seems more and more likely to be a big win for Obama, the PUMAs have become increasingly frenzied and desperate in their attacks. Many of them have taken to either forecasting a McCain-Palin win (in spite of every credible poll2 to the contrary) or cheerleading for Sarah Palin as the qualified feminist choice, thus playing directly into McCain’s cynical choice of her as his Veep candidate.

It’s hard to believe that anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together could actually fall for it, yet it seems that some of them have. The opinion of the poster I just linked to, for example, a huge idiot named Gary Chapel Hill whose whole shtick seems to be “Obama bad! Gary smash! Raaaargh!” is actually that Palin being dismissed in the advert is because she’s a woman. Palin is being dismissed in this video as an authority on economics, as she should be dismissed in most other fields; she’s being dismissed because McCain said he would be likely to choose someone qualified in economics to be his Veep choice because he himself was underqualified in that area, and then chose Palin, whose only economic abilities seem to be finding enough money to hire someone to do the economy for her.

Speaking of Palin, the latest controversy surrounding her and the media is her hanging in effigy by some idiot in California. Some people believe this rises to the level of a hate crime or that it demonstrates widespread misogyny amongst Obama supporters3 or that the arrest of two students in Kentucky for hanging Obama in effigy which sparked an FBI investigation demonstrates a sexist double standard; the LAPD does not believe it rises to the level of a hate crime. For myself, context is everything: the hanging Palin is part of a Halloween display, and McCain was also unfavourably displayed, being shown as being burnt alive.

I call it bad taste, and believe the guy who put it up ought not to have done so, and demonstrated poor judgement; calling it a hate crime, though, is simply stretching the issue to breaking point.

And as far as the investigation regarding the fake Obama being hung and whether it demonstrates a double standard, I regard that claim with a certain amount of disdain.

It’s within a lot of people’s lifetimes and still remains a cultural trope in many parts of the US that not many years before Obama’s birth, his father might have been beaten or hung from a tree for pursuing a relationship with Stanley Ann Dunham; there is no tradition or culturally-ingrained horror story of women being hanged from trees by vigilantes, and trying to compare the two is contemptible at least.

While I’m not so arrogant or hubristic as to claim that an Obama victory is in the bag, it seems more and more likely that we will see a Democratic President inaugurated in January.

In light of that, it would seem wise of the PUMAs to start laying off a little; because when it comes to politicians, they have short memories for friendship but long memories for people who have attempted to screw them over. If, unluckily, we should see a McCain Presidency, he won’t thank you or pay any attention to your pet issues; in fact, we know that McCain’s position on women’s issues is at best unhelpful, and at worst deeply harmful.

You don’t have to buddy up to Obama and pretend like he’s your best pal, but it might be sensible to at least stop fucking with him every five minutes, because if you don’t, you’re going to see yourselves being ignored and marginalised at every turn, and you won’t have a leg to stand on to complain about it, because it’ll be your own damn fault.


1 A name which seems entirely appropriate, given its connotations of people fighting desperately for a lost cause in some sweaty, mosquito-ridden outpost of South American jungle.

2I get really fed up seeing people spell it as “pole”. It’s four letters which are slung around like mad; what are you, illiterate or something?

3Remember what I said about confirmation bias?

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6 Responses to “Not Pumas, But Weasels”

  1. ngoldfarb said

    FACTS, ONLY FACTS, JUST THE FACTS

    FACTS THAT SHOULD SCARE EVERYONE

    http://ngoldfarb.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/barack-obamas-boss-and-mentor-william-ayres-group-killed-more-people-than-the-kkk-klu-lux-klan/

    Mike says: I’m letting this one through because, well, it actually shows how crazy and mental the PUMAs actually are. Enjoy, folks – it illustrates exactly what I was saying in my post…

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