Democrats Hopelessly Divided?

This is disturbing:

Just how badly is the Democratic Party divided?

According to the exit polls, half of Sanders’s supporters in Indiana would not vote for Clinton in a general election match up with Donald Trump. A third of Sanders voters said they would pick Trump over Clinton, while 17 percent said they would not vote at all. Just 48 percent of Sanders supporters said they would back Clinton in November.

Clinton gets even less support from Sanders backers in North Carolina. There, only 45 percent of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Clinton over Trump. Thirty-eight percent said they would vote for Trump while 12 percent said they would not vote.

Clinton voters appear to be more willing to support Sanders in November. In Indiana, 59 percent of Clinton backers said they’d vote for Sanders, and 70 percent of Clinton backers in North Carolina said they’d support the Vermont Democrat.

Whoops! That’s not what the article actually said:

Just how badly is the Democratic Party divided?

According to the exit polls, half of Clinton’s supporters in Indiana would not vote for Obama in a general election match up with John McCain. A third of Clinton voters said they would pick McCain over Obama, while 17 percent said they would not vote at all. Just 48 percent of Clinton supporters said they would back Obama in November.

Obama gets even less support from Clinton backers in North Carolina. There, only 45 percent of Clinton supporters said they would vote for Obama over McCain. Thirty-eight percent said they would vote for McCain while 12 percent said they would not vote.

Obama voters appear to be more willing to support Clinton in November. In Indiana, 59 percent of Obama backers said they’d vote for Clinton, and 70 percent of Obama backers in North Carolina said they’d support the New York Democrat.

While I still get a Martha Coakley vibe from Clinton, unless something gets really weird, Clinton will win this–not by a landslide (which will hurt down ballot race)–but she’ll win. The real danger is long-term (boldface mine):

“The youth, the committed organizers, the fighters who stood up when no one else would, these are not simple Bernie Bros. or chair-throwers or disloyal Johnny-Come-Latelys. If they are lumped all together, insulted, and told that they are not welcome, that’s going to come with a cost for the Democratic Party that the party won’t want to pay.” This is something I’ve been saying all along. For the past several years the Democrats have been assuring us that, some day, all the stupid old conservative, bigoted white people will die off and be replaced by younger, more liberal, voters. And then the Dems will be winners!

But now I’m watching the establishment Democrats kiss off a whole generation of voters, telling them to go home and play with their toys and leave politics to the grown ups. Good luck turning those people into Democratic voters in the future, geniuses.

Also, don’t have as a key argument for your college tuition plan the incorrect notion that students need to get jobs. Just saying.

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2 Responses to Democrats Hopelessly Divided?

  1. John Deamer says:

    Confusion: the first CNN article was dated 2008 thus those exit polls were taken in the Clinton vs. Obama race of that year.

  2. PlainT says:

    Clinton won’t be popular but people will get behind her eventually. Unfortunately I think the race is far from over.

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