posted on Aug, 27 2008 @ 06:50 PM
reply to post by schrodingers dog
I think that's the problem here; it IS an ideological divide. Hillary's support base tends to come from two distinctly more conservative groups
than Obama's: 40+ year olds and rural/semi-rural voters. I think those people who are still holding out, while Dems, have found themselves in a
position where they're almost as far from Obama ideologically as they are from McCain.
In other words, most of them are probably Reagan Democrats, representing the more conservative wing of the Democratic party. They expect Hillary
to govern like Bill did, as a moderate, just as they themselves are.
So when these people are basically splitting the difference ideologically between McCain and Obama, ideology is no longer the deciding factor. It
does indeed come down to 'petty' differences that they may have, or at least, it may appear that way outwardly. But if you dig under the surface,
I think there's a lot more to their dissent than just bad blood. Whether they're right or wrong, I think there's a real, substantive
difference in the way they viewed Hillary's policies and the way they viewed Obama's.
This is why I think Obama is going to have to greatly humble himself at this point if he wants their vote. Its also why all the speeches in the
world from Hillary haven't solved this. The only person who can repair this rift between Barack Obama and Hillary's supporters is Barack Obama,
and given how long this feud has been ongoing, I think he'll very much have his work cut out for him.