Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hillary supporters aren't flocking to McCain

The San Francisco Chronicle has an article about the presidential polling in California (in short: Obama is crushing McCain), however in going through the data it had a couple very interesting items in the article:

Putting an end to fears that Clinton's supporters might hold out - or tip to McCain - in the general election after a contentious Democratic primary, the poll shows that the New York senator's former backers now prefer Obama to McCain, 80 to 8 percent, and the Illinois senator now holds a 2-to-1 lead among California's likely female voters.

Democrats back Obama 78 to 9 percent, compared with the softer support for McCain in his own party - 65 to 16 percent.

Three times as many Obama supporters as McCain voters describe themselves as "very enthusiastic" for their candidate - 51 to 17 percent; a full 27 percent of McCain's supporters describe themselves as "not enthusiastic," compared with just 5 percent of Obama's supporters.

All three of these items are part of the reason why Hillary isn't going to be Vice President.

I don't blame Hillary supporters for being dissapointed that their candidate is no longer in the running, but what disturbed me was all the howls of protest by those supporters about how they would be voting for McCain in November. Looking at the polling data, it looks like those Hillary supporters actually compared John McCain's platform to what both Hillary and Barrack's platform are. Luckily, they don't appear to be cutting of their nose to spite their face.

Of course, I think number one thing that prevents Hillary from being VP is Bill. Having a former president over your shoulder is not a good thing. I don't think it would be a problem if Bill Clinton could somehow work as an agent of and take orders from the Obama administration. However, given his performance in trying to get his wife elected... I think it's best to use him as a good will ambassador around the world, similar to what he is doing with Bush Sr.

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