Question of the day: Why do Republicans voting in the Democratic primaries choose either Clinton or Obama?
Back when Obama was pulling a clear majority of the Republican crossover vote in the primaries, the talking point from Team Hillary was that the GOP was secretly terrified of facing Clinton. Thus — again according to this talking point — Republicans were crossing over to vote for Obama because they thought he’d be a pushover in the general election.
Obama, on the other hand, insisted this was happening because he has the kind of broad appeal necessary to attract independent and Republican voters. He further argued that this would make him the stronger candidate in the general election.
According to exit polls in Mississippi, however, something has changed: this time a large majority of the crossover vote went to Clinton, not to Obama. At the same time, right wing talk show hosts have been openly urging Republicans to vote for Clinton, so as to hurt Obama (and to keep the divisive nomination contest going).
So, what do you think: Why do Republicans voting in the Democratic primaries choose either Clinton or Obama?