Since Hillary Clinton withdrew from the presidential race, there has been a minor backlash of some Clinton supporters claiming sexism was in play during the campaign. As a result, there are some groups spearheading a movement aimed at convincing Clinton voters that the better choice in November is John McCain.
Video report from the Associated Press:
A report from Yahoo News:
CHICAGO – They may not be falling in love, but they’re falling in line.
Prominent supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton are embracing Barack Obama, literally and figuratively, even though some remain bitter about her loss in a presidential primary process that they feel treated her unfairly.
In several key states this week, Obama is being joined on stages by top Democrats who, a few weeks ago, were working to deny him the nomination.
“I know I’m late, but I am on the train,” North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley said Monday in introducing Obama in Raleigh. “I’d rather be a bum on the boxcar of the Obama train than at the front of the bus with John McCain,” he said of Obama’s Republican opponent.
A few in the crowd of 900 briefly booed Easley, whose endorsement of Clinton failed to stop Obama from an easy win in the May 6 primary, which all but doomed the former first lady’s hopes.
Some, however, can barely speak the words without betraying their disappointment that Clinton will not become the party’s first female nominee. Obama has a lot of work to do, they say.
“There is definitely a period of mourning that ardent Hillary Clinton supporters are going through,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., told reporters in a conference call Wednesday. “I think there is a fairly large group of women that are going to need to be won over. And that’s going to take some time.”
Wasserman Schultz said she believes most Democratic women eventually will back Obama because, unlike McCain, he supports abortion rights, a prompt end to the Iraq war and other issues important to them.
One of our guest commentators posted a lengthy piece on this today, you can check that out here.
I personally don’t think this is going to be as big a movement by the time November comes around. Are some Clinton supporters going to support McCain? I’m sure some will, however, I’m sure most Clinton supporters will fall in line with Obama.
That being said, some big names like Geraldine Ferraro have hinted they would rather vote for McCain simply because they feel Clinton was not treated fairly by the Democratic Party or the media.
We’ll see come November.