Can't We All Just Get Along?


Punkassblog is about many things, but rarely would I count moderation among them. Today’s a different story, though.


Here’s my prediction for Pennsylvania Tuesday: regardless of who wins or by how much, regardless of what it means for the nomination overall, the Democratic infighting between Clinton supporters and Obama supporters will reach a fever pitch. Jill’s highlighted some of the latest lameness, and we can expect some ugly winners and sore losers by tonight. Obnoxious glee and bitter (yes, bitter) defeat are potent fuels for inflammatory rhetoric, and we’ll see it everywhere from the dinner table to the cable news round-table. We’ll certainly see plenty of it in the blogosphere.



Perhaps the most troubling data I’ve seen during this election season is the poll indicating 19% of Obama supporters and 28% of Clinton supporters would back John McCain if their preferred Dem loses the nomination. Truly, this shocked me. Clinton and Obama have damn near identical policy positions — not even the candidates dispute this! In many ways, the only reason to prefer one over the other is because you think there’s a tangible reason they’ll defeat John McCain. If you’re currently backing a candidate who’s campaigning on universal health care, a strong NARAL rating, a quicker end to the war in Iraq, and a halt to Bush cronyism — regardless of WHICH candidate — how on *earth* could you turn around and endorse McCain if your #1 loses in the primary? I realize not everyone votes on the issues, but what would these people be voting on? Wardrobe?
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