Monday, June 9, 2008

And you thought mainstream, two-party politics had already gotten dirty. . . .

. . . if so, you haven't seen the video currently adorning the website of Ex-Hillary Clinton Supporters for John McCain, where the logo claims,

We are over 35,000 strong and growing.

This is a ANTI-OBAMA web site.

The use of this site is for people to post information about the truth of Obama. We DO NOT ALLOW ANY OBAMA LIES here.

Here's what Wired says about the site and the movement:

"We're going to run campaign ads to defeat Obama," says Ed Hale, a 63-year-old rancher and a Clinton supporter from Wellington, Texas. "We have doctors, lawyers, CPAs, the blue bloods, and then we have rednecks like me. It's a very diversified organization."

The apparent peeling off of a portion of Clinton's supporters from the Democratic party illustrates the difficult task party officials now face in rallying the troops behind Obama. Open dissent within party ranks provides Republicans with openings to exploit.

Hale launched the "Hillary Clinton Supporters for John McCain" group last Saturday. The campaign claims to have 5,000 supporters, and its website visitor counter says that it has already attracted 37,807 visitors.

"Last night, when they crowned Obama king, that's when I sent my e-mails out to people, and since then, we've gotten thousands of hits," he says.

Hale, a Vietnam veteran and a long-time Democrat, says that many of the group's supporters are Reagan Democrats, and their primary concern is foreign policy and defense. A call to the Texas Democratic Party confirmed that he was supposed to have been a delegate to the state convention this week.

He says that he wouldn't vote for Obama even if Clinton were vice president.

While I seriously doubt that a large percentage of Hillary supporters are going to be won over by these tactics, I think they are indicative of the depths to which routine Demopublican politics have descended.

1 comment:

Nancy Willing said...