Still here in Denver basking in its perfect Summer weather. We started our Tuesday attending the Women Count lite lunch with Hillary. While I noshed on strawberry pecan salad and roast beef sandwiches, I met up with fellow PUMAs as well as Sophie B. Hawkins who joined our media rally in front of NBC studios in Los Angeles. And I had the honor of meeting the great Chicago politician, Alice Palmer. We all know the story without having to provide all the details. Alice Palmer was the former state senator for Illinois who put her faith and trust in Barack Obama only to ultimately get pushed aside for her seat in the senate.
As Hillary spoke, the crowd roared in applause. As usual, Senator Clinton came on the scene bursting with life with her radiant smile. She spoke about gender bias and the sexism we were subjected to during this primary season. While sexism has been a seemingly dormant social disease in our society, I am grateful that this year has brought it to light so that it can get addressed, perhaps even healed. On that same note, I am equally grateful that this season has brought up race. Another social disease that I always thought was healed. We now know it is not since both issues are in the very air we breath. Perhaps after this is all over, I'll be thanking Barack Obama for bringing about change in the discourse of race and gender. I may even credit him for bringing change to the political process Americans have been, until now, complacent about.
Moving on, some of our fellow PUMAs took our cause to the street ~ again. Delighted to meet some folks from one of our myspace pages. As we marched down 16th street we were met by a small group of students for Obama who were silly enough to think that forming a human wall was going to stop us. But it wasn't so silly to see them push off one of our gals into the street just as a bus rushed by. She came within a few inches of her life and these Obama bullies didn't care. Since there are so many law enforcement officers around us, I requested an escort and they were all too happy to help. We had a swarm of police escorting us as we protested causing quite the scene. Dozens of people jumping in front of us snapping photos, women giving us the thumbs up, and camera crews filming our message ~ so long as we are ridiculed, demeaned, told to 'get over it' and called ungracious, we will swing the vote.
For our readers, let me address what constitutes a PUMA. PUMA, Party Unity My Ass, is not an organization one joins. If you are a Hillary supporter and felt the party did you a disservice AND as a result you are not supporting the "chosen" democratic candidate, you ARE a PUMA. The Obama bloggers and the media such as Huffington Post would LOVE to see to it that the PUMAs are seen in a scary, crazy, radical light. This is more of the same ridicule that will continue to divide us. Go to our other myspace page and just read the comments. Do they sound radical?
Another distinction that we should all be clear about with PUMAs. Like the cat, we have our own territories of expression or talking points. Some terrorities are marked with McCain, others are marked in the Democratic process. Some PUMAs are marked in the fashion territory, the gender terrority, the racial diversity terrority and while not to hem us all in on any single terrority, there are PUMAs who are anti-Obama ~ distinct from NoBama, meaning their mission is to smear Obama. I can safely say that all PUMAs are Nobama but not necessarily interested in smearing him. Finally, PUMAs are not just a few hundred Hillary supporters who get in front of the cameras with their claws out. CLEAR?
By the way, its media like The Huffington Post who need a good claw clipping. We all know that they will not post your comments if it does not support their views. And wasn't it The Huffington Post that allowed horrendous comments about Bush's former press secretary, Tony Snow? Yes, comments about Tony Snow deserving cancer. And they kept those posts alive until MSM (probably a PUMA) hunted down Arianna Huffington with a video camera asking her why she allowed such hateful comments to be made on her site.
Did I digress?
Back to Denver. Later in the day we converged on another JustSayNoDeal site event with The Denver Group. Here, fellow PUMA, Heidi Li Feldman, held a reception where she talked about what's next for us after the convention. Heidi Li is a Georgetown University law professor. In her words, "we are preparing and planning a public course of action, once again using mass media in response to what the DNC has done to the process itself."
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The highlight to our night was when a group of us decided to go see Hillary speak. We didn't have passes but heard that some folks were leaving and giving away passes. We needed six passes so when these nice young men came over to share a couple of extra passes, we expressed our gratitude in the way anyone would. No sooner did we accept those passes did one of the guys recognize us as the protesters bullied earlier in the day. They quickly snatched those passes out of our hands. No worries, I was fortunate enough to get a pass from a delegate which allowed me access to all areas in the building, including the floor. I settled for the Club where the bullies were denied access!
Senator Clinton's speech was most inspiring. It was presidential material that hit me over the head with a well of sadness. How the DNC passed up this woman in favor of an inexperienced politician who has no proven track record and is more of the political "status quo" that he spouts of changing as our next president is beyond me. I looked around at others as they watched her with jaws slightly slacked. Could it be they were thinking the same thing?
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