I admit it. If asked by a pollster if I would vote for Clinton if she were to become the Democratic nominee, I would probably say that I would not.
I think the Clintons are a toxin in the Democratic party and probably just not good for the entire country. I want them out of presidential politics for good, though I wouldn’t be opposed to Hillary serving as Senate Majority Leader. Apparently about 19% percent of Obama backers feel the same way I do, while 28% of Clinton backers say they will not back Obama if he is the nominee.
But the truth is, when November comes and if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I’ll probably go ahead and hold my nose to vote for her. By that time, against McCain, she’ll probably not look as bad as she does now.
Gallup has the numbers on the polling and a good perspective:
These results suggest that it may be normal for some voters to claim early on in the process — perhaps out of frustration — that they will desert their party if certain things do not happen to their liking. And it may be equally likely that they fall back into line by the time of the general election. It is worth noting that in Gallup’s historical final pre-election polls from 1992 to 2004, 10% or less of Republicans and Democrats typically vote for the other party’s presidential candidate.
Still, when almost 3 out of 10 Clinton supporters say they would vote for McCain over Obama, it suggests that divisions are running deep within the Democratic Party. If the fight for the party’s nomination were to continue until the Denver convention in late August, the Democratic Party could suffer some damage as it tries to regroup for the November general election.
In short, the party will get past this one, unless, perhaps, the acrimony around this campaign stays with us through the summer.