Above: Last Democrat SuperDelegate holdout gives candidate Obama a wary look. (Note: This is the first in my daily "Odd Picture" series. You send me an odd picture at TalkTop65@aol.com and I supply the political caption.
Today (Wednesday), I'll be writing more about a fascinating phenomenon I revealed yesterday on my Hillary Supporters for McCain site: the presence of a very large number (it may be in the millions) of Democrats (Hillary Supporters) who will NOT vote for Barack Obama.
Of great interest to GOP congressional and senatorial candidates, those Hillary Supporters are beginning to target "SuperDelegates" who went against the voters of their districts or states to support Obama. Such people include SuperDelegates (a profoundly anti-democratic concept in itself) like John Kerry, Bob Casey, Jr., Ted Kennedy, and Jay Rockefeller. Such individuals now look a lot more beatable than they did a few weeks ago.
I've been discussing one particularly odious individual, Rep. Patrick Murphy of PA's 8th congressional district, centered in Bucks County in Southeastern PA. Murphy, one of Nancy Pelosi's particular favorites, came out for Obama last summer.
How did Obama do in Bucks County? He got skunked by Hillary Clinton -- 70,253 votes to 41,791. So, how exactly does Murphy's endorsement of Obama square with the wishes of his constituents. Of course, it doesn't. It shows that his constituents' views play little part in his actions.
Can Tom Manion get a large chunk of those primary votes that went to Mrs. Clinton? Exit polls and political developments on the Internet (see another of my columns) suggest he might be able to get at least one-third of them -- and perhaps more. A lot of those Hillary voters are going to look at people like Murphy as Public Enemy Number 1.
Murphy's opponent is 30-year Marine Corp veteran Tom Manion. Mr. and Mrs. Manion lost their son, Travis, a Naval Academy graduate, in Iraq. Frankly, a totally politicized and cynical creep like Murphy has no business being in Congress. Manion is a better candidate and a better man.
Hillary Supporters value toughness and authenticity in a candidate. They certainly won't support a Hillary hater like Murphy. It's clear how Manion should proceed with the Hillary voters.
First, he can ask for them. Second, he can point out how Murphy shafted Mrs. Clinton in the race for the nomination. Third, he can use the primary results to show how Murphy's views are totally at variance with those of Bucks County Democrats -- let alone with the views of Republicans and Independents. Overall, the best thing Tom Manion has going for him will be the fact that he's not Patrick Murphy.
Tom Manion: go out and win this election. To do so, he needs your help -- including your donations. Murphy has money pouring into his campaign from special interests, including far-left extremist groups like Moveon.org and the Daily Kos. In fact, the Daily Kos, which loves the Murphys of the world, expelled Hillary supporters from its web site. Its constant message could be summed up in two words: "Hate Hillary."
If people like you support Tom Manion, he can win this race.
I've suggested that people who are really serious about getting rid of Murphy give a part of their economic stimulus check to Manion. But even donations of as little as $20 will be very helpful.