Democrats divided over candidates, heated campaign

An interesting story which I think is indicative of how a lot of Democratic voters feel about the campaign. With the ongoing campaign, there is no new “good” information coming out from either candidate. Obama has his Jeremiah Wright problems, Clinton isn’t offering new plans or policies, it’s become a tit for tat campaign.

A video report from the Associated Press:

Here’s a report on this topic from Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON – Loyal Democrat Richard Somer says if Hillary Rodham Clinton gets his party’s presidential nomination, he just may sit it out this Election Day.

A Barack Obama supporter, Somer says he has been repulsed by her use of “slimy insinuations” in the campaign. He especially disliked her attacking the Illinois senator for his relationship with William Ayers, a former Weather Underground radical with provocative views.

“She’s better than that,” said Somer, 72, a retired professor from Clinton, N.Y. He said he expects the Democrats to carry New York anyway, so he might not vote “as a protest to Mrs. Clinton.”

Somer is not the only Democrat whose views of his party’s rival candidate have soured.

Party members increasingly dislike the contender they are not supporting in the bruising nomination fight, an Associated Press-Yahoo News survey and exit polls of voters show. That is raising questions about how faithful some will be by the November general election.

In the AP-Yahoo poll — which has tracked the same 2,000 people since November — Obama supporters with negative views of the New York senator have grown from 35 percent in November to 44 percent this month, including one-quarter with very unfavorable feelings.

Those Obama backers who don’t like Clinton say they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain over her by a two-to-one margin, with many undecided.

As for Clinton supporters, those with unfavorable views of Obama have grown from 26 percent to 42 percent during this same period — including a doubling to 20 percent of those with very negative opinions.

To be fair, based on the short-term memories of most Americans, I’m doubting people will even remember this part of the campaign once a Democratic nominee is chosen. I say this mainly because things that happened last week are old news and people start forgetting.

The real decision will come down to November between John McCain and the eventual Democratic nominee.