Republicans for Clinton

Posted by Katherine | March 6, 2008 – 2:00 pm
Republican students in Texas
Were they talking up Clinton? [chix0rgirl / Flickr]

Before Tuesday’s primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island, Rush Limbaugh urged Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton. His reason: a bruising ongoing Democratic race helps the GOP.

Republican John Ruwe, who did vote for Clinton on Tuesday, sees very much eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh:

I voted for Hillary Clinton today. The reasoning was that Hillary is a weaker candidate than Obama, and the longer the Democrat race runs, the better the chance McCain has of winning. Impeccable logic, at least from my perspective, but when I was forced to declare myself a Democrat, I almost changed my mind and asked for a useless Republican ballot. […]

If the Democrat nominating process is extended through the summer, it will give John McCain valuable time to rally his base and set the tone of the campaign. If Obama wins, Hillary’s attacks will have no doubt tarnished enough of his messianic image that John McCain will face Barack Obama, Democrat in the general election, as opposed to Barack Obama, Messiah.

If Hillary somehow manages to get the nomination, then John McCain will face an opponent with a bad image and sky-high negatives. In addition, her attacks on Obama have made many liberals angry, which would serve to alienate much of her base. Hillary Clinton’s continued presence in the race is a gift to John McCain.

John Ruwe is far from the only Republican who voted for a Democrat. In Ohio, at least, Clinton was a popular choice for many GOPers.

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