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Return of the Dim-Witted Clinton Voters

10:59 PM, Aug 24, 2008 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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Well, those dull, superstitious Clinton voters are back. Here's the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dick Polman demanding that Bill and Hillary Clinton use the convention to put into their place those Clinton voters who still have reservations about Obama: "[I]t would greatly help the Democratic ticket if they deigned to educate Hillary's bitter-enders on the facts of life . . ."

Yet it seems possible that (1) the Hillary voters not yet in Obama's corner are not simply "bitter-enders"; (2) these Hillary voters may actually have their own, valid reasons for not yet supporting Obama; and (3) that perhaps the Clintons merely telling them "the facts of life" will not be enough to move them because of (1) and (2).

Of course, all that would assume these voters are rational actors and not automatons, a possibility Polman seems to discount.

Exit question: If Hillary had won the nomination and some of Obama's core supporters refused to come home to the Democratic ticket--as many Democrats openly worried might happen--would it be permissible to demand that they be "educated" about "the facts of life"?