Do you remember the inconsolable Hillary supporter, NY Upper West Sider Harriet Christian, who unloaded her anger on reporters at the outcome of the DNC Rules Committee hearing? Jane Hamsher of FDL caught her tirade on video:

“…throwing the election away…for what — an inadequate black male who would not have been running had it not been a white woman that was running for president. I’m not going to shut my mouth anymore. I can be called white, but you can’t be called black…God Damn the Democrats.”

Well, I was surfing over at Mike Signorile’s pad and he’s still dealing with the PUMAs; he gives them air time to vent, but for some of them the anger over Hillary not getting the nom is still raw. This time it’s “Karen in Arizona” (eerily similar-to-Harriet-Christian), who said she’s going to write-in Hillary’s name in November. Mike:

Some listeners and commenters here also seem to think I should be nicer to these people, but I think they really want me to legitimize their positions, and I’m not going to do that. They keep claiming they’re either going to vote for McCain or write in Hillary’s name. I’m sorry, but that’s not a sane alternative, and I’m not going to coddle these people when they need to have sense shaken into them. And if that’s not going to work for them then others who might be thinking of doing what they’re doing need to hear these people challenged so that maybe they won’t be as idiotic.

The unbelievable video from Mike’s show is below the fold.

You have to watch the whole thing. The caller is really off-the-hook angry. I don’t know how you can reach women like this. At this point, callers like this are not driving the train, but the perspective is still troubling to me.

Of Clinton supporters, a majority (57 percent) are upset that Obama did not pick Clinton as his vice president but 38 percent say they will still support Obama. But this isn’t the whole picture: Thirty-one percent of Clinton supporters said they weren’t upset that she wasn’t added to the ticket.

…The poll dispels the rumor that Clinton supporters were flocking in droves to McCain-Palin. Thirty-five percent of Clinton supporters are less likely to vote for McCain now that Palin is on the ticket. Forty-seven percent said her selection made no difference. Only 19 percent said they are more likely to support McCain. The big number for the Obama campaign is that 23 percent of Clinton supporters say they’ll vote for McCain, up from 18 percent in July.

Why are these women so incensed that they would either throw their vote away or worse, vote for McCain, even after their object of affection and support — Hillary Clinton — has told them to see the bigger picture?

It’s quite disturbing and sad, because their passion for politics seemed to hinge completely on one person, rather than the issues. Given the stakes in this election, I would have hoped these women would come around. It’s not clear to me that Barack Obama could say or do anything to bring them on board.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding