reply to post by TheOracle
It happens all the time. Just ask Mitt Romney. I'd venture a guess that the vast majority of the Republican party was much more aligned with
Romney's stated platform than McCain's. The problem? They simply didn't like or trust the guy.
I think the problem here is that people want to explain this rationally, yet people are inherently irrational. Emotion, intuition, instinct, good
old gut feeling...whatever you want to call it....it plays an enormous role in how people select their candidates (as well as a variety of other
things in life). You can't quantify it, and that's why this attempt to turn this sentiment amongst Hillary's supporters into something akin to
a math equation simply doesn't work. There certainly can be more factors than just stated issues at play, and those factors are equally
In this particular case, they're telling you what this intangible factor is: trust. They simply have more overall trust in John McCain to do the
right thing for this country than they do Barack Obama. In my personal opinion, trust is probably THE most important factor for any candidate,
regardless of party platform.
I'd also argue another point: many of Hillary's supporters are much more moderate than those of Barack Obama's. Consider for a moment that most
of Hillary's supporters were blue-collar traditionalists in 'flyover' country; Reagan Democrats who tend to be much more conservative than their
counterparts in the northeast and on the west coast. As such, their views on the issues aren't terribly conflicted by voting for McCain.