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For them it doesn't matter that their little snit might play right into the hands of the opposing team. I wonder how many of them are taking their sour grapes and flying straight to the Twin Cities. That way, they can be right there as they play into the Republicans' hands.

They certainly do have some arguable complaints: about the coverage, for instance, Barack Obama got from so-called journalists who seemed to cut him a lot more slack than Clinton, actually both Clintons.

And let's be honest: The sexism in the media was disgusting. I am among those who share the belief that we still need to give some payback and somehow punish the worst offenders.

Nevertheless, one can also argue Obama simply ran a better campaign, skillfully outmaneuvering the Clintonistas every step of the way. No amount of sulking can change that.

This is not about whether Obama or McCain should be the next president. The issue here is whether some of these petulant Hillary Clinton supporters were being hypocritical when they were chanting about the need for change. Was/is their commitment as superficial as it appears? Do they really believe in anything but themselves?

Some might conclude that they're acting like spoiled children. If they don't have their way, make everyone pay. It's easy to say, "Good Riddance. Who needs them?” Except that John McCain and Barack Obama do.

They could sway the election either way. How ironic would it be, that in spite of the pleadings of their temporary runner-up, they handed victory to the other side? A sore loser is a loser. And for everyone who trusted they were sincere, it's a bitter lesson about how shallow some people's principles can be.


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