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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"Core" Dems Back Hill. "Other" Dems Don't Matter.

It has been repeated over and over again that the "core" democratic voters are choosing Hillary. This description, "core", has been described as white, blue collar, high school educated voters. It is thrown out there by both the Clinton campaign and the media as some sort of negative that Obama has been unable to persuade them to vote for him, that he can't win without them.

I respectfully submit that he is winning without them. Senator Obama has won more states, more delegates, and more votes. I believe, and this is going out on a limb, that some of these votes may have actually come from other Democrats. What part of "Democratic Primary" don't they understand?

Of course, there have been Republicans crossing over to vote for Obama, as well as Independents. If anything, this should demonstrate to the Democrats that they have a candidate who appeals to members of both parties, something you have to do in order to be able to win in November.

Instead, what the Democrats have chosen to focus on is this idea that Obama somehow can't convince the "core" Dems to vote for him. It appears to be irrelevant that people who are apparently not considered to be "core" dems (i.e., blacks, college educated people) are supporting the candidate. That somehow their votes for him are worth less than a blue collar steel mill vote for Hillary. Never mind the fact that the same "core" voter who went for Hillary will vote for whomever the Democratic nominee is this fall. What matters, apparently, is that they're not choosing to vote for him now.

It's a problem Republicans have had for years. John McCain clearly ran into this problem when people like Anne Coulter said they'd rather vote for Hillary than McCain. It didn't matter to Coulter that Republicans were electing McCain. It mattered to her, and others, that the "right" Republicans weren't electing McCain.

Democrats are voting for Obama, and in fact, have chosen him to be their nominee, despite what the Clinton campaign would have you believe.

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