Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small is noticing that the (not so) Democratic Party isn’t having an easy time uniting. Here’s a captivating two paragraphs that capture the Democratic Party’s dysfunction perfectly:

Suddenly it dawned on the Hillary Clinton supporters in the audience that the committee was not going to go their way. “I was incredibly proud to come down here as a student on the mall and listen to Dr. Martin Luther King talk about civil rights,” said Germond, as the crowd simultaneously began to hiss, cheer and shush, her voice being drowned out by the roar. “We are not the current administration who plays lose with rules,” Germond continued, her voice rising a little desperately to dampen down the onslaught of outrage that was just beginning. “I’m feeling very badly that we can’t seat Michigan and Florida in full,” she virtually yelled over shouts of “Shame on you!”

The noise they made was the sound of the Democratic Party fracturing: one third for Obama cheering, one third for Clinton booing and the rest, including the chagrined members of the panel, frantically hushing both sides as if to say, ‘Don’t go there, don’t show the Republicans how dysfunctional we are.’ It was also a cry of desperation, because the panel’s ruling virtually ensured that the door was slamming on Clinton, who with three races to go now has little chance of overcoming Obama’s lead. The meeting only went downhill from there, with committee co-chair Alexis Herman pounding the gavel in a vain attempt to restore order and Harold Ickes, a senior Clinton advisor and member of the committee, claiming the panel was “hijacking” democracy and threatening to appeal the ruling well into the summer.

In her Boston Globe op-ed, Geraldine Ferraro talked about the embarrassment of riches Democrats had starting the nominating cycle. I’d argue that what they really have is an embarrassment. Barack Obama is an embarrassment because he’s got tons of skeletons in his closet and because he’s a lightweight. Smooth talker? Definitely. Gravitas? You’re kidding me. He’d likely have to look in the dictionary to learn how to spell it much less define it.

Hillary? She’s the woman everyone learned how to distrust. Republicans learned that in the 1990’s. Democrats are just finally figuring it out. What’s new? They’re just figuring it out because she’s set her sights on their Chosen One who’s supposed to deliver the White House into their clutches. NOW they’ve figured it out that the Clintons are shameless and that they play hardball politics with brass knuckles and bazookas. If there’s a Republican standing in their way, then it’s time to set their sights on the Republican and demolish him.

Democrats thought that they were exempt. That’s because they never stood in the Clinton’s way before. Now they know. Hillary still hasn’t answered this important threshhold question: How do you unite a group when half of them hate you on a personal level?

The answer is that she can’t unite the group because the MoveOn.org types aren’t the compromising types. After all, it’s their party. They bought it. They aren’t about to give it back without a bloody fight, especially to a DLC ‘Republican Lite’ type like Hillary.

Does this sound like the sound of unity?

Instead, the panel’s lunch turned into a three-hour closed-door session, during which the members finally agreed on a compromise — though it was basically the position taken by the Obama campaign, not to mention the one Republicans smartly came up with for their side long before the disputed primaries took place: seat both delegations but grant each only half a vote per delegate as a penalty. In what the Obama campaign called a “gift” to Clinton they agreed to seat Florida’s delegates based on the results of that state’s January 29th primary, yielding Clinton a net gain of 19 delegates. “A concession? Give me a break. Under their formula Hillary Clinton loses delegates,”scoffed Ickes. “It’s just a perversion of words to call it a concession.”

Rest assured that Hillary won’t go gently into that good night. So much for blessed unity.

UPDATE: More articles are being written about the Democratic Party’s strife. Here’s what Michael Tomasky wrote about the Democrats’ strife:

So this is what party unity sounds like. Alice Huffman, a member of the Democratic party’s rules and bylaws committee, which met on Saturday to decide the fates of the Florida and Michigan delegations, was explaining herself. She had just sought to allow all of Florida’s delegates to vote at the Democratic convention in August, despite the disputed scheduling of the state’s presidential primary. But that motion failed, and she was explaining to her 29 fellow committee members and the rest of us in a Washington hotel ballroom why she was now, in the interest of party unity, going to support a second motion that would seat the delegation at half strength.

A woman in the audience yelled: “You just took away votes!” Huffman: “We gave you some back, too. We will leave here more united than we came.”

The room, or that portion of it dedicated to Hillary Clinton’s advancement to the White House, burst into mocking laughter. She tried to keep talking. A man yelled: “Lipstick on a pig!” Huffman countered: “Please conduct yourselves like proper men and women.”

At a later point, committee member Everett Ward was trying to speak. A woman in the audience yelled, apropos of what I’m not sure: “What about Iowa? New Hampshire? South Carolina?” Another woman countered: “Shut up!”

Here’s what Texas Demomcratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie said about this weekend’s Texas Democratic State Convention:

Texas Democratic Chairman Boyd Richie, who endorsed Obama last week, said he expects a spirited rivalry to exist between the delegates if the presidential race is continuing. “Politics in Texas is a full-contact blood sport in some quarters,” Richie said. “People are passionate about their beliefs and their candidates.”

Richie said his goal for the convention is to get delegates focused on putting the internal rivalries aside to look ahead to winning the White House in November, instead of continuing to argue over Obama and Clinton.

“You’re going to have a lot of people who are disappointed. You’re going to have a lot of folks who are elated,” he said. “We’ve got to find a way to get those to mesh and understand our common goal is not to be fighting with one another.”

This stuff won’t be settled anytime soon.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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