I call bullshit
Bear with me … this is a stream-of-consciousness political/media rant.
This whole Clinton-supporters-voting-for-McCain crap is approaching mythology. Well actually, and excuse my language, it’s bullshit. It’s a media creation for drama, for some kind of narrative, something to endlessly discuss and speculate about.
Exhibit A: Above is CNN.com’s home page (w/ my annotation) a few minutes after Senator Clinton enthusiastically put her support behind Obama at the Democratic National Convention. Not only that … she asked her supporters to remember what they are supporting (answer: an ideal, not a person).
The so-called PUMAs are rare and electorally insignificant (if not masquerading Republicans). Do they exist? Sure. Are they so numerous that they get front flippin’ page of mainstream news? Hell no. It’s a myth … it’s manufactured drama … it’s hype. It’s B.S.
My guess is that there’s more Ron Paul supporters not voting for McCain than there are Clinton supporters all-of-the-sudden becoming enthusiastic Republicans. Such bull … I can’t believe the media is getting away with it.
UPDATE (8/27/08): This post from someone actually attending the convention addresses all this better than I can.