How amusing. Here’s die-hard Obama fan Karoli Kuns* at Crooks and Liars, gamely rallying the troops through the obligatory fear-based warning about Teh Preznit Romney:
537 votes. That’s all that stood between Bush and Gore. It came down to 537 votes. That’s too close. Way too close.
The past is the past. But the only way to overcome all of the roadblocks is to step up and cast a vote in overwhelming numbers. Even if you think they’re jacking with voting machines…it can only be overcome by voting in huge numbers. They can’t jack everything no matter how hard they try, but it means getting out and voting.
As a standalone appeal, there’s nothing at all wrong with that message (except perhaps its failure to make a positive case FOR the President, but that’s not really the point of such appeals as this one). In fact, it’s quite correct as far as it goes: the election of 2000 should have reminded all of us that every vote DOES matter. I’ve written about that fact many times, for example. When 537 votes is the margin of victory in a national Presidential election, there’s no doubt that every vote, every action by the campaigns, matters — and might mean the difference between victory and defeat.
But when such a message comes from die-hard Obama fans like Karoli who have spent most of the last three years essentially telling progressives and anyone who agrees with them to fuck off:
Here’s a big sad pug face for Eric Alterman to go with his whining, entitled column over at The Nation today. Yes, you heard me right: He’s a big whiner who needs to put on his big boy pants and get with it.
…then it’s rather rich, indeed.
Should this election turn out to be as painfully close as the 2000 election, I wonder whether people like Karoli will spend even a moment’s reflection (given that her top stated goal has been to re-elect the President) speculating whether perhaps comments like hers over the last three years (or comments like these from more-official sources) could have alienated a combined total of at least 538 voters who otherwise would’ve pulled the lever for Obama?
Nah. Probably easier to just blame Jane Hamsher or
Ralph Nader Jill Stein for not falling in line.
* Karoli’s words, not mine: