I support Hillary Clinton, because I think she is the best person for the job. But I have to admit I’m worried. If Hillary wins the nomination, will this discourage and alienate Obama supporters. Many Obama supporters are young first-time voters. Will they be disillusioned if Obama should lose. Personally, I like both Hillary and Barack and would support just about any Democrat, as long as the Republicans lose. But if this fight between Clinton and Obama leads to a win for McCain…I don’t even want to think about it. I’m finally getting over my depression from the 2004 election, ugggg.
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Hi Cindy! I am “Chevalier2035” from YouTube. I appreciated your reply to my comment on your posting of the DNC dynamite ad and came to your web site. I am an Obama Alternate to the Texas Democratic Convention June 5-7, but I agree with you 100% that we must re-unite the party for the general election. I also feel it is something we are all going to have to work hard to achieve. Not only have I seen the bitter feelings in both the Clinton and Obama camps on national TV and the internet, but I experienced it first hand at our senate district convention at the end of March. My precinct delegation (7-6 Hillary after a harmonious precinct caucus) managed to maintain a feeling of unity despite the rivalry, but we were the exception at the district convention. We Democrats of good intentions need to promote harmony against the real enemy in the fall, but I admit I don’t know how we to achieve this. I congratulate Howard Dean on airing this ad now, but it needs to be played at every Democratic gathering and aired as widely as possible. I am appalled by the number of people who say in exit polls that they will vote for McCain or stay at home if their candidate is not the nominee. How can we combat this self-destructive stance held by so many Democrats?
Precinct 2035, TX Senate District 26
San Antonio, Texas
Joel, thanks for stopping by. I sure wish I had an answer for you. On the bright side, I can pretty much guarantee that here in MA a democrat will win;-) But I am worried about the rest of the country.
I wouldn’t know, because I’m not in touch with a very wide swath of people, but don’t you think those people who are saying, now, that they would switch their vote to McCain are really just bluffing? Do you really think they’ll take their bitterness all the way to November?
It’s hard, because as an independent from Massachusetts whose vote has never counted and probably never will (it being inevitable that the Democratic party will always take MA), I LOVE this prolonged primary season. Finally, states like Indiana whose Democrats haven’t mattered to American politics in 40 years are getting to have their fair say. If no one is going to abolish the absurd Electoral College and nine people on the Supreme Court are going to be called in whenever the EC fails, then this is the most democratic contest we’re going to get in a long time!
In fact, it bothers me how many people, back in the beginning, were complaining about how much of a say Iowa and those select few first bellwether states were getting. But now that *everyone* is getting a say, many of those same pundits are trying to put on the brakes, as though fair is only fair so long as the stakes aren’t really all that high. Some pundits a few weeks ago even had the nerve to demand that Hillary bow out! Which is an insult to her and to the states that haven’t voted.
I am totally sympathetic with your worries about Democratic disunity; I assuage my own worries by holding onto the hope that in the end people will put bitterness aside and vote with their brains. Because in the meantime, if there’s one thing more important to me than seeing the Democrats win in November, it’s seeing individuals across the country finally feel integral to the electoral process. If they don’t then abuse their privilege by voting McCain out of spite, then that will be a true defeat for partisan politics — which I cannot help but celebrate.
I understand what you are saying about partisan politics and I agree with you in theory. But in reality, each party has a core agenda and those agenda are very differnet.