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  •  I think she'll kick his ass (2+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde, Fast Pete
    •  She can motivate her opponents.... (2+ / 0-)
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      JekyllnHyde, Uberbah

      I'll support any Democratic candidate in the general election, but my concern about Hillary Clinton is her ability to inspire those who hate her.  Republican voters may not have much to campaign FOR this year, given their sad slate of candidates, but running against their "devil incarnate," HRC, would give them something to campaign AGAINST.  This would give the broader Republican base a reason to get excited and come out and vote.  Don't underestimate their ability to use this.

      Would it be enough to cause Dems to lose the White House?  Maybe not, but I certainly fear it will hurt Dems down-ticket.  This could hurt a Democratic president's chances to undo the damage of the last 8 years, let alone push forward any type of progressive change.

      •  Except (0+ / 0-)

        Democrats HATED Bush and look where it got us in '04...

        I may be misunderstanding what you are communicating, but I don't think Republicans are going to vote for the matter who it is.  It's the middle that the riddle...who gets them??

        •  A couple of things about that... (0+ / 0-)
          Yes, Dems hated Bush, but Repubs put issues like gay marriage and stem cell research on the ballot in a number of states and that arguably mobilized the base that may not have turned out for Bush alone.  I'm afraid that Clinton on the ticket could be the '08 version of those issues.

          And no, I don't think many Repubs will be voting for a Dem, but more of the everyday registered folk vote when they feel threatened--the fear card, again (the Repub operatives have honed it well).  

          As for the indies, I frankly don't know where they'd fall on an HRC candidacy, but consider that most people either love or hate Hillary.  Do you think there are many independents who love her?  Where does that leave us?  I still maintain, too, that McCain will be harder to beat than people give him credit for right now; it won't be a cake walk.

          Whether or not a Clinton nomination loses us the presidency, I don't know, but I do feel certain it's going to hurt candidates further down the ticket when more Republicans are motivated to go the extra mile to get out the vote.

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