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Watch Obama Supporters Melt Down In Real Time

This email thread from a Virginia pro-Obama listserv offers a glimpse into tension in the hope-and-change crowd. "We're supposed to be the adult party."

Posted on August 22, 2012, at 4:51 p.m. ET

An invitation to protest Paul Ryan:

Initially, there was enthusiasm.

But the critics soon began piling on.

They tore each other apart over how they ought to best show their support for Obama.

The thread turned into a debate about protests and passion in American politics.

The difference between effective organizing, and political involvement that is simply self-gratifying.

One individual brought MLK and the Selma marches into the conversation.

There were attempts at de-escalating the argument.

But the internal bickering ultimately turned some Obama supporters off for good.

"This is how elections get lost," wrote one listserv member.

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