When Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination many of her supporters were angry. And rightly so. There were many reports of voter intimidation and party rules violations during the primary and Barack Obama was the beneficiary. Hillary's supporters decided to fight back and they have become a positive force in the effort to elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.
There is a discussion going on right now on the right side of the blogosphere about how to "reform the rightroots movement". I suggest taking a look at PUMA for a few ideas. In an incredibly short period of time they have built a true grassroots movement. They are campaigning for John McCain, making calls, knocking on doors, exchanging ideas and supporting each other in this effort. This is from a post at Puma P.A.C.:
The experts say we don’t exist. That we’re either not really Democrats or there are only 25 of us — a few crazy sock-puppets gibbering conspiracy theories at each other in a virtual echo chamber. Hmmm. We’ll see.
Tomorrow is OUR day.
In comments tonight, let’s remind each other WHY we are doing what we are doing. What state are you in? Have you decided who will vote for? Tell us why. What are your hopes and goals for Puma PAC after tomorrow?
TURN OFF THE TV. It is full of lies and demoralizing, manipulative SPIN. Stay here; go to sites on the blogroll; and KEEP blogging. Tonight’s going to be a long night and tomorrow night’s going to be even longer. Let’s get through it together, because you know what we say,
We’re either all in this together or we’re all outside alone.
Reading through the comments (699 so far) it's clear PUMAs are a dedicated and determined group. (I love this quote by Darragh Murphy at the Puma Pac Action Center: "We Are the Ones No One Was Expecting").
As a die-hard conservative Republican I rarely visit liberal blogs. But since the creation of PUMA I find myself visiting many of them daily. I admire and appreciate their efforts on behalf of John McCain and Sarah Palin. I'm especially thankful for their votes.
This letter to the Republican Party from a concerned PUMA should be a wake-up call for those of us in the Republican Party. It is on the money:
Like millions of other PUMAs, the only thing I’ve decided about this election is that under no circumstances would I be voting for Barack Obama. However, like millions of other PUMAs I have also realized that the only way to ensure that Barack Obama is not elected President is if John McCain wins on November 4th.
In the last few months, I have watched with amazement as you have worked hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the Presidential election. In your public and private utterances you have been pessimistic, downcast, fatalistic and have shown signs of being mentally out of the game.
How easily you forget that compared to Barack Obama, in John McCain you not only have a candidate who was legitimately elected by your party, but you have a better candidate, a better message, and a better connection to Main Street, USA. Despite all this you carry on like the election is over and Barack Obama has already won.
It is sad that compared to the rank and file of the GOP, PUMAs are more steadfast in their belief that an Obama presidency is not inevitable. All over the MSM, in the blogosphere and in conversations with people everywhere, members of the GOP who should still be fighting the good fight are talking like a party that has already lost. Why should this be so?
How dare you back down, how dare you give up on John McCain and Sarah Palin? Right now they are the only two people in the world standing between the America we love and cherish and a society remade in the image of Barack Obama. Obama is a man whose political ideology is more in line with that of Daniel Arap Moi, a founding father of Kenya who thrived on the cult of personality, than it is in line with that of our founding father, George Washington, a man who put it all on the line so that our country would truly be greater than any one man.
Is it going to be hard to do this, but you must fight. You must stop griping, complaining and talking about how the deck is stacked against your candidate and your party, yes, life isn’t fair, but it has never been. Instead get in the trenches to fight for McCain/Palin. There must be no retreat, there must be no surrender, till it is midnight in Hawaii and the election is over in all parts of the United States, the election is not over.
Go out and talk to people, educate people on McCain and Palin’s strengths, also educate people on Obama and Biden’s extremely obvious character deficiencies. Nobody who truly loves America and the American way of life can compare the candidates and give any sort of edge to Obama/Biden.
Not everybody is going to listen to you, but who cares? If people don’t want to listen to you, go talk to someone else, if they don’t want to listen to you, go talk to yet another person, eventually, you’ll find someone who has been waiting just to hear your message, and that person will at the minimum NOT vote for Obama, even if s/he does not vote for McCain/Palin. Every single not cast for Obama is a vote that keeps Obama out of the White House, it is that simple.
None of this is going to be easy, pleasant or maybe even enjoyable, because hard work is required, but guess what? The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Lastly, Republicans, you can count on PUMAs to work till the bell is rung to prevent Obama from being elected, you must do the same!
Judging from what I've read and heard, the PUMAs are indeed working till the bell is rung. It seems they have taken Winston Churchill's words to heart: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never...