Posted by: iam0nly1 | June 28, 2008

PUMAs v.s. HOUNDs?

Well, PUMAs, we’re definitely getting a lot of attention! Pennsylvania Governor, Ed Rendell, whom we greatly appreciate for his strong support for Hillary, has formed a group called HOUND. 

[H/T to Riverdaughter]

By Governor Edward G. Rendell

Click here to join Hound [link removed]

We have formed HOUND (Hillary-Obama-United-Not-Divided) in response to the creation of PUMA (party unity, my ass — or its cleaned up moniker, People United Means Action).

PUMA advocated that Hillary Clinton supporters do not vote for Barack Obama just for the sake of party unity. Even though we in HOUND are loyal Democrats, we agree that no one should cast a vote for President because of a desire to achieve party unity. We believe Sen. Clinton supporters should vote for Sen. Obama because, as Hillary herself said so forcefully and poignantly in her great speech a few Saturdays ago, the best way to achieve the changes she has fought so hard to bring to America, and on which she based her campaign, is to support Sen. Obama, whose policies are almost identical to hers.

The Clinton-Obama plans on health care, the economy, energy, education and on ending the war in Iraq represent the core values that made us all Democrats – values and positions that are light years apart from the conservative policies enunciated by Sen. McCain (e.g., voting against S-CHIP, voting against raising CAF standards, voting against equal pay for women, voting for increased tax credits for big oil and against extending the credit for the production of renewable energy, expanding an increase in the Bush tax cuts, promoting a war without end in Iraq, etc.) If you care about these things, and we believe PUMA members do, then you must support Sen. Obama.

No one worked harder than I did for Hillary and I believe no one could admire her and what she represents more that I do. But we must get over our disappointment and, as Hillary said, not waste time looking back and thinking about what might have been. Our country’s challenges must be addressed immediately, not four years from now. Our beloved country simply cannot afford four more years of Republican do-nothing-for-people government. PUMA members risk just that – it could be a Ralph Nader 2000 redux. Don’t let that happen. Close your eyes and think about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton standing together united at a ceremony for the bill signing of legislation that guarantees every American affordable, effective healthcare.

One last point – HOUND is not anti-PUMA. We agree with many of your grievances. For example, we, too, believe that the Democratic Party’s nominating process is unfair and undemocratic. We must change the policy where some votes are more important than others and some areas receive more delegates than their number of voters would justify – it violates the spirit of “one person, one vote.” We must eliminate caucuses that are inherently undemocratic and disenfranchise seniors (no absentee voting for those who can’t go to the polls), shift workers and our military. Forcing people to declare their preference in public also violates another cherished principle that undermines our democracy.

So, we are asking all PUMA members to curb your disappointment, mute your anger and frustration and join HOUND to help change America. While the PUMA may be more swift and athletic, the HOUND is smarter and more perceptive.

A few obvious points…pumas are stronger, faster, and yes, smarter and more perceptive than hounds (contrary to Gov. Rendell’s claims). Further, Gov. Rendell demonstrates, like many others, that he believes our movement is about “disappointment,” “anger,” and “frustration.”  Well, if indeed our movement is about disappointment, then we are disappointed that our party has forsaken its values, principles and the tenets of Democracy. If our movement is about anger, then we are angry that the primary was clearly rigged and the voters and Democracy disrespected, subverted and indeed, overturned, in order to appoint Senator Obama. If our movement is about frustration, then we are frustrated that we are now a people without a Party and that our former Party refuses to listen to our concerns and properly address them. This, Gov. Rendell, is not the kind of disappointment that can be curbed, or the type of anger and frustration that can or even should be muted.  

With that out of the way, I’d like to note that Gov. Rendell makes certain to proclaim that HOUNDs are not anti-PUMA. We appreciate that Gov. Rendell, and on November 5, or perhaps earlier if the Party reforms, we will unite, because it will take all of us to hold the Party accountable and restore it to its former glory. 

Please head over to The Confluence and read Riverdaughter’s amazing response to Governor Rendell. 



  1. I believe these comments by so-called PUMA are McCain people in disguise. I find it hard to believe that any intelligent thinking people who has been true democrats could so easily switch party, that has proven failure these past eight year, because of one individual. If PUMA is a legitimate group of Hillary Clinton supporters, supposedly democrats, they have to be the most selfish, narrow-minded bunch of bigots I’ve encountered in years, and we as democrats are blessed to no longer have you as one of us.

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