Maureen Dowd is most definitely not a water carrier for the Republicans, so her account of the conflict between the Clintonistas and the Obamaites at the Democratic convention rings true.
This Democratic convention has a vibe so weird and jittery, so at odds with the early thrilling fairy-dust feel of the Obama revolution, that I had to consult with Mike Murphy, the peppery Republican strategist and former McCain guru.
“What is that feeling in the air?” I asked him.
“Submerged hate,” he promptly replied.
There were a lot of bitter Clinton associates, fundraisers and supporters wandering the halls, spewing vindictiveness, complaining of slights, scheming about Hillary’s roll call and plotting trouble, with some in the Clinton coterie dissing Obama by planning early departures, before the nominee even speaks.
She goes on, in detail. The thing is, some Clintonistas seem to want Obama to lose, which would give Mrs. Clinton a clear shot for the 2012 nomination.
But after last night, now that the Clintons have given their speeches asking their supporters to work for Obama, do you think the party will be unified?