Sunday, March 23, 2008

Are we really going to do this?

I thought it was just a blog thing, but the media narrative of a Democratic Civil War out in the real world is growing stronger by the day.

Drama is good for ratings, so I fully expect them to keep exploiting this divide for all its worth, but I just can't fathom the mentality of actually voting for McCain after everything Bush and the Republicans have done to this country.

One-fifth of proclaimed "backers" in Pennsylvania seem to have no problem with it.

According to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters, only 53 percent of Clinton backers say they'll vote for Obama should he become the nominee. Nineteen percent say they'll vote for McCain and 13 percent say they won't vote, the poll found.

The poll said that 60 percent of Obama backers said they would go for Clinton should she win the nomination, with 20 percent opting for McCain, and 3 percent saying they wouldn't vote at all.

That's what ABC News found in talking to voters on the street.

"I think I'd have to vote for McCain," Laura Courson, New York woman who supports Clinton told ABC News, when asked what she would do if her candidate were not the Democrats' nominee.

"I'd have a hard time voting for Hillary Clinton in this election ... I might go for a third party candidate," said Kevin Mills, a Los Angeles man who supports Obama.

Please tell me this isn't really happening, please tell me these people will come to their senses in time. But increasingly, I'm starting to wonder if they will.

But if Texas and Ohio are any indication, the negativity will take its toll. Exit polls published by CNN showed that barely more than four in 10 Democrats said they would be satisfied no matter which candidate won the nomination.

That kind of malaise is a stark contrast to the kind of universal enthusiasm seen from Democratic voters through early voting in January and much of last month. Even as Clinton got blown out in South Carolina, for example, more than three-quarters of voters said they would be satisfied if she were the nominee.

Here in Michigan, the GR Press is pointing out the how infighting benefits McCain, and now Nolan Finley is pouring acid in the crack to try to widen the divide as well.

McCain is the perfect candidate to exploit the Democratic discontent. Democrats don't hate or fear him enough to mobilize the party's stragglers to turn out and defeat him.

An election that once looked like a sure thing for Democrats may be lost even before the party gets to its Denver convention in August.

Nolan would like that. Let's not give Nolan the satisfaction. That should be reason enough to come together.

ABC points out the chance for healing as well - and this comes from a former Bush employee.

Sara Taylor, a former political director in the Bush White House, says the only way Democrats can win is for Obama and Clinton to show unity at their convention.

"They could go to the convention. They could team up," she said. "It would be the most-watched Democratic convention, the most-watched convention in history because of the excitement of this race, and then head into the last two months of the campaign with the wind at their back."

In the past, political rivals within a party have been able to paper over any hard feelings from the primary campaign. Most recently, John Kerry and John Edwards did so in the 2004 race, when they eventually ran together on the same ticket.

This has gone deeper than Kerry/Edwards, but I still hope the above scenario turns out to be true, in whatever form the concept of "teaming-up" will eventually take. The future of our country depends on it.

This is cross-posted at BFM, but here is a wizardkitten extra: I really don't have a favorite between these two. No one will probably believe that in the blogosphere. I just don't mention it and let people assume what they will. Already I have seen indications that people think I support Hillary based on my support of Granholm (and now the revote), but, they would be wrong. And I can't join Obama based soley on the herd flocking that way. It's just not there for me emotionally either way with these two. I'm one of the rare ones that would be happy with either.

Just as long as it's not McCain. Please people, get a grip.