by canadian gal, Fri May 09, 2008 at 07:31:14 PM EDT
if you are a regular at mydd, you will have noticed a marked change in the last few days - that change reflects an increase in atmosphere similar to dkos with many HRC supporters gone. this quiet here is combined with some sincere diaries calling for unity or attempting to understand and assuage anger amongst HRC supporters who say they would not vote for BO. i will attempt to try and explain the way some people are feeling.
first lets take a look at some startling numbers from the exit polls from last tuesday's contests in indiana and north carolina that reflect this problem in a more tangible way.
According to the exit polls, half of Clinton's supporters in Indiana would not vote for Obama in a general election match up with John McCain. A third of Clinton voters said they would pick McCain over Obama, while 17 percent said they would not vote at all. Just 48 percent of Clinton supporters said they would back Obama in November.
Obama gets even less support from Clinton backers in North Carolina. There, only 45 percent of Clinton supporters said they would vote for Obama over McCain. Thirty-eight percent said they would vote for McCain while 12 percent said they would not vote.
Obama voters appear to be more willing to support Clinton in November. In Indiana, 59 percent of Obama backers said they'd vote for Clinton, and 70 percent of Obama backers in North Carolina said they'd support the New York Democrat.
my take on why people are saying this:
- they are turned off by BO's negative campaignin
- they want HRC and no one else
- they dont like BO or his policies
- they are offended at wright/bitter etc.
- they found BO hypocritical
- they are offended at charges of racism toward a former president and first lady which clearly isn't so
- they think BO is a phony
- they think BO is too inexperienced
and here is what i believe to be the most responsible for these numbers:
- THEY ARE DISREGARDED FOR SUPPORTING HRC
- THEY ARE TURNED OFF BY HIS SUPPORTERS - INCLUDING THE MEDIA
- THEY ARE DISGUSTED BY BO'S IMPLICIT ENCOURAGEMENT OF #9 and #10
lets look a little deeper at these...
THEY ARE DISREGARDED FOR SUPPORTING HRC
there is often the almost complete disregard for the 14 million voters who have backed HRC's candidacy, as well as the idea that she is their representative in this race. instead, the media and BO supporters treat HRC's entire campaign as some sort of vanity exercise in which voters do not exist. this includes the accusations of"low-information voters," racism, xenophobia, or suggestions that people who voted for HRC are somehow irrational and voting only on the basis of gender and are stupid or shallow.
THEY ARE TURNED OFF BY HIS SUPPORTERS - INCLUDING THE MEDIA
"iron my shirts" ring a bell? or how about the hatred and condescending treatment you see all over the internet. even here at mydd which tended to be one of the few last places online that HRC supporters could come freely and not feel inundated by swarms of BO supporters vitriol. this hateful nonsense can be seen in disgusting diaries and comments. yesterday - a BO supporter posted a youtube clip which equated HRC to hitler. even now - its very close to being over, and this nonsense is still going on and probably will go on even when i submit this diary.
which leads me to the media. they basically decided they did not want HRC in the race and similarly they wanted BO to be the nominee. the media pile on HRC together with BO's glowing treatment (save for wright redux). There is not enough room in this diary, but if you want more info on the disgusting treatment by the media, please feel free to see some of my other diaries on this here:
put succinctly by orange fur: "One thing I don't understand is why some Obama supporters feel a need to defend obviously derogatory comments. When David Shuster accused Clinton of pimping out Chelsea, why did so many of them rush in to defend him? It has nothing to do with Obama. Not every enemy of your opponent is a friend."
THEY ARE DISGUSTED BY BO'S IMPLICIT ENCOURAGEMENT OF #9 AND #10
many ask themselves what progressive would stand silent, supporting with the cold reserve of ambition the disgracefully sexist, smears and virtriol on a well-respected woman of the same party or political foe?
will it be a kumbaya in november if BO is the nominee? im not so sure.