Republicans for Obama will pull Democrats...
by Caro, Sat Mar 01, 2008 at 01:42:15 PM EST
Republicans for Obama will pull the Democratic leadership EVEN FURTHER TO THE RIGHT. That's not what I want, and maybe not what you want, either.
Texas Republicans cross over to vote for Obama
A poll released this week by SurveyUSA of Verona, N.J., indicated that registered Republicans would make up 9 percent of Democratic primary voters next week. Michael Baselice, head of Baselice and Associates, a Texas polling firm, said that was in line with what his company was finding. A bloc that large could make a significant difference for Obama, who holds a large lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York among Texas Republicans, especially in a close race. Polls this week were showing a dead heat in Texas as Obama began pulling even with Clinton.
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A Number You Probably Haven't Seen
Obama, despite being ahead among pledged delegates, has fewer total votes among people who identify themselves as Democrats. (He has 7,392,809 votes; Clinton has 8,229,063.) That gives Clinton as lead with 52 percent of Democrats. Lanier also breaks the numbers down by race and points out that Obama has won white Democrats in only two states: New Mexico and Illinois... It helps you understand why the party gives so much power to its 796 superdelegates. If they didn't, independents and Republicans could essentially hijack their election.
Besides, how can we be sure Obama can carry the Red States in the general election that he has carried in the primary?
Could Obama Turn Red States Blue?
Of the 14 red states Obama has won in this nominating contest, half of them haven't voted for a Democrat for president in a general election in more than 40 years... It's obvious that a handful of red states -- Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Virginia -- are almost certain to be competitive whether Obama or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) is the Democratic nominee. The demographics in those states have shifted toward Democrats of late, and the party made gains in each in 2006. A far more debatable premise is whether Obama is uniquely suited to put red states in play.
Obama's Red-State Prospects Unclear
In winning Tuesday's primary in the key swing state of Wisconsin, Sen. Barack Obama drew support from tens of thousands of Republicans and independents. He pulled off the same feat in [other victories]. All along, Obama has argued that he can redraw the political map for Democrats by turning out unprecedented numbers of young voters and African Americans, and by attracting independents and even Republicans with his message of national reconciliation. But the picture emerging of his appeal in GOP strongholds and in swing states, even as he widens his delegate lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), is more complex than his claim to broad popularity in "red state" America would have one believe.
Not only that, at least some of Obama's support seems to be engineered to defeat Hillary Clinton, rather than to elect a Democratic nominee that those voters would also vote for in November. See below.
Attention All Texas Republicans and Independents!! (Republicans for Obama)
On March 4th, Texas Republicans and Independents will have an opportunity to end Hillary Clinton's (and Bill's) presidential ambitions once and for all! Since Texas has on open primary, Republicans and Independents should sign in at their polling place and request a Democratic ballot. They should then vote for Barack Obama. Even James Carville admits that if Hillary loses Texas, "she's done!" Republicans can help make this a reality!!! Just think, no more Clintons in the White House! Voting Democratic this one time will have NO effect on your ability to vote in the next Republican primary or obviously on your vote in November.
I believe a similar email and flyer was being distributed in Nevada.