Republicans defect to the Obama camp

According to the Times Online of London:

DISILLUSIONED supporters of President George W Bush are defecting to Barack Obama, the Democratic senator for Illinois, as the White House candidate with the best chance of uniting a divided nation.

Tom Bernstein went to Yale University with Bush and co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team with him. In 2004 he donated the maximum $2,000 to the president’s reelection campaign and gave $50,000 to the Republican National Committee. This year he is switching his support to Obama. He is one of many former Bush admirers who find the Democrat newcomer appealing.

For some reason I find it hard to believe that any meaningful number of past Bush supporters are now becoming new Obama supporters.

Matthew Dowd, Bush’s chief campaign strategist in 2004, announced last month that he was disillusioned with the war in Iraq and the president’s “my way or the highway” style of leadership – the first member of Bush’s inner circle to denounce the leader’s performance in office.

Although Dowd has yet to endorse a candidate, he said the only one he liked was Obama. “I think we should design campaigns that appeal, not to 51% of the people, but bring the country together as a whole,” Dowd said.

Ok, there’s 2.

There are Republicans who are disillusioned with Bush but they won’t be voting Democrat in 2008. Someone should point out that there are 10 other, plus 1 Fred, candidates running for the Republican nomination.

Obama just has this magical appeal shooting out his nose capturing people from all sides of the aisle. “I used to be a Bush supporter, but Obama’s aura can’t be fought”.