How big is the Puma Movement? Well, we were named the 8th biggest buzzword of 2008 by Time Magazine today (behind Change, Bailout, and Hockey Mom, but ahead of Tweet and Topless Meeting). And with the Action Teams and Organizational Plan we’re developing this month, expect Puma to overtake Change as the buzziest term of all in 2009. Haven’t joined a team yet? Visit our Lovely ACTION Center to add yourself to one. We will be focusing this year on: Election/Campaign Reform, Passing the ERA, Woman-Lynching, Women’s History Curriculum, Media Outreach, Obama-Watch, and Overthrowing the World (a select group for Super Pumas only). Join HERE!
Riverdaughter has the Year in Pictures up at her place — lots of Pumas in Denver, as well as pics from the pre-Puma days of the Clinton campaign. They really were good times and we’ll never forget them. Even if we didn’t win, we WERE part of a historic moment when we left our day jobs and our families and our regular lives behind, even if only for a few days, to campaign for the first real woman candidate for president. AND, from the ashes of that loss, the Puma Movement was born — June 1, 2008.
More Puma PAC pictures HERE. Denver, San Diego, Boston, LA — pets, pickets, grandkids, and more, we’re all there!
Another indication of the size and influence of the Puma Movement is that our sister blogger Riverdaughter, has been nominated for Best Liberal Blog of the Year! PLEASE vote for The Confluence RIGHT NOW, and send the link to all your friends. The excellent writers and commenters at the Confluence are up against Josh Marshall (ugh) and Taylor Marsh (ick). Vote today HERE!
Take a walk down Puma Memory Lane as we reflect on how much we’ve accomplished and how much we’ve grown since the infamous RBC Meeting on May 31st, when the DNC became the DONC and effectively handed the nomination to their man, disenfranchising millions of Democratic voters with one fall of the gavel.
Well, as the brilliant and urbane Madamab just told me, we made Puma THE political buzzword of 2008, but in 2009, we’ll make the list with “I Told You So!”
Happy New Year Puma Nation!
Top Puma PAC Posts of 2008
Hillary Clinton has suspended her campaign for the nomination of her party and is supporting Barack Obama for president. The Democratic party is a poorer institution today. Hillary was a candidate for the ages, historic by her very presence in the race. She inspired millions with her grace under pressure, her command of the issues and challanges facing our country, her practical competence, her warmth, and her class. . .
The Republican thugs who tried (and succeeded) to stop the recount in Florida in 2000 claimed they were just making sure that election officials FOLLOWED THE RULES. Then they told us to just get over it and accept that George W. Bush had beaten Al Gore fair and square and had won the election. Plus ca change, non? I guess now we call them Bots, not thugs, but same old, same old. . .
Political speech need not be loud to be profound. It need not be a dramatic show by tens of thousands to be effective. The only requirement for political speech to change the government and our civic life is that it be public. . .
Are you tired of coalition democracy? Do you believe that “win at any cost” should be the motto of our top candidates? Do you love it when allies attack their own? Don’t you think it’s hilarious when blanket accusations of racism against regular voters work to undermine one candidate? Were you thrilled to watch the national party disenfranchise millions of voters because they favored one candidate? Wasn’t it just GREAT when they stole 4 delegates from one senator, gave them to their pet, and then justified their decision with media exit polls? Isn’t awesome that we are now allowed to ridicule women candidates and women voters on national TV and the internet by calling them castraters, bitches, ugly, fat, old, stupid, and hormonal!?! . . .
The derailed candidacy of Hillary Clinton is a flashpoint that sparked a small war in the Democratic Party. For millions of us, this is the most significant feminist event in our lifetimes. But it is much more than that. It is a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party — a war between the forces of feel-good politics and the forces of do-good politics. We know which side we are on.
Do you? . . .
Did you know that money changes everything? I know, you’ve heard it before — it’s just a cliche, right? Well, it’s not this year in the Democratic primary campaign. This year, money really did change everything — INCLUDING THE OUTCOME OF FAIR ELECTIONS IN AT LEAST FIVE STATES.
So, were the Super Delegates listening to the mean green? As Harold Ickes would say, “You bet your ass they were!” Barack Obama’s Hope Fund, his own personal leadership PAC, paid out $624,652 during this election cycle to help get him selected by the DNC. Hillary’s hillpac spent about one-third of that amount. And don’t forget that Obama’s Cash Machine (the OCM) is still primed and ready to pump out more cash to keep the SD’s lapping it up and staying on board for the Precious. . .
Every time I see a picture or description from DEMOCRATS of Sarah or Hillary in pornographic degradation I think of my daughters and a repulsive image of their heads photoshopped into a porn picture pops into mine. This is what will happen to them if you don’t fight, the voice in my head tells me.
And so, I’ll fight. Alongside every one of us who believes we have more in common with Joe the Plumber than Joe the Senator. More in common with the mother of a child with Down’s Syndrome than the father of the Daily Kos hate machine. And more in common with a brave, young Wellesley College graduate who dared to dream she could be president than with a cowardly, young Harvard graduate who dared to believe he might be the Messiah. . .
It’s possible that the only thing that united us as women was Hillary’s candidacy and now that it’s over we’ll all retreat back into our own individual worlds, back into our own little echo chambers in which everyone thinks exactly like we do, in which the context is reassuring and the messages soothing and compliant with whichever ideology each of us happens to be swayed by. . .