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Hillary Clinton Supporters at the Convention

Day 3: Who Are Hillary's Supporters? Are They Voting For Her?

After Hillary's rousing performance last night and reviews and analysis rolling in, it's easy to see why some of her supporters are as loyal and vocal as they are. Much has been made of Hillary supporters standing firm in the face of an Obama inevitability, and it's true — we've seen them.

For the PUMA crowd, tonight's roll call vote is crucial even while it's undergoing negotiations today. PUMA, the political acronym you might be hearing when Hillary Clinton halts the roll call and releases her delegates into the wild, stands for "Party Unity My Ass," and no, not the Democratic donkey kind.

The term originated in the comment section of a pro-Clinton blog, and later became the name of a political action committee protesting Barack Obama's place as the Democratic nominee. The term later underwent a PC transformation and now officially means "People United Means Action." Hillary spoke directly to the issue last night saying, "I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me?"

Though given the spirit in the air, and the genuine way she threw her support behind Obama, there will be fewer PUMAs and more stubborn donkeys for a united party. To see video of one such Hillary supporter explaining his decision,


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bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
LOL Yes women did get the right after black men but, my great aunt is 100 years old, and from the south and my great uncle is 98 and from the south and although technically that is true is is a fact that black men weren't allowed to vote even thought the laws said such. How is someone who isn't totally equal by law really going to vote it was a little less thatn 80 years later when blacks where able to share the same public space as whites.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
*appointed, not supported, BEDTIME!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Mrscru- uh, why? Why would you be liberal not vote for Barack Obama? Because when it comes down to it, you'll be given two (contending) choices for president. If you don't vote for Obama, you are supporting John McCain. So what is it? You don't trust Obama because he's black? Or maybe because you think he's Muslim! Yes, better to go with the white man then someone whose policies supposedly match yours. So as a liberal, you would rather have a president who is against every policy you believe in. Unreal. I still consider myself a Hillary supporter. She is my senator, and I would love it if she could at some point get supported to the Supreme Court, where it wouldn't matter if people liked her or not. But Barack Obama is pretty cool too! I think MOST "Hillary supporters," except for the absolutely bonkers people, or people who truly are Republicans will be happily casting a vote for Obama. Sure, I would have preferred Hillary, and as a woman, the sexism that arose in response to her campaign (half my friends made awful jokes) was really sad, but that doesn't mean Obama isn't a great candidate anyway.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I don't think anybody is qualified to write in Hillary Clinton's name except Hillary.
azulsky azulsky 8 years
Actually the Fifteenth Amendment gave African-American Men (not Black Women) the right to vote it was ratified on February 3, 1870. But because of Jim Crow laws, use of poll taxes, literacy tests, and other fear tactics, states were able to disenfranchise African American Women didn't get the vote until the Nineteenth Amendment it was Ratified August 18, 1920. So Black men had the right to vote first and women got the right to vote next. It took the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to give full voting rights to all US citizens.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
bastylefilegirl, you may want to recheck your history.
mrscaru mrscaru 8 years
I will not vote for Obama under any circumstances. And I'm one of the most liberal people you will meet. I'm writing in Hillary's name. She should have been given the nomination. I don't trust Obama at ALL.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I don't think this is what HRC wants and I think these "supporters" are doing her and what she stands for a disservice. I think it is disrespectful.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I think some of the voters who are upset they didn't get their way are hurting women and the chances for one to ever become elected. I'm sorry Barack won and unfourtunately Hillary Clinton didn't, but to pour so much on and use the fact that "she is a women" and this "historic" and "she wasn't treated fair" as an excuse well sounds winey and irrational sterotypes which are typically placed on women. Not voting is silly, and voting for McCain to prove a point is immature. I also think that a small and I mean very small portion of Hillary supports that refuse to budge may be racist ( 28% of West Virginans said race was an issue they can't be alone), Let's be honest women ( White Women) were granted the right to vote before blacks, and for a long time have had it "easier" than others. I just feel that there is an air of entitlement to this whole thing which really turns me off!
azulsky azulsky 8 years
I can understand the disappointment of the Hillary supporters, I'd feel the same way if it were reversed. I accept and respect their views. What I don't understand is the PUMA's (from my POV), if Hillary did get the nod they would want and expect other Democrats to vigorously support Hillary but can't seem to do the same for Obama. They are IMO asking other Democrats to do something they themselves can't or won't do.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I think these Hillary supporters need to grow up and stop throwing what amounts to nothing more than a hissy fit. They are all sore losers in a game where it's not about winning.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
What do they think they are going to accomplish? Trying to further divide an already divided party. Does Hillary have some governing superpowers that the rest of us are not aware of? It just seems Obama is so much closer to her beliefs than McCain (which isn't to say that some Hillary supports don't genuinely think McCain is the next best choice). They're cutting off their noses to spite their faces.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Vespa!! Holy Cow! That was an amazing piece of work that you shared with us! Wow. Blew me away! How do people end up like that?!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Jeez Vespa that is scary. She doesn't exactly put a good face on the movement.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
"Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?" Wonder which part of her speech some of these folks didn't hear?
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
LOL I think he just got used to being a democrat and this is the first year he actually thought about what each stands for. He's not just a republican. He's a conservative republican.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Totally, Krradford. Yeah, let's all go support the candidate who has a 25-year history of voting against women's reproductive rights, because that's exactly what Hillary Clinton would want... :OY:
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Oops, "I meant to say she could not give a sound reason"
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
HF - How long did it take him to realize. Has he be fighting all of these years.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
This video cracked me up. I'm voting for McCain, but not because I'm a lunatic like this lady.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
lol @ the shoe company comment krradford! Honestly, what could they possibly be protesting? That caucus states were counted? Sorry but I just can't abide by the incessant whining of some of these people.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I really don't understand the Hillary supporters deciding to side with McCain. As the comments said earlier, they are too different on the issues. I saw an interview w/one of them a month ago or so on GMA Weekend, and every time the interviewer (I think it was Kate Snow) asked them why not Obama, she could give a sound reason not to vote for him on the issues. I mean everyone has the right to vote how they want and to voice their opinions so if they have to be heard so be it. BTW, I think the shoe company should sue them for using their name :rant:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Well my dad is one of those Hillary voters defecting to McCain, BUT I think it's because he's finally realizing what the rest of us have known all along...that he is a REPUBLICAN rather than a conservative democrat like he's claimed for years.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
If people who liked Hillary vote for McCain for rational, reasonable, policy-based reasons, that I'd be able to accept (though not understand, considering how different they are). But the PUMAs making all this fuss out of nothing but bitterness that their candidate didn't win the nom are nothing but assdonkeys whose antics are counterproductive to the very goals of the candidate they support. Fortunately for my mental health, there don't seem to be too many PUMAs left, those two crazies Chris Matthews interviewed notwithstanding.
rice-and-peace rice-and-peace 8 years
This group doesn't make sense to me. I am a Hillary supporter, and was hoping she would be the nominee, but the issues are most important to me and the democratic party is the party I side with on the issues. McCain and Hillary are so different on issues. Like Hillary said last night the democratic party will work to create universal healthcare and more green jobs to slow our reliance on oil. If these issues are important to someone how could they not support Obama?
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