Karin Agness

Throughout the Democratic National Convention, media outlets highlighted the faction within the Democratic Party composed of Hillary Clinton supporters who intend to vote for John McCain. They showed pictures of women wearing Clinton t-shirts, women proudly displaying “NOBAMA” buttons and women crying during Clinton’s speech. It is tempting to laugh-off this news coverage as media exaggeration, but these women are standing their ground and organizing. JustSayNoDeal.com is the website clearinghouse for this exact group of Democratic discontents—women (and men) who are saying “no” to Barack Obama. They believe the election was stolen from Clinton. Their unifying philosophy is, “If the parties won’t uphold democratic principles, who will? If the voters don’t hold the parties accountable, who will?”

An “Open Letter to JustSayNoDealers” prominently posted on the website reads in part, “I hope you do not give into intimidation or persuasion and remain committed to the cause. This movement is no longer invisible and with that there will be effort to divide you and concur. I hope, for the sake of all the people you have energized, you stay unified with a single voice and a single purpose of undoing the wrong. Let’s say ‘NO DEAL!’ with our votes in November and make sure the candidate who is not qualified will not be the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2009. Long live the movement.”

This effort is bigger than one woman or one group. Justsayno.com includes a long list of affiliated websites, which promote a similar message, such as writehillaryin.com, clintondems.com, hireheels.com, hillarysupporters.com, clintons4mccain.com and puma08.com. Most of these domain names are pretty self-explanatory, except for puma08.com. “Puma” originally stood for “Party Unity, My Ass!,” but some more moderate members now argue it is short for, “People United Means Action.”

This coalition is actively fighting the Democratic Party. The website features press releases criticizing of Obama and calling for more Americans to reject him at the polls. A June 27th press release written in response to “Unity Day” reads, “While the Just Say No Deal Coalition respects the genuine nature of Senator Clinton in keeping her word to campaign with and for Senator Obama, we will not support him now or on November 4, 2008. Senator Clinton's vote is her own; our votes are our own and they will not be cast for Senator Obama. The Just Say No Deal Coalition members will either choose to stay home in protest, write-in Senator Clinton's name or vote for Senator John McCain. Our votes are our voices and Just Say No Deal's voices are 2 million strong and growing.”

Karin Agness

Karin Agness is President of the Network of Enlightened Women.
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