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09/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dignity And Respect -- Except for Hillary

Michelle Obama spoke on Monday about how "....you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them."

Is that the same kind of respect that Obama supporters show for Hillary supporters when they yell obscenities at them in the streets of Denver, according to one Hillary delegate who is afraid to go out in a Hillary shirt without a few friends with her. Ironically it's the Obama people who are shooting themselves in the foot. Instead of embracing Hillary supporters, they are effectively spitting in their faces. Would you reach out to someone who spit in your face? Is it any wonder that these people are so mad that they'd go over to McCain just for spite? It's simple human nature. You get more flies with honey. But that's not one of Obama's catch phrases.

Michelle Obama mentioned that being there at the convention was due to the people who came before her, who made it possible.

People like Hillary Clinton, who put those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, so that our daughters -- and our sons -- can dream a little bigger and aim a little higher.

At the mention of Hillary, she received the biggest hand of her speech according to MSNBC commentator Chris Mathews.

Mathews also remarked on how Hillary was handicapped from the start with her early vote for the war in Iraq. Well I guess he has to be fair. If he pisses off Obama fans he should give equal time to piss off Hillary fans, and thus drive in the wedge between Democrats a bit further. Interesting that he failed to mention that Biden also voted for that war, or that Hillary no longer supports it.

Such is the biased media that works for the politicians (Republicans, it would seem in this case), not for the people. Jon Stuart, probably the most respected political analyst (even though he's really a comedian) said as much in his on-air bout with then CNN Crossfire hosts during the Kerry campaign. Crossfire was canceled soon after. Stuart did a recent encore at a political reporters' press breakfast that stunned reporters in attendance, leaving them unsure whether to laugh or be insulted. I'd go with the latter.

It seems quite apparent that Obama was very concerned over the inexperience issue. This is the leverage Hillary had over him when she was a viable candidate. Now a substantial number of Hillary supporters are going over to McCain for that very reason, so they say, and as Debra Bartoshevich, a former Hillary delegate testifies in a timely new McCain campaign ad:

"She had the experience and judgment to be president," she says in the ad. Of McCain, she adds: "I respect his maverick and independent streak, and now he's the one with the experience and judgment. A lot of Democrats will vote McCain. It's OK, really!" 

But I think the real reason they're going over to McCain is the animosity coming from the Obama people, the people who idolize a leader who treats people with "dignity and respect," in the words of Michelle Obama. More irony abounds here when you realize that had Obama taken Hillary as his running mate, he'd have killed two birds with one stone. He'd have had her experience and her supporters. Now he pretty much has neither. Ironic again that this choice on his part can only be attributed to inexperience.

Of course if you paid attention to Chris Mathews citing the "polls" on Monday, you'd have heard him say that 48% of Hillary supporters are going with Obama. Funny how 98% of the media stories on Hillary are about "PUMAs" or the animosity that Hillary fans have for Obama. Negligible mention, though, on the animosity of Obama fans for Hillary, unless you consider the sheer overwhelming number of these anti-Hillary articles the execution of that animosity.

The media runs rampant with stories about Hillary supporters disrupting the convention, planning a parade, holding out against Obama, and going over to McCain. They push their cutesy but tired "PUMA" acronym, with its highly charged negative connotation that only serves to infuriate both Hillary and Obama camps to drive the wedge between them deeper. Why all the anti-Hillary and anti-Clinton media play? Did someone die and make Rush Limbaugh news media king? If the Republicans aren't controlling the media, they're getting a hell of a deal on free spin from it.

The real problem is with the Obama supporters who can't let Hillary have her moment in the sun. They can't have her name placed in nomination. No, it has to be unanimous. What was that about dignity and respect? What about the thousands of Hillary campaign workers and delegates who were seemingly disenfranchised by super-delegates, as McCain's ad points out. Are they not worthy of respect? Is all their hard work to be scoffed at with this inundation of negative Hillary media? Is this what we can expect from an Obama lead nation? Hypocrisy? Bigotry? This sounds more like McCain. No wonder Hillary supporters are going over to him.