This is brilliant (thebruceblog):
Hillary is a Democrat. She embraces and champions Democratic causes. She continues in the Senate wanting to advance the Democratic agenda. She said from the very beginning of the primaries, she wants a unified party in the fall and that the differences between her and Obama “pale in comparison” to McCain.
So all her “supporters” who don’t vote the ticket this fall are actually spitting in Hillary’s face. If McCain wins, that means Hillary’s work in the Senate is that much harder. Her “supporters” have just given her a mountain to climb as she’ll have to push back against yet another Republican-controlled White House and agenda.
I’m not a blind supporter of Obama myself (as Obama’s supporters are often painted). I came over to his camp once Edwards was finished, and am proud to criticize the Senator when he makes mistakes, just as surely as I am proud to support him for the ideals and substance he represents. I understand that this is an important battle, and further for many us and those we care deeply for, a life or death battle. Whether our troops die needlessly in war, whether citizens of the world’s richest country are denied health care, whether or not medical research is held hostage to religious conservatives. All of these issues and more are at stake. And on all of them Hillary Clinton stands with Barack Obama.
The PUMA contigent who claim the mantle of liberalism in Hillary’s name are only showing how mockingly they wear it. Party unity is not a joke or a sticking point. Barack Obama didn’t win in a back door deal, as PUMA members often insinuate. Clinton gave up a mathematically impossible crusade after being sweet-talked down by party members with consolation prizes for coming in second place.
Hillary Clinton lost. But her politics and her principles don’t need to. Supporting McCain is, as thebruceblog accurately points out, spitting in the face of what Hillary Clinton continues to stand for as a Democratic member of congress.
We need to come together, and we need to win.