So the media is blowing up over the idea that “embittered” Hillary Clinton supporters (affectionately called “Hilltards” by the Wonkette crowd) would be so angry at the DNC’s treatment of Clinton that they would vote for John McCain, who–get this– is a Republican.
I hope that these predictions do not come true, and I don’t believe they will. I have only encountered one person who, after Hillary lost, switched their allegiances. This person, “Mona,” responded to an email by the UC Berkeley campus coordinator who was trying to rally up support for Obama. Mona wrote (to everyone who received the original email):
When the leaders of the Democratic Party did not stand up to the Trinity Church of Chicago when they mocked Hillary Clinton and when they stayed silent while Randi Rhodes called her a f’ing whore and when the media disrespected her – they in turn showed me this is NOT a party I want to belong to. Not only will I give my vote to John McCain I am seriously considering flying to a swing state – IF the race is close – which I doubt – to help GOTV on his behalf. The DNC chose Barry before Country during the last 3 months of this race when she was kicking his ass.
When she was challenged by another person on the mailing list, she wrote back:
HILLARY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY DECISION and to blame her is frankly immature and just another “scare” tactic. I have a brain — I am a leader not a follower. I make my own decisions. When Hillary stepped down today that left me a free agent. I didn’t believe in everything Hillary stood for, however, I stood by her. I for one hope she’s NOT the VP – she outshines Barry – he needs her – not the other way around.
You don’t get IT – what I am standing up for is WOMEN TO BE TREATED FAIRLY and with RESPECT. That’s the stance I am taking. The leadership of the Democratic Party needs to take heed. When they lose in November they can blame themselves. I won’t stay in an abusive relationship.
The whole exchange was melodramatic and frankly sad- the culmination of almost a year of hard work leading to a rapid decline and then failure, resulting in in-fighting and finger-pointing.
I quote this email because it gives us a glimpse of the logic behind a Hillary->McCain supporter. Otherwise, I really can’t grasp why any Hillary fan- Democrat or otherwise- could think that McCain is the better choice.
I mean, really:
- Hillary- Pro-choice
- Obama- Pro-choice
- McCain- Mostly pro-life
- Hillary- Against the war
- Obama- Against the war
- McCain- For the war (“100 more years!”)
- Hillary- Against Prop. 8 (CA Constitutional ban on gay marriage)
- Obama- Against Prop. 8
- McCain- Supports Prop. 8
- Hillary– Supports habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees
- Obama– Supports habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees
- McCain– Against habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees
…. the list could go on forever. The fact is, John McCain, while not maybe as truly terrible as some many most Republicans, he is still a Republican, which means, like it or not, he follows in the footsteps of George Walker Bush (remember him? the President?). Another Republican president not only means 4+ more years of Republicans claiming to represent mainstream America, it also means Republican Supreme Court appointees (bring us even closer to the overturning of Roe v Wade), and the people who currently advise Bush on issues of foreign and domestic policy will just switch over to the McCain administration. We can’t have this happen.
Hillary Clinton supports Obama. I find it fascinating that Mona can be so enraged by the DNC’s alleged maltreatment of Clinton and then completely disregard the endorsement of the woman she so passionately admires. Furthermore, the idea that Mona is somehow punishing the DNC by voting for McCain is both delusional and self-important. She seems to miss the fact that she is hurting herself and the very rights she supported when voting for Hillary by voting for the Republican party- and therefore against abortion, gay marriage, and, most tragically, the Constitution.