Dallas News reports that early voters are swarming Texas. The other day I worte about the movement of some Texas Republicans who are planning to vote for Obama in the primary and then switch back to vote for McCain in general election. Some of us are concerned about this. The Houston Chronicle has a piece on this today. The gist of the story is many of these Republicans are voting for Obama, simply to make sure that “Hillary gets out.”
Michael Jones, a 39-year-old self-described conservative Republican who is involved in marketing, said he will cast his vote for Obama in the primary “so Hillary gets out.”
Jones apparently “isn’t enamored of Obama” and says he feels he has little substance, a complaint that has been echoed by many here. Jones said, “I just wish he would get some substance.” It’s the anyone but Clinton vote that appears to be driving these voters towards Obama…
Even though polls show that Clinton would be a weaker candidate against McCain than would Obama, experts say Republicans, who have long expressed a visceral distaste for Bill and Hillary Clinton, want to prevent her from being on the ballot in November.
“The argument I’ve seen is, ‘Let’s get rid of Clinton once and for all,’ ” said Ralph Bordie, who conducts the IVR Poll in Texas.
Bordie’s latest statewide poll released last week found that 15 percent of Texas Republicans who said they will support the GOP nominee in November plan nonetheless on voting for Obama next week.
Debi McLoughlin, a 52-year-old Department of Public Safety worker who was waiting while her daughter had her hair cut, said she usually supports Republicans. But she is likely to declare herself a Democrat so she can choose Obama.
“A vote for Obama is a vote against Hillary,” said McLoughlin. She may also vote for Obama again in the general election because she thinks the 71-year-old McCain is too old.
Across the street having lunch at Maxine’s restaurant, Dot Berkner, a Republican, said she will check the polls right before the primary, and if Clinton is ahead, she will vote in the Democratic primary.
“I don’t want her in the final choice,” said Berkner, who added she will vote for McCain in the general election.
Some Obama supporters in the blogosphere don’t want to look at the possibilty of this being an issue in the general election or even the idea that voters are not on board with Obama because they actually like him or find him inspiring. Progressive bloggers like myself who have questioned this have taken heat from fellow progressive bloggers, as I noted here a couple of days ago. Maybe it won’t make a world of difference come general election time, but I certainly have a quesy feeling about it and others do too. Taylor Marsh and Jeralyn have more. I think there’s room here to ask, just who is choosing our nominee?