Lies And Damned Statistics
I know that, in the closing days of a campaign, candidates will look for any edge they can get, but is this really something to be proud of?
This discrepancy seems to be explained by Pew's demographic breakdown of the potential defectors, as the groups most likely to jump are also Clinton's bases of support: "One-in-five white Democrats (20%) say that they will vote for McCain over Obama, double the percentage who say they would switch sides in a Clinton-McCain matchup (10%). Roughly the same number of Democrats age 65 and older say they will vote for McCain if Obama is the party's choice (22%).
That there are racists in the Democratic Party does not surprise me (any more than I am surprised by the sexism of which Hillary Clinton has been the target). Disappointed, not surprised. But is this really something that a campaign would want to "promote," as Salon notes Clinton is doing? Associating yourself with a racially coded white flight as one last way to win some primaries? Really?