March 16, 2008

THESE ARE THE FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO UNIFY THE WHOLE COUNTRY? (via Qiao Yang)

The Deep Blue Divide: For months, Democrats were just thrilled with their choices. Now they can't even stand to sit together. (Julia Baird, Mar 24, 2008, NEWSWEEK)

For the past five years, a group of friends, mostly military wives or retired government workers, have been meeting for lunch at an Italian restaurant called Amici's in a strip mall in Stafford, Va. All Democrats, they don't come just for the wood-fired pizza or $8.99 lunch buffet. They come to talk about their beloved party. But lately, the air has chilled in the Tuscan-themed room.

At the lunch after Clinton's loss in Virginia, Alicia Knight, 49, a Hillary supporter, came in late. The only spare chair was between two Obama supporters, both old friends of Knight's. "I was so angry, I didn't want to sit between them, so I sat by myself at another table," she says. "It's become like the cold war: in order to maintain the relationship, you don't talk to each other." Recently, the Clinton and Obama groups began lunching separately. "We couldn't take the bashing, the smirkiness of the Obama fans," says Linda Berkoff, 63.

It's unclear exactly when the primaries stopped being a joyous occasion for the Democrats. But as the weeks have ground on, the intensity between Democrats who disagree has calcified, the vitriol grown fiercer.


You can't have amicable political disagreements when you have no sense of humor, which liberals, by definition, don't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2008 11:56 AM
Comments

Odd as it seems to me, there really are Democrats who love their party. Anyone out there love the Republican Party? Parties being job machines for professional politicians, they seem to me like an odd target of love. But I suppose that there are cows who love the farmer.

Posted by: Ibid at March 16, 2008 5:34 PM

Ibid, you are right on the money on Democrats Vs Republicans on loving the party. Republicans don't love their party, they love their church. Those who aren't in a church who try to have the party fill that role fail, and leave and form a new party(Libertarian, Constitutional, Reform, etc). But parties are not just job machines for professional politicians. They do important work, especially in America and other winner take all systems. Can't beat something with nothing....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at March 17, 2008 10:05 AM
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