Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A House Divided

Norah O'Donnell reported these results from exit polling in Pennsylvania on MSNBC tonight. While I am not sure that Pennsylvania is typical of the nation as a whole, I think it is indicative of how polarized Democrats have become in recent weeks - and it isn't a good thing.

...only 53% of Clinton voters say they would vote for Obama. A quarter of her supporters would cross party lines and vote for John McCain and 18% would stay home.

As for Obama voters, 69% say they would vote for Hillary Clinton if she ends up the nominee against McCain; 16% would vote for McCain and 13% would stay home.

And what about those new voters? Remember some 300,000 new voters in Pennsylvania today? Well, 29% said they would not vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

Even with this win in Pennsylvania, Hillary has no chance to win a majority of the pledged delegates - she needs to capture 70% of the remaining delegates!

Her hopes now consist of a scenario in which superdelegates would cast aside the results of the primaries and caucuses and give the election to the candidate with fewer elected delegates. For those of us still bitter over the stolen election of 2000, this is unacceptable.

Barack Obama should ignore her from now on and start running against John McCain. Hillary should decide which side of that fight she wants to support.

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posted at 10:36:00 PM by Neil

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