Many PUMAs are depressed and angry today. I understand how you feel, even though I expected this result.
The nomination was rigged, long ago. The people responsible for ignoring the will of the voters and selecting Barack Obama as the nominee have been plotting and planning for years. This was no accident. The full scope of what happened may never be known, but in hindsight some of it is obvious.
We were caught by surprise, and have been playing “catch-up” for months. But we have made tremendous progress. PUMA is less than three months old, and we have already made the national news.
So we lost this battle, but it was one they didn’t even expect to have to fight. Now we have to regroup, get organized, and figure our and strategy and goals for the future. There will be a need for local, state and national activities. We need to be ready next time, so that things like caucus fraud don’t occur.
This struggle will take a long time. It will last at least four years, maybe longer. Women’s Suffrage and the Civil Rights Movement took decades. Considering the progress we have already made, I expect that we will achieve victory much sooner.
Meanwhile, life goes on. We have jobs, families, and lives to live. We need to pace ourselves, so we don’t burn-out.
Our next goal? Making sure that Barack Obama is defeated in November.