Political tension between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is inflaming Democrats’ emotions as it spills over into the electorate with more voters threatening to defect from the party should their candidate lose the presidential nomination.\ \ \ A Gallup Poll released yesterday showed that 28 percent of Clinton supporters would back Republican nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the general election should the former first lady not get the Democratic nomination.\ \ \ “This suggests that some Clinton supporters are so strongly opposed to Obama (or so loyal to Clinton) that they would go so far as to vote for the ‘other’ party’s candidate next November if Obama is the Democratic nominee,” Gallup wrote in its analysis, adding, “the continuing and sometimes fractious Democratic nomination fight could have a negative impact for the Democratic Party.”\ \ \ Among Obama supporters in the poll, 19 percent would vote for Mr. McCain should Mrs. Clinton, of New York, be the nominee. The news benefits the Republican senator, who exchanged barbs with Mr. Obama yesterday about the economy.\ \ \ “John McCain ought to be a fire bell for the Democratic Party to say we cannot let this thing go on,” Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, told The Washington Times. “We need to have a nominee and get on with running against John McCain.”\ \ \ But Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the California Democratic Party, said the long race is “actually good” for the candidates because each will be “thoroughly vetted.”\ \ \ “We’re going to have a nominee prior to the convention,” he predicted. “A lot of this nervousness is to be expected, but in the long run, I don’t think Democrats are going to stomach pulling the lever for a Republican candidate.”\ \ \ Chris Bowers’ Blue Majority online grass-roots fundraising group endorsed Mr. Obama, of Illinois, yesterday, saying a major reason was to end the infighting.herehere
Good article. You should know that most Dems I’ve spoken to who will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee will be doing so because of their very strong opposition to Obama, and not because they are strongly in favor of Clinton. We, as Democrats who’ve lived through 7 years of George Bush, very badly want a Democrat in the White House, but we will not vote for Obama under any circumstances. That leaves us with McCain, because his character is sound and he at least has shown that he loves this country. We have serious questions about Obama’s connections to Wright, Rezko, and Ayers, and we question his patriotism, character, and judgment.\ \ \ I read an article yesterday in which the writer suggested that we Dems are possibly only saying now that we won’t vote Democratic in the fall, and we’ll change our minds come the election. But let me assure you, that is not the case. I am sixty years old, and a life-long Dem, and I would rather see the Republicans win again than to put Obama in the White House. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Howard Dean had better prepare themselves for a Republican president, Because I, and many others, will be perfectly happy with that outcome.
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times