I’ve been uneasy for sometime now about Obama courting Republicans so heavily to vote for him in the primaries. It’s one thing to do this in the general election (there were Republicans for Kerry in ’04), but another thing altogether to have them weighing in on our nominee. And, it makes me especially uneasy to think that there could be a chance that they may be voting for Obama during the primaries with ulterior motives.
I mean come on, we all know the Republicans don’t exactly relish the idea of Hillary Clinton as president. So what if, I mean what if they are supporting Obama in the primaries to pump up his numbers and then they will drop him in the general election to vote for the Republican nominee?
Needless to say, this does not bode well at all for the concerns I have had:
On March 4th, Texas Republicans and Independents will have an opportunity to end Hillary Clinton’s (and Bill’s) presidential ambitions once and for all!
Because the post on Republican’s for Obama says, “Texas has on open primary, Republicans and Independents should sign in at their polling place and request a Democratic ballot.”
They should then vote for Barack Obama. Even James Carville admits that if Hillary loses Texas, “she’s done!” Republicans can help make this a reality!!! Just think, no more Clintons in the White House!
Voting Democratic this one time will have NO effect on your ability to vote in the next Republican primary or obviously on your vote in November. Since John McCain has the Republican nomination locked up, voting for McCain or Huckabee at this point will have no effect on the outcome on the Republican side.
Ans then there’s the special caveat attached to the Texas Primary that sweetens the pot for Republicans looking to do in Hillary’s campaign:
After you vote during early voting or on March 4th, you ARE NOT done! Report back to your regular polling place at 7PM on March 4th to sign the Barack Obama list for caucus delegates. In a little known Texas voting quirk, 67 delegates to the Democratic convention will be seated because of these caucuses. This is a full one-third of the total number of Texas delegates. For Hillary to lose, she has to lose the primary votes AND the caucus votes. I urge you to vote against Hillary Clinton by voting for Barack Obama.
This really does not bode well at all. As Jeralyn points out on Talk Left:
Who’s really picking our Democratic nominee? If it’s the Democratic youth or African American voters, I’m okay with that. That’s fair. If it’s Republicans, I’m not. We’ll get trounced in November.Without reliable stats to show Obama’s support is from those who will for the Democrat in November, I’d say the best way to ensure Republicans stay out of our race and don’t steal another election from us is for Dems to vote for Hillary to be the nominee.
Wake up people!! Not only do we stand the chance of having to fight for progressive issues because Republicans who may stick with Obama will expect something in return, the possibility is obvious very real that not all Republicans supporting Obama in the primaries are doing so because they want him as our next president.
They are doing so to get Hillary out and they will drop Obama like a hot potato come November. Don’t be naive to think this isn’t the case. Don’t be naive.