Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hillary Supporters Saying They'll Get There

By the end of the week, many of Hillary's diehards say they'll do what's best for the country and back Obama.

Just saw that clip on GMA and on NPR, Hillary supporters say Obama better give Hillary the silver medal or else they won't get on board. They say that they worked hundreds of hours campaigning for Hillary, so it's easy to see why they're upset.

But how about the flipside? How about the Obama supporters, who also spent hundreds of hours campaigning for Obama?

Up to this point, even though Obama won, (many of them clearly don't understand why Obama won, which is part of the problem), they haven't acknowledged that fact, and this election has been all about Hillary. 

Every Obama moment has also been a Hillary moment. But I see her diehards budging.

PUMAs will never back Obama. Many of them were republican to start and just wanted to see the first woman president.

This Nevada blogger, who is at the convention, says the numbers of Hillary supporters protesting are small. (fun pics.)

But its seems we're getting close to catharsis.

Meanwhile, the republicans are relishing the tensions, using a former Hillary supporter in a new ad. Because Hillary and McCain are so different, anyone who jumps to McCain has some other issue.

NPR: The two campaigns struck a deal on the roll-call vote, partly to appease the more than 1,500 pledged Clinton delegates who are at the convention.

Kagan, who circulated a petition to get Clinton's name on the convention ballot, says that while he'll vote for Clinton in the roll call, he will ultimately support Obama.

But Marquez says she does not support Obama at this point — and that she'll vote for Clinton in the roll call.

Marquez says that all the Clinton delegates stay in touch and communicate, and it's her impression that the majority at this point do not support Obama.

A new TV ad for Republican John McCain is targeted at that group.

"I'm a proud Hillary Clinton Democrat," a woman in the spot says. "Now, in a first for me, I'm supporting a Republican, John McCain." The Arizona senator, she said, has the experience and judgment for the job.

It remains to be seen how that message resonates with Clinton's supporters — and if it translates into votes in November.