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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Another Shillary supporter for McCain!

Hot Air: Wisconsin DNC delegate announces for McCain

Debra Bartoshevich has rattled the Wisconsin Democratic Party with her decision to support another candidate besides the nominee, Barack Obama. The Hillary Clinton supporter won’t vote for Obama but for John McCain after Hillary’s withdrawal — and she insists that she’s not going to change her mind before the general election:

As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton’s defeat.

She’s not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.

And she’s not entirely alone in saying she’ll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead.

But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

People don’t become delegates by accident. Delegates get selected from a pool of people dedicated to party activism, which is what makes Bartoshevich so unusual. When someone who has put that much energy into the party decides to support the other party’s candidate, that says something about the dissatisfaction — at least as experienced by Bartoshevich.

The question will be whether more Democratic delegates chosen for Hillary Clinton follow her example. I tend to think that a number of factors will keep more from doing so, especially social factors. Bartoshevich will likely become a pariah within her district for quite some time, and her participation in politics will get met with a lot less enthusiasm than before.

Wisconsin may be embarrassed, but the most likely outlet for other disenchanted delegates will be to stay quiet — and shift their votes privately.