Bolting Clinton Fans? It's a GOP Myth

Democratic unity flies in face of GOP & media storyline
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2008 6:27 AM CDT
Bolting Clinton Fans? It's a GOP Myth
Hillary Clinton and John McCain, with Barack Obama stuck in the middle   (Getty Images (by Event) Individuals)

John McCain's aggressive courtship of Hillary Clinton's female supporters shouldn't surprise anyone who's been paying attention, Frank Rich writes in the New York Times. "The fictional scenario of mobs of crazed women defecting to Mr. McCain" rather than Barack Obama fits right in with the "new bogus narrative" that ignores a plethora of statistics, which Rich runs down.

Abetted by media outlets set on perpetuating "a fictional campaign narrative," the GOP is flogging the meme that the Democrats are a fractured party when in fact it's "the Republicans who are at one another’s throats," Rich writes. And don't look for that to change: "A photo finish is essential to the dramatic and Nielsen imperatives of 24/7 television coverage." (More John McCain stories.)

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