Democrats are ready to vote for John McCain if their candidate doesn’t win the primary.
(The above originally linked to a Slate article, but it has since been removed. It was simply a report of polls showing that a percentage of Clinton supporters wouldn’t vote Obama come November)
To begin with, I’m not entirely sure I buy these numbers. It seems to me that a lot of those being polled were trying to send a message that if they’re candidate doesn’t win, then the Party would lose in the general election. For Clinton supporters, who are generally more the old stalwarts in the Democratic Party, this just doesn’t make sense. It particularly doesn’t make sense because I’m still very unclear as to why Clinton Democrats hate Obama. While I clearly disagree with them, I can understand why they prefer they’re candidate. What he has done to garner this hate, I don’t know.
As I’ve said many times before, it makes some sense for Obama supporters to not vote for Clinton in the general election, especially if she takes the nomination in an unfair way. However, I have never gone so far as to say it makes sense for them to vote McCain instead of Clinton. Additionally, I mainly say that it only makes sense because it would be done in an unfair matter. I would not be nearly as understanding if Obama supporters didn’t vote Clinton in the general should she have taken the nomination fairly (even despite her constant negative politics).
As such, these numbers seem to indicate a far more irrational mindset, and is undoubtedly the result of this unnecessarily ongoing, increasing caustic, Democratic race. It’s now all the more clear that the superdelegates need to step in to end this contest. People need a lot of time to calm down, think rationally, and remember why they support Democrats rather than Republicans. If this drags on until August, or even June for that matter, the Democrats are looking at a very real possibility of yet again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.