Ever since Obama won the Democratic nomination there has been an onslaught of people claiming that Hillary supporters will flee the Democratic party
and join John McCain.
To many this seems like insanity. What could make people who were such staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton and her policies cut and run to a
candidate so dramatically different that those held by their original candidate?
The answers given by those who make the claim that they are indeed are going to make this switch have been, in my experience, incredibly weak, and
based on little more than personal fancy. I have yet to see those claiming they are Clinton supporters making this switch offer up logical rationals
based on political policy rather than personal ideology.
Well this morning I discovered a little gem that supports what I have been thinking in the back of my head, that many of these people are not in fact
Clinton supporters but are in fact Republican shills.
Why, you ask, would Republicans be so interested in sending this message? Because Hillary R Clinton is poison to the Democratic party. I know this
first hand as a child born into a fairly conservative family. I know that one thing they DETEST is the Clinton's. I mean they really really hate
them, for what ever reason is irrelevant, the fact that they so vocally hate the Clinton's is something that always stuck in my mind.
So naturally when I herd people starting to say they were going from Clinton to McCain I was puzzled. What a strange switch, what could possibly
motivate it? Then this morning I read this:
Veteran Republican fundraisers and strategists hope that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) can revive their party’s apathetic base even as her
2008 presidential campaign has reached its final hours. link
I read this opening line to this story and BING the light went off in my head. I believe that many of those saying "I am a Hillary Clinton supporter
and I will not vote for Obama, I am voting for McCain!" are in fact people from other parties, mainly the Republicans, attempting to use this
situation to their advantage.
It is widely considered that Clinton's actions over the last few days have been her attempt to secure a Vice Presidential seat for herself on the
Obama ticket. The noise we are hearing about people leaving the party for McCain are political shills attempting to help secure her this position.
What would Republicans want her as VP you ask?
Republican insiders say that if presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) selects Clinton as his running mate, it would energize the
Republican base and fundraising. They say presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) would not have to work as hard to appease conservative
voters if Clinton landed on the ticket. link
“Fundraising from our Republican conservative base would skyrocket, in my opinion, because she’s such a divisive figure in conservative Republican
circles,” said Cesar Conda, who raised over $100,000 for President Bush in 2004 and was a top fundraiser to Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) this
cycle. “Putting her on the ticket would be the one thing to wake those donors up from their current doldrums.
“It would really be a godsend to McCain and the Republican National Committee [RNC],” said Conda, who will work to help McCain.
So it comes down to political maneuvering. Many will tell me I am insane, and while this accusation is true, it has nothing to d with this issue.
People will tell me I am just seeing conspiracy where there is none but this would not be the first such attempt by the Republican party this election
“We need Hillary,” Limbaugh declared on his show on February 26. “We need the soap opera. Hillary Clinton is J. R. Ewing, and her husband, Bill,
is Sue Ellen. We need to keep this soap opera going, but we also need the chaos,” Limbaugh added.
In a segment entitled, “We Started Mrs. Clinton’s Slide, But Now We Need Her to Stay Alive,” Limbaugh argued that Hillary was now the
Republicans’ best hope for victory in November.
So dont be fooled folks, it really is nothing more than,
“I don’t think McCain would have to worry about our base anymore,” said Zarrelli, who does not expect Obama to tap Clinton. “They love to hate
the Clintons, just as the Democratic base now seems to love to hate George Bush.”
This is political maneuvering at its best, or worst. Sure some of the Hillary Clinton supporters will not vote for Obama, that is a given, but any
idea that there will be a mass exodus from the Democratic party to the Republican party is a pipe dream, it simply will not happen.
edit: to add missing link.
[edit on 5-6-2008 by Animal]