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.” Rebecca Elliott BuzzFeed Contributor posted August 22, 2012 4:51pm EDT 1. An invitation to protest Paul Ryan: View this image › 2. Initially, there was enthusiasm. View this image › 3. But the critics soon began piling on. View this image › 4. They tore each other apart over how they ought to best show their support for Obama. View this image › 5. The thread turned into a debate about protests and passion in American politics. View this image › 6. The difference between effective organizing, and political involvement that is simply self-gratifying. View this image › 7. One individual brought MLK and the Selma marches into the conversation. View this image › 8. There were attempts at de-escalating the argument. View this image › 9. But the internal bickering ultimately turned some Obama supporters off for good. View this image › View this image › 11. “This is how elections get lost,” wrote one listserv member. View this image › Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com! More ▾ Next On BuzzFeed Politics › Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex... Next On BuzzFeed Politics › Where Are The Guns The U.S. Gave To Afghanistan?