What Do You Think: What If?

The Democratic race seems to grow more polarizing on a daily basis.  Just yesterday there were not a few bloggers who seemed to have soured beyond a breaking point when Hillary Clinton attempted to deflect her Bosnia controversy by trying to reignite the Wright controversy, for instance.

Whatever the case, we find ourselves at a situation where a disturbingly high percentage of voters are claiming that they will refuse to support the other candidate should they win the nomination.

For you folks (one of whom I am very close to becoming), this question is for you.

Obviously, this rising sentiment is driven in large part by the tone the campaign has taken.  But let’s assume that one way or another this whole campaign ended on Super Tuesday.  For entrenched Obama supporters, we’ll say that Hillary ran the table, and for Clinton supporters we’ll say that Obama clinched the nomination.

Would you have supported the eventual winner assuming we never got where we are now?  Why or why not?

4 Responses to “What Do You Think: What If?”

  1. PSoTD says:

    I think this is an interesting question, but my answer now is the same as my answer then – yes, I’ll vote for either candidate because they are better than McCain. I really don’t think that there’s been much lingering harm done in the campaign so far, but I do think there’s a level of emotional hyperbole out there, stoked by the campaigns and trapped by an expanding blogger echo chamber that has to stop.

    There’s another problem I believe on the horizon for the Democratic Party – an ugly convention that leaves one camp or the other feeling ripped off. I’m not sure how the leadership of the Party deals with this, but ostrich in the sand strategy will be disastrous. I know that for me, I will leave the Democratic Party as a participant in primaries and funding if I feel the party screws this thing up. Lack of focus and ineptitude in process doesn’t deserve approval.

  2. Valid points all. In the end, I’ll still vote for Hillary Clinton, but I don’t know that I can support her, if that makes any sense at all. Well, I know it does because it’s the common dilemma of voting for or against something that seems almost a foregone conclusion with many voters election year after election year.

    My attitude towards Hillary Clinton is much different now than it was before Super Tuesday. Before Super Tuesday I was sort of expecting Obama to get his clock cleaned and mentally I was putting myself in a place to start actively supporting her.

    That didn’t happen, and much of what has gone on since then has put me where I am now where I realize I’m part of that hyperbolic emotional expression, but, again, it is what it is. It’s like I wrote very recently; every time I step back and say, look, you’re getting out of control, rein it back in and give her a chance, something goes on in that camp that sets me off all over again.

    But on this one thing we agree, McCain is still much worse than either Democratic candidate and he will not get my vote under any circumstances this fall.

  3. Christian Prophet says:

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  4. Dynamic says:

    I’m approaching this from an unusual position. I’m a strong Obama supporter for a variety of reasons, and I came to that only after Edwards – my first choice – dropped out.

    I had originally been a fan of all our candidates and been excited at our slate, but Hillary has thrown that goodwill out the window. Still, it’s difficult to justify voting for McCain over Hillary just because of sour grapes, should she somehow have pulled off the nomination.

    BUT – and this is a strong but – it’s not impossible.

    I believe very strongly in a lot of progressive ideas. I think that education and healthcare are human rights that everyone is entitled to (and I think that this is also simply good business investment, which is the argument I make to conservative friends). I feel that human rights are essential to a free society. And I have opposed the war in Iraq from the time it first entered public discourse. But I also feel that we have a responsibility to Iraq that needs to be met; I feel that my position on human rights requires that I be against both the death penalty and profligate abortion; and I feel that McCain is dramatically more competent than George W. Bush (not that that isn’t setting the bar awfully low). And I feel that the sooner we wean ourselves from our dependancy on nature, the better off we’ll be, which is why I’m not too concerned with reversing global warming, but would rather see us adapt to it and become more able to survive adverse environments.

    McCain is a flawed candidate, but I can respect some of his positions and much of his history. Clinton is a flawed candidate, but although I can respect some of her positions, there are many on which we disagree – and the campaign she has been running has been downright insulting to the average American.

    I’m not saying I’ll vote for McCain by default if she were to somehow win – but I will say that I’d be much more of a swing vote, in that situation. It would be an interesting campaign.

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