LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 Democrats rallied around their top politicians and party leaders in Florida Saturday, but the biggest impression was made by who wasn’t there: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and other presidential candidates.
The candidates skipped the convention to honor a pledge not to campaign in Florida because the state violated party rules by setting its primary date before Feb. 5.
Well, not all of them.
”Mike Gravel for president!” shouted state Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller, announcing his support for the former Alaska senator and the only candidate who agreed to come. Geller had previously endorsed Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, but withdrew it because of the Florida boycott. . . .
On Saturday morning, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Karen Thurman took the stage to raucous applause as she sang along with a recording of rock star Tom Petty: ”I will stand my ground, and I won’t back down.”
Idiots. Every last one of them, all of the candidates and all of the the Florida Democratic delegates who are proud and think that they’ve somehow won something are a bunch of fucking idiots. It boggles my mind. I mean, I really should not have more basic common sense than the people I hope will run the country.
And if you think that voters switching to truly hopeless candidates like Gravel is either an isolated incident or the worst that can happen, think again:
Many of the 2,600 Democrats gathered conceded the candidates’ absence could already be hurting the party’s chances of capturing Florida next year, with the Democratic feud showing signs of angering some voters.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson cited a new poll by Quinnipiac University that shows 22 percent of the state’s critical independent voters say they are less likely to vote for a Democrat because of the clash between the state and national parties.
“The average citizen in Florida can no longer see their candidates for president,” Nelson told the delegates. “The party bosses have barred them from campaigning here except for private fundraisers. This is unacceptable.”
What’s that? If you show voters that an equally obscure and ridiculous principle is more important than their vote — or apparently, the desire to win the presidency — they’re going to vote for someone else? Someone who might bother to do even a shitty job of pretending they care? Who would have thought? Other than, you know, me. And every other clear thinking person who still happens to be in existence.
I really have tried to believe in these people. I really, really have.
It’s 10 a.m. on a Sunday, and I need a damn drink.