Clinton Dems Jumping Ship?
Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic reports that the GOP convention HQ in St. Paul, Minn., is getting a flood of calls from "people who identify themselves as Clinton supporters" offering to help the McCain campaign, according to Matt Burns, spokesman for the convention.
This brings to mind several questions:
- Is this true? And if so;
- Who exactly are these people?
- Is this a passing, visceral reaction to last night’s disappointment for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s faithful? Or could this be an issue the Obama campaign will be forced to address?
- Are there enough Democrats out there who simply won’t vote for Obama to provide a boost for the McCain campaign?
My guess is that:
- It probably is true.
- It’s most likely angry older moderate Democrats genuinely turned off by Obama; possibly some voters who simply won’t consider voting for a black man (remember the reports from the Pennsylvania phone bank?)
- It probably is passing and visceral. Most of these disheartened Clinton supporters will eventually suck it up and support Obama — given their nominal policy differences and the Democratic desire to take back the White House. Furthermore, Obama will certainly be making overtures to Clinton voters in coming weeks in order to unite the party.
- In the short term, this might be something for Obama to worry about. It certainly gives McCain a good reason to say nice things about Clinton in his pursuit of some of her followers, some of whom probably can be picked off. It’s doubtful, however, that this phenomenon will be turning any Democratic tides (see above.)