Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Republicans For Hillary, Not Really For Hillary

From a voting standpoint, one of the great appeals about Barack Obama is that he brings new people into the fold. Americans are attracted to his visions of hope and opportunity. They are yearning for a new way in the way our country views and runs government. But to be fair to his opponent in this primary race, Hillary Clinton is also bringing new voters into the process, specifically the Democratic primary and specifically getting Republicans to vote for a "D" in 2008. However, it isn't that simple, because they do not want to hang around us for too long.

From The Boston Globe:

For a party that loves to hate the Clintons, Republican voters have cast an awful lot of ballots lately for Senator Hillary Clinton: About 100,000 GOP loyalists voted for her in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and about 38,000 in Mississippi, exit polls show.

A sudden change of heart? Hardly.

Since Senator John McCain effectively sewed up the GOP nomination last month, Republicans have begun participating in Democratic primaries specifically to vote for Clinton, a tactic that some voters and local Republican activists think will help their party in November. With every delegate important in the tight Democratic race, this trend could help shape the outcome if it continues in the remaining Democratic primaries open to all voters.

Spurred by conservative talk radio, GOP voters who say they would never back Clinton in a general election are voting for her now for strategic reasons: Some want to prolong her bitter nomination battle with Barack Obama, others believe she would be easier to beat than Obama in the fall, or they simply want to register objections to Obama.

It seems that many Republicans both publicly and privately are supporting Hillary in the primary only. They see her as a weaker opponent in the general and paradoxically are voting for her now to beat her later. They fear a contest between McCain and Obama....and they should be afraid. Afraid that their time to ruin our Constitution is at an end. Afraid that corporations will no longer have absolute domination over the rest of us. And afraid that we will bring our troops home from a war that didn' work when we went in, a war that isn't working now and a war that will only get worse over time.

So the Republicans can try to push for Hillary all they want, but Obama still leads his party in delegates, states and the popular vote. In our party, the Democratic party, the majority will pick our nominee and that my friends, is that.